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Brad Jones of Black Panthers Organization serves breakfast to youngsters | Photo Credit | Associated Press

We never learned about the Black Panther Party in Louisiana’s public schools. But, ironically, the free toast, grits, and orange juice many of my classmates enjoyed wouldn’t be available if it weren’t for the Black Panther’s Free Breakfast for School Children Program.

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When conservatives bemoan the state of education and its supposed hijacking by woke mobs intent on destroying critical thought in the name of political correctness, they insist they are only interested in the search for truth.

The left, they say, seeks to shut down that quest — the animating spirit…

Race/Racism

Marcus Rashford reacts after a missed penalty shot in a match against Italy. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt/AMA/Getty Images

Several of this week’s selections got me thinking about the price Black people are sometimes forced to pay when they excel. There are always folks who seek to minimize or explain away our successes and maximize our failures or missteps. Black players on England’s national soccer team are facing harassment…

Race/Racism

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This news roundup usually points out and discusses stories about anti-Black racism, and though I try to include at least one feel-good item every week, it’s generally a necessarily sobering read. But this week, I can start off with some good news, for a change? …

Let’s Unpack This

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has called Black Lives Matter “a national humiliation.”

In 1964 at the Audubon Ballroom, Malcolm X had more than a few choice words about the press. He acknowledged its power but also levied a distinct criticism. “Newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing,” said the…

See that highway hugging Lake Michigan? That’s Chicago’s historic Lake Shore Drive. Just last week it was renamed for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the Black man who is credited with creating a trading post and being the first non-Native permanent resident of the area that is now known as Chicago.

I was surprisingly emotional when I covered the ceremony changing the name of a downtown Chicago street from Congress Drive to Ida B. Wells Drive.

Wells, a Black woman and journalist, was one of many people the city had not adequately honored — with only a torn-down housing authority project…

Students raise their hands in a classroom. Photo: Getty Images

There’s a saying that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. It’s an apropos statement for where we are in America as the country wages a war on its education system for how its history will be taught. Or not taught. Right now, Republican Party members…

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