WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?

Do you see the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel? With all 50 states and the District of Columbia) either lifting "shelter in place" orders or relaxing them, with restaurants opening, albeit at half capacity, things seem to be slowly returning to "normal" whatever that is. Many of us are still "social distancing," as defined by the Centers for Disease Control as staying six feet away from each other and covering our noses and mouths. We are in a recession. It won't get better until we have a corona vaccine, and until we provide more support for workers. The recession will abate when people get back to work, and when people start spending money. But most parents can't confidently r

OLD, SICK AND INCARCERATED

There were 4623 incarcerated people over 65 in federal prisons during the first week of May. Until May 12, Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's one-time campaign manager, was one of them. The 71-year-old petitioned the court for release to home confinement because of his age, heart condition, and "fear of coronavirus." Yet the federal correctional institution that housed Manafort had no coronavirus cases, and Manafort had served fewer than two years of his more than seven-year sentence. Recently developed federal guidelines suggest at-home confinement for those at risk who have served more than half of their sentence or have less than eighteen months of jail time left to serve. Manafort meets non

IDA B'S PULITZER -- BOTH TOO LATE AND RIGHT ON TIME.

Exactly one hundred and thirty-six years to the day after Ida B. Wells was thrown off a Chesapeake and Ohio railroad train, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for her "outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans in the era of lynchings." The creator of the New York Times' 1619 Project, Nicole Hannah-Jones, received a Pulitzer on the same day and reminded us that the New York Times, in 1894, described Wells as a "slanderous and nasty-minded mulatress." The path between "nasty-minded mulatress' and Pulitzer Prize winner was not a smooth one. Ida B. Wells had many detractors, from all quarters, in her time. White folks co

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? YOUR HEALTH OR YOUR JOB

A little less than four years ago, the president tried to get Black votes with the question, "What do you have to lose." The coronavirus offers a bleak answer. Trump was notified of the danger of the pandemic in January, but didn't begin to address the issue until late February. Hospitals ran short on supplies like gowns, masks and tests. Governors had to ask, then plead with the president for ventilators and other supplies. And in the beginning, the president dismissed the seriousness of the virus, claiming it would "go away." And after weeks of "staying in place" and wearing masks, the daily death toll has not yet stabilized. Of course, the Black community, along with Native American

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