SYMBOLS, STATUES, AND SUBSTANCE

Socially isolated and alone in my home, I lifted my fist into the air when I learned that the Mississippi legislature voted to remove the Confederate stars and bars from their flag. As NACCP President Derrick Jackson said, "it's been a long time coming." A long time since the songstress Nina Simone put it out there with Mississippi G—damn. A long time since Emmitt Till was massacred for "reckless eyeballing." A long time since James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered. It’s been a long time coming, but has Mississippi changed? I’m an economist, so I have to go with the data. Mississippi is the most impoverished state in our nation. It also has the highest perce

LOOTERS, LOWLIFES, AND LIARS

According to the Washington Post, the 45th President told 19,126 lies between his inauguration in 2017 and June 1, 2020. By now, the number has likely edged toward 20,000, as his Tulsa "rally" yielded dozens more. This President has no allegiance to the truth, but that's no surprise. Leading up to his ill-timed gathering, amid the coronavirus, he projected more than a million attendees. Instead, the Trump campaign could not even fill the 19,000 seat stadium. And because the Trump campaign ha no one to blame but itself for its spotty turnout, 45 instead blamed “bad people," the media, and others. The President’s bizarre bloviation was more evidence of his instability, but also illustrate

A SILVER LINING TO A SLAP IN THE FACE

** Since the posting of this article, the event has been moved from June 19th to June 20th. ** The President of the United States hit a new low when he used the military to clear DC's Lafayette Park of citizens. They were exercising their First Amendment rights of speech and assembly while the president was exhibiting a chest-thumping use of force. He brandished a Bible, something which he seems not to have read. That was his low, and he got even worse in his offensive rhetoric, especially about the murder of George Floyd and the protests of police brutality. He stooped even lower and illustrated his infamous racial insensitivity when his campaign announced that he would have his first r

ANDREA HARRIS AND THE FIGHT FOR MINORITY BUSINESS

Andrea Harris was not well-known, but she should have been. She was the co-founder of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Business Development, an advocate for social and economic justice, a champion for historically Black colleges and universities, and a Bennett Belle (Class of 1970) who passionately loved her college. After a brief illness and a stroke, she made her transition on May 20. The death of the well-connected woman who made it her business to link others together has drawn tributes and accolades from former North Congresswoman Eva Clayton, from other North Carolina legislators, from many of her Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters, from her alma mater, Bennett College (ww

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