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Jonathan P Hicks



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An assault on voting rights and a need for national outrage

The most dramatic assault on voting rights in the United States since the end of Reconstruction is currently underway. The problem is that there seems to be little to no national outrage about it.

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Anita Hill reminds a nation of a Supreme Court embarrassment

Anita Hill accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment shortly after President George H.W. Bush nominated him as the nation’s second African-American to sit on the nation’s high court 23 years ago.

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The lesson of ‘12 Years a Slave’ for a nation in the age of Obama

It is a story that America doesn’t like to look at, much less take the time to consider the implications of what that nation’s experience with slavery means in a modern world

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In the two years since Trayvon’s death, a legacy has been emerging

It has been two years since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in a gated community in the suburbs of Orlando, Fla.

Again, another disheartening verdict in Florida, this time over the life of Jordan Davis

By failing to convict Michael Dunn of first-degree murder charges in the death of Jordan Davis, a jury in Florida has allowed the killing of the unarmed African-American teenager to go unpunished, as though his life had no meaning whatsoever.

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Is Richard Sherman a thug? It’s all in the eye of the beholder

In the aftermath of his television comments during a post-NFC Championship Game fit of rather innocent bravado, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been vilified by commentators and even politicians as something of a thug and a loudmouth. He has been condemned by people throughout the country—including Arizona Sen. John McCain—who have found his behavior indefensible.

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In North Carolina, Republican excesses are hampering the rights of the people

There is something patently un-American and undemocratic about a group of people being denied representation in Congress

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With the New Year come new opportunities for New York’s elected officials

As New York City approaches the New Year, it is a time of incredible ascendency in the history of African-Americans in elective office in the nation’s largest city.

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Ohio is intent on turning back the clock on voting rights

Ohio has become the center of national attention because of a series of voting bills in the Republican-controlled legislature

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Republicans court Black voters, but it never seems to work

You know you’re in trouble when you travel to Detroit to court Black voters to the Republican Party



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