‘Covenant’ book could reignite imaginations

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “The Covenant With Black America” is not a fun read. Not unless you’re the wonky type who likes to snuggle up with a good policy proposal. One would assume there aren’t nearly enough wonks in the world to put a book like that within shouting distance of the New York […]

Guilt, innocence only real factors in Duke case

Freedom Newspapers Just what America needs, yet another highly charged nationally publicized court case that deals with race, class and sex. Of course, the indictments against two Duke University lacrosse team members, for allegedly assaulting and raping an exotic dancer at a recent party, are the stuff that 24-hour cable news shows thrive upon. As […]

Segregation only breeds ignorance

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist When I was a child, I lived in a city that was predominantly black. It was a quaint little burg called Los Angeles. I took for granted that it was a black city because black people were virtually all I ever saw in my neighborhood. The few whites who passed […]

Day trips: Brantley Lake State Park offers spring getaway

Compiled by William Thompson Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps […]

Racism shouldn’t be used as crutch

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Last week, I received e-mail from a man named Keith in Atlanta. He wrote: “I keep hearing and seeing all these allegations and books about Barry Bonds using steroids but I’ve yet to hear one person, other than some clown trying to make a dollar by slandering his name, say […]

Democrats pandering to sense of grievance

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton used Rev. Al Sharpton’s Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration to, as Professor Shelby Steele explains, “whistle for the black vote by pandering to the black sense of grievance.” In response to a question from the audience: “I need you to tell us what distinguishes Democrats […]

Soldier father, Airman son change military with selfless service

Greg Allen 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis, a small town in itself. But it’s named after two very large men who helped change conditions for black servicemembers in the American military and perceptions by the American public. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was born July 1, 1877 […]

1/29 Births

Byrd Jerry and Laurie Byrd of Clovis are the parents of Kendal Don Byrd, a girl born on June 29, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She has one sister, Emily, 2. Grandparents are Don and Shery Reid, Karl and Barbara Koscla, all of Clovis and Eddie and Sue Byrd of Abilene, Texas. […]

No so ‘Glory Road': ENMU officials say basketball movie contains inaccuracies

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Ronald Oram (34 in white) and Joe Allen (24) were two of the five black players on the 1966 Eastern New Mexico University team. (Courtesy photo: B.B. Lees) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Disney movie “Glory Road” paints an inaccurate picture of 1966 Eastern New Mexico University, school officials said on Wednesday. The […]

Black man ‘loyal and dedicated’ to Klan

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist And now, here’s this week’s episode of Great Moments In Black History. The year is 1979. Carter is in office, disco is on the radio, and Ron Stallworth has just joined the Ku Klux Klan. We are indebted to the Deseret Morning News of Salt Lake City for revealing this […]

Police arrest teen in Saturday shooting

CNJ satff A 16-year-old has been arrested for the shooting of Efrin Tapia, 15, who suffered a gunshot wound to his left forearm late Saturday night while walking on Main Street, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. A 16-year-old black male, whom police would not name, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated […]

At least black-eyed peas aren’t fattening

By Karl Terry: Local columnist Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a […]

Discrimination no longer valid excuse

By Walter Williams Last month, when Rosa Parks was laid to rest in Detroit, her eulogy contained well-deserved praise for her brave defiance of segregation laws that led to the 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott and later the 1956 Supreme Court ruling that banned public transportation segregation. The passing and remembrance of her generation of […]

Shoppers hit stores early

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Monica Vigil and her uncle, Leroy Cordova, shop for bargains Friday at Wal-Mart. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Helen Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The early bird gets the laptop. That’s the lesson Kelah Sephus learned as she and many others lined up at the Clovis Super Wal-Mart on Black Friday hoping to get one of a […]

Instructor combines teaching martial arts with Christian faith

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Students in Marc Anthony Baca’s Team Armageddon class listen as he reads scripture from the Bible Thursday at his karate studio in Clovis. The class combines martial arts and the Bible. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The children stand with feet apart, arms extended, little hands tightly clenched in fists. […]

Muleshoe football capsule

CNJ staff Muleshoe vs. Perryton What: Texas Class 3A first-round playoff game. When, where: 8 p.m. (CDT) today at Dick Bivins Stadium, Amarillo. Records: Muleshoe 8-2, Perryton 6-4. Coaches: Muleshoe, David Wood; Perryton, Gary Newcomb. Last meeting: 2004, Muleshoe beat Perryton 30-13 at Dick Bivins in a first-round playoff game. Last week: Muleshoe lost at […]

Promoting dependency won’t help poor

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans, President Bush gave America’s poverty pimps and race hustlers new ammunition. The president said, “As all of us saw on television, there is also some deep, persistent poverty in this region as well. And that poverty has roots in a […]

Dress code no hardship for NBA players

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist I am trying to feel Marcus Camby’s pain. I am also trying to keep a straight face. I cannot do both. Camby, for those who never read the sports page, is a very tall man who is paid $8 million per annum to play basketball for the Denver Nuggets. You’d […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name now official

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A hill located near Lingo will be forever be designated as Buffalo Soldier Hill on federal maps in honor of African-American members of the U.S. Cavalry. Lingo is 40 miles southeast of Portales, near the Texas border. “This means no name other than Buffalo Soldier Hill may appear on federal […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Struggles continue for Texico

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer AFTER GOING UNDEFEATED FOR two straight years, Texico has dropped three out of its five games this season. “It’s hard,” Wolverines coach Mike Prokop said. “It’s been a learning experience for the coaching staff and the kids. We’ve been spoiled for so long.” A non-district schedule that includes three […]