Residents commemorate Juneteenth

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Tony Woods, left, served deserts such as peach cobbler and cakes during Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration at O.G. Potter Park. The desert station went through about five cake trays. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It took three days after June 16, 1865 before blacks in the south received the news […]

Martin Luther King Jr. poster, essay contest first place winners

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Jailen J. Gallegos-Pollard, First place, Highland Elementary High School First place Aarti Attreya Clovis High School 11th grade The Display of Value Throughout history, many great souls have worked for the progression of humankind. Among them was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through his relentless, yet peaceful, efforts, he helped to achieve equality amongst all […]

No matter who says it, n-word stings

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The N-word has had few friends better than comedian Paul Mooney. Put aside that the word was long a staple of his act. Put aside the promotional pamphlet he once sent out that screamed the word in big, fat type. Consider instead what he told anyone who argued that blacks […]

Politics can’t fix plague of problems

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Blacks and Hispanics, especially blacks, are the most politically loyal people in the nation. It’s often preached and taken as gospel that the only way black people can progress is through racial politics and government programs, but how true is that? Let’s look at it. In 1940, poverty among black […]

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 […]

Discrimination no longer valid excuse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 […]

Reparations plan strains common sense

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist The slavery reparations shakedown lobby is gearing up for attacks on American industry. They’ve failed in the courts and Congress, so they’re going after weak-kneed CEOs. At the NAACP’s recent annual convention, Dennis C. Hayes, its interim president, said, “Absolutely, we will be pursuing reparations from companies that have historical […]

Mexico must give respect to earn it

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist What is it with Mexico lately? When did it hire David Duke as an image consultant? I can’t imagine what else might explain that nation’s recent blundering into not just one but two racially charged controversies. The first, of course, was President Vicente Fox’s remark in May that Mexican immigrants […]

Writer delves into racial, social trends

By Mona Charen Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that there are some intelligent people out there who have never read anything by Thomas Sowell. (I know, I know, the chances are remote, but work with me here.) They’ve never enjoyed his fascinating excursion into group traits in “Ethnic America,” nor his penetrating […]

Liberals preaching victimhood, paranoia

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist If you listened to the rhetoric of black politicians and civil rights leaders, dating back to the Reagan years, you would have been convinced that surely by now black Americans would be back on the plantation. According to them, President Reagan, and later Presidents Bush I and II, would turn […]

Number of black recruits down sharply

By Tom Philpott :CNJ columnist The Army’s wartime recruiting challenge is aggravated by a sharp drop in black enlistments over the last four years, which internal Army and Defense Department polls trace to an unpopular war in Iraq and concerns among blacks with Bush administration policies. The Army strains to meet recruiting goals in part […]

Clovis youths plan trip to see Legislature

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Natasha Beachum is interested in seeing how laws are made first hand. The Yucca Junior High eighth-grader will be one of about 90 Clovis students scheduled to leave at 4:30 a.m. today for a trip to the state capitol fourth African-American Day. “You can learn about it in books […]

Black community should applaud Rice

by Walter Williams Condoleezza Rice, President Bush’s national security adviser and now his secretary of state nominee, has been the subject of nasty, demeaning and disrespectful cartoons and commentary. Some of the worst has come from people like Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who said on TV’s […]

Be inspired, not angered, by Cosby

By Walter E. Williams Bill Cosby rattled the cages again recently in his address before Jesse Jackson’s 33rd Annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition conference in Chicago. Let’s look at some of his remarks. Cosby told the audience that being poor had a different meaning to older generations and said the “housing project was set up for you […]

Readers: Cosby has good intentions

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about entertainer Bill Cosby’s recent criticism of low-income blacks who fail to use opportunities won by the civil rights movement. Some responses: “I believe that Bill Cosby’s comments were right on target, but they apply to more than blacks. Parents who care for their offspring should take note […]

Cosby raises awareness through comedy

By Leonard Pitts Jr Maybe somebody spiked his Jell-O. I bet the audience seriously considered the idea when Bill Cosby performed recently in Washington at a commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education. According to the Washington Post, Cosby’s routine ridiculed “lower economic people” in the black community for their values, their mannerisms, their dysfunctions. […]

Conference brings women around the state together

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Edna Pollard of Clovis plays the tambourine as she and Charlene Perkins of Clovis sing a praise and worship song during Tuesday night’s service. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Shouts of “Hallelujah!” and “We praise God tonight!” rang out Tuesday evening from a church in west Clovis. Enthusiastic praise and intensive teaching […]

MLK group promotes diversity

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Waymon L. Dowdy Sr. helped, along with the Clovis MLK Commission, to make the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Potter Park a reality. June 28 will mark the one-year anniversary of the monument. (CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn, CNJ NEWS EDITOR 2004 marks fifth anniversary of MLK Boulevard’s naming. When […]

Race’s salvation is in becoming whole

Leonard Pitts Jr. Somehow, for black people, it always comes down to fractions. At the beginning, there was that unpleasantness about the Constitution counting us as three-fifths of a human being. More recently, fractions have been necessary to measure our progress toward equality. So in a sense, the National Urban League’s just-released “State of Black […]

Why isn’t anything done about Africa?

By Walter Williams Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people. Let’s look at it. According to a July 30 Wall […]