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Tired Of People Operating On Dangerous Assumptions

The never ending dilemma of race in America

By the Rev. Bill McGill
Special to Frost Illustrated

“And here we are 10,000 miles away from home fighting for the so-called freedom of the Vietnamese people when we have not even put our own house in order. And, we force young black men and young white men to fight and kill in brutal solidarity. Yet when they come back home they can’t hardly live on the same block together.”—the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., March 31, 1968

No one sitting in the National Cathedral that morning listening to a sermon about our nation’s racial and social futility, could have dreamed that just four days later, Dr. King’s assassination would send him into his date with eternity.

And yet, here we are 44 years later, and in some instances we are fighting the same dilemma that seems to have only grown greater.

We have elected our first black president but are still wrestling with damaging racial precedent.

Just when conservatives were claiming equality had finally been poured from America’s carton, we were introduced to the lax murder investigation of a young man named Trayvon Martin.

And while the conservative talk shows are filled with references to protests being led by those they deem “race-baiters,” they ignore the reality that these individuals would have no constituency if there were no “race-haters.”

Now, reasonable people would concede that upon arriving at a potential crime scene, it’s at best disingenuous to unilaterally accept the version that’s playing out on the pistol-holding...

Indy, Fort Wayne citizens stand up for justice in Trayvon Martin case


Nikki Tabron-Booker

"Skittles and tea, don't shoot me!" This chant reverberated during the march in Indianapolis for slain Florida teen, Trayvon Martin. Citizens of Indy and others of neighboring counties showed up in the hundreds to rally from Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School to the American Legion Mall and finally to Monument Circle in downtown Indy. Though peaceful, the rally was organizers' way of showing that Indy will no longer stand for injustice.

?Kamia White, Sharvonne Williams, Ieshia Hill and Emily...

White men plead guilty to hate-fueled killing of James Anderson

Victim’s family requests prosecutors to not seek death penalty

By Zenitha Prince

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper

Three Mississippi men who ran down and killed a black man last June pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes March 22, one day after one of the defendants pleaded guilty to the slaying in state court.

Dylan Butler, 20, Deryl Dedmon, 19, and John Aaron Rice, 19, all of Brandon, Miss., admitted to conspiring to commit and committing a hate crime, as well as...

Eagle's Nest to host Family Extravaganza

FORT WAYNE—The Eagle’s Nest Youth Centre in conjunction with the Fort Wayne Fatherhood Coalition is scheduled to present a Family Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to...

Chromium can make you shine


Gerald W. Deas, M.D.

Do you feel a little rusty lately? Has your spark and shine diminished? Of course, there are many deficiencies that can...

Social Security questions, answers


Chuck Stovall


Question: I lost my Social Security card, should I get a new one?

Answer: If you know your Social Security number, you might not...

Shooting of black males: 'The same old song'


Brenda Robinson

Some Americans have heavy hearts, some are filled with rage, and some have both sentiments because 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was the victim...

The tragedy of racial profiling


Jonathan C. Ray

By Jonathan C. Ray
Special to Frost Illustrated

Racial profiling must stop now. The time has come to look at how...

Lori Hortsmeyer-Grubb: Unique, Spiritually Free

White men plead guilty to hate-fueled killing of James Anderson


Genevieve Epps

Editor's Note: Writer Genevieve Epps did not include information on this month's 50 Plus and Fabulous focus' job because of confidentiality agreements.




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