Democrats continue their race-baiting

By Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist There they go again: The Democrats are race-baiting — attempting to suggest that the Republicans purposely excluded or miscounted the votes of African-Americans in the 2004 election. And why not? It worked so well last time around. The myth that African American votes went uncounted in Florida has achieved the […]

African-American history ineptly taught

by Leonard Pitts Granted, it is not the sexiest subject in the world, not the kind of thing that gets people het up enough to write letters to the editor. Yet there are few things more vitally important to understanding the world and our role in it. I’m talking about history and the teaching thereof. […]

Democrats secure base through fables

By Mona Charen The beating heart of the Democratic Party was on display when Al Sharpton addressed the national convention. Sure, other speakers received enthusiastic ovations. But Sharpton got something more. There was rapture in the hall as he delivered (shouted?) his address. Some wonder why Sharpton was invited to address the convention at all. […]

Singing songs for literacy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis will soon play host for the second straight year to the African Children’s Choir, a group of 26 children from various African countries and eight adult hosts who travel the United States and support a ministry that educates African orphans. This year’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. […]

The joy of discovering African roots

By Leonard Pitts Let me tell you where I come from. Born in Southern California, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Both parents from Mississippi, but I’m not referring to that, either. I mean before that. Before Mr. James Crow laid down his law. Before raiders and slave traders dropped anchor in West Africa. […]

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 […]

Specifying person’s race an inexact science

Leonard Pitts This is for Larry, who wants to know what to call folks like me. Larry’s a reader in San Jose who grew up back when “Negroes” was the proper term. In the late ’60s, when “black” came into vogue, Larry used that. Now, he says, some black people prefer to be called “African-American.” […]