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 […]

Ten years after march, things unchanged

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ten years later, more than 65 percent of our children are still born out of wedlock. Ten years later, we are still five times more likely to die of homicide. Ten years later, still fewer than half of us own our homes. Ten years later, we still marry less, go […]

Reform would aid Africa more than money

Freedom Newspapers President Bush is likely to have a tough time at the G-8 summit meeting this week. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is president this year of the group of political leaders from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan and Russia, wants to focus on global warming and, as […]

Black vote fertile ground for Republicans

By Mona Charen Donna Brazile is uneasy. She has noticed something highly threatening to her party, and she’s sounding the alarm. In a column for Roll Call newspaper, Brazile, Al Gore’s campaign manager, warns her fellow Democrats that Republicans are seeking to make inroads into the African-American vote. “Once they (black voters) start listening to […]

Ex-felon voting issue for states, not the feds

CNJ staff There is an undeniable aura of partisan gamesmanship in the call by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to make election day a federal holiday to encourage more people to vote, and to allow ex-felons to vote. A higher percentage of registered Republicans than Democrats tends to vote, and these proposals […]

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 […]

Silence not an option in AIDS fight

By Leonard Pitts Makgatho Mandela died last week of illnesses related to AIDS. We know this because his father, Nelson, announced it to the world Thursday. As you surely know, Nelson Mandela won a Nobel Prize and international acclaim for a struggle against South African apartheid that included 27 years of incarceration. He is a […]

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. […]