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 […]