Amid a renewed call for reparations to be paid to the descendants of America’s black slaves, Bruce A. Dixon at the Black Agenda Report notes a crucial gap between the diagnoses and prescriptions made by socially concerned journalists.
The old trope that truth telling requires a great deal of courage is not always right. Those who tell the truth often enjoy a rare freedom from the social pressures that compel others to distort what they know to make room for a belief in the world as they would like it to be.
Whether President Obama should be supported or opposed in his bid for re-election this year is a fundamental question facing left-wing Americans who have been disappointed with his performance during his first term. Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University and Glen Ford of BlackAgendaReport.com take up opposing sides of the argument.