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Yet Another Sore Spot

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 4:37 pm | William Spriggs

On Aug. 9, police in Ferguson, Missouri shot Michael Brown to death, an unarmed Black teenager. The closed way in which the police responded to request for information on the shooting, and their aggressive actions against peaceful protestors in the ... More >>

We Need to Fight for Equality

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 3:47 pm | William Spriggs

Last week, I had the great honor to receive the Benjamin L. Hooks "Keeper of the Flame" Award from the Labor Committee of the NAACP's Board of Directors. Both the new president, Cornell Brooks, and Lorraine Miller, who served as interim president ... More >>

Missing the Point

Monday, 7 July 2014, 1:11 pm | William Spriggs

Currently, the debate on American colleges and universities is dominated by the cost of tuition. This debate misses the point. Let's look at two of America's leading schools-Harvard University, a private research university, and Williams College, ... More >>

Fifty Years After Civil Rights Act: A Land of Opportunity

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 1:48 pm | William Spriggs

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Senate passed the version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would be passed by the House and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The bill faced a filibuster of 14 hours and 13 minutes by the late Sen. Robert Byrd ... More >>

Better Vision

Saturday, 7 June 2014, 12:11 pm | William Spriggs

Washington continues in its stalemate, with a hidebound Republican establishment clinging in death throws to some ancient regime of plutocratic rule. The nation is left without vision for a way out of the current economic malaise that, if unchecked, ... More >>

Marking a Big Loss

Saturday, 31 May 2014, 1:11 pm | William Spriggs

By William Spriggs This week marked the loss of a powerful voice in Maya Angelou. Fortunately, many in the nation paused to notice her loss. Dancer, actress, poet and teacher, Angelou captured everyone's attention because of her ability to talk ... More >>

60 Years after Brown

Friday, 30 May 2014, 12:22 pm | William Spriggs

The weekend of May 17 marked the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in the five related cases known as Oliver Brown et. al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka. It struck down the principal that segregation was legal under the Constitution ... More >>

H-1B Visas, Wage Suppression and Senate Republicans

Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 10:46 am | William Spriggs

Last week, Senate Republicans blocked a vote on raising the federal minimum wage. To economists, wages, goods and services must be priced in real terms-that is, adjusted for inflation-to understand their economic effects. More >>

Inequality and the 1 Percent Rule

Saturday, 26 April 2014, 1:08 pm | William Spriggs

By William Spriggs In what should be considered standing logic on its end, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that while public colleges have an interest in having a racially diverse student body, nonetheless, the racial majority of a state can ... More >>

Republicans Out On a Limb

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 5:32 pm | William Spriggs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest numbers this week. Its preliminary number for people on payrolls, reported by private-sector establishments, is 116 million. That figure is higher than the last peak in January 2008, before President ... More >>

Working and Poor in America

Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 11:48 am | William Spriggs

The furor has not died down over Rep.Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) comments about inner city men and poverty in America. Ryan has agreed to talk with the Congressional Black Caucus about the racial overtones of the comments. Still, a troubling theme in America ... More >>

Inequality Is Now Mainstream

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 10:31 am | William Spriggs

Last week in New York, the Ford Foundation hosted a conference with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on "Changing the Conversation on Growth: Going Inclusive." Both are mainstream organizations, grounded in the elite ... More >>

The Next Generation

Saturday, 1 February 2014, 1:47 pm | William Spriggs

By William Spriggs My "day" job is to train the next generation at Howard University and students who hopefully can fulfill the legacy of the likes of David Dinkins, Elijah Cummings and Kamala Harris. February is normally a month to look ... More >>

Removing the Punch Bowl Too Fast

Saturday, 21 December 2013, 12:34 pm | William Spriggs

Last week the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee announced it will ease back on its "pedal to the metal" monetary easing policy. The Fed will remain in an expansionary mode, just slower. To an optimist, this is a sign from an independent ... More >>

The Correct Answer

Saturday, 14 December 2013, 12:41 pm | William Spriggs

By William E. Spriggs This time of year college students cram for final exams. They get graded in a very stark right-or-wrong fashion. Splitting the difference between a bad guess and the right answer is not rewarded. Unfortunately, Washington is locked ... More >>

The March Is On

Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 11:33 am | William Spriggs

Last week, President Barack Obama delivered an address, starting a dialogue on how the long path to America's current level of inequality has led us to the wrong place. The president said that Americans' frustration with Washington is "rooted in the ... More >>

Our Selective Memory

Saturday, 23 November 2013, 4:57 pm | William Spriggs

(TriceEdneyWire.com) - This summer, everyone celebrated the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the address of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which he described a new, refined American Dream. More >>

Cutting Food Assistance Is More Than Morally Wrong

Wednesday, 20 November 2013, 1:02 pm | William Spriggs

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (the value of all goods and services in the economy) figures show GDP per person is $53,211. That's per person, not per family. Those figures also show we annually spend $2,797 per person on food-that's $233 per person ... More >>

The Right Side of History

Saturday, 9 November 2013, 12:59 pm | William Spriggs

A new day is arriving in America. After decades of being pushed around, America's workers are standing up. More >>

Cognitive Dissonance

Thursday, 7 November 2013, 11:07 am | William Spriggs

The U.S. Department of Treasury has announced that the deficit for 2013 was $680 billion (which is about $200 billion less than projected back in February). It has been falling since 2009 at the fastest rate on record since the demobilization of ... More >>

 

 

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