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Something Hard to Understand

Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 12:02 pm | William Spriggs

Something Hard to Understand By William E. Spriggs Each week, another candidate throws a hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential campaign-a constant reminder that President Barack Obama is at the end of his term. Currently, the president is ... More >>

Just Because the Engine is Running Doesn't Mean It Has Gas

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 2:31 pm | William Spriggs

Last week, in good news for everyone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a monthly net payroll gain of 321,000 in November and revised the gains for September and October by an additional 44,000. More >>

Why They Call It a Labor 'Market': What Obama Got Wrong

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 1:53 pm | William Spriggs

With millions of people's lives in limbo because of our dysfunctional and misaligned immigration system, President Barack Obama acted last month to reach a commonsense approach to resolving the deportations implied by law with practicality, while awaiting ... More >>

The Grass Isn't Greener

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 9:47 am | William Spriggs

News last month showed that the Eurozone countries had a bad second quarter of economic growth. For the three-month period that ended in June, the Eurozone economies grew at 0.0 percent. Germany, the largest economy in that group, shrank by 0.2 percent, ... More >>

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 >>