Thanks to YOU—The Roanoke Tribune is now 76 years old—and still growing—and still “All in the (same) Family!”
This year marks another giant milestone of survival for “The paper with a purpose” that has been “Making and recording Black History since 1939.”
Although all forms of media have some purpose what distinguishes us is that purpose. Even the purpose of this small voice is different under the present editor and staff than that of my father’s, founding editor, F.E. Alexander, 76 years ago. My purpose however, remains the same as when I took the helm (reluctantly) after purchasing the paper from my father following his Fourth of July auto accident in 1971. Continue reading Ringing out the old and in another new year . . .→
Daily Devotional writer Matt Fitzgerald made a controversial confession: COEXIST bumper stickers rub him the wrong way. Many readers responded via email and Facebook, and about 70 percent of readers disagreed with the commentary. One reader asked Fitzgerald for clarification about his objection to the term, and this is his response. Continue reading “Coexist”— A response from Matt Fitzgerald→
by Kammall Moore, student at William Fleming High School, Roanoke, VA
In this day and age, one of the major obstacles faced by minorities, specifically black males, is becoming a victim of racial profiling. The National Institute of Justice defines this as “a practice that targets people for suspicion of a crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.” Although it has been a hot button issue for ages, the term “racial profiling” sparked national debate in 1998 when a routine traffic in stop New Jersey resulted in the shooting of three young and unarmed men of color. The officers involved with shooting stated the driver attempted to run them over. Continue reading The Trouble with Racial Profiling→
Pollution has increasingly become of primary concern in this nation and throughout the world with ever widening devastating consequences. In spite of innumerable local, state, national and international regulatory agencies, efforts, and laws it continues to wreak havoc on land, air and sea. Of even greater detriment, however, is the devastating cancer of mind pollution that comes in many forms and dimensions. Continue reading The progressive perilous effects of pollution→
It is not true that recent efforts to improve the condition of African Americans have been ineffective. The initiatives have tracked well with the economic progression of the American mainstream.
America has always been a merit-based society despite national assertions about equality of human value and “classlessness.” Nations in modern decades do not treat equally those who contribute significantly to the advancement of their countries and those who provide little of consequence. Continue reading The evils of wealthification→
Data recently released by the U.S. Department of Commerce are shocking. Corporate profits are at an 85-year high and employee compensation is at a 65-year low. No wonder people are struggling to pay their bills.
These data are another sign of the growing inequality in our country. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle is disappearing. Small paychecks contribute to the problem and so do changes in tax law. Most households have seen only minor fluctuations in their federal tax bills in recent decades. But the very highest income people – the top 1/100th of 1 percent – have received million-dollar tax cuts. Their tax payments have fallen from more than 70 percent of income before 1970 down to 20-40 percent today. Continue reading Rising inequality and concentrated wealth threaten Democracy→