Michael Cottman commentary

  “OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation’s schools.” – Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, is making a complete mockery of civil rights.DeVos recently appointed Candice Jackson, 39, as the […]

Rep. Maxine Waters relishes lowering the hammer on President Donald Trump and she is not showing any signs of letting up. And now Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is also squarely in her crosshairs. “They need to go to jail,” Waters (D-CA) said during a recent appearance on MSNBC. Waters was referring to Trump and […]

  It appears that Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to give racially biased cops a pass. Sessions wants to stall – or end — a federal review of police departments where racial profiling, excessive use of force and racially discriminatory police practices are prevalent. It’s a troubling development by the Trump administration and another attempt […]

  OMAROSA EMERGES AS KEY WHITE HOUSE AIDE President Donald Trump, who hired Omarosa Manigault as his senior adviser, recently told folks to consult Manigault if they have particular questions about the administration’s policies. Manigault has emerged as a top White House gatekeeper and outreach coordinator to the Black community. Trump has vowed to revitalize […]

  “Being white isn’t really a question of color. It’s a whole mental outlook. Every white supremacist cause–no matter where or when–has had Blacks on its side. And they didn’t mind fighting for the enemy, either. Today, with so many whites turning Black, why can’t a few ‘darkies’ decide to be white?” — The Camp […]

It’s been a chaotic first 30 days for President Trump and his administration. Here’s a look at some of the president’s more controversial decisions and statements in February. TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR HCBUs: President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that commits to a request by the United Negro College Fund that Trump move […]

  Howard University President Wayne Frederick welcomed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with open arms. Only time will tell if Frederick made a wise decision. DeVos, the polarizing Education Secretary, got her first photo-op at a historically Black college since her razor-thin confirmation thanks to Frederick’s high-profile meeting. A billionaire who is facing mounting […]

Fox News mouthpiece Geraldo Rivera announced that he resigned from his position as an associate fellow of Calhoun College after Yale University said it was renaming its college that pays tribute to John C. Calhoun, a former slave owner and notorious white supremacist. “Been an honor but intolerant insistence on political correctness is lame,” Rivera […]

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president [Barack Obama] loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” […]

“We don’t win this election, potentially, if we don’t win North Carolina. So I hate to put a little pressure on you, but the fate of the republic rests on your shoulders. The fate of the world is teetering, and you, North Carolina, are going to have to make sure that we push it in […]

It was only a matter of time. Thirteen days before Americans elect the next president of the United States, it appears that Black voters in Georgia are being systematically excluded from the electoral process. Community activists and Georgia elected officials say there is widespread discrimination in one Georgia county – Hancock County, about 70 miles […]

When I first interviewed then-candidate Barack Obama on his campaign plane in 2008, he talked passionately about fatherhood, uplifting Black men, and the importance of men of color taking responsibility for parenting their children. Two terms in the White House and eight years later, President Obama is still talking eloquently about empowering Black men in […]