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White Mississippi leaders are digging their heels in on refusing to expand Medicaid in the state, despite the resulting financial fallout and health problems. With a mountain of evidence favoring expansion critics are beginning to look past the opposition’s illogic and seeing something else in all the stubbornness. Some detect the specter of racism.  “I can’t speak to these political leaders or their motivation (for refusing to expand Medicaid)...
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Those financial benefits are precisely why Black community leaders keep invitations open to potential polluters. The money is still good, despite coming at a cost to African American neighbors. The U.S. Census reports the city of Gloster is more than 80 percent Black. More than half the town’s residents also live below the poverty line. Drax...
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Part of The Lighthouse’s celebration of its fifth birthday includes celebrating Black women, and this summer there were four glorious women who swung them knuckles and put some folks in their place. This includes … U.S. Rep Ayanna Pressley, who got up in President Joe Biden’s DOJ for trying to bring back the death penalty....
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President Joe Biden recently met with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to try to hash together a deal on financing a massive rebuild of the nation’s ailing infrastructure, but time is running out for Biden and Democrats to overcome Republican efforts to tank a bipartisan deal. Critics say the GOP is hoping to sink the...
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Dear Black mother-to-be, Here’s what I need you to know about birthing in today’s society¾we are at war. Like many other institutions in the so-called Western world, we are not embraced by the medical “care” system when it comes to birthing our children. Often, we are acknowledged only as bodies in a room. Our spirits...
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Fascist Trump voters undeniably mounted a Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capital. They came with Confederate flags and MAGA hats. When the smoke cleared, the crowd on Facebook and Twitter decried the attack and heaped praise upon the nation’s strong democratic foundations. “Freedom stood strong,” people claimed in posts. Some of them even beat...
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Back in 1918, a previously unknown influenza crept over the world, infecting almost one-third of the planet’s human population. The world was a chaotic mess at the time, with several European nations and much of the Middle East at war. World War I was the planet’s first major-scale international conflict, and it had been going...
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    Trump-related record turnout among Black people last November has one political party panicking hard, so much so state legislatures run by white people are working to pass a rash of new voter exclusions and restrictions targeting African Americans, especially, it seems.* The state of Georgia passed the most odious example in March. Members...
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With the nation facing nearly 2  million migrants at the southern border, the Biden administration is working to process the biggest migrant surge in 20 years. The situation is making clear which officials have a trace of humanity and which ones don’t.  Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), for example, revealed his moral vacuum to reporters this month. During...
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Precious Lord take my hand. Lead me on. Let me stand. I am tired. I am weak. I am worn.  As I sat in my bedroom feeling heavy with the news of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Fannie Lou Hamer singing “Precious Lord,” played on repeat in the background. In this recording, she recalls finding...
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