Milton Coleman

When Reparations Begin at Home
Politics and Government

When Reparations Begin at Home

By Jade Boone Evanston Alderman Ciceley Fleming, a sixth-generation Black resident of the Illinois city and a strong advocate for defunding the local police department, was a dissenting voice and the only vote against what many hailed as a landmark local reparations bill. The legislation, which would provide grants of up to $25,000 to assist…

Racist, or Not? It’s in the Eyes of the Beholders
Sports

Racist, or Not? It’s in the Eyes of the Beholders

By Gregory Smith Jr. First came the injury. For the third year in a row, arch rival Oklahoma whipped Texas in the Red River Showdown, a football classic. In Dallas, no less. In Cotton Bowl Stadium. (Seating capacity: 92,000.) In quadruple overtime. 53-45. It was a close contest with, unfortunately for some, a predictable outcome….

When Being First Matters, But Only So Much
Sports

When Being First Matters, But Only So Much

By Monét Bowen The Washington Football team ended its season boasting about its victories in matters of top-tier diversity, ways that it had jumped ahead of other teams in the NFL, where 70 percent of the players are Black, but a vast majority of the head coaches and front-office executives are not. The team announced…

Discovered: Black Gold in the NFL
Sports

Discovered: Black Gold in the NFL

By Gregory Smith, Jr. It was 33 years ago when Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to be a starter and Most Valuable Player in a Super Bowl. Williams led the Washington Redskins to victory over John Elway and the Denver Broncos, 42-10. So much for those who had argued that Black athletes could…