Courtroom Gavel

Charging children as adults shifts blame away from adults’ failures | Gina Womack

BY: - June 24, 2021

“For these are all our children, we will all profit by or pay for what they become.”–James Baldwin. We at Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children are saddened by the death of Anita Irvin-LeViege who was murdered during an attempted carjacking in New Orleans in January. We mourn her death and all lives lost […]


We who wear natural hairstyles shouldn’t have to change it for employment | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - June 16, 2021

A White manager was concerned when my best friend — like me, a Black woman — came to work with her hair in tiny twists. “So tell me about your hair,” she said. “It’s just twisted, right?” My friend, looking perplexed, answered, “No, it’s locked.” “Well, we’re going to say that it’s twisted,” the manager […]


William Tate and Lamar Davis have some big messes to clean up | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - June 2, 2021

LSU and the Louisiana State Police, two prominent state institutions embroiled in separate scandals that stink of sexism and racism have something else in common: Black men have been hired to eliminate the stench. The roads toward repairing all that ails these institutions are riddled with potholes, detours and dead ends. The two new leaders […]


Memorial Day memories: Courage of war correspondents

BY: - May 31, 2021

I never fought in the Vietnam War. I joined United Press International, a worldwide wire service, in 1975 at the end of that conflict. My heroes were UPI war correspondents — Leon Daniel, Kate Webb and Joseph L. Galloway. Daniel was a friend. He died in 2006. Webb was a role model and later, mentor. […]


100 years after the Tulsa Race Massacre, lessons from my grandfather

BY: - May 31, 2021

When Viola Fletcher, 107, appeared before Congress this month, she called for the nation to officially acknowledge the Tulsa race riot of 1921. I know that place and year well. As is the case with Fletcher – who is one of the last living survivors of the massacre, which took place when she was 7 […]


Japanese American soldiers in World War II fought the Axis abroad and racial prejudice at home

BY: - May 31, 2021

Imagine being forced from your home by the government, being imprisoned in a detention camp under armed guards and behind barbed wire – and then being required to join the military to fight for the nation that had locked up you and your family. That’s what happened in a little-known chapter of U.S. history, in […]


Louisiana has a voting access problem; expanding the number of voting days could help | Valencia Richardson & Candice Battiste

BY: and - May 24, 2021

Louisiana has a voting access problem, particularly in areas where Black voters reside. But one bill before the Louisiana Legislature, HB 286 sponsored by Rep. Frederick Jones (D-Monroe), would address this problem by increasing access to in-person voting and extending from seven days to 11 eleven days the window for early voting in presidential elections.  […]


Asian Americans have been in the crosshairs of small-minded bigots | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - May 19, 2021

Hate crimes against Asian Americans increased 164% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same time last year, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. The attacks caught on video or described in news reports have been appalling:  In New York’s Times Square on […]


Republicans are just fine with cancel culture when it comes to their own Trump critics | John A. Tures

BY: - May 17, 2021

By John A. Tures Earlier this year, the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) held a conference titled “American Uncanceled.” Organizers attempted to showcase how their political opponents are the intolerant, and that conservatives were the true defenders of the ability to speak their minds.  But what would happen when House Republicans would vote on a […]


Before meeting a potential landlord, I take a look in the mirror | Alexander Charles Adams

BY: - May 13, 2021

After driving around trying to find the address, I park my car. I don’t have to stop and check in the mirror or untangle curls from earrings. But at this point, I do it reflexively and catch myself being… not quite myself. When I step out, my heel lands flat on the ground. That’s a […]


Louisiana’s shrinking wetlands puts communities and cultures at risk | Charles Allen

BY: - May 11, 2021

Last year, I had the opportunity to board a small plane and fly over Louisiana’s coast. Taking off from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, recognizable landmarks like the Louisiana Superdome quickly faded into the background, and in only 20-30 minutes, we were flying over open water. We often hear that our wetlands are vanishing, but […]


Louisiana should not only legalize marijuana; it should also wipe clean the records of those convicted of marijuana crimes | Daniel Schwalm

BY: - May 6, 2021

While a bill in the  Louisiana House that would legalize recreational marijuana is still a long shot to become law, the fact that three House Republicans voted in favor of it in committee is a big step forward for a policy change that’s widely viewed as inevitable. The bill made it  through the committee in […]