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Keith Owens (AKA Black Liberal Boomer) is a Detroit-based writer who has worked for The Detroit Free Press, Detroit’s alternative newsweekly the Metro Times, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and other newspapers. He was also a nationally syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate for three years beginning in 1993.

The Republican Clown Car as Indecipherable Strategy

The Republican Clown Car as Indecipherable Strategy

I'm beginning to think the Republican Clown Car of Candidates is a deliberate campaign strategy that is somehow beyond the comprehension of most regular-thinking mortals.…

Charleston Needs More, Mr. President

Charleston Needs More, Mr. President

What I don't understand, however, is why the President, in his comments on Thursday morning, one day after the massacre, didn't spend more time addressing the glaringly apparent racial aspects…

If Detroit Blows, Will Water Shutoffs Feed The Fire?

If Detroit Blows, Will Water Shutoffs Feed The Fire?

Ever since the civil unrest occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the murder of Michael Brown by a police officer who got away with it, there have been anxious questioners…

Governor Snyder’s Plan To Erase Public Education In Detroit

Governor Snyder’s Plan To Erase Public Education In Detroit

Here in Detroit, the worst of what many of us have long suspected about Gov. Snyder's intentions toward our city and our schools may really be happening, because Snyder doesn't…

Thanks For Doing The Right Thing, Mayor Summey

Thanks For Doing The Right Thing, Mayor Summey

The question I suspect a lot of black folks are asking today in the wake of the recent murder-by-cop of Walter Scott, is "So do you believe us now?"…

First Detroit, Now Baltimore Is Shutting Off Water To The Poor

First Detroit, Now Baltimore Is Shutting Off Water To The Poor

I'm having a rather hard time understanding why it is that the City of Baltimore has apparently made the decision to follow in the footsteps of my adopted hometown…

University Of Oklahoma Incident Proves The More Things Change…

University Of Oklahoma Incident Proves The More Things Change…

I suppose I should have felt more outraged or ready to protest or whatever but, quite frankly? Empty. And what worries me about my own reaction is that I'm thinking…

Rudy Giuliani, The Crazy Uncle Face Of The New Republican Party

Rudy Giuliani, The Crazy Uncle Face Of The New Republican Party

Seems like every time you turn around these days there's another crazy Republican uncle doing and saying the kind of things crazy Republican uncles do.…

It’s Time We Believed Elizabeth Warren. She’s Not Running. And That’s OK

It’s Time We Believed Elizabeth Warren. She’s Not Running. And That’s OK

Warren is not running. It is not going to happen, and I think it's time to accept that fact.…

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Stuck On Repeat

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Stuck On Repeat

Gov. Snyder has no intention of allowing the people of Detroit any say-so when it comes to Detroit Public Schools. …

Obama Didn’t March In Paris Because Of Difference Between Free Speech And Hate Speech

Obama Didn’t March In Paris Because Of Difference Between Free Speech And Hate Speech

Terrorism is something worth fighting against. President Obama knows this, and has been proving it time and time again throughout his presidency. Please don't forget that this is the man…

Why Detroit Needs Obama’s Affordable Community College Plan To Work

Why Detroit Needs Obama’s Affordable Community College Plan To Work

As Detroit continues its comeback struggle, perpetually seeking to redefine and recreate itself as a more updated community, one of the largest potential barriers to the realization of that goal…

Why The World Can’t Breathe

Why The World Can’t Breathe

In the heated space between two murders, both committed by police officers who were later given a free pass by a grand jury, there were other similar murders, beatings, etc.,…

Michael Brown’s Empty Chair At Thanksgiving

Michael Brown’s Empty Chair At Thanksgiving

Three days before the holiday where we here in America are expected to feast, rejoice, and give thanks, the parents of a dead child were given the news that the…

The Fight To Legalize Gay Marriage May Return To Supreme Court

The Fight To Legalize Gay Marriage May Return To Supreme Court

It's past time for the issue of gay marriage to be decided at the national, not just the local, level. The progress witnessed by the number of states that have…

Can’t Blame Obama: African-American Voters Showed Up But Rick Snyder Won In Michigan

Can’t Blame Obama: African-American Voters Showed Up But Rick Snyder Won In Michigan

We can't blame this on Obama. And we can't blame it on Detroit voters not turning out at the polls either. Despite high turnout in Detroit, Republican Rick Snyder was…

Won’t Get Fooled Again: Rick Snyder Won’t Con Michigan Twice With “Moderate Nerd” Persona

Won’t Get Fooled Again: Rick Snyder Won’t Con Michigan Twice With “Moderate Nerd” Persona

If the person who you elected to represent you only listens to you when you are saying what he wants to hear, then perhaps it's time to choose someone else…

So How’s That Privatization Thing Working, Republicans?

So How’s That Privatization Thing Working, Republicans?

Ever since Gov. Snyder decided last year to save the taxpayers some money by privatizing the food delivery system in Michigan's Department of Corrections, it's been a domino effect of…

All Politics Is Local: Recent Situation With Colorado Board Of Education Proves Old Saying

All Politics Is Local: Recent Situation With Colorado Board Of Education Proves Old Saying

I think this may be a good time to reflect on a rather potent phrase that the late, great House Speaker Tip O'Neill used to say: "All politics is local."…

Democracy Returns To Detroit…Or Does It?

Democracy Returns To Detroit…Or Does It?

On Thursday evening, September 25, democracy was permitted to return to Detroit when City Council members voted unanimously to restore full power to the city's elected leaders.…

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