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Gene Robertson

GUEST COLUMN: Empowering the black powerless

Despite civil rights gains, the black community remains relatively impotent. Too many of the black beneficiaries of economic and political progress have squandered our legacy, resources and potency.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Accountability is a dynamic element of citizenship

We must stop being inactive and begin to hold our leaders accountable.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Haiti disaster a wake-up call for Missouri to prepare

With the disaster in Haiti becoming a warning for other countries vulnerable to a natural disaster, Missouri needs to take action to ready itself in case a disaster should ever occur here.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disney makes a crowd-pleaser for black community

"The Princess and the Frog" is packed with dazzling characters led by Princess Tiana.

GUEST COMMENTARY: What it means to be a black American

Claiming the term black American as a preferred descriptor gives the author a sense of effectiveness.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Now is the time for togetherness

We must educate ourselves and others to make the decisions that are best for society rather than allowing ourselves to be manipulated. We must take action to address the mess we face.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Our hand to play is our challenge

Obama Power must deliver as promised

The Obama administration needs to demonstrate that it can bring about the hope and change promised during the campaign.

GUEST COLUMN: Obama's election won't end exploitation of race

Beginning with the exploitation and colonization of Africa, Asia and the Americas and continuing through today, race has been used as an economic tool.

GUEST COLUMN: What makes a great city?

Are the characterstics and qualities of a great city different for ethnic minority residents?

LETTER: It's time to get to work

The presidential campaign, parties, parades and celebrations are over. It's time to get to work.

Contextual definitions are everything

Nowadays, what someone says may not always be what they mean. One has to watch out for contextual differences between phrases in order to understand today's political rhetoric.

GUEST COLUMN: What about those under the middle class?

In light of all the press about the Obama family,  it seems as though all of the other families are being forgotten and left under the radar.

LETTER: How The Sims could change U.S. government

The new administrations at every level could benefit from the Sim-induced creativity  of our youths.

LETTER: Questions still loom around Hickman incident

Members of the community should be asking many pertinent questions in order to protect  the school environment in the future.

Letter: Enhancing Obama’s strategy

Obama campaign strategists need to beef up a marketable platform with substantive detailed policies, and let Obama focus on message.

Distasteful journalism should not be tolerated; residents must stand up for African-Americans

Take some lessons from the recent Missourian article, entitled “The Saga of the Warrens” (Aug. 25) if you want to know how African-Americans are really regarded by some of the Columbia community and MU.

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