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This 1966 file photo is the last official portrait taken of the entire King family, made in the study of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. From left are Dexter King, Yolanda King, Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King III. (AP Photo)

Reconstructing the black family

For a selected few in the know, the elections of President Obama and the passage of his signature health care act mark not the pinnacle (as is widely assumed) but rather the twilight end of a golden era of racial progress and progressive social policy in America. If the civil rights-era legislation and government programs could be characterized as the second Reconstruction, then Mr. Obama's presidency marks its wane. An essential question that blacks must ask at this point: How will they adapt to post-progressive America? Published May 24, 2015

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
(Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

We shouldn't need deadlines to make Iran a priority

While the Obama administration has been clumsily stumbling from one negotiating deadline to the next, Iran has been working hard to destabilize the Middle East and threaten U.S. interests. The time is past due for the White House to take to heart the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon and get serious about changing Tehran's behavior. Published May 17, 2015

FILE - This Aug. 28, 1963, file photo shows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledging the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington. Next Wednesday, the nation’s first black president will stand near the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. stood 50 years ago, a living symbol of the racial progress King dreamed about, and enunciate where he believes this nation should be headed. (AP Photo/File)

American society falling short of greatness

Fifty years later, the experiment has finally earned a retrospective. Looking back on it, we should have seen as a nation that the Great Society could not have been a permanent solution and might even be detrimental to America's growth. Published May 10, 2015

In front of blighted buildings, a protester leads marchers in a chant from atop a vehicle in Baltimore on Saturday, May 2, 2015, a day after charges were announced against the police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Fear, loathing and moral decay in the streets of Baltimore

Let's face it. Baltimore has been a riot for decades and was looted long before its citizens finally rose up in glaring, sad and pathetic anger, long before the global media last week turned attention to the still-unexplained death of Freddie Gray in police custody. While the cops try to get their story straight, the citizens have taken to the street in a largely symbolic display of outrage, burning a few cars and torching a few businesses in a city that for all intents and purposes is already too burnt-out to really destroy. Published May 3, 2015

'Right Side Forum' host Armstrong Williams has both political and fashion sense. (GQ Magazine)

Move quickly from thought to action

Looking back on the past couple of years, it's hard for me to imagine the progress we've made in our businesses and pet projects. If someone were to tell me that my vision of owning broadcast TV stations in four regional markets would have come to fruition in that time, it would have been hard to believe. Published April 26, 2015

President Barack Obama greets Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas prior to his address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Meeting of the minds: Clarence Thomas gets a hypothetical visit from President Obama

Never before in America's history have three black men occupied such official positions of power: President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. What would be intriguing is a conversation between Mr. Obama and Justice Thomas — two men who are seemingly polar opposites on the political spectrum, but at the same time in important ways represent the fruits of a great turning point in America's racial saga. Published April 19, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks in this April 2, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Obama's dangerous wordplay

As if the Islamic Republic of Iran's determined pursuit of nuclear weapons, track record of bloody terrorism, aggressive geopolitical power grabs, abhorrent human rights violations and history of lies were not enough — President Obama's recent interview should prove to everyone just how dangerous the framework agreement announced in Lausanne earlier this month really is. Published April 12, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation that she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool/File)

Emails with legs: The private deceptions of a public servant

It looks like the "convenient to have one device" explanation Hillary Rodham Clinton used to deflect inquiries as to why she used her private email account to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state is a bunch of pure hogwash. It has become evident that, in addition to her personal phone, she also used an iPad connected to her personal email account to send and receive information related to her official duties. Published April 5, 2015

President Barack Obama, left, speaks next to first lady Michelle Obama during a reception in recognition of African American History Month in the East Room of the White House Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Imagine the current state of black Americans under a Republican administration

Imagine if the president were a Republican, and if during the second half of his second term, after having been elected both times with record turnout by blacks, the black unemployment rate remained stagnant at 11 percent while the black poverty rate hit a record high of 27 percent. What would black politicians be saying about that Republican president? Published March 29, 2015

Raping the system: Cosby, sexual assault and racial retribution

Comedian, educator and actor Bill Cosby, now 77, came of age during a particularly nasty time in this country for race relations. In the late 1940s and 1950s, the regime that controlled the Jim Crow South was baring its lethal fangs in the face of increasing agitation by blacks for legal and social equality. Published March 22, 2015

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

GOP's 47 senators roll dice with letter to Iran

So what do we make of the 47 Republican senators who decided to write a letter to Iran's leaders in the midst of nuclear arms negotiations between President Obama and the mullahs' less-than-transparent nation? Published March 15, 2015

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

Finally, leadership has emerged

I have visited the Holy Land nearly a dozen times, and the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress left me with a range of intense emotions. Published March 8, 2015

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

When it comes to Iran and Israel, Obama is way off target

The unelected mullahs in Iran must be having a hearty laugh, enjoying the spectacle last week of President Obama and his administration falling over itself to drive a wedge between America and our vital Middle East ally Israel. Published March 1, 2015

Serena Williams (right) has returned to Indian Wells, California, where in 2001 she was taunted when she won a semifinal match against sister Venus when and injury forced Venus to withdraw. (Associated Press)

The indomitable Williams sisters

Being an avid tennis fan, I watched with horror and great pain the 2001 tennis matches at Indian Wells, California, where the Williams sisters and their father were treated as unwelcome aliens. Trying to grasp the fact that an adult audience could heckle, boo, and downright cheer Serena's double faults and errors in the championship was a time in sporting history I was hoping to forget happened. Published February 22, 2015

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

The bullet-pointed pen

Satire such as the pointed scoffing of French cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo has always been associated with lethality. In fact the very purpose of satire is to slay sacred cows — i.e. authoritarian ideologies that often bring life and liberty into grave peril. We ridiculed communism, we ridiculed fascism, and we continue to ridicule religious fanaticism in all of its forms. And that is justly so, because in a free society one is not bound by the strictures of others' gods. Published February 15, 2015

President Barack Obama at the 2014 National Action Network conference in New York with the group's founder, Rev. Al Sharpton, right. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool)

Al Sharpton: The Teflon don of civil rights

The Rev. Al Sharpton seems to have learned this lesson long ago: When you’re a controversial civil rights leader who’s made a career out of harassing the cops and embarrassing the government, never keep any assets in your own name. Published February 11, 2015

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

The Teflon Don of civil rights

The Rev. Al Sharpton seems to have learned this lesson long ago: When you're a controversial civil rights leader who's made a career out of harassing the cops and embarrassing the government, never keep any assets in your own name. But that has never prevented authorities from vigorously inspecting the good reverend's personal and organizational finances over the years, often coming up with troves of improprieties ranging from misappropriation to delinquency and possible fraud. Published February 8, 2015

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

Will the teachers unions ever learn?

In November the frustrations of Maryland's voters with their state's failed Democrat leadership finally boiled over and provided Larry Hogan an upset victory over the Democrats' chosen candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Published February 1, 2015

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

Obama's state of delusion

Most of the discussion after President Obama's recent State of the Union address centered on various programs and goals that have no chance of actually being passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate. But the most cynical, and probably the most dangerous, collision between reality and rhetoric was when the president spoke about Iran's illicit nuclear weapons program. Published January 25, 2015

To the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the economic challenges of Black America were equally as important as the social ones. (AP)

Black America's economic decline betrays King's legacy

On this anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy is in sure hands. His youngest daughter, pastor Bernice King, has taken over leadership of The King Center in Atlanta and is already doing great things. Notably, she has spent time working with youths in Ferguson to channel their rage and frustration over the Michael Brown shooting into positive action, just as her father helped channel black rage over social marginalization into a movement that fundamentally transformed America. Published January 18, 2015