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WILLIAMS: My season with Mandela

In 1990, I had a profoundly life-changing experience. My job required my spending many months in South Africa. Never in America, before or since, had I felt and seen such racism, raw and ugly, as was laid bare in South Africa, where blacks were treated as chattel and subhuman. Then I met Nelson Mandela. Published July 21, 2013

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

WILLIAMS: The dynamics of market credit for low-end consumers

A recent Wall Street Journal article examined how the Federal Reserve's use of low interest rate policies has failed to reach those most in need. Aptly calling it the "credit divide," the article said that "Fed officials have been so frustrated in the past year that low interest rate policies haven't reached enough Americans to spur stronger growth, the way economics textbooks say low rates should." Published July 8, 2013

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

WILLIAMS: A good doctor eyes his next steps

Dr. Ben Carson is retiring from neurosurgery on the 36th anniversary of the beginning of his historic career. Joining Johns Hopkins Hospital on July 1, Dr. Carson rose from adult neurosurgery resident to become director of pediatric neurosurgery. Along the way, he pioneered many innovative procedures and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts. I spoke with the good doctor recently about his career and plans. Published June 30, 2013

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

WILLIAMS: Syria: Pick your poison or pass the cup

President Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Group of Eight summit last week to discuss many things, but the biggest topic appeared to be their differences over Syria. One look at a picture of their meeting tells you how poorly it went. Published June 23, 2013

President Obama (right) and Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. stand onstage during the  college's 129th commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WILLIAMS: Exposing the fraud of America's higher education

No longer are good grades and good test scores enough to get you into a desirable university. No, it takes greater resources, time and existential insight. These new conditions favor the affluent and unscrupulous. Published June 9, 2013

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

WILLIAMS: U.S. should support Nigeria in its fight against Islamists

During Secretary of State John F. Kerry's first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa last week, he had the opportunity to publicly bolster a key U.S. ally. Instead, he singled out Nigeria for criticism at the very time the country is engaged in a pitched battle to defend itself against radical Islamic terrorists who have pledged to overthrow the government and replace it with an Islamic state. Published May 26, 2013

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

WILLIAMS: A week of scandals proves the incompetence of liberalism

Scandals are nothing new in Washington. Just about every president has faced an accusation of misconduct, whether moral or criminal. It should be no surprise that the Obama administration finds itself in the midst of one (well actually three). Published May 19, 2013

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

WILLIAMS: A mother's love

Growing up in Marion County, S.C., in the 1960s, I could not at the time appreciate the incredible wonders of my mother. Published May 12, 2013

In a Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 file photo, Boston Celtics' Jason Collins poses during Celtics NBA basketball media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. NBA veteran center Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday, April 29, 2013 on Sports Illustrated's website. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

WILLIAMS: We shouldn't care who Jason Collins has sex with

Let me congratulate Jason Collins on coming out so he can openly be who he is with no shame. Being who you are takes great personal courage. The relief he must feel with his friends and family has to be immense. But personally, I do not care about Mr. Collins' sexuality, and neither should you. Rather, I care that he be a good person, son, brother and teammate. Published May 5, 2013

WILLIAMS: Speed camera use robs us of our humanity

Last year the District of Columbia's speed cameras generated $95.6 million in revenue. That was double 2011's receipts, so you can bet there was dancing in the hallways at city hall over an extra $50 million in the coffers. And what did this cost you? Only your basic rights. Published April 28, 2013

WILLIAMS: Fostering black entrepreneurship

If you do a search on the Internet for the wealthiest black businessmen, the results may (or may not) come as a surprise to you. The list is dominated by athletes and entertainment figures; in fact, only two of the names that consistently come up are what you would consider traditional businessmen Robert Johnson (worth $550 million) and R. Donahue Peebles ($350 million). Published April 14, 2013

WILLIAMS: The Left's deft intolerance

The cases before the Supreme Court last week once again brought a focus on the idea of tolerance in our country. Tolerance is a funny thing in the political sphere and is increasingly used by people on the left to denigrate anyone who opposes them. Published April 7, 2013

WILLIAMS: Imagine if only criminals had guns

Imagine a city where the people have come to feel so victimized by gun violence that they give up trying to stop criminals. Instead, they choose the most easily identifiable symbol of their problem — gun manufacturers — and start yelling at them. To these frightened souls, it feels good to yell at gun manufacturers. It feels good to vent their fears. Mainstream media, both TV and print, tell sad and compelling stories about how innocents are gunned down across our nation, to convince we the people that the solution is more gun control legislation. Published March 24, 2013

WILLIAMS: The power of manipulated images

Veteran New York Timesman Bill Keller was asked recently what role he thought the newspaper played in journalism moving forward in the digital age. "Value added," he replied. Astonishing if you think about it: The world's No. 1 newspaper for more than a century had just been reduced to almost an afterthought in the eyes of its former editor. Published March 17, 2013

WILLIAMS: We’re not entitled to high national self-esteem

Book 15 of Ovid's Metamorphoses contains a little synopsis of his epic, and of his Pythagorean philosophy: "Nothing in all the world remains unchanged. All things are in a state of flux, all shapes receive a changing nature. Time itself glides on with constant motion, ever as a flowing river. Neither river nor the fleeting hour can stop its constant course. But, as each wave drives on a wave, as each is pressed by that which follows, and must press on that before it, so the moments fly, and others follow, so they are renewed. The moment which moved on before is past, and that which was not, now exists in time, and every one comes, goes, and is replaced." Published March 10, 2013

WILLIAMS: The home-grown terrorist next door

Reports are released every day in Washington, but one that could prove to be of life-or-death importance was unveiled last week by the Henry Jackson Society, a bipartisan think tank with headquarters in London. "Al-Qaeda in the United States: A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offenses" holds up a mirror to America and provides us with a clear but terrifying image. Published March 3, 2013