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Monroe Anderson
I'm a Chicago Defender Columnist
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Soundcloud Sunday Here's a podcast of the first Ben Joravasky Show when "Monroe Monday" was also launched. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Monroe Anderson
Monroe Anderson's Common Ground_ Black Art from Monroe Andeson on Vimeo. Throw Back Thursday May 1991 The week before the South Side Community Art Center's annual auction, I did this Common Ground show on black art suddenly become collectible. My... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at Monroe Anderson
January 2008 I shot this photograph while I was covering the New Hampshire primary election as a freelance journalist working for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. I was on the Obama press bus when we made an impromptu stop at Jack's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Monroe Anderson
Actually, I may have been the one who was too subtle. To meet the cost of living in Chicago, you need to make $22 an hour. So, even with a hike to $15 an hour an adult will either need an additional part time job or a working spouse.
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Black teen unemployment is 92 percent in Chicago. Nice to see that you're concerned about the other eight percent.
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A Black man who had suffered a stroke was shot with a Taser and pepper spray because he was unable to get out of his car as a Virginia cop ordered. A Cleveland cop was found not guilty in the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Arlene: Nicely written piece. I feel you but tourists are not going anywhere where they run a real possibility of accidentally getting shot in a drive-by.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to build a gambling casino in Chicago to help offset the monstrous city's employees pension debt. Not only is that comparable to bailing out the Titanic with a water bucket, but it also will be yet... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Chicago police have set up a disproportionate amount of sobriety checkpoints in the black community. They also stopped and frisked the city's black residents at an alarming rate. This is just a couple of ways blacks Americans are burdened more... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
America's treatment of its urban Black youth has been anything but benign. Far too many of them have no jobs, no future and little to lose. Here's my take in the Chicago Defender. Black teen unemployment comes with a price... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Director Spike Lee will shoot a movie about black-on-black crime this summer in Chicago. The working title is Chiraq. That's Chicago and Iraq truncated into one word. Get it? Here's my Chicago Defender column on what Spike's movie should use... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
At some point, policemen everywhere are going to realize that there are cameras everywhere. That what they do in public will stay in public...forever. So far, there are too many cops who haven't gotten the point. They continue to perform... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Mayor Rahm Emanuel reeled in the Black vote, assuring that he'd get a second term. We delivered. This next term this is what I think he should do for us--as I discuss in my Chicago Defender column. The Mayor's to-do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
This is my commentary on the second Chicago mayoral debate which took place a week ago. This ran on The Root website Tuesday morning. The third and last mayoral debate took place that night. Chicago Mayor’s Race: Rahm Emanuel Takes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Indiana's Religious Freedom law has triggered a spirited debate throughout the nation and may be the next right wing attack on civil rights. Here's my Chicago Defender Column on the controversy. What’s bad for the gays will be bad for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
The first of three Chicago runoff mayoral election debates took place Monday night. Rahm Emanuel outperformed his challenger, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. But there are two debates in a little over two weeks before we'll know who's the last man standing.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Half a century after the Selma March, race still matters in America as events in Selma, Alabama, Madison, Wisconsin and Norman, Oklahoma demonstrated. Here's my take in my Chicago Defender column From Selma to Madison to Norman Monroe Anderson Defender... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Chicago's mayoral run-off election on April 7 looks like it may be too close to call. VOTE--Voice of the Ex-Offenders--plans to make its presence felt in the election. Whether the organization pulls it off or not is worth watching. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
For the past Century, Hollywood and African Americans have had a star-crossed relationship with the movie industry waging an image war against Blacks. Here's my Chicago Defender column on this sad situation. Selma boycotted but Hollywood still got Glory Monroe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Can JRW's Map-gate lead to better rules? By Monroe Anderson DEFENDER COLUMNIST Compared to other corruption and lying offenses in the Land of Lincoln, the Jackie Robinson West team scandal seems downright bush league. The Little League team was officially... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
Rauner’s union battle in black and white By Monroe Anderson DEFENDER COLUMNIST If anything can that raise a Republican’s ire almost as much as a Black man in the White House, it’s labor unions. So few should have been surprised... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
President Obama's Budget By Monroe Anderson DEFENDER COLUMNIST So just when America’s richest of the rich was uncorking the champagne and gorging themselves on imported caviar, it looks like the Commander-in-Chief has declared that the Class War is on again.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
This column on the Chicago mayor's race is my second of the weekly columns I'm writing for the Chicago Defender. White, Brown or Black? By Monroe Anderson Defender Columnist When the last vote is counted after next month’s mayoral election,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
I'm now writing a weekly column for the legendary Chicago Defender. This is my first one. Justice Needs New Eyes By Monroe Anderson Chicago Defender When it comes to black men in America, justice isn’t blind--it’s cockeyed. For the latest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Monroe Anderson
I've been planning to try my hand at NPR's Three-Minute Fiction since it first started. Each time, before I knew it, the deadline had come and gone. It almost got away from me this year. But on the day of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at Monroe Anderson