A Somali-American, who happens to be Muslim, she’s attracted attention as much for being one of the first Muslims voted to Congress as for her outspokenness and willingness to shake up the establishment.
Twice in one month, her comments about the power and influence of the American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and recent tweets and a comment during a town hall meeting created a firestorm and condemnation from congressional politicians on both sides of the aisle.
“I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee,” Omar tweeted. “I am told every day that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks.”
Updated Mar 12, 2019 - 10:14:51 AM
National News Black women and the ugly reality of domestic violence
Last Thanksgiving was a particularly bad holiday for the families of six Black females who died at a time often used to focus on reasons to be grateful. But advocates say domestic violence and assaults against Black women still draw too little attention, outrage and protest.
Updated Mar 12, 2019 - 10:07:42 PM
National News Best and worst states for women named in report
Researchers for the “Best and Worst States for Women” report analyzed statistics for 50 states and the District of Columbia. They looked at nine categories: median earnings, unemployment, poverty, women-owned businesses, high school graduation rates, the percentage of women who voted in the 2016 presidential elections, uninsured rates, life expectancy at birth, and homicide rates.
Updated Mar 12, 2019 - 9:59:30 PM
National News More talk, no action?
The issue of reparations has become a hotly politicized topic in the run up to the 2020 presidential election. Of course, reparations as redress for the horrors inflicted upon Black people in America, both during and after slavery isn’t a new conversation.
Updated Mar 5, 2019 - 10:03:20 PM
National News A sexual predator’s shelter begins to crumble
In a case that’s taking state and federal governments by storm, women who were victims of sexual abuse as minors by Jeffrey Epstein, a West Palm Beach, Fla. billionaire, are demanding that the government remove his federal immunity, vacate his plea deal and reopen his sex trafficking case.
Updated Mar 5, 2019 - 10:02:15 PM
National News Deadly day of tornados strike Alabama
BEAUREGARD, Ala.—Rescuers searched for victims March 4 amid homes smashed to their foundations, shredded metal dangling from trees and dead animals lying in the open after at least one tornado ripped through a rural Alabama community.
Updated Mar 5, 2019 - 9:59:15 PM
National News Student Minister William Muhammad honored in Milwaukee
Recently, on a bitterly cold and icy night, registered members of the Nation of Islam, family, friends and supporters gathered to celebrate Student Minister William Muhammad’s 60th birth-anniversary at Suite Lounge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Updated Mar 5, 2019 - 9:42:36 PM