Welcome to the Promised Land: Obama, the Voting Rights Act, and the Death of Racial Justice in America

Yesterday, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Back in the day, before racism was over, certain states and municipalities adopted various strategies which prevented blacks from voting. The Voting Rights Act sought to rectify that by first establishing a formula to determine if a given jurisdiction had discriminated…

Obama’s Hypocrisy on Education

In a recent article that’s gotten a lot of social media buzz, Ta-Nehisi Coates critiques the way that Barack and Michelle Obama address black America. He did a great job so I’m not going to touch on his arguments. But what jumped out at me as I read Coates’ article, was the First Couple’s message…

Bad in Bad: The Conflict in Mali

Early on in my time in Kasoa, Ghana, I met a colorful neighbor named Bright. Bright, who was born in Togo but has lived in Ghana since he was 12, is a jack-of-all-trades. He owns an electrical shop in Peace Town, teaches French at a local primary school, served as an electoral commissioner in Ghana’s…

Development Politics in Ghana (Part 2)

After an extra day of voting due to long lines and technological failures and pending the results of an NPP court challenge, the NDC has come out on top in Ghana’s 2012 parliamentary and presidential election. This continues the electoral pattern that has emerged here since the 1992 conclusion of military rule in which one…

Development Politcs In Ghana (Part 1)

The bulk of Ghana’s electricity is generated by the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam on the Volta River. This means that as the Volta’s water levels rise or fall, so to does the availability of electricity throughout the country. Generally speaking, there isn’t enough electricity to go around.