Revisiting the heyday of department stores and five-and-dimes

Nathaniel J McFadden

Times are changing

Times are changing

How times have changed. While watching my weekend college football games and reading the newspaper, I observed something I could not imagine several years ago — Alabama and Mississippi's football teams are overwhelming black as are most teams in the South. In fact, you could count the number of white players on both offense and defense on one hand.

Second observation — now that the drug problem has hit the white community in record numbers, it is now seen as a mental and substance abuse issue — in other words, a health problem. Hello, Kurt Schmoke! Scores of black men and women find themselves, even to this day, entangled in our criminal justice system. They are...