As the major urban centers face cuts in education, gentrification of residential areas, and increased cuts in services another reality is taking place – the selling off of “the best of what urban America” has to offer to corporate interests. Philadelphia Schools Superintendent, Dr. William Hite recently announced a proposal to close or combine 37 public schools. (more…)
Dear Chairman Cleaver,
On May 29, 2012, Bob Law, Betty Dopson, Michael North and New York City Councilman Charles Barron, in our individual listener capacities and as representatives of a putative class of New York City listeners, filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to prevent the transference of the broadcast license of New York’s Inner City Broadcasting to YMF Media. The issue we have raised goes well beyond New York…Read full post
President Barack Hussein Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats — every day.
During the 2012 presidential campaign there was an increase in the number of death threats, which further challenged an already over-stretched and under-resourced Secret Service according to author Ronald Kessler. His new book is titled In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They ProtectRead full post
It seems the re-election of President Barack Obama is fueling increased incidents of “aggressive behavior” by some whites against Black people. Recent encounters in the workplace, online, on college campuses, on television and walking on the streets are giving everyday people a taste of the divided nation.
Back in August, freshman Jamal Woods notified an instructor at the University of Mississippi (known as Ole Miss)…Read full post
By Fredrick C. Harris via The New York Times
WHEN African-Americans go to the polls next week, they are likely to support Barack Obama at a level approaching the 95 percent share of the black vote he received in 2008. As well they should, given the symbolic exceptionalism of his presidency and the modern Republican Party’s utter disregard for economic justice, civil rights and the social safety net.
But for those who had seen in President Obama’s election…Read full post
I received an awesome graphic that illustrates the American prison spending and incarceration rates.
It highlights the failed “War on Drugs” and the fact that the number of people in private prisons has grown by 120% while costing taxpayers $1,600 more per year. Federal, state and local governments are spending an astounding $75 billion per year on incarceration.
Take a look at the graphic and share your comments below.
by Michael Tomasky via The Daily Beast
It happens every election: mysterious fliers, robocalls, malfunctioning machines that deny blacks the right to vote. Now the Republican Party has explicitly embraced the strategy.
I can’t identify too many threads that connect every single election I’ve ever covered. But one feature has been a constant through every election I’ve seen up close, from New York City Council elections to mayor to governor to senator to president: efforts to suppress the black vote, and, often enough, the Latino vote. I’ve seen the fliers, heard the…Read full post
Mia Moody, Ph.D. spent more than three years studying hate groups on Facebook. The assistant professor and researcher at Baylor College released her findings in a report titled “New Media-Same Stereotypes: An Analysis of Social Media Depictions of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.” The report states that “historical racist portrayals of black men and women often fell into one of three categories —blackface/animalist, socially deviant and evil/angry —and over-emphasized and…Read full post
Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Justin Marrus, son of NY Supreme Court Judge Alan D. Marrus apologized Monday for pictures that surfaced of him dressed in black face and simulating prison rape. Marrus, now 25, uploaded the photos to Facebook six years ago when he was an undergraduate student.
Fox News recently brought up a very interesting topic when they mused whether the NAACP, the largest and oldest civil rights organization, supports the Democratic Party, and most specifically President Obama, over the desires of its membership.
It can definitely be viewed that way since the NAACP suddenly and curiously came out in support of same-sex marriages publicly only after President Obama took a stance on the issue. Wall Street…Read full post