Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:55
Frederick Douglass said, "Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never did and never will." I often wonder what Black people do not understand about that statement. We love to quote it, but when it comes to putting it into practice, we fall far short of the spirit of Douglass' words. Maybe Douglass should have added this caveat: "A demand is nothing without power to back it up."
In response to incidents of injustice, we are quick to resort to the same old tactics directed by leaders who sell us out. They tell us, as our president told the Congressional Black Caucus a few years ago: "Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes," and hit the streets chanting and singing in an effort to show our discontent.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:45
As the NFL's 2014 season warms up, Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson, prepares to face charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. A week prior, news surfaced that he had spanked his 4-year-old son with a switch, resulting in major bruises and lacerations on his legs, thighs, and scrotum.
When the news broke, NBA's Charles Barkley happened to be a guest on an NFL sportscasting show, where he explained, "Whipping – we do that all the time. Every Black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances."
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:41
The purpose of public schools is to educate not exclude children, and to help identify and meet children's needs, not make children serve adult convenience, self-interest, and systems. So huge reforms are required in school discipline policies and practices across our nation as school pushout has worsened in past decades with the criminalization of children at younger and younger ages aided and abetted by school expulsion and suspension policies which funnel children into the prison pipeline often crippling them for life.
Nationally, the number of secondary school students suspended or expelled during a school year increased about 40 percent from 1 in 13 in 1972–73 to 1 in 9 in 2009–10.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:17
After being confirmed as the nation's first African American U.S. attorney general, Eric H. Holder, Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tip-toe around the volatile subject of race.
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards," Holder declared in a speech at the Justice Department.
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:38
By Jamal-Dominique Hopkins, Institute for Advanced African American Christian Thought
This past July, while on a visit home from Atlanta, GA with my son, I drove past my alma mater, Pasadena City College (PCC), on East Colorado Blvd. As I often do when driving around Pasadena with my kids, I show them certain historical landmarks, the places that I use to visit, and the schools that I have attended while growing up here. Over the past eight years while living in the South, many changes have taken place throughout Pasadena. A surprising change currently underway is the construction of a new Chick-Fil-A restaurant adjacent to Pasadena City
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