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A Victory for Affirmative Action

Black news from Pasadena - Commentary - Texas and affirmative action rulingAlmost lost among the news last week about the war in the Middle East and a war of another kind in Washington between Republicans and President Obama was a bit of good news: A federal appeals court, acting on a case remanded by the Supreme Court, upheld the University of Texas' modest affirmative action program.

Celebration of the victory is expected to be short lived because it is certain that the Supreme Court, which remanded the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last summer, will take the case up again, this time ruling directly on whether the university's carefully crafted affirmative action program is constitutional.

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Dogs Eat Better Than One Million Children

Black news from Pasadena - Commentary - Dogs eat better than childrenThe South African charity Feed a Child (http://www.feedachild.co.za/) chose to highlight child poverty in South Africa by portraying a little Black boy being fed like a dog by a seemingly affluent White woman. In the ad, the boy has his head on the woman's lap, at her feet, on his knees, and licking off her fingers. The point, they say? According to the ad's tagline "The average dog eats better than millions of children."

The ad ran for about five days in South Africa and its airing generated such a maelstrom. Feed a Child withdrew the ad and "unreservedly" issued an apology. Ogilvy and Mather, the international agency that produced the ad, also apologized "unreservedly." In her apology, Alza Rautenbach says, "Like a child, I don't see race or politics – the only thing that is important to me is to make a difference in a child's life and to make sure that that child is fed on a daily basis."

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Russian Drive-By Shooting Kills Hundreds, Where is the Love?

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Russian drive by shooting and President ObamaOne month after a federal settlement awarded one million dollars in the Pasadena McDade shooting case, a video of an LAPD officer has been shown on a video kicking a Latino woman. The kicking occurred in a Van Nuys jail holding cell. His partner joined in the abusive force actions. In another case of excessive force, an African American woman was beaten by a Highway patrolman on the side of a highway.

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One Man’s Trash is Another’s Treasure

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Buy a piece of AmericaWhen my wife and I visited Detroit, Michigan some months ago for a former Pastor's wife's memorial services, we were not aware of the real economic condition of Detroit's Black community. We now know than for young entrepreneurial students and practitioners, Detroit provides opportunities galore.

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Obama Haters Won’t Stop But He Keeps Rising

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Obama hatersAs America nears the end of the Obama years, there are those who just won't let go of their hatred of him. In my opinion, their hatred of him is based solely on his race and his African American heritage. The Tea Party haters have taken the lead in demonstrating hate against Obama. One big hatred is by governors of states who refuse federal dollars to help the citizens in their states get free health care through Medicaid for the underprivileged. It's hard to keep track of the laws that are anti-Obama but approximately one half of the states are saying no to free federal dollars for health care under Medicaid.

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