Blame a Black Man – The Ebola Version

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - Chicken Little and Ebola in the U.S.In a country of 310 million people in which international and domestic airlines move millions of Americans and foreign nationals from one place to another every day, two people thus far have tested positive for the Ebola virus. Both of those people are nurses, members of the staff at the one hospital in Texas who treated the Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, whose Ebola infection manifested itself after he had arrived in Dallas.



U.S. Trails More Than 100 Countries in Voter Turnout

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - U.S. ranks low in voter turnout among other countriesLost in the frenzy to erect barriers to voting, including reducing the hours available for early voting and imposing strict voter ID requirements, is the embarrassing fact that the United States lags behind more than 100 countries in the percentage of registered voters who show up on Election Day.

The U.S. ranks 120th with a voter turnout rate of 66.5 percent. That's well behind No. 1 Australia (94.5 percent) and even behind Guyana (88.5 percent), Belize (80.4 percent), Mozambique (78 percent), Honduras (72.8 percent) and Uganda (70.8 percent).



Viewing Political Corruption More Broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans' views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is "widespread" in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. "In other words," Edsall wrote, "we were cynical already, but now we're in overdrive."

Corruption is hardly a negligible issue. Americans rightly have very little tolerance for public officials who are on the take. Officials who violate the law in this regard should face criminal prosecution and incarceration.



Preserving the Right to Vote

"In Georgia, over forty thousand registered voter registration forms have come up missing ... There are coordinated efforts to prevent Blacks from voting. They are using schemes like protecting the public from voter fraud and keeping those who should be allowed to vote from voting."

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - civil rights and votingMuch of the struggle of the civil rights movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was about gaining rights denied to Black Americans, including the right to vote. With the right to vote comes the right to choose who your leaders are and what rights you have to education and economic welfare. It was understood that in the pre-civil rights struggle period your rights were defined for you by those who had the right to vote. This meant, primarily, White people.



For-Profit Colleges Deliver More Debt Than Degrees

High-Cost Schools Target Students of Color, Military Members

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - For-Profit CollegesOctober 16, 2014 - Weeks before the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) announces a new rule governing career education programs, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has released research that finds high-cost, for-profit colleges make millions each year by targeting students of color. While these college profits are generated largely from taxpayer funding, their students incur heavy debts with low graduation rates and nearly no marketable skills.



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