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Summertime Lessons to Improve Your Child's Life

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Summer ideas for youthI heard a conservative politician tell a sick joke this past week. He said someone wanted to figure a way to keep Black folks down. He then said that they were given a gift to make it happen. The gift was public education. I am convinced that public education has many problems, but it is up to parents to make up the differences to try to equalize the educational experience.



A Tragic Mother's Day, For Some

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Mother's Day in the me-only worldIn Nigeria, one of Africa's largest countries, 223 girls (and counting) have been abducted from their boarding school while they were sleeping. As the story goes, a terrorist group called Boko Haram entered with guns and kidnapped the girls in the middle of the night. After taking the girls, the group burned down the school. Boko Haram apparently means western education for girls is forbidden.



History Holds Lessons for Future

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Remember today's history for tomorrow - Donald Sterling - Cliven BundyAt church on Easter Sunday, my wife and I noticed a child about one year old clapping her tiny hands and dancing to the lively music. As the week went on, I couldn't help but think about that child and the fact that she has a few lessons to learn, but starting by learning to love church is the right place to begin, because getting a start in the wrong place can be damaging.



Black Events Still Have a Place

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Black events still have a placeI keep a picture of the two teams who played in the 1924 Black Baseball League World Series. The teams were the Kansas City Monarchs and the Hilldale Giants. The Black Baseball leagues are one of the many results of race segregation in America. The leagues history extends back to just after the American Civil War when Black baseball players could not play in the so-called traditional White leagues, so they would form their own leagues.



The Myth of Sisyphus

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - civil rights and myth of SisyphusAs I watched the national college basketball championship game between Kentucky and University of Connecticut, I was struck by a couple of facts. First, here we were watching Kentucky, a state in the heart of the historical Confederacy that was determined to maintain slavery. They were so determined because of what they considered inherent inferiority of Blacks to Whites that they fought and died to maintain the slave industry. And second, here we were watching a team of, primarily Blacks, fighting for the national championship for Kentucky. The third thing I was struck by was the fact that a Black man was coaching the team that won the brawl. The result was that the University of Connecticut won. The Confederacy lost, again.



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