09 22 2014
  7:22 pm  

School System Is Modern Apartheid

"Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty ..."
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" has long been known as the Negro National Anthem. I wonder how our nation would be different if we had made this song the official national anthem. What if we celebrated unity in the beautiful words of James Weldon Johnson instead of glorifying "the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air?" Imagine!

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Blacks Won't Vote for GOP Till It's Worthwhile

This fall has brought relief from the glib conventional wisdom that the Republican Party is poised to capture a significant percentage of African American voters. That article of faith has been proclaimed with unvarnished confidence ever since President Ronald Reagan first captured the White House 25 years ago.
Unfortunately, it's never been backed up with actual accomplishment.

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Kids Are Doing the Time, But Not the Crimes

The increasing criminalization of children has become a major crisis. Children are being suspended and expelled from school and incarcerated in the juvenile and adult justice systems at alarming rates and at younger and younger ages.
This increased incarceration is not due to an increase in serious delinquent or violent criminal behavior by young people. Juvenile arrests for violent crimes grew rapidly in the late 1980s and peaked in 1994, but then began falling.

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American Torture Shames and Endangers Us

"We do not torture," President Bush said last week. But this pledge, delivered almost as if it were a bully's taunt rather than a leader's promise, is simply not true — and the president knows it.
The pictures from Abu Ghraib displayed to the world that the United States has trampled the international standards that this country had traditionally championed

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