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The mythical Black economy

Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.” Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.” Yet another has to do with “the production and consumption of goods and services of a community regarded as a whole.” As I look at the descriptions, only the last one partially applies to Black Americans collect ...

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Achievement gap or opportunity gap?

African American students achieve at a different level than white students. Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year institutions is falling. The rate of African American suspensions and expulsions from K-12 schools is higher than that of other groups. By almost any metric, there are gaps between African American students ...

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The unlikely path to entrepreneurship

The path to a career in the early 21st century is anything but a straight line. The very idea that you will just have one career is becoming increasingly antiquated. We have to be creative in our plans for economic sustainability. This means building upon success, and even as you go for your dreams, having a practical means to meet the demands of your economic reality. ...

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Reparations in order for 1963 bombing

It was terror that shook the nation. On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Four little girls, all dressed in white — 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair — died in the explosion, and are remembered in history. Congress now is considering offering them posthumously a C ...

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The reality behind the rhetoric – Part 1

President Obama’s 2014 proposed budget is a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. His stated goal is the creation of a “…rising, thriving middle class.” He considers his budget proposal to be a “fiscally responsible blueprint for middle-class jobs and growth.” The President has proposed a $3 million cap on retirement account balances; changing the Social Security cost-of-living adjustments to a “chained C ...

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When in doubt, blame a dark-skinned man

I don’t know where CNN’s John King got the information that a suspect in the Boston bombing was “a dark-skinned male,” but beyond apologizing he needs to explain himself. How many sources gave him the false tip? If it was fewer than two, then he violated a basic journalism rule. Who were these sources? (If you don’t want to out them publicly, tell your editor). Did King understand he used the kind of racial ...

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Once again, Korea!

Since most of the world’s population was not around at the beginning of this conflict, it is important for people everywhere to know the history of this 60-year-old struggle between the Western powers led by the United States and the people of Asia. ...

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I told you so: White supremacy surges in Michigan state government

Republican Governor Rick Snyder, State Treasurer Andy Dillon and the Republican legislators are ratcheting up for a white supremacist* takeover of Detroit from its people and elected officials as has already been done with the Detroit Public Schools. They are aggravating the law, empowering an emergency manager to act as an un-elected dictator, seizing all powers of the mayor and city council, who are chose ...

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Integrated inequality: A tale of two Americas –  Part 2

“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” — The late National Urban League and civil rights leader, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Last week, during the National Urban League’s 10th annual Legislative Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., we released the 37th edition of the “State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America.” This ...

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