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What the book ‘Place, Not Race’ doesn’t get

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I vividly remember the affirmative action debates that raged on my campus when I was a college student in the early ’90s. Many of our debates centered on Stephen L. Carter’s “Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby.” To me, Carter was a person who had benefited from his inclusion in formerly all-white spaces who had suddenly turned on my generation as we were attempting to set down our own roots in a wider, post-civil-rights America. Others felt that we were taking advantage of something we had not earned.
I read Carter’s book as a betrayal. Not only had I earned my scores and achievements, but I also felt as though I more than deserved a place at the University of Virginia, precisely because of its history: My “home” in the “academical village” was literally built by my ancestors. This centurieslong history enriched my quest to learn everything I could at a university that had once barred black Americans and women.

How does God want us to deal with racism?

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In his new book “The Truth about Racism, Its Origins, Legacy and How God Wants Us To Deal With It,” Dr. Philip Asante sets out to uncover the truth about racism by providing a scientifically-supported perspective into the origins of racist ideology.
Asante, the son of a black African father and white English mother, explores contributions from both Christianity and the theory of Evolution.
“Whether you believe in creation or evolution, all humanity is related,” Asante said. “The subject of racism is, of course, controversial and continuous in society and in the church.”

Is TVA moving from coal to gas?

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TVA is making decisions about the future of the Allen coal-burning power plant right now. This urgent issue requires immediate action in our community. Yes, they provide us electricity, but there is a cleaner safer way than burning coal.
The problem
TVA released a draft environmental assessment outlining plans to retire the Allen coal-burning power plant in Memphis and to replace it with a natural gas-fired plant. TVA recently hosted a public open house event (July 8th) at the Amtrak Train Station Boardroom to discuss their plans with the public. The Sierra Club, the NAACP Memphis Branch, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy were on hand to share their organizational views on the TVA’s proposed plan to convert the plant from coal to natural gas.  

Concussions a greater problem for African-American youth

WASHINGTON – Despite the flurry of news about NFL lawsuits over concussions, the problem affects far more athletes at the high school and junior high school level, according to federal government statistics.
In 2009 alone, nearly 250,000 youth age 19 or younger were treated in emergency rooms for sports and recreation-related injuries that included concussions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Between 2001 and 2009, the rate of such visits rose 57 percent.
Concussions occur when the brain is shaken violently against the skull. Although concussions are the most common brain injury, widespread awareness and concern about this issue in the world of student athletics is fairly recent.

Memphis makes room for comedy

If there was ever a void in Memphis when it comes to comedy, it doesn’t exist anymore. No more waiting for the occasional comedy show to come to the Orpheum or Cannon Center. Big laughs can now be found in Memphis as often as “weekly”. 
Perignon’s Restaurant & Lounge, located at 2818 Coleman Road, has been very successful with “J. Young Presents Saturday Night Laughs,” which commands quite a following every first Saturday of each month.
Jason Young, Saturday Night Laughs promoter, wanted a night that couples could prepare in advance for and serve as a date night for married couples. “I would love for SNL to be that event where people reconnect their lives to laughter with one another because it's good for the soul.”