Seeking a reprieve from Republicans, Edward Snowden and the website that couldn't, President Obama and the first lady held a feel-good event to push the issue of expanding college opportunity. There were lots of smiles, bucket-loads of remarks on heavy policy lifts and the sense that the White House would do its best to guarantee no child—at least none of those lucky enough to graduate from high school—would be left behind.
"We've got philanthropists and business leaders here, we've got leaders of innovative non-for-profits, we've got college presidents—from state universities and historically black colleges to Ivy League universities and community colleges," said the president. "More than 100 colleges and 40 organizations are announcing new commitments to help more young people not only go to but graduate from college."
Yet, despite the presence of the nation's higher-education apparatus, the most important word of the nearly 45-minute conversation was mentioned only once: tuition.
On the national day of reflection for Martin Luther King's birthday, an African-American Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 took to Twitter to demand that the president be hanged for war crimes, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
"I'm past impeachment," Joshua Black wrote on Twitter. "It's time to arrest and hang him high."
Black, 31, used to be a street preacher in St. Louis before he moved to Florida in 2007. According to his campaign website, Black found politics around 2012 when he tried influencing the presidential primary, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fifty-plus years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of his children being judged by character rather than skin color, The New Tri-State Defender used what would have been King's 85th birthday to probe whether it still is important to see and discuss race.
'We must talk about it'
Corey Tomlin, president of the University of Memphis' NAACP, has a view of the importance of seeing and talking about race and taking action.
"I believe racism and lines between color still exist today. It's easy to say we want to erase those lines...but to me...we have gotten too comfortable where we are right now," said Tomlin. "We must talk about it. We must have open discussions...but we also need to have some type of strategic plan to change things."
We hear so much about the plight of black children and their low test scores. We have not heard that African American children who are homeschooled are scoring at the 82 percent in reading and 77 percent in math. This is 30-40 percent above their counterparts being taught in school. There is a 30 percent racial gap in schools, but there is no racial gap in reading if taught in the home and only a 5 percent gap in math.
What explains the success of African American students being taught by their parents? I believe that it's love and high expectations. I am reminded of Booker T. Washington High School. They were honored several years ago for producing the greatest turnaround as a Recovery school. The principal had the opportunity to pick and choose her staff and emphatically stated, "If you want to teach in this school you must love the students."
Researchers love promoting that the racial gap is based on income, marital status, and the educational background of the parents. Seldom, if ever, do they research the impact of love and high expectations.
If you happen to be intellectually successful and black, your peers may remember your complexion as being a little bit lighter than it actually is, a new study published on Wednesday in SAGE Open has found.
The article, "When an 'Educated' Black Man Becomes Lighter in the Mind's Eye: Evidence for a Skin Tone Memory Bias," finds that instead of crushing stereotypes, educated black individuals may actually be remembered as "whiter" than they are and thus perceived as "exceptions to their race," enforcing perceptions about race and intelligence, Eureka Alert reports.
"When a Black stereotypic expectancy is violated (herein, encountering an educated Black male), this culturally incompatible information is resolved by distorting this person's skin tone to be lighter in memory and therefore to be perceived as 'Whiter,'" the main researcher, Avi Ben-Zeev, writes in the study.
WASHINGTON – The unemployment rate for blacks dipped to 11.9 percent in December, according to the Labor Department, largely because likely workers, discouraged after months of searching for jobs with little prospects, have simply stopped looking.
According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate for black men over 20 dipped from 12.1 percent in November to 11.5 percent in December and the jobless rate for white men fell at half that rate, from 5.9 percent in November to 5.6 percent in December. The unemployment rate for black women over 20 was 11.1 percent in November and 10.4 percent in December.
The unemployment rate for white women over 20 remained flat from November to December at 5.3 percent, the lowest rate for all adult worker groups.
The beat comes in—a rapid high-hat, laced with a dope-smoking, hypnotic keyboard punch—and then the hook, an ode to how Twain Gotti, a 22-year-old rapper from Newport News, Va., will ride out on his enemies.
Gotti proceeds to spit the lyrics that got him arrested for an unsolved murder in 2007:
Listen, walk to your boy and I approached him/12 midnight on his traphouse porch and everybody saw when I motherf--kin' choked him/but nobody saw when I motherfu--kin' smoked him, roped him, sharpened up the shank, then I poked him.