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Why do so many people think blacks are racist?

Why do so many people think blacks are racist?

(The Root) – Blogging at the Huffington Post, Earl Ofari Hutchinson checks in on the recent Rasmussen poll, which showed that more Americans think that blacks are more racist than whites.

"A recent Rasmussen poll found that more Americans by a wide margin think blacks are more racist than whites. This also included a significant percent of blacks who according to Rasmussen said that they consider more blacks racist than whites or Hispanics. The poll was sloughed off, mocked, and skewered by some.

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Eat fresh fruits and vegetables if you want to live

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables if you want to live

CHEF TIMOTHY Eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is key to long life. But longevity cannot be achieved unless there is a lifestyle change. Too many people are afraid of change. They're complacent and uninspired to do what is best for their overall health.

Most people in society are lazy when it comes to taking good care of their health. They don't eat the right foods and don't drink enough water to keep their bodies hydrated. Also – and this is just as important – they don't spend enough time exercising. Many don't exercise at all.

In some respects, we don't think about our health failing. Eating poorly, in addition to living a sedentary lifestyle, is what causes the body to break down and lose its vigor. Food labels are responsible, in most cases, for causing people to err when choosing what foods to purchase.

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Sacramento mayor warns of ‘crisis’ in education

Sacramento mayor warns of ‘crisis’ in education

NASHVILLE – The education of African Americans has reached a state of crisis that demands a strong response from all African-Americans, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson told members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at its annual convention here.

"We have a crisis when it comes to public education in this country," Johnson said at a luncheon on Friday. "Only 52 percent of our third- and fourth-graders are reading at grade level. If you're black, only 16 percent of our kids in the third and fourth grade are reading at grade level – only 16 percent. To make matters worse, if you're not reading at grade level by the time you leave the third grade, 75 percent of the kids never catch up"

Johnson continued, "So, essentially if you can't read by the time you leave the third grade, the chances of you ever reading is very slim. This should be enough to outrage every single person in this room when 84 percent of the kids who look like us cannot read."

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  • Written by George Curry

Supreme Court makes right call on affirmative action & voting

Supreme Court makes right call on affirmative action & voting

Last week liberal blacks and whites went crazy after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on affirmative action and the voting rights cases. Well, I happen to agree with the court in both decisions. Now, before you start calling me a "sell-out, Uncle Tom," or Republican," turn off your emotions and listen to reason.

In the black community, the mere mention of revisiting any civil rights program automatically elicits cries of "Jim Crow," "racism," or "turning back the clock." Despite protestations to the contrary, in a 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court actually upheld the use of affirmative action. They simply stated that institutions must prove that they have exhausted all other remedies before they resort to using race in their admission decisions. In light of the progress we have made in this country on the issue of race, I find the court's decision very reasonable.

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  • Written by Raynard Jackson/NNPA

Why ‘cracker’ can’t compare to the n-word

Why ‘cracker’ can’t compare to the n-word

Discovering the bigger racist, Kathleen Parker writes at the Washington Post, seems to be the real goal at the heart of the George Zimmerman trial. When Rachel Jeantel, friend of the late Trayvon Martin, told the jury (last) week that Trayvon said a "creepy ass cracker" was following him, her words played into that very discussion.

But Parker writes that "cracker" and the n-word are not in similar territory.

"For those needing a refresher course, here are just a few reasons why cracker doesn't compare to the N-word. Cracker has never been used routinely to:

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What it means to be an American

What it means to be an American

With the deepening polarization of our country, I have been reflecting on the cause of this polarization.

One of the major issues confronting the U.S. is what it means to be an American. This may sound a bit trite, but this is at the heart of a lot of the intractable problems we are facing as a country. Everyone wants to carve out their own identity, with individuality being the motivating force behind the move, not the betterment of America.

There was a time when we were simply all Americans. Then we became Irish-Americans, Jewish-Americans, African-Americans, Homosexual-Americans, Illegal-Americans, etc.

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  • Written by Raynard Jackson/NNPA

‘Full plates’ and obesity overload African-American women

‘Full plates’ and obesity overload African-American women

Four out of five African-American women have a problem with being obese and each year that number seems to increase. This is an epidemic that must be reversed.

I talked with a woman recently about her weight problem and her struggle to lose the pounds. She had tried every type of diet and weight loss program on the market, but none of them helped her lose the weight. So, instead, she decided to accept the fact that she would never return to her former self, when she was more than 50 pounds lighter.

An integral part of the household, too many African-American women busy themselves around the house and care for the children without regard for themselves. Sedentary lifestyles are associated with weight gain.

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