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Too stressed to be blessed


Black folks lead the nation in church-going, praise-dancing, shouting, call-and-response, and “whoopin.” We like to “get our church on” and feel good while doing so. We do our holy dances and run down the aisles to lay our money at the feet of preachers, some of whom “anoint” it, by stepping on it, before they spend it. During a 2 to 3-hour period on Sundays, black churchgoers display their finest clothing, which in many cases pretentiously shrouds our misery, pain, anger, contempt, double-lives, and any number of issues we face during the other six days of the week.

For some, church service is a release, an ecstatic elixir for what ails us – at least for a few hours. It is a time for us to exchange pleasantries with others: “How are you this morning?” “Fine, just fine” is the usual reply, despite knowing all along that we are stressed out about something. We have all the sayings down pat. “Too anointed to be disappointed;” “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good” (That one is quite true); and “I’m too blessed to be stressed,” just to name a few. But what is really behind the masks that we wear? What is beneath the fine clothes and the forced smiles?

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The black athlete – When does one become ‘black enough?’

Black Enough

Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson published a revealing article a month ago on ThePlayersTribune.com in which he discussed being a bully in grade school. Wilson evidently concluded that it would be beneficial to tarnish his squeaky-clean image so more fans and players could relate to him. But now it’s been reported that unnamed “sources” within the Seahawks locker room claim some players don’t consider Wilson “Black enough.”

It seems like just yesterday that Barack Obama, was questioned about not being “Black enough” while running for president in 2008. In fact, he showed up late for a speech to the National Association of Black Journalists and jokingly asked was that Black enough for them. Former Miami Dolphins lineman, Jonathan Martin was deemed not “Black enough” by his African-American teammates a year ago, when being bullied and called the N-word by Richie Incognito, a White teammate. A year earlier, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, whose father boasted that he and his wife had reared their son to be colorblind, faced similar charges.

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Critics: Former FBI agent was paid $157,000 by Ala. school system to spy on African-American kids


A former FBI agent was paid $157,000 to oversee security efforts at Alabama's Huntsville City Schools, including monitoring the social media activity of students, an effort critics argue was unjustly targeted toward African Americans.

The spying on social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter led to 14 expulsions last school year; 12 of them of African-American students.
According to AL.com, the former FBI agent, Chris McRae, oversees Huntsville schools' Students Against Fear (SAFe) program, and was provided anonymous tips which he then used to go on social media sites to monitor students' accounts to assess the threat level.


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Budget cuts may imperil African Americans from checking out public libraries


WASHINGTON – Between the rise of digital media, changing social landscapes, and decreased funding, the nation’s 8,956 public library systems are at a crisis stage. And underserved communities and people of color stand to lose more than other communities.

Public libraries stand in the gap for many African Americans and their households. In a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 47 percent of African-American respondents 16 years and older had visited a library within the past year. African Americans and Latinos were more likely to consider their public library’s services “very important to their lives.”

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Pulaski looks to reclaim its past from Klan

Matt Gardner

PULASKI, Tenn. (AP) — Racists scared Matt Gardner off his front porch in Giles County more than 100 years ago.

As the locals tell it, warning shots fired at the prominent black farmer's home forced him to keep to the backyard for the last several decades of his life.

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