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When the World Blows Up, Just Blame Hip-Hop

When the World Blows Up, Just Blame Hip-Hop
It was only a matter of time. A violent convergence of domestic and international events has us all feeling as if the world is falling off its axis. Headlines telling of rioters rocking Ferguson, Mo., are intersected with constant flashes of black-masked Islamic State marauders leaving bloody trails of decapitated heads as they pillage the Middle Eastern desert. And in the inevitable reach to explain the Four Horsemen chaos of assorted colored folk shaking it up, the best dissertation the mainstream media can find is that it must be hip-hop’s fault.

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From ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ to ‘Hands Up, Vote’

From ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ to ‘Hands Up, Vote’
Out of every momentous national tragedy that Black Americans have continued to endure in the United States, there has always emerged a redeeming moment to push harder and further on the long journey toward freedom, justice and equality. The continuing unrestrained fatal police killings of Black American males in St. Louis County, Missouri is now described as part of a national “open season” to kill Blacks in America. What should we do now? What is the redeeming action that should be taken?
 
In the aftermath of the murders of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and so many others, what should be our next course of action? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., writing in his last book, pointed the way.

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Do We Perpetuate Black Stereotypes?

Do We Perpetuate Black Stereotypes?
Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of these victims were all unarmed, young, Black and male.
 
In each instance, there were credible witnesses or video recordings that recounted events very differently from the official police version. Based on what we know so far, I think all the policemen involved in these unjustified deaths should be convicted of murder and sent to jail.

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Whose son will be next?

Whose son will be next?
When the news that a white policeman, now identified as Officer Darren Wilson, had shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last week, the familiarity of the tragedy struck a chord with African-Americans nationwide.
 
Before the grand jury that was convened on Wednesday (Aug. 21) could begin its work, an angry reaction erupted in Ferguson. The city’s police made it worse, observers said, by withholding Wilson’s name as Brown’s shooter. 

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  • Written by Tony Jones

Dogs Get More Respect than Michael Brown

Dogs Get More Respect than Michael Brown
It doesn’t matter if you are state legislator or an alderman, a journalist or a local leader. If you are in Ferguson, Mo., you won’t get any respect. You can be the uncle of a victim whose body was left to lie on the street for several hours and you will not be allowed to cover your young nephew. Not many would let dog lay uncovered for several hours. Young Black Michael Brown apparently got less consideration than a dog.
 
The streets burst into flames, but Gov. Jay Nixon couldn’t make a statement until five days after Michael Brown was massacred. We know Michael Brown’s name; we know how he was treated, but Chief Thomas Jackson refused to release the shooting officer’s name until he was forced to by an enterprising Internet hacking group. The officer was supposedly entitled to privacy, however briefly, but Michael did not deserve enough privacy to have his bloody body covered after he was massacred.

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Did School Integration Fail Black Children?

Did School Integration Fail Black Children?
Back-to-school is just around the corner and 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, many children will be returning to “resegregated” schools. The anniversary year has prompted much investigation and analysis, most pointing toward waning enforcement of integration orders. But what if integration itself is part of the problem?
 
As a young girl in Bainbridge, Ga., I attended segregated schools two years before the 1954 Brown ruling and six years after. My teachers and school administrators lived in our neighborhood and knew my parents. These educators had high expectations for us and were daily role models and cheerleaders for our success. I had a rich, balanced educational experience rooted in strong cultural awareness.

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Blow it up! Dismal results for Shelby Democrats warrant ‘New Deal’ for African Americans

Blow it up! Dismal results for Shelby Democrats warrant ‘New Deal’ for African Americans
Following the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, which included the Black Cabinet, opened the door for African Americans to participate widely in policy change and government. More importantly, it led to wholesale defections from the Republican Party into the Democratic Party. 
 
Subsequent Democratic Party leaders – from the Kennedys to Lyndon Johnson – supported and signed civil rights legislation and solidified the loyalty of African Americans by and large to the Democratic Party.  

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  • Written by Bernal E Smith II

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