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Bullying: A call to action

Bullying is not a new phenomenon. There have always been bullies in school settings. But bullying is not a rite-of-passage. It is learned behavior that is neither acceptable nor justifiable. If not ad


University of Texas’ history of racism

The affirmative action program at the University of Texas now under review by the United States Supreme Court should not be looked at in isolation. As Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote in Grutter V. Bollinger, an affirmative action case involving the University of Michigan, "context matters when reviewing race-based governmental action under the Equal Protection Clause."


  • Written by George Curry

Genetically modified food can cause health problems

Leslie is a normal 16-year-old teenager. She is full of energy and life, but her effervescent personality tends to subside at times because she is always walking around with puffy eyes and a runny noise. When I asked her about this problem, she explained that it was par for the course, a condition she has accepted.

Curious and wanting to know more, I asked Leslie about her diet and how she feels after eating certain foods. She confirmed my suspicion – that her puffy eyes and runny nose manifest after eating common foods that we tend to enjoy every day.


30 percent of retired African-Americans avoid poverty via Social Security

Although many Americans are living longer, a new public policy analysis reveals that a disproportionate number of older people are also living in poverty – particularly if they are a person of color.

According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, Social Security keeps about 30 percent of older African Americans and Hispanics from retirement poverty. Yet another 20 percent of these two ethnicities at ages 65 or older, live in poverty at a rate that is double that for whites.


Presidential debates ignore big ticket items

When the presidential debate dust finally settles, President Obama and GOP Presidential foe Mitt Romney will have spent a grand total of four and one half hours battering each other on who can do the best or worst job on tax reform, job creation, deficit reduction, staunching Iran's nukes, and getting a grip on Middle East affairs.


  • Written by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

District 9 deserves a debate

Properly executed with fair, clearly established rules of engagement, there is nothing more stimulating or perhaps impactful to help voters understand the platform, priorities and policies of candidates for public office than a public debate.

Certainly that is the case with one of Greater Memphis' most important elected positions, the Tennessee 9th District Congressional seat, now held by Rep. Steve Cohen.


Young caregivers defer dreams to accept responsibility

Joyce is a happy woman with two teenage daughters. When she arrived home the other day, everything seemed to be in place for this single mother and her loving daughters. With two jobs and a fulfilling life, Joyce was living her version of an "American dream."

That dream, however, was deferred after her daughters responded to a loud thump that seemed to come from the bathroom.


Bullying: A victim’s story

Bullying: A victim’s story

My name is Charla Maclin. I am 24 years old and I am the impetus behind The Last Straw Campaign as well as the Koko and Friends Project. Our mission is to increase everyone's awareness and attention on the issue of bullying among youth in schools and other peer-group settings.

Bullying is not a rite-of-passage. It is cruel and inhumane treatment that is comparable to terrorism. I was a victim of bullying and I am also a survivor of three failed suicide attempts due to bullying that began at the age of eight.