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The State of America’s Children 2012

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." When we look at the sta


  • Written by Marian Wright Edelman

Crucifying Chick-fil-A’s owner for his beliefs

In an attempt to drum up more business, Chick-fil-A has ads and billboards featuring black-and-white spotted cows – acting in what the company calls their "enlightened self-interest" – urging people to "Eat Mor Chikin."

But that's not what gay rights advocates want in the aftermath of the president of Chick-fil-A expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. They don't want the public to eat less chicken at Chick-fil-A – they don't want consumers to eat any chicken served by the Atlanta-based chain.


  • Written by George Curry

Do ‘virtual schools’ work?

by Larry T. Robinson
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

(Larry T. Robinson is an evangelist for the transcendental matrimony of education + technology. His ED+TECH column is designed to create a forum that inspires insightful discussion regarding this pervasive topic.)

Virtual schools are becoming a very popular and cost-effective choice for many school districts. This popularity has been fueled by those participating districts' attempt to reach a broader pool of viable students and create new educational options for students that traditional school models do not offer.


Anti-Obama hate soars on social media

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
New America Media

The legion of web sites, bloggers, talk show jocks, and the occasional GOP official that has teed off on President Obama and at times Michelle Obama with assorted borderline racist digs, taunts, and depictions have been relentless. The offensive remarks quickly evoke a storm of outrage, and the offender gets rebuked. This happens because they are public figures, and their comments are publicly aired. They fly high on the public's radar scope.


  • Written by New America Media

Where’s the outrage about Chicago’s kids?

by Raynard Jackson
Special to the Tri-State Defender

From July 20 to July 24, I refused to watch TV or listen to the radio. The 20th was the day the media frenzy began in the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora, Colo. Though my heart goes out to any family that lost a loved one, it's very difficult to justify the around-the-clock media saturation that followed those horrendous shootings. We should value all life, not just when mass murder occurs in the suburbs or some white blond female turns up missing on a sunny island.


Political activists converge on Memphis seeking a different shade of ‘red’

by Jeshua Schuster

Television on-air commentary pundits like sports commentators often simplify politics into two opposing teams, like the LA Lakers vs. Boston Celtics, or in the political sense Red states vs. Blue states. While few would argue that by most accounts Tennessee is a "Red state," others who want a different type of red state here in the Mid-South are making it known that the volunteer state and the south has a rich radical tradition of its own.

The National Organizing Conference of the Socialist Party U.S.A. will take place in Memphis on Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29)


Compassion must trump profit if cancer patients are to survive

A young man with tears in his eyes could not believe the words that came from his doctor's mouth: "You have cancer."

Those three words felt like a dagger driven deep into the young man's chest and twisted from side to side each time he thought about the doctor's diagnosis and the predicament he now found himself in. He'd lived a fruitful life; now death was inevitable – a fate he didn't expect.

The young man, who decided to remain anonymous, tried to remain strong for his family. They in turn tried to assure him that he was going to be all right. But they couldn't feel his pain.