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Dallas County accidentally backs reparations

Dallas County accidentally backs reparations
It was a mistake … but it was well executed.
 
During a recent meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court last week, officials voted on an item called the “Juneteenth Resolution,” in reference to the annual commemoration of the day U.S. soldiers arrived in Texas to free slaves after the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). The only African-American commissioner, John Wiley Price, submitted the resolution. The resolution eventually came up for a voice vote and was passed unanimously.
 
But Price’s resolution addressed more than Juneteenth. Price’s resolution addressed everything from the injustices of slavery to Jim Crow laws to predatory lending practices that African Americans have been subjected to.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

African-American unemployment best in 6 years

African-American unemployment best in 6 years
WASHINGTON – The African-American unemployment rate hit a six-year low in June, dipping below 11 percent for the first time since August 2008.
 
Last week, the Labor Department reported that the African-American jobless rate was 10.7 percent in June, compared to the white unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent. The unemployment rate for African-American men over 20 years old fell from 11.5 percent in May to 10.9 percent in June, compared to white men who saw their jobless rate decrease from 5 percent to 4.9 percent over the same period.
 
The jobless rate for African-American women over 20 years-old continued to improve, dropping one percentage point, from 10 percent in May to 9 percent in June. The unemployment rate for white women ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.9 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

‘Is that a misquote on the memorial tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?’

‘Is that a misquote on the memorial tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?’
“The inscription on the memorial tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is not what he said in his world famous speech, ‘I Have A Dream,’” said James D. Sewell, publisher of a new website, www.MLK-Tomb-Misquote.com, which is dedicated to correcting what Sewell calls an insult to Dr. King.
 
“I recently logged onto the U.S. Park Service website to research a tribute poem I was writing about Dr. King, when I discovered what looked like a misquote on Dr. King’s memorial tomb,” said Sewell.
 
“When I first saw it, I wasn’t really sure what to think,” said Sewell. “I could not believe that a man of Dr. King’s stature would be misquoted on his memorial tomb, and especially in his most famous speech.”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

All students benefit from minority teachers

All students benefit from minority teachers
Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both whites and blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress.
 
“… A study of the relationship between the presence of African-American teachers in schools and African-American students’ access to equal education in schools found that fewer African Americans were placed in special-education classes, suspended, or expelled when they had more teachers of color, and that more African-American students were placed in gifted and talented programs and graduated from high school,” stated the report.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

Tamron Hall’s natural hair is a bigger deal than you might think

Tamron Hall’s natural hair is a bigger deal than you might think
 
Friday morning, Tamron Hall, the “Today” show’s first African-American female co-host, unexpectedly revealed her natural kinks and curls on national television.
 
After the unveiling, the news program – in an “I can’t believe they’re actually doing this” move – polled its audience regarding whether Hall, 43, should stick with her natural look on-air.
 
Somewhat surprisingly and thankfully – given white America’s well-documented resistance to African-American women who buck conventional beauty ideals – 70 percent of viewers who tweeted in response said that Hall’s tightly curled style was a winner.

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  • Written by Erin C.J. Robertson-The Root
  • Category: National

Use of arrest records at heart of class action suit against U.S. Census Bureau

Use of arrest records at heart of class action suit against U.S. Census Bureau
Did the U.S. Census Bureau unlawfully screen out approximately 250,000 African-Americans from temporary jobs for the 2010 census?
 
That’s the assertion in a class action lawsuit certified by a New York federal court on Monday (July 1st), the eve of the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Right Act of 1964.
 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas’ 61-page opinion ensures that the lawsuit, pursued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will go forward as a class action on behalf of African-American job applicants who were denied Census Bureau employment because of its criminal background check policy.
Filed in April 2010, the lawsuit alleges that in hiring nearly a million temporary workers, most of whom went door to door seeking information from residents, the Census Bureau erected unreasonable, largely insurmountable, hurdles for applicants with arrest records – regardless of whether the arrests were decades old, for minor charges, or led to criminal convictions.

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  • Written by Outten & Golden LLP
  • Category: National

American Bar Association makes Judge Bernice Donald an award winner

American Bar Association makes Judge Bernice Donald an award winner
 
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bernice B. Donald is the recipient of the 2014 John H. Pickering Award of Achievement, presented by the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.
 
In her letter nominating Donald for the award, Fremont, Calif., attorney Pauline Weaver wrote, “Judge Donald represents the best of the profession. She has consistently demonstrated the kind of integrity, legal ability, access to justice and public service that would make John Pickering proud. She is uniquely qualified for the award.”
 
Washington, D.C., lawyer Brooksley Born, chair of the Pickering Award Selection Committee, said, “Bernice Donald has followed in John Pickering’s footsteps in her strong commitment to equal justice, her devotion to the legal profession and her generosity in mentoring younger lawyers.”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National