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Black America loses gamble in electing first black president

In 2008, black America placed most of its political capital, spiritual energy and financial resources into electing the first black president of the United States. Black community leaders - political, spiritual and media - led us to believe that electing a first black president was a natural extension of the civil rights movement.

 

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Calling A Few Good Black Men: Our Children Need Help Now

By Kenneth Braswell, David Miller and Phillip Jackson

On Sept. 25, 2009, the body of Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old student, was found on a Chicago street corner. His vicious beating -- he was punched, kicked and struck with 2 by 4s -- left an indelible mark on our psyches. His death reminded many of the 1954 murder of Emmit Till in Money, Mississippi, though Till's assailants were white and the suspects in this case are black.

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The Future of the Black Community Looks Dim as Fewer Black Students Enroll in American Colleges and Universities

After 30 years of rising enrollments, the low number of Black students applying to and enrolling in American colleges and universities is shocking.  While this does not bode well for Black students attending college today, it predicts an absolutely disastrous future in the next 10- to 20-years for the Black community.  Instead of more Black doctors, lawyers, educators, accountants, business managers, technologists, social workers, and engineers, the Black community will have more government dependent, unskilled and unemployed workers.  This current educational meltdown will have a catastrophic effect on the Black community.

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Much of Black America Is Slipping Fast into Third-World Status

A recent report by the Heartland Alliance confirms what much of Black America already knows:  Black America is in serious trouble economically, and many Black people are living in deep poverty.  Black people in America are not just poor by American standards; many of us are third-world poor.  While some economists praise the American economy with talk of low unemployment, record housing starts, and a booming gross national product, none of this tells the real story of a quickly declining Black economy within America.  For instance, 30% of Black Americans in Illinois live in poverty compared to only 8% of Whites.

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Oprah Winfrey's Comments Discourage Volunteers in American Schools

Oprah Winfrey's Comments Discourage Volunteers in American Schools

When Oprah Winfrey talks, the world listens.  That is why I was particularly distressed to hear Ms. Winfrey say that "I became so frustrated with inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn is just not there."  If that sense of wanting to learn is not in these schools, it is not because of the children.  Rather, it is because of the adults in their lives or, to be more precise, the adults who are not in their lives.

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America has lost a generation of Black boys

It is not that we lack solutions as much as it is that we lack the will to implement these solutions to save Black boys

There is no longer a need for dire predictions, hand-wringing, or apprehension about losing a generation of Black boys. It is too late. In education, employment, economics, incarceration, health, housing, and parenting, we have lost a generation of young Black men. The question that remains is will we lose the next two or three generations, or possibly every generation of Black boys hereafter to the streets, negative media, gangs, drugs, poor education, unemployment, father absence, crime, violence and death.

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Chicago loses more black kids than soldiers in Iraq to gun violence

Chicago loses more black kids than soldiers in Iraq to gun violence

Recently in Chicago, a teen gunman boarded a crowded public bus near a high school and opened fire with a handgun. I imagined this scene must have been similar to the bus bombings that are so common in wartorn Iraq.

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With No More Cotton To Pick, What Will America Do With 36 Million Black People?

What will America do with 36 million Black Americans now that there is no more cotton to pick?  Last summer, I visited Mississippi.  This was my first travel to the rural, deep south.  To my surprise, I found that Black people were not involved in the planting, growing or harvesting of cotton.  Instead, while White and Latino men drove machines that harvested the cotton, I saw hundreds of young Black men standing idle on street corners, drinking alcoholic beverages throughout the day and evening.  For Black people in the South, there is no more cotton to pick.

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