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I was able to spend the afternoon with some of my students to view the Academy Award nominated film “Selma” in Huntsville, Alabama
BY: CHARLES D. ELLISON
Posted: Jan. 16 2015 1:24 PM
With several HBCUs fighting for survival in the face of financial crisis, is President Obama’s plan to make community college free coming at the expense of historically black schools?
Philosophically, President Obama would give us all four free years of a college education if he could.
Politically, however, he can only come up with two. And while it’s not the whole-nine-yard four, two free years of community college is not a half-bad proposition.
Looking at a cost of more than $60 billion over 10 years—which is just 1.5 percent of a $4 trillion federal budget if done in one—President Obama stirs it up with his ambitious free community college plan. Read full article here.
By Ronald Roach
In the days leading up to the Christmas Day limited release of the civil rights era film Selma, the filmmakers and lead actors saw fit to integrate messages from the Black Lives Matter protests and social media campaign into their promotion of the new movie last month.
That merger of film promotion and social protest proved particularly memorable Dec. 14, the day of the New York premiere when Selma cast members and director Ava DuVernay posed for photos while wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during a protest marking Eric Garner’s chokehold death by a New York City police officer. The photos taken that day left no doubt about the conviction the actors and filmmaker have that the racial oppression portrayed in Selma will resonate strongly with American audiences. Read full article here
The Washington Post
In the panoply of insults African Americans hurl at each other, there are two that are meant to stunt the viewpoints and ambitions of their victims. One is being called an “Uncle Tom.” We covered this ground back in May when I urged folks to stop smacking Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with the epithet. The other is being accused of “acting white.” And I was thrilled to see President Obama brazenly broach it yesterday at the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) town hall yesterday. Read the full story in the Washington Post
By Nia-Malika Henderson
July 24, 2014 – The Washington Post
When President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama speak to an audience of African Americans, particularly students, they invariably mention the trope of “acting white.” That is the notion that one impediment to black students’ success is the belief in some black communities that academic achievement is synonymous with whiteness, and therefore devalued.
In a commencement speech at Bowie State in 2013, Michelle Obama said to an audience of new graduates and their families and friends: “And as my husband has said often, please stand up and reject the slander that says a black child with a book is trying to act white.” Read the full story in Washington Post
By Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
New York Times – Originally posted June 25, 2014
I once wrote that the black church was dead. It was a deliberate provocation. I wanted to spark a conversation about the role of black churches in light of contemporary challenges, particularly the crisis of American capitalism.
Black pastors preaching the need for prosperity lock us in gilded cages forged by competition and selfishness, sealing our fates.
Inequality is deepening in our country. People are working harder for less, and unemployment is high. Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” confirmed what we already felt, that we have entered a second Gilded Age in which the divide between the wealthiest and the rest of us makes the Grand Canyon look like a Georgia creekbed.
These developments have taken shape within a broader economic philosophy that has displaced the idea of the public good with the notion that we should all be engaged in the pursuit of self-interest. The result has been the privatization of social misery and a cultural mean-spiritedness that sanctions selfishness and greed. Read the full story – NY Times
The union’s stance—withdrawing support because the UNCF took Koch money—is progressive intolerance.
By Keli Goff
Posted July 17, 2004
Let’s say, hypothetically, that a charity that serves veterans, based in my home state of Texas—where 23 percent of folks polled believe that President Barack Obama is Muslim—accepts a sizable donation from the Obama family. But after the Obamas’ donation becomes public, the charity winds up losing significant financial support from some of its conservative donors in Texas.
What would we say? We’d probably call that pretty unreasonable. We’d probably say that those who genuinely care about veterans should be able to put aside their political differences in the interest of what’s best for that charity and the people it serves. Right?
That hasn’t really happened—yet—but a very similar real-life situation has been unfolding. The Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries made a $25 million donation to the United Negro College Fund. Yes, those Kochs.
And the UNCF—one of the best-known educational organizations in the black community—accepted, prompting criticism from a number of progressives for doing so. Read the Full Story on The Root.com
by Ron Busby, Sr.
President, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Let me get my disclaimer out of the way first… The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is a business organization. Our sole purpose is to improve the lives of Black people by actively working to change the market environment. We advocate for improvements in capital access, increased opportunity and the transfer of the skills necessary to successfully, and profitably compete in America’s economy.
Despite this clarity of purpose, we are often called upon to weigh in on issues that typically are addressed by civil rights or social justice organizations. For certain, we are Black in America, so we do have opinions about continued evidence of inequality, racism, bigotry, discrimination and hatred being directed against Black people. But, as I said, we are a business organization, so our perspective is always going to be a business perspective.
Donald Sterling is a businessman who owns, among other interests, a National Basketball Association franchise. Donald Sterling said some insulting remarks that prove his disdain for Black people, presumably including the men whose athletic ability make his franchise valuable. And, Donald Sterling, through his twisted thinking, has hijacked ALL of Black America’s communications channels. Full Story Click Here
WASHINGTON — Where did Kristal Quarker Hartsfield get her political views?
It’s a question the 32-year-old native Alabamian says she gets often.
“My family has been Republican since emancipation,” she replies.
Her job is to show fellow African-Americans — 93 percent of whom voted for Barack Obama in 2012 — that they have more in common with Republicans than they might think.
As the Republican National Committee ramps up outreach efforts to African-Americans, the responsibility of implementing that strategy heading in to the 2014 elections falls to Quarker Hartsfield. FULL STORY