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Links 1 through 10 of 571 by Latoya Peterson tagged AfricanAmerican

"If I’m the lone voice still squeaking out a word of hope, I’m gonna stand up on my soapbox and do just that. I love Black men. Even though I’m frustrated and befuddled right along with my sisters, I’m also not willing to give up on my dream of raising a beautiful Black family, complete with a beautiful Black husband. If that means I’m wasting my time, so be it. But I’d rather tread water in a ship headed to my desired destination than flounder in a lifeboat that’s purely functional."

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"About two-thirds of the residents of Seneca Village were African-American, while the rest were of European descent, mostly Irish. The community was settled in the 1820s, a few years before slavery was abolished in New York. Despite old news reports that the village was a squatter camp, it was, in fact, made up of working- and middle-class property owners."

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"A recent analysis of the data found school neighborhoods were increasingly likely to have lower prices and more advertising for Newport cigarettes as the proportion of African-American students rose. The same was true of neighborhoods with higher proportions of children aged 10 to 17.

"The study 'shows the predatory marketing in school neighborhoods with higher concentrations of youth and African-American students,' by the menthol cigarette maker, researcher Lisa Henriksen said in a statement."

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"To Smith, this key issue is sovereignty - who gets to define tribal identity.

"'The real question to me is who makes that decision: the federal courts, the United States government or the Cherokee people,' Smith said. 'That is the most inherent right of sovereignty.'

"But Velie said it is a matter of illegal discrimination.

"'It is inconceivable and painfully ironic that at a time of the first black president of the United States of America that there is a place in our society that a government has legislated its people who derive their citizenship based (from) former slaves cannot run for office, cannot vote, cannot receive the same equal rights as the majority,' Velie said."

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"[T]he rise in optimism is not linked to perceived end of discrimination.

"'No one black who I talked to thinks we have arrived at a point where we are an equal opportunity nation,' Cose says.

"Cose conducted two large surveys — one of black Harvard M.B.A.'s and one of graduates of A Better Chance, a program that sends kids to prep schools. He says he learned that for well-educated and well-prepared African-Americans, 'the sky is the limit.'

"Cose found that a generation after The Rage Of A Privileged Class, middle-class African-Americans are finding themselves with opportunities that didn't exist before."

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"Perhaps we’ll never fully know if the drug-addiction and other dependencies that so often derailed Scott-Heron’s vision was part of some COINTELPRO inspired conspiracy to deny our most gifted and passionate, access to the thing that matters the most—their right minds (surely cheaper and neater than assassination). When Albert King sang “I Almost Lost My Mind” he wasn’t just whistlin’ in the dark about the warm body that had just left his bed—somewhere folk like Huey P. Newton, Etheridge Knight, Esther Phillips, Sly Stone, Flavor Flav, and a host of others, including Scott-Heron, fully understood what he lamented. Yet can’t help to think though, that Gil Scott-Heron knew that he was not here to be simply loved; that there were hard truths that he had to tell us and his addictions would always guarantee that we would keep him at an arm’s distance."

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"He took five of his sons to Kansas in 1855 to assist in making the state a haven for anti-slavery settlers. The next year, after slavery-promoting thugs had savaged and burned the free community of Lawrence, Kansas, Brown retaliated by organizing a militia. He and four of his sons and six other men tracked down five pro-slavery reprobates along the Pottawatomie Creek and hacked them to death."

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"Allen was fired shortly after a controversial episode in which he was ordered to sell chocolate bars outside of New York City subway stops, a job stereotypically associated with African-American high school students. Entertainment Weekly's Mark Harris bluntly labeled Trump's handling of race tone-deaf at the time and said that the show 'humiliated itself in regards to Allen.'

"'By never addressing race head-on, and instead concocting a ludicrous way to turn Allen's intelligence into a liability, the show paradoxically came off as so panicked about hiring a black guy that they had to invent a new standard -- 'too smart' -- to boot him off,' Harris wrote."

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"The Quys, who are white, decided to name the plane Spirit of Tuskegee and fly it to air shows where they could teach people about the airmen and inspire children toward careers in the military or aviation.

"For three years the couple has been raising money through the sale of Spirit of Tuskegee T-shirts, which they use to pay the travel expenses of airmen who join them to speak about their wartime experiences.

"This summer they will fly cross country, stopping in Tuskegee, before landing in Washington, where the plane will be transferred to the Smithsonian during the Tuskegee Airmen’s annual convention."

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"Stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that an epidemic of joblessness has undone years of economic and social progress for African Americans. The report highlights both Detroit and Las Vegas the rates have gone even higher, hitting Great Depression levels. African American unemployment hit 25.7 percent in Detroit in 2010 and rose to 20.1 percent in Vegas. In Birmingham, Alabama, where the unemployment rate for blacks was 5.3 percent in before the recession – it reached 14.5 percent in 2010. In Miami the rate jumped from 6.7 percent in 2006 to 17.2 percent in 2010 and in Los Angeles from 8.6 percent in 2006 to 19.3 in 2010. In Charlotte the rate grew from 4.9 percent to 19.2 percent."

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