PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 1998

Blacks Say Labor Union Behavior is Best Reason for “Paycheck Protection”

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California voters will go to the polls on June 2 to decide the fate of a paycheck protection ballot initiative. California members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 point out that the practices and tactics used by organized labor opposing the initiative provide ample proof of the need for ...
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He’s Got More than Game. He’s Got Perspective, by B.B. Robinson

New Visions Commentary /
Spike Lee has done the right thing again! His new movie "He Got Game" touches almost every nerve and fiber of the African-American contemporary experience. More importantly, Lee provides a valid metaphorical perspective on that experience. If you want a starting point for discussing the economic, political, social, educational or ...
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James Earl Ray is Survived by a Family of Troubling Questions, by Deroy Murdock

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Dead men tell no tales, but the questions they inspire can be immortal. This is true for James Earl Ray, Dr. Martin Luther King's convicted assassin who died in prison April 23 of liver failure at age 70. Alive and well, Earl Caldwell still wonders what really happened on April ...
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Working in a White Man’s World, by Kimberley Wilson

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For many people, The Black Man's Guide to Working in a White Man's World is going to be hard to read. This is not because it is a dry, scholarly tome, but because it will make quite a few readers squirm with discomfort. The Guide's author, E. LeMay Lathan, hits ...
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Black Leadership Network Praises Congressional Efforts on Behalf of Minority Communities – April 1998

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For immediate release: April 29, 1998 Contact: Roderick Conrad (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Republican congressional leaders are to be commended for tackling key issues of concern among minority communities, says Project 21, an African-American leadership network. Project 21 members contend that initiatives made during the 105th Congress constitute one of ...
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Lower the Lifeboats, Now! Public Schools are Sinking, by Phyllis Berry Myers

New Visions Commentary /
Inner-city public schools are like a sinking ship, and the children on board need to be rescued before it's too late. Their schools are sinking fast and educational opportunities are being lost. Roofs leak. Boilers are busted. Science and computer labs, if they even exist, are out of date. Classrooms ...
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What Earth Day Means to Minority Citizens, by Edmund Peterson

April 22, 1998 marks the 28th annual Earth Day celebration, but like many other people of color I will not be celebrating. To me, Earth Day is merely an annual reminder of the environmental movement's insensitivity to the needs and concerns of the nation's minorities the other 364 days of ...
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Black Teen Suicide Study Alarming, Yet Misleading

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 reject a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention study on teen suicide that says African-American teens reared in upwardly mobile families are not able to cope with the "stressful" environment created by black prosperity. The study shows the suicide rate of ...
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Slap in the Face of the Reverend Floyd Flake, by Jackie Cissell

New Visions Commentary /
Former Democratic congressman Floyd Flake of New York was recently uninvited to the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Prayer Breakfast. Now, if anyone should be welcome at the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Prayer Breakfast, it should be Floyd Flake. Rev. Flake spent six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, where ...
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Government Rules Akin to “Regulatory Racism,” by Kevin Pritchett

A new report from the Milton E. Eisenhower Foundation claims the predictions of the 30-year-old Kerner Commission have come true: America has become two separate societies, one black and one white. Among other problems, the urban policy group cites high inner-city unemployment rates, large numbers of incarcerated black males and ...
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Black Leadership Network Outraged Over Snub of Former Congressman

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Former Congressman Floyd Flake (D-NY) was abruptly uninvited to the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Prayer Breakfast earlier this month because some members of the Caucus objected to his support of school vouchers, an issue which was to be mentioned in his speech. Project 21 member Jackie Cissell, an associate with ...
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Black History Month: Why February? by C. Mason Weaver

New Visions Commentary /
This is Black History Month. I wonder who picked the coldest, wettest, shortest month of the year to remember the history of African people and their descendants in America? How did we come to have Black History Month in February? Why not remember the history of Black people during January ...
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Recollections of Racial Identity, by Jackie Cissell

New Visions Commentary /
I recently completed a sociology class in which we covered a section on how communities are identified by race, class and other factors. During the class, we discussed our earliest recollection of racial identity, and the benefits and struggles associated with those childhood recollections. My earliest recollection of my racial ...
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Amistad: Reigniting Fears Through History, by B.B. Robinson – January 1998

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Like most Americans, European-Americans without racist attitudes fear a weak economy, a bad president or schools unable to educate their children. However, many African-Americans believe that European-Americans with racist attitudes still harbor a genuine fear of the day when so-called "minorities" will dominate the nation's population. U.S. Bureau of the ...
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A Street Named Martin Luther King, by Kimberley Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
Recently my husband and I were sightseeing in a large urban city. I misread the map and, instead of arriving at the wax museum, we found ourselves headed for the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge. "Hon, we better turn around. We're about to get in trouble," I announced. My husband ...
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Amistad: Reingniting Fears Through History, by B. B. Robinson

New Visions Commentary /
We all have fears. Like most Americans, European-Americans without racist attitudes fear a weak economy, a bad president or schools unable to educate their children. However, many African-Americans believe that European-Americans with racist attitudes still harbor a genuine fear of the day when so-called "minorities" will dominate the nation's population ...
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Clinton Scandal Shows Naked Abuse of Power – January 1998

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The African-American leadership group Project 21 says allegations of perjury and an affair with an intern by President Clinton is a critical blow to the President in terms of trust and character. "This recent situation with the President takes on a very serious tone because this time the actions that ...
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