PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2002

Project 21 Release: Congress Passes Environmental Legislation to Benefit Blighted Inner-City Communities – December 2001

Congressional approval of and White House support for legislation that will help clean up areas of urban blight is being hailed by members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 as an environmental achievement that will benefit inner-city minorities. On December 20, both chambers of Congress passed legislation to raise ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Conservative African-American Group Project 21 Addresses Lott-Thurmond Controversy – December 2002

Press Release /
Members of the conservative African-American leadership network Project 21 are dismayed by recent remarks by incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). At a December 5 100th birthday celebration for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC), Lott said: "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for ...
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Be Aware of Scams Like the Nigerian Connection, by David Almasi

New Visions Commentary /
 E-mail is a wonderful thing. These days, it's more efficient and reliable than the Post Office, and it's virtually free. I find it useful for keeping in touch with people I might not otherwise have the time to talk to and helpful for confirming details that sometimes seem too insignificant ...
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It’s OK to Talk Trash at the “Barbershop,” by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
Even though the appeal of the "Barbershop" cannot be denied, controversy has a way of enhancing something's popularity. "Barbershop" first gained notoriety this past fall because Jesse Jackson demanded scenes he considered offensive be cut from the film and DVD. The DCD comes out on New Year's Day, and the ...
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Trent Lott Does Black Conservatives a Tremendous Disservice, by Ak’bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
At a 100th birthday celebration for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC), designated Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) praised the centenarian's 1948 presidential campaign. Praise of Thurmond is permissible, but not the basis of the man's campaign. Lott's misguided honor brings his leadership into question. Then-governor Thurmond ran as a ...
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Blacks Must Add Missing Ingredients to the American Melting Pot, by B.B. Robinson

New Visions Commentary /
On a recent visit to Stockholm, Sweden, I took a daylong bus trip for tourists. It featured some of the most important historical and cultural sites the nation had to offer. It also made me think about what may be lacking in America, particularly among African-Americans. My tour guide, who ...
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Trial Lawyers and Fear-Mongering Put Real Victims At Risk in Asbestos Cases, by Kevin Martin

New Visions Commentary /
Today's burning question: You discover you are inhaling between 10,000 and 15,000 fibers of asbestos per day. Should you: a) head for the nearest emergency room, b) call your physician and schedule a checkup, 3) purchase a gas mask to wear outdoors, d) go about your business as usual. Given ...
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Stoning Death Sentence Creates a Nigerian Nightmare, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
Amina Lawal is going to die. Amina is the 30-year-old Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning. Her unforgivable "crime" was to have a baby out of wedlock. Her lawyers hint the pregnancy may be the result of a rape, but the baby's father faces no rape or adultery charges ...
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At First Ford Failed – But Try, Try Again for the Sake of Black America, by Ak’Bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
After his party's defeat in the 2002 elections, Democratic House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (MO) resigned his congressional leadership post. A more liberal colleague - Nancy Pelosi (CA) - succeeded him, but not without a challenge from Harold Ford, Jr. (TN). Ford, an African-American, represents a new breed of politician ...
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Smart Growth Tosses a White Hood Over Black Homeownership, by Kevin Martin

New Visions Commentary /
When one imagines liberal environmental activists, the stereotype is one of tie-dyed followers of the Grateful Dead. These days, environmental activism is big business. Well-paid heads of green groups more likely choose Bruno Maglis over Birkenstocks. But some of the policies they promote hurt minorities, and lead you to expect ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Harry Belafonte Should Apologize to Colin Powell for Racist Insults; Conservative Black Group Urges Charity to Deny Singer Honor – October 2002

Press Release /
Singer Harry Belafonte owes Secretary of State Colin Powell an apology for the racial insults Belafonte made about Powell during an October 9 interview. Furthermore, members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 urge the group Africare to rethink honoring Belafonte at a dinner being held later this month unless ...
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Democratic Party Chairman at Odds with His Party’s Rank-and-File? by Horace Cooper

Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic National Committee Chairman, puts the "P" in partisan. As attack dogs go, he's the pit bull that Democrats believe they need to lead their party. When he rails against President George W. Bush, corporate corruption and the economy, if you're like me, you stand back a ...
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Back to Normal After 9/11? by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
It's been over a year since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and life is not back to what once passed for normal. Maybe it never will be. Maybe it shouldn't be. Maybe normal is what got us into this mess in the first place. Some talk about making ...
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Cut the Controversy Over “Barbershop,” by Agnes Cross-White and Sherman R. White, Jr.

New Visions Commentary /
When it seems black cinema is preoccupied with excusing the worst elements of the African-American experience, "Barbershop," has taken the novel approach of celebrating its best elements. It features a lively and very likeable cast exchanging intelligent dialogue in an entertaining story with a message. Yet, it is controversial. In ...
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Belafonte Remarks Expose the True Race Traitors, by Jerry Brooks

New Visions Commentary /
Entertainer Harry Belafonte recently made some vicious, vile and disparaging remarks about Secretary of State Colin Powell during a San Diego radio interview. Belafonte made a belittling and mindless comparison between Powell and a slave who lived in the plantation house and curried the master's favor. Clearly implying Powell was ...
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Democratic Party Chairman at Odds With Party’s Rank and File, by Horace Cooper

New Visions Commentary /
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic National Committee Chairman, puts the "P" in partisan. As attack dogs go, he's the pit bull that Democrats believe they need to lead their party. When he rails against President George W. Bush, corporate corruption and the economy, if you're like me, you stand back a ...
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Low Vaccination Rates for Deadly Diseases Put Black School Children at Serious Risk, by Beverly M. Gaines, M.D.

National Policy Analysis #430 /
In the national effort to eliminate infectious diseases, African-American children are being left behind. The statistics are grim: vaccination rates in the African-American community are among the lowest for any demographic group in the country.Simply put, African-American kids are at serious risk for contracting deadly diseases that can easily be ...
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White Liberals: Not Feeling So Guilty Anymore, by Jerry Brooks

New Visions Commentary /
Being both black and conservative, I know I'm a minority within a minority. Since liberals claim to embrace diversity, one would expect them to be ready and willing to hear my point of view. My treatment at a recent liberal event, however, made me pause to question the truth of ...
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Low Vaccination Rates for Deadly Diseases Put Black School Children at Serious Risk, by Beverly M. Gaines, M.D.

New Visions Commentary /
In the national effort to eliminate infectious diseases, African-American children are being left behind. The statistics are grim: vaccination rates in the African-American community are among the lowest for any demographic group in the country. Simply put, our kids are at serious risk for contracting deadly diseases that can easily ...
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Trip to the Police Station Yields Concerns About Safety, by Council Nedd

New Visions Commentary /
Being born in Washington, D.C. and having spent most of my life in the Washington area, I know one gets numb to - and even expects - a certain level of sloth and ineptitude when dealing with city officials. The sort of sloth of which I speak is by no ...
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