PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2002

A Black Literary Canon for the Long Run, by B.B. Robinson

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The famous economist John Maynard Keynes once remarked, "in the long run, we are all dead." True, but it is also true that - barring the failure of the Earth's systems - generations of our progeny continue on after we are gone. This essay has nothing to do with economics, ...
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Even if Millions Rally on the Mall, Reparations Won’t Heal Black America

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Huge "Millions for Reparations: They Owe Us" Rally on National Mall on August 17 Opposed by Conservative Black Leadership Group Paying African-Americans reparations now for the long-outlawed practice of slavery is the topic of a rally scheduled for August 17 in Washington, DC. Member of the African-American leadership network Project ...
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Fuel Efficiency Regulations Save Gas But Cost Lives and Money, by Mary Katherine Ascik

That new car you just bought may be a threat to your health - and even your life - thanks to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. These federal rules are responsible for thousands of needless deaths and injuries. Not only that, CAFE standards make it difficult for many Americans ...
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School Choice Ruling Sends Struggling Black Kids to the Head of the Class, by Mary Katherine Ascik

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Black Americans won a significant victory when the Supreme Court recently ruled that a Cleveland school vouchers program created to help children escape from substandard schools was constitutional. The Ohio state legislature established the Ohio Pilot Scholarship Program in 1995 as a direct response to the failure of the Cleveland ...
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The Problem of Liberal Government and Black Illegitimacy, by Mike Green

New Visions Commentary /
A recent segment of the Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" discussed the large number of black kids born out of wedlock and raised without fathers. It's about time responsible journalists addressed the issues affecting America in an aggressive and well-informed manner. But I'd like to add some startling facts ...
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Ebonics Slang No Substitute for Standard English, by Michael King

New Visions Commentary /
According to some black academics and race warlords, "Ebonics" is derived from one of three potential sources: 1) an African language passed on among blacks, 2) a vocabulary derived from encounters between African slaves and Irish immigrants or 3) a new dialect created since the 1960s by young blacks to ...
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Don’t Believe the Hype – You Can Embrace Conservatism, by Ak’bar Shabazz

New Visions Commentary /
Older black politicians are likely to identify racism as our nation's most important problem. Younger black elected officials, on the other hand, consider education the most pressing issue. While racism still exists, younger blacks aren't as pessimistic as older ones. A new report from the Joint Center for Political and ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Judge Finally Confirmed; After More Than a Year, Senate Democrats Allow Vote on Circuit Court Nominee – July 2002

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 applaud the Senate's July 15 confirmation of Judge Lavenski R. Smith's nomination to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, but continue to urge senators to curb the partisan bias that is slowing the pace of the judicial confirmation process and denying nominees ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Old Guard NAACP to Young Black Politicians: Get to the Back of the Bus – July 2002

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NAACP Chairman's Remarks Threaten Black Political Independence Black conservatives are independent thinkers and not the "ventriloquist dummies" that NAACP chairman Julian Bond called them during his keynote address at the NAACP's national convention on July 7. Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are outraged that the leadership of ...
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For Safety’s Sake: Buckle Up, Black America, by Mary Katherine Ascik

Black America needs to fasten its collective seatbelt. According to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only 69 percent of African-Americans wore seat belts in 2000 as opposed to 74 percent of whites.1 That's just a five percentage point difference, but experts at the historically black Meharry ...
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School Choice Ruling Sends Struggling Black Kids to the Head of the Class, by Mary Katherine Ascik

Black Americans won a significant victory when the Supreme Court recently ruled that a Cleveland school vouchers program created to help children escape from substandard schools was constitutional. The Ohio state legislature established the Ohio Pilot Scholarship Program in 1995 as a direct response to the failure of the Cleveland ...
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Historic Preservation Saves Buildings But Robs Residents of Goods and Services, by Syd Gernstein

New Visions Commentary /
Homes of black heroes such as Frederick Douglass and Carter G. Woodson, where roofs leak and walls are collapsing, are historic landmarks located in our nation's capital that need protection. A still-operating grocery store and a boarded-up hardware store, however, are less obvious candidates for historic preservation. Yet some think ...
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It’s a Great Day for Choice, by Murdock “Doc” Gibbs

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It's a great day for minority kids, children in the inner cities and for parents who desperately want to give their children a better education in a safer environment. It's a great day for parents who want the same benefits for their children enjoyed by the offspring of Jesse Jackson, ...
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The Supreme Court Agrees: A Mind Is A Terrible Thing to Waste, by Diann Kelly

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When the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of school vouchers, I believe the High Court understood that many poor children in America are not receiving their fair share in public education. Too many impoverished children, especially black and Latino children, are mired in public education systems that are ...
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Just Don’t Do the Crime, by R.D. Davis

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Racism is blamed for just about everything negative involving blacks. The debilitating effect of this is that it doesn't afford us the motivation to look inward and work to find effective solutions to our race's problems. It's easier to just holler "Hey, look over yonder" than look right here. That's ...
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New Web Site Focuses on Reparations Debate

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New Web Site Focuses on Reparations Debate African-American Group Seeks to Provide Objective Source of InformationAmericans are sharply divided over proposals for the U.S. government to pay reparations to blacks as part of an apology for the once-legal practice of slavery. To help people understand more about the reparations debate, ...
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Project 21 Release: Juneteenth a Time for Black Celebration; Holiday Commemorates End of Slavery, Beginning of Full Self-Determination – June 2002

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Holiday Commemorates End of Slavery, Beginning of Full Self-Determination "Juneteenth," the oldest known celebration marking the end of slavery in America, is observed on June 19. Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 ask for people everywhere to set aside some time on this day to reflect upon progress ...
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Vouchers Offer Hope to Black Families; Supreme Court Decision to Permit Choice in Areas with Failing Schools

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The U.S. Supreme Court's June 27 decision upholding the constitutionality of school vouchers is hailed by the African-American leadership network Project 21 as a major leap forward in providing inner-city minority children with access to a quality education. "The Supreme Court's decision on vouchers is a clarion call," said Project ...
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EPA’s Regulatory Turnaround an Example of Compassionate Conservatism in Action, by Syd Gernstein

Just the thought of new environmental regulations can make people groan. Nobody wants to breathe dirty air or drink toxic water, but government policies to protect the planet can be unnecessarily expensive - especially for those who can least afford it. Environmental regulations need not ravage our pocketbooks. The U.S ...
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Shakedown: A Shocking Jesse Jackson Biography, by Kimberley Wilson

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I've been cynical about Jesse Jackson for years, but a new biography about him - investigative reporter Kenneth Timmerman's Shakedown - left me totally shocked. Shakedown savages the first and most important Jesse legend: the claim that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in Jackson's arms. Statements by the late ...
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