PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2002

For the Love of Rilya, We Need to Fix the Black Family, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
Last year, I wrote a column asking "Whatever Happened to Chandra Levy?" It turns out Chandra's been dead in Rock Creek Park - just a few miles from her Washington, DC apartment. This mystery is finally over. In Miami, Florida, however, a beautiful black child named Rilya Shenise Wilson is ...
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In Support of Demoracy Abroad, by Arica Young

New Visions Commentary /
Hopes among Bush Administration officials for a more democratic Venezuela as a result of the recent coup attempt in that country in mid-April earned the President criticism from the American media. Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, survived a coup that came about due to his own anti-democratic and socially-divisive governing ...
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Historic Preservation Saves Buildings But Robs Residents of Goods and Services, by Syd Gernstein

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.1 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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Black Group Condemns Anti-Pledge Ruling; Senate Faulted for Stalling Nominations of Qualified Nominees

Press Release /
An opinion issued by an understaffed federal court which outlawed children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as an unconstitutional promotion of religion has outraged the membership of the African-American leadership network Project 21.A panel of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted two-to-one that the Pledge's description of ...
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Who’s Afraid of the “No Fear” Bill? by Syd Gernstein

New Visions Commentary /
If a federal agency is found guilty of violating someone's civil rights, the Department of Justice pays any monetary damages. Taxpayers foot the bill, while the offending agency is all but unaffected. The "No Fear" bill (officially titled the "Notification of Federal Employees Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2001"), considered ...
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Senate Puts Black Arkansas Jurist at the Back of the Bus

Bill Clinton used the fact that he was born in Hope, Arkansas to campaign for president as the "man from Hope" - using the name of his birthplace to enhance his image. Lavenski R. Smith, a trailblazing black jurist, is another son of Hope. Unlike the former President, Smith was ...
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Who’s Afraid of the “No Fear” Bill? by Syd Gernstein

If a federal agency is found guilty of violating someone's civil rights, the Department of Justice pays any monetary damages. Taxpayers foot the bill, while the offending agency is all but unaffected. The "No Fear" bill (officially titled the "Notification of Federal Employees Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2001"), considered ...
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Closing the New Digital Divide: African-Americans Call Upon the FCC to Allow Improved High-Speed Internet Access, by John Meredith

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other leaders of the African-American community have not had the opportunity to be "up to speed" with the rest of America when it comes to computer technology - the so-called "digital divide." As Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), former chairman of the CBC, ...
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Slavery Reparations Aren’t a “Free Lunch,” by Michael King

New Visions Commentary /
For fans of science fiction and mysteries like me, the acronym TANSTAAFL means a lot. It refers to the notion that if something is too easy it is either too good to be true or has much larger and harsher consequences down the road. When it comes to the reparations ...
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Closing the New Digital Divide: African-Americans Call Upon the FCC to Allow Improved High-Speed Internet Access, by John Meredith

New Visions Commentary /
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other leaders of the African-American community have not had the opportunity to be "up to speed" with the rest of America when it comes to computer technology - the so-called "digital divide." As Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), former chairman of the CBC, ...
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Senate Puts Black Arkansas Jurist at the Back of the Bus

New Visions Commentary /
Bill Clinton used the fact that he was born in Hope, Arkansas to campaign for president as the "man from Hope" - using the name of his birthplace to enhance his image. Lavenski R. Smith, a trailblazing black jurist, is another son of Hope. Unlike the former President, Smith was ...
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LCV Environmental Scorecard Ratings Shortchange Urban Blacks, by Mike Green

New Visions Commentary /
While pretending to be nonpartisan, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) recently published a "report card" grading politicians on their environmental voting records. Internet ads hyping the rankings tease "Did your senator vote to trash the environment?" We are supposed to believe the LCV's ratings are an accurate portrayal of ...
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How the Media Distorts the News, by R.D. Davis

New Visions Commentary /
When I heard about veteran CBS reporter Bernard Goldberg's new book, Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, I knew I had to read it. It's not that I had to be convinced. I noticed the media's egregious bias years ago. This was just more proof ...
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Rumor Control: Your Vote is Safe, But Your Bank Account is At Risk, by Edmund Peterson

New Visions Commentary /
Have you heard black Americans might lose the right to vote in 2007? It's nonsense, but it's caused a lot of us anxiety. While we're not about to lose the right to cast a ballot, we - and all Americans - stand to lose the economic freedom of last year's ...
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Death of a Dream for a Boy and a Community, by Kimberley Wilson

New Visions Commentary /
A dream died on March 13th. Derrick Lemell Breedlove robbed a liquor store and was fatally shot by a frightened clerk. Police found Breedlove's dead body on the floor of Modern Discount Liquors with a pellet gun in one hand and a bag full of cash in the other. According ...
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Giving With One Hand, Taking Away with the Other: Competing Government Policies Both Promote and Deny Homeownership Opportunities for Minorities

New Visions Commentary /
It's three steps forward, but two steps back. Policies removing barriers to minority homeownership are favored by governments, but the competing objective of combating the perceived threat of urban sprawl by some of these governments is simultaneously restricting homeownership opportunities for people of color. More than 70 million American families ...
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Giving With One Hand, Taking Away with the Other: Competing Government Policies Both Promote and Deny Homeownership Opportunities for Minorities

It's three steps forward, but two steps back. Policies removing barriers to minority homeownership are favored by governments, but the competing objective of combating the perceived threat of urban sprawl by some of these governments is simultaneously restricting homeownership opportunities for people of color. More than 70 million American families ...
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Project 21 Press Release: U.S. Environmental Policy Unfriendly to Minorities; African-American Network Wants Earth Day Reassessment of Regulations – April 2002

Press Release /
Environmental regulations are harming minorities and low-income Americans while providing little real environmental protection. Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 suggest that Earth Day 2002, observed on April 22, be used as a time to reassess our nation's environmental goals so that no citizen is unjustly burdened by ...
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Time to Stop “Nomination Profiling,” by Kevin Martin

New Visions Commentary /
We were shocked and horrified to learn police officers were using race as a factor to identify potential criminals. "Racial profiling" is condemned for generalizing entire classes of people. But that was then and this is now. In the liberal-controlled U.S. Senate, it's all the rage to openly discriminate against ...
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Enron and Global Crossing: A Double-Standard? by Michael King

New Visions Commentary /
Reprints permitted provided source is credited.In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a new species of businessman sprung up across the land. Known as "robber barons," they were known, sometimes unjustly, but often accurately, for their ruthless tactics and their aggressive use of government connections to acquire vast wealth.Many ...
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