PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2003

Project 21 Press Release: Black Network Suggests Apology from Rainbow Coalition After Official Calls NASCAR Fans “Cracker” and “Redneck”; Monitor of Racial Sensitivity Freely Uses Insensitive Language – July 2003

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are calling upon the Rainbow/PUSH organization to apologize for derogatory comments about fans of NASCAR auto racing made by Rainbow Sports director Charles Farrell. In a recent interview with CNSNews.com, Farrell said, "there is a perception that stock car racing is a ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Network Applauds Proposed Voucher Plan for Nation’s Capital: Parent Choice Initiative Could Serve as Model for Communities Nationwide – July 2003

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 applaud congressional efforts to create a school voucher program that will aid impoverished students living in our nation's capital. A proposal introduced by U.S. Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) aims to provide monetary school vouchers to students who come from families subsisting at ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Group Calls on Jesse Jackson to Put Money Where is Mouth Is and Sponsor a Black NASCAR Driver: Jackson Received a Quarter-Million in NASCAR Donations by Claiming Blacks are Excluded from Stock Car Racing – June 2003

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Activists with the African-American leadership network Project 21 are demanding that Jesse Jackson support a promising black driver who currently lacks the financial sponsorship needed to advance in the sport. Jackson has publicly complained that black drivers have been excluded from NASCAR. In 1999, according to the National Legal and ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Network Praises President for Proactive Role in Africa; Bush Trip to Africa Highlights President’s Concern for Region – July 2003

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President George W. Bush begins a five-day visit to the African continent on July 7. Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are proud of the President's hands-on approach to fighting terrorism and famine and preserving human dignity in Africa. "[America] is fully engaged in the broad, concerted effort ...
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Merging Churches to Find Strength, by B.B. Robinson

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There is strength and power in numbers. Businesses all over the world fully comprehend this notion. That's why they engage in mergers and acquisitions to grow and gain market share. In the absence of antitrust measures, this can lead to a very strong market position. Firms can then use this ...
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Jayson Blair Was Wrong, But He Had Accomplices, by Michael King

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Fallout from the Jayson Blair controversy continues at the New York Times. The top editors were forced to resign. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter resigned over criticism that he relied too much on stringers to produce his articles. The newsroom is in shock. Former Times reporter Jayson Blair was wrong in ...
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Black Schools Must Raise the Academic Bar, by Council Nedd

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After working in the public policy arena for over ten years, I made a career change. Since last September, I've taught in a Washington, D.C. charter high school. I teach U.S. history to eleventh graders. Their parents, for many reasons, removed their children from public school. The common denominator is ...
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Who’s Really Authentically Black? by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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Black leaders in America have an unflinching allegiance to the political left and are part-and-parcel to the Democratic Party. They see no reason to change or reform existing race-based affirmative action programs. They are also out of step with the times. This is the premise of University of California-Berkeley Professor ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Leadership Network Urges NASCAR to Sever Ties with Jesse Jackson: Critics Fear Jackson is Stirring Racial Animosity for Profit – June 2003

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Project 21 has joined a campaign begun by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) to urge NASCAR to stand up to what appear to be intimidation tactics employed by Jesse Jackson and fight an apparent corporate shakedown. Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are calling upon NASCAR ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision; Black Network Provides Interview Sources for Comment – June 2003

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The United States Supreme Court today announced its ruling on whether the University of Michigan can use race as a deciding factor in its admissions process. In a five to four decision, the justices ruled that the university, as a state-run institution, can continue to use admissions as a means ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision: Black Network Criticizes Muddled Ruling – June 2003

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A split ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that finds a constitutional justification for affirmative action is criticized by members of the African-American leadership network Project 21. The lack of a definitive ruling on the issue is considered a significant blow against a truly colorblind America. In one decision, the ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Group Praises Bush for June 23 Demand that European Leaders Step Up International Fight Against Hunger; Renews Call for End to European Ban on Genetically Modified Foods – June 2003

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President George W. Bush has earned the praise of members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 for his strong, renewed demand that European leaders help in the fight against famine in Africa by dropping their opposition to genetically modified foods. At the Biotechnology Industry Organization conference in Washington, D.C ...
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Black Network Praises Majority Leader Frist for Appointing First Black Senate Chaplain

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 applaud Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for his selection of Rear Admiral Barry Black to be the new chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Black, a Seventh Day Adventist who is currently the Chief Chaplain of the U.S. Navy, will be the first ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Michigan Riots a Perception Problem, Not a Race Problem; Black Network Says Black Distrust of Police in Benton Harbor is Misguided – June 2003

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Rioting in the predominantly black city of Benton Harbor, Michigan after a fatal high-speed chase between motorcyclists and local police is being characterized by some as a "race riot." Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 disagree, noting that a distrust of the police as an institution that is ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Network Celebrates Civil Rights Anniversary: “Juneteenth” Commemorates the End of Slavery, Promotes Dedication to Self-Determination – June 2003

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"Juneteenth" - the oldest official celebration marking the end of slavery in America - is observed nationwide on June 19th. Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 ask African-Americans everywhere to use this day to honor and celebrate the progress that has already been made by blacks in America ...
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Black Network Applauds Bush Administration For Aid to Repair Churches; Civil Rights Landmarks May Be Next to Be Helped By Increased White House Willingness to Help Faith-Based Institutions

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A recent change in federal policy to allow government funds to assist in the restoration of historic churches is applauded by members of the Project 21 African-American leadership network. Project 21 members note that the government's new willingness to work with churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith-based institutions that began ...
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Thank You, Brave Eason! by Geoffrey Moore

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After Saddam Hussein's fall, CNN's chief news executive Eason Jordan confessed to covering up 12 years of atrocities perpetrated by the Iraqi government. Over the course of his 13 trips to Iraq, he claimed he grew increasingly distressed by the things he saw and heard. Jordan, however, said says he ...
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The Reparations Pipe Dream and the Tax Cut Reality, by Kevin Martin

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Just when I think I finally have our black "leaders" all figured out, they throw me another curve ball. In the Chicago Sun Times, Jesse Jackson recently railed against the Bush Administration's tax cut, repeating the worn-out liberal mantra that tax cuts only benefit the wealthy. He warned that Medicaid, ...
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Crazies Can Spoil a Movement, by Casey Lartigue, Jr.

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At an anti-war "teach-in," a Columbia University professor called for the defeat of American forces in Iraq and said he would like to see "a million Mogadishus" - a reference to the Somali city where American soldiers were ambushed, with 18 killed, in 1993. "The only true heroes are those ...
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What Jayson Blair Did to Black America, by Kimberley Wilson

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In case you've managed to avoid the story, he's the 27-year-old New York Times reporter who resigned on May 1 after getting caught plagiarizing. In five years, Jayson Blair wrote over 600 stories for the paper, and it now appears that much of it was either incorrect, brazen lies or ...
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