PROJECT 21 ARCHIVE – 2006

Fatherhood Begins at Conception, by Geoffrey Moore

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I'll never forget the day when my wife first called me with the good news. She was pregnant. It began with her saying she was not feeling like herself, and I suggested that she see a doctor because she might be ill. What a difference - a baby! I could ...
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Black Like Patrick Kennedy, by Bob Parks

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To understand racism in the deep South in the late 1950s, John Howard Griffith - a white man - darkened his skin and pretended to be black. His groundbreaking book, Black Like Me, profoundly affected the burgeoning struggle for equal rights. In 2006, U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) announced his ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Call Second Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Excessive

Members of the black leadership network Project 21 protest the scheduling of a second confirmation hearing for judicial nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, calling the action yet another example of obstructionist senators employing any and all tactics to delay or ultimately prevent confirmation votes on the President’s appointees. "One can only ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Demand Fair Treatment for Judicial Nominees

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As the U.S. Senate resumes consideration of judicial nominations, members of the black leadership network Project 21 call upon senators to refrain from engaging in the obstructionist tactics that have hindered the fair and timely consideration of past nominees. "There was a time when our elected representatives worked in the ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Say Immigration Shortcuts are Not a Civil Right Issue

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As proponents of amnesty for illegal aliens stage nationwide protests and work stoppages, members of the black leadership network Project 21 point out that the movement's comparison of illegal aliens' quest for preferential and expedited citizenship benefits bear no comparison to the hardships endured by African-Americans during the civil rights ...
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“Akeelah and the Bee” Relates Important Messages About Perseverance, Individual Drive and Community Involvement, by B.B. Robinson, Ph.D.

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"Be" is a powerful word for our major religions. "Let there be light," for example, one of the first lines of the Old Testament, heralds our world's creation. Then there is "bee" - as in spelling bee. For one little girl in a fascinating new movie, the word creates an ...
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Fair and Unfair Criticism of Condoleezza Rice, by Eric T. Miller and Arica Young

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Condoleezza Rice is possibly the most powerful and most criticized woman on the planet, but much of this criticism is undeserved. As our nation's secretary of state, Dr. Rice articulates foreign policy for the world's only remaining superpower. She is admonished in many circles for her vision of American diplomacy ...
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Reckless Anti-Rice Rants Mars Students’ Big Day, by Deneen Moore

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Ideally, college professors should provide an open environment for the free exchange of ideas and promote debate free of prejudice and bias. Tragically, on some college campuses, these ideals aren't applied to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice because she is an accomplished black female conservative. Instead, protests, petitions and prejudice ...
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Self-Destruction is a Choice, by Mychal Massie

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America is in a downward spiral, plummeting toward destruction. This cataclysm is not due to a depleting ozone layer, global warming, overpopulation, rising gas prices or any other silly doomsday arguments that are wheeled out on virtually a daily basis. Instead, this self-demise comes from our nation's cultural choices. Americans ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Growth of Black-Owned Businesses Hailed by Black Conservatives

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Members of the black leadership network Project 21 are encouraged by the findings of a new government study reporting that the number of black-owned businesses in America grew significantly between 1997 and 2002.  Project 21 members hail this trend as a strong indicator that blacks are successfully taking advantage of ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Say Allegations Regarding Rep. Cynthia McKinney Deserve Investigation

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Project 21 members have the following comments on the current grand jury investigation of U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) for her alleged assault on a U.S. Capitol police officer: "McKinney should be arrested and prosecuted for assault, just like any other American," said Project 21 member Deroy Murdock.  "That's called ...
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Black Activists Commend White House Action in Darfur Crisis

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With negotiations to resolve the human rights crisis in the Sudanese province of Darfur at an impasse, members of the black leadership network Project 21 applaud the Bush Administration for its work to promote human rights and stop further violence against the residents of that embattled African region. "This is ...
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School Choice Defeat Leaves Minority Students in Florida With No Choice, by Deneen Moore

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In Florida, the chances that a black child can get a decent education got worse on January 5, 2006. On that day, the state’s supreme court struck down the Florida Opportunity Scholarship Program.  This program gave the parents of children who were entering or already enrolled in underperforming government schools ...
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Robbing Peter to Pay Pedro, by Ak’Bar Shabazz

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Tough legislation recently passed by the House of Representatives to crack down on illegal immigration has created an intense national dialogue. According to polls, the once dormant issue of immigration reform is now a top priority. Illegal aliens don't want existing immigration laws to apply to them. They and their ...
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Thieves Make Opportunities Disappear, by B. B. Robinson, Ph.D.

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When a law-abiding black man automatically arouses the suspicion of a shopping mall security guard, is it racism? It may not be outright racial animosity, but it certainly betrays a bias - that security guards seem to think all blacks are potential thieves. Why? One reason may be the new ...
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Clarence Thomas is a First-Class Justice, Liberal Criticism Unwarranted, by Henry Mark Holzer

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In the 14-plus years that Associate Justice Clarence Thomas has occupied a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States much has been written about him. Some of it has dealt with his ascent from the humblest of beginnings to the highest court in the land. Some has rehashed ...
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Urban Communities Lose When Trial Lawyers Win, by Deneen Moore

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When trial lawyers win excessive monetary awards in lawsuits against doctors and health care facilities, urban communities lose. The number of medical malpractice lawsuits has climbed steadily over the years, contributing to skyrocketing medical liability insurance premiums for doctors and medical health care facilities and massive payouts. These costs are ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Support Judge’s Ruling to Hold New Orleans Elections on Time

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As Reverend Jesse Jackson and others prepare to march in opposition to scheduled city government elections in New Orleans, members of the black leadership network Project 21 are supportive of a New Orleans-based federal judge's ruling clearing the way for voting to be held on and leading up to April ...
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Project 21 Press Release: Black Activists Demand Apology from Senator Schumer; Ex-DSCC Staffer Expected to Plead Guilty for Accessing Black Conservativeís Credit Report

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Now that federal prosecutors have announced that they plan to bring criminal charges against a former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee staff member who allegedly illegally obtained the credit report of Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele (R), and media reports indicate the accused has agreed to plead guilty, members of the ...
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The Fed in Transition: Why It is Important to African-Americans, by Arica Young

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What does the selection of Dr. Ben Bernanke to replace retired Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan mean to the average American? From those who already own a home or dream of homeownership, to anyone with a credit card, has a bank account, small business or pension, it's very important. Greenspan ...
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