Project 21: Archives

African-American Group Says Workers Need Protection from Unions, Too; House to Vote on “Worker Right to Know Act” – July 1996

Contact: Arturo Silva at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Saying that workers need protection from powerful, authoritarian labor unions as much as they do from employers, members of the African-American leadership group Project 21 are applauding an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to give employees more power in their dealings with unions. Project 21 has published Briefing Points on the initiative, which includes a "Worker Right to Know Act," sponsored by Rep. Harris Fawell (R-IL). Hearings have been held on the legislation, which was introduced today, July 17 and will be voted on in the full House as part ...
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Movie Review: “Courage Under Fire” a Much Brighter Light than “The Nutty Professor” – July 1996

A New Visions Commentary published July 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] Oprah Winfrey rained heavy accolades on Eddie Murphy's new movie "Nutty Professor" during her July 1 show. Given the adverse stereotypical images of African-Americans in "The Nutty Professor," Oprah would have done African-Americans a much greater service by paying that kind of obeisance to Denzel Washington's new movie, "Courage Under Fire." In my estimation, "The Nutty Professor" cannot hold a candle to "Courage Under Fire." The billing for ...
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Movie Review: Are You Nutty to See “The Nutty Professor”? – July 1996

A New Visions Commentary published July 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] Eddie Murphy's new movie "The Nutty Professor" is a remake of Jerry Lewis' movie from the 1960's. It features an overweight professor (Sherman Klump) who finds the secret to genetic re-engineering. Using the secret formula, Klump transforms himself into a slim, magnetic, and boisterous personality, Buddy Love. Before viewing the movie, I decided to evaluate the movie on three points. First, even though the "The Nutty Professor" is ...
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Project 21 Leaders Applaud Six New Attempts to Reform Congress – June, 1996

Contact: Arturo Silva at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Two Republican nominees for Congress, leaders of the African-American group Project 21, are applauding efforts by some Members of Congress to return the legislative branch to a citizens' legislature. The proposals include: A resolution introduced by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) deterring frivolous and politically-motivated ethics inquiries by penalizing the Member who files any such complaint; A resolution introduced by Rep. Greg Ganske (R-IA) requiring House Members to submit semi-annual reports of domestic and foreign trips paid for with federal dollars, later to be published in the Congressional Record; Legislation sponsored by Rep ...
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Why Capitalism Isn’t a Dirty Word – June, 1996

by Michael Session National Policy Analysis paper # 148 published June 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research Unfortunately, to many black Americans, capitalism is a dirty word. The word capitalism brings to mind images of racial subjugation and degradation. According to this world-view, capitalism is seen in its most hideous form when viewed within the context of the black American experience. After all, was it not capitalist America that held black people in bondage for over 400 years? A mere casual reading of the evolution of economic thought and American history shatters this view. The Atlantic slave ...
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Study Shows Estate Tax Will Kill Many Black-Owned Businesses – May, 1996

Great-Grandson of Slaves Says Estate Tax Would Break-Up Family Farm and Harm the Environment Date of Issue: May 11,1996 General Information Contact: Arturo Silva [email protected] or (202) 507-6398 A Kennesaw State College (Marietta, GA) survey of black businesses on Black Enterprise magazine's top 100 list reveals that over 58% estimate the long-term survival of the family business after the death of the current owner(s) will be significantly more difficult to impossible because of the federal estate tax. Edmund Peterson, Chairman of the African-American leadership group Project 21, says the survey reveals that the estate tax may deny the American dream ...
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What Chester Thigpen Spent a Lifetime Working For, the Federal Government Wants to Tax Away – May, 1996

A National Policy Analysis paper published May 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. "We're not rich people. My father and I do almost all the work on our land ourselves... My father and I planted some more trees not long ago. He knows he will not likely be here to see them mature. But he hopes that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be able to watch those trees grow on the Thigpen Tree Farm..." --Lonnie Thigpen, the son ...
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Conservative Resolution on Church Burnings – May 1996

The following resolution was written by Project 21 at the request of and for the consideration of the Congress of the United States in May, 1996. Whereas the foundation of a free society is forged of justice, truth, and self-governance; Whereas America is established as a free society; Whereas freedom for all Americans extends to the free exercise of religious faith; Whereas the church and the free excercise of the faith of its people are fundamental to the health and strength of our nation; Whereas such freedom is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; ...
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President Clinton’s 100,000 New Cops Will Be Sent Where They’re Needed the Least

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Group Says Design of President Clinton's Program Virtually Guarantees That Lower Crime Areas Will Receive More New Police Than Higher Crime Areas The 100,000 new police officers President Clinton promised would be on America's streets before the next century are more likely to be sent to neighborhoods sporting nicely cut lawns and picket fences than those occupied by drug dealers and haunted with the sounds of gunfire, say members of the African-American leadership group Project 21. A Project 21 chart examining the geographical distribution of new police officers by comparing the 1994 Crime Bill's COPS grants with FBI Uniform Crime ...
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Ron Brown’s Death Prompts Condolences from Black Conservatives, by Deroy Murdock

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Perhaps it's a sign of the times that not even the death of a Cabinet member can prevent a partisan tussle from erupting among Republicans, Democrats and their respective media allies. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown died in an April 3 airplane crash in Croatia along with a trade delegation of business executives and Commerce Department staff members (including my amiable, talented Georgetown University schoolmate, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bill Morton). Just before Brown's April 10 funeral, NBC's Bryant Gumbel asked Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) in an interview: "Although many have praised Ron lavishly, I understand no Republicans have yet expressed condolences ...
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A Pastoral Response to Homosexual Apologists – April 1996

(A New Visions Commentary published April 1996 by Project 21, a project of The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected]. New Visions Commentaries are the opinion of their author and not necessary those of Project 21.) What has American society come to when it is necessary to defend, in religious circles no less, what is biblically self-evident? The issue at hand is: should the Church embrace homosexuality? The push for moral legitimacy for homosexuality is the most serious threat to date to the ...
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I’m Not A Victim, I’m A Man, by Michael Sharp

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(A New Visions Commentary published April 1996 by Project 21, a project of The National Center for Public Policy Research. New Visions Commentaries are the opinion of their author and not necessary those of Project 21.) I'm not a damned victim, so please quit treating me like one. I'm tired of your willingness to accept my failures without encouraging me to get back up. I'm tired of your willingness to accept the demasculization of the black male. I'm tired of your willingness to accept less than what I'm capable of. In short, I'm tired of what is currently recognized as ...
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Choosing Quality Education Over Multicultural Perfection, by Peter Kirsanow

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Black children are inherently incapable of learning unless seated near white children. Only when enveloped by the intellectual aura of white children can black children receive a meaningful education. Or so hold the opponents of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Plan (MPCP). The MPCP provides vouchers to parents who are permitted to select the school their children will attend. It is the product of the Herculean efforts of Wisconsin legislator Polly Williams. The MPCP is being challenged in court by the Milwaukee teachers union and others who oppose school choice. The opponents argue that the MPCP will result in the resegregation ...
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Workers of America Unite! — For a Minimum Wage Increase? by Sharon Brooks Hodge

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Reprints permitted provided source is credited. A higher minimum wage appears more probable every day. Recently, 20 House Republicans offered a proposal that would boost the minimum wage by a dollar in two stages. Whether Congress passes this version or the bill introduced by the Democrats, which would increase the minimum hourly wage by 90 cents over two years, the result will be yet another band-aid slapped over a gushing wound. And the fact that more lawmakers are leaning toward such legislation does not legitimize it. Since the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, labor advocates have ...
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African-American Group Calls for Dismissing the Department of Education from the Public Payroll

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The Department of Education is a massive runaway bureaucracy that should be abolished, says the African-American leadership group Project 21 following a thorough review of all federal education programs within the federal government. "What the Committee has uncovered is a moral outrage and a national embarrassment. It will be impossible to defend the status quo of the current federal educational system. A major step in returning American education back to the people would be to abolish the Department of Education," says Project 21 Chairman Edmund Peterson. According to the House Economic and Educational Opportunities Committee, there are a total of ...
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Is George Orwell Running The Justice Department? by Peter Kirsanow

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A New Visions Commentary paper published March 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] George Orwell is not dead. He is running the Justice Department in the Clinton Administration. For any doubters, ample proof was on display at the recent Congressional hearings on the Equal Opportunity Act of 1995 where a prominent Justice Department official was last seen arguing that prohibiting intentional racial discrimination by the government may be counterproductive. [The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the Act ...
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Is the Government Engaging in Affirmative Discrimination? – March 1996

A New Visions Commentary paper published March 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected] In which year did the United States Justice Department contend that it is unnecessary to pass a law prohibiting intentional racial discrimination? a. (1857) b. (1865) c. (1964) None of the above. The answer is actually 1995. The absurdity into which much of the traditional civil rights orthodoxy has devolved was brought into bold Orwellian relief during Congressional hearings on the Equal Opportunity Act of 1995. [The ...
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Who Speaks for America? Pat Buchanan or the Beltway? – March, 1996

A New Visions Commentary published March 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research So Pat Buchanan is a racist, anti-Semitic homophobic fanatic? What a surprise! Let me see if I get this right. Pat Buchanan's love for America is a negative trait that cannot be tolerated by the people that preach tolerance, and diversity of ideas. It is of no surprise that these pundits and self-righteous experts of diversity and tolerance seem to have little trouble attacking Pat Buchanan for having a different opinion. Where is the compassion for diverse ideas? Why couldn't the liberals consider Pat's views ...
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Outcome-Based Education: Why Creative Learning Should Not Replace Real Learning, by Camille Harper

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A New Visions Commentary published March 1996 by The National Center for Public Policy Research. "That is how it sounds," insisted the 12-year-old who was carefully printing "borad of eudaction" on my wooden pointer. She meant "board of education," of course. That incident occurred about thirty-five years ago, during my first year of teaching. Neither my skills nor my experience in teaching was developed enough then for me to connect her poor spelling to her equally poor reading skills. I remembered the episode as I listened to parents call Rush Limbaugh one Friday afternoon to defend the new inventive/creative spelling ...
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Let Us Mark The End of Racial Preferences with the Beginning of Equal Opportunity, by Carl Cohen

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The object of The Equal Opportunity Act of 1995, which the House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on by the end of April, is to prohibit our federal government from giving preferences based on race or on sex -- and to prohibit the government from requiring or encouraging others to give such preference. Why in the world would any fair-minded person object to that? Surely there is no ground for complaint if our government does not discriminate! But many well-intentioned people do complain, struggling to retain group preferences -- some because they seek to engineer a redistribution of goods ...
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