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Liberal Lockdown Policies Don’t Listen to the Science

Liberal Lockdown Policies Don’t Listen to the Science

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It’s rare that conservative and liberal commentators agree with each other when they appear on news programs these days. But the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 lockdown ...
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Good Officers’ Lives Matter

Good Officers’ Lives Matter

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Project 21 member Rich Holt held some apprehension about law enforcement officers because he was pulled over in the past for what he called “driving ...
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Black Lives Matter Co-Opts, Betrays MLK’s Civil Rights Legacy

Black Lives Matter Co-Opts, Betrays MLK’s Civil Rights Legacy

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Between the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday observance on Monday and the inauguration of a vice president with a multi-ethnic background on Wednesday, race will ...
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Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America

About Project 21

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment.

Project 21 participants have been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets, including the O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, the CNN Morning News, Black Entertainment Television’s Lead Story, America’s Black Forum, the McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal and the Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Larry King shows, as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and many others.

Project 21 participants live all over the U.S. and have a variety of careers. What they have in common is a desire to make America a better place for African-Americans, and all Americans, to live and work. Project 21 members do this in a variety of ways in their own communities, and, through Project 21, by writing opinion editorials for newspapers, participating in public policy discussions on radio and television, by participating in policy panels, by giving speeches before student, business and community groups, and by advising policymakers at the national, state and local levels.

Project 21: A History

Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, sense of family and commitment to individual responsibility have not traditionally been echoed by the nation’s civil rights establishment. This became most obvious during the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when the media provided extended coverage of the reaction of liberal civil rights leaders to the events surrounding the Rodney King controversy. Curiously, the media made little mention of those in the African-American community who spoke out in favor of law and order and individual responsibility – and against the rioting.

Rather than merely complain about the lack of attention given to conservative and moderate African-Americans as typified by the coverage of the riots, The National Center for Public Policy Research convened a meeting of conservative and moderate African-American activists in mid-1992 to determine whether it was feasible to construct a network to bring conservative and moderate voices in the black community to the attention of the media. The answer was yes, and Project 21 was born. By March of 1993, Project 21 secured the necessary funding to hire a full-time coordinator to pursue its goals. Project 21’s mission includes the active promotion of conservative and moderate viewpoints by Project 21’s network of members in the media, and the ongoing recruitment of new members to be promoted.

Project 21 acts as a public relations network for moderate and conservative African-Americans, and is interested in promoting those African-Americans who want to discuss their beliefs not only in the privacy of their own homes but in thousands, sometimes millions, of homes across America. Whether a member is a talented writer, articulate speaker, dedicated policy analyst or just have interesting viewpoints on important issues, Project 21 is there to help its members get recognition.

Project 21 has enjoyed enormous success. Project 21’s network of African-American moderates and conservatives have been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, talk radio shows and television programs throughout the country. Participants have been featured on such programs as CNN & Company, CNN Morning News, The McLaughlin Group, C-SPAN’s Morning Journal, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, The Michael Reagan Show, BET’s Our Voices, and America’s Black Forum as well as in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and many others.

Project 21 members have been published, quoted or interviewed over 35,000 times since the program was launched in 1992.

Project 21 first burst into attention following the release of Black America 1994: Changing Direction in January 1994. A 77-page volume, Black America 1994 is a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the African-American community. A collection of 15 essays written by Project 21 participants, the report addressed important contemporary issues including economic stagnation, crime, education, health, welfare, and the disintegration of the black family.

In the weeks following the report’s release, its contributors participated in several hundred media interviews, and Project 21 received nearly 5,000 requests for information and numerous offers of support.

Project 21 released a major report, The Health Care Ghetto: African-Americans and Health Care Reform, at a National Press Club press conference in August, 1994. The report was the first of its kind to analyze how various health care reform initiatives would affect minority communities.

In January 1995, Project 21 released a second annual report: Black America 1995: A New Beginning. The report consisted of 38 essays by Project 21 members on topics ranging from the information superhighway to crime. In January 1996, a series of profiles were released of black conservatives and moderates who shun government spending and embrace greater community involvement as the way to solve problems. Black America 1996: A Time for Renewal also included an agenda created by black conservatives and moderates outlining what government needs to do – and what it needs to stop doing – if people are going to start solving their own problems.

In 1997, following two years of research, Project 21 released an in-depth report: Black America 1997: How Government Harms Charities… And How Some are Succeeding Anyway. Until now, it has not been widely known that humanitarian groups suffer from government’s regulatory harassment. The 90-page report received front page newspaper coverage in Washington D.C. and led to calls from lawmakers interested in repealing the regulations that harm the ability of charities to help the poor.

Project 21 also has taken a lead role in bringing to public attention the fact that a substantial number of government environmental rules have a disproportionately negative economic impact on minorities. In addition to assisting with the research and publication of over 60 studies, op-eds and press releases on this topic in recent years, in 2002, joining with the John P. McGovern Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs to form a Center for Environmental Justice, Project 21 released a comprehensive econometric analysis of the impact of so-called “smart growth” regulations on minorities. The study, “Smart Growth and Its Effects on Housing Markets: The New Segregation” was published in November, 2002.

Project 21 is also actively involved in educating the public on proposals to empower communities rather than the government. For instance, Project 21 was instrumental in promoting the ideas incorporated in the Community Renewal Act, sponsored by Reps. Jim Talent (R-MO) and J.C. Watts (R-OK) in the 105th Congress. Project 21’s Contract with Black America, proposed to the leadership of the Republican Congress in January 1995, started the process that eventually led to the crafting of the Community Renewal Act.

Press Releases

After a Violent Year, Black Conservatives Reflect on MLK’s Message of Hope and Peace

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"Dr. King Would Not Have Approved of the Way Violence Was Used to Accomplish Social and Political Goals" Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are available for interviews regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy as Americans prepare for the annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18. They note that many of the words and actions seen in political discourse over the past year conflict with Dr. King's ideology. "As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us not forget the barriers that have ...
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Black Activists Praise Employment Boom That Defies COVID-19 Challenges

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Trump Free-Market Policies Are Credited for “Stunning” Economic Recovery Washington, D.C. – The latest federal employment report revealed yet another month of recovery for the American workforce. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network credited the Trump Administration for policies that have brought back jobs - particularly in black communities - after businesses were devastated earlier this year by COVID-19 lockdowns. “The news just keeps getting better. The free-market policies of President Trump have lowered the unemployment rate at the fastest level in history! The jobless rate dropping from nearly 15% to under 7% in less than a year ...
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Black Activists Praise Presidential Performance on Jobs

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Employment Recovery Called “a Testament to Trumponomics” Washington, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s economic policies were responsible for last month’s improved employment numbers, said members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who credited the president with reviving an economy devastated by COVID-19 lockdowns and with helping the black community get back on its feet. “Even in a pandemic, the free-market policies of the Trump Administration are growing the economy and benefiting America - especially black America,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. "The October jobs report provided further great news about America's super-V recovery from the China-virus lockdown,” said ...
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Black Activist Slams “One-Sided” Environmental Justice Policies at Congressional Hearing

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Project 21 Member Testifies That “Environmental Justice Movement is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Solution” Washington, D.C. – Criticizing those who see “environmental justice” as a “one-sided issue,” a member of the Project 21 black leadership network will testify today before Congress in favor of a more balanced approach in applying racial considerations to the federal grantmaking process. Project 21 member Donna Jackson is scheduled to testify at a virtual hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 2pmET. The hearing is entitled “Environmental Justice for ...
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Black Activists Applaud Defunding of “Critical Race Theory” Training

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Trump Order Would Purge “Tired, Old and Evil Idea” From Federal Employment Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network applauded the Trump Administration for seeking to defund all federal training rooted in “critical race theory,” a radical philosophy promoting a false notion of systemic American racism and pitting races against each other. “Critical race theory is bigotry, pure and simple. Its advocates should apologize to Jim Crow and South African apartheid supporters for ever offering a critical word,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “Claiming that people have characteristics and behaviors due solely to their race is ...
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Black Activists Praise Justice Department for Fixing Yale’s Fail

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“Academic Achievement Should Be Rewarded Without Racial Contingencies” Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network praised the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for confronting Yale University over its discriminatory admissions practices. DOJ threatened the Ivy League institution with a civil rights lawsuit after a federal investigation revealed prejudice against Asian-American and white applicants. “For so long, complaints against racial preferences in admissions fell on deaf ears because the complaints came from white students. The justification was that current discrimination in favor of blacks is necessary recompense for historical discrimination against blacks," said Project 21 member Derryck ...
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Black Activists Call for Bias Investigation at ESPN

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Report That Host Sage Steele Wasn't "Black Enough" for Documentary Raises Concerns About Sports Network's Agenda Washington, D.C. - Veteran ESPN host Sage Steele was reportedly excluded from a network documentary on race and sports because - despite being biracial - her political and social views were not considered by colleagues to be racially authentic. The Project 21 black leadership network called upon the Walt Disney Company to conduct a thorough and public review of political and racial biases at ESPN to determine what remedies are needed to end prejudices at the sports network. "ESPN owes Sage Steele a huge ...
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School Choice Victory at Supreme Court Will “Advance Black Lives”

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Discriminatory Blaine Amendments Denied Educational Opportunities to Families in Need Washington, D.C. – Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Montana's discriminatory "Blaine Amendment" was cheered by members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who called it a major win for poor and minority parents who have been forced into failing public schools based solely upon where they live. In many states throughout the country, school choice opponents have utilized Blaine Amendments to prevent parents from accessing government assistance when choosing private schools with faith-based backgrounds for their children. "The justices in the majority tore down a monument to intolerance ...
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Black Lives Don’t Seem to Matter to Liberal Supreme Court Justices

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Project 21 and Justice Clarence Thomas Reject SCOTUS Abortion Decision Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemned today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Noting that black women are disproportionately at risk of unnecessary harm during abortion procedures, Project 21 had appealed to the justices through a legal brief that argued against throwing out “a substantial medical benefit that justifies any minimal burden” and thus allowing abortionists to escape oversight and safety requirements. “It’s a sad day when the Supreme Court rules ...
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Black Activists Applaud White House Outreach to End Chicago Violence

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Project 21 to Mayor Lightfoot, Governor Pritzker: “It’s Time to Take ‘Yes’ for an Answer” Washington, D.C. - Activists with the Project 21 black leadership network applauded President Donald Trump’s efforts to reach out to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to help end the violence in the Windy City. "I commend the president for reaching out to the leaders of Chicago and Illinois. The wanton violence in Chicago has gone on for too long, and Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot must not continue sitting by idly,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “It's time to take ...
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Black Activists Ask Kennedy Center to Rescind Tina Fey’s Comedy Prize

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After Fey’s Blackface Apology, Project 21 Challenges Taxpayer-Funded Institution to Hold Fey to Her Own Standard Washington, D.C. – The Project 21 black leadership network requested that the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts rescind the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor that it awarded to Tina Fey, in light of the use of blackface on her television show and her recent request to remove that content from circulation. “We are not trying to cancel Tina Fey. Tina Fey cancelled herself when she asked Hulu to purge offensive episodes of ‘30 Rock,’ calling the fruits of her creativity ...
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Juneteenth Observances Should Focus on Opportunity, Not Fear and Anger

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"Society wants us to succeed, but it's up to us to want to succeed" Washington, D.C. - In advance of "Juneteenth," the oldest and most recognized commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, members of the Project 21 black leadership network urged black Americans to avoid pitfalls of negativity and to embrace the opportunities that America has to offer. "Our takeaway from the death of George Floyd should be that America came together as one to denounce what happened and speak out against racial injustice. This blessing is our chance to take full advantage of the opportunities ...
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Disney Criticized for Pulling Advertising From “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Over Black Lives Matter Discussions

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"Black Communities Do Not Benefit If Only One Narrow Narrative Is Permitted in Public Discourse," Said Carlson Guest Horace Cooper Washington, D.C. – After Disney publicly declared its intention to stop advertising on the Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" in response to discussions related to Black Lives Matter and Antifa, its decision was criticized by recent Carlson guest Horace Cooper and representatives of the Free Enterprise Project (FEP) - which frequently challenges Disney policies. Disney pulled its advertising in response to Carlson opining that Americans are not "required" to be upset by the death of George Floyd, that the ...
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Black Activists Criticize NFL for Surrendering to Players’ Woke Demands

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Potential Return of Kneeling for Flag and Anthem “Not Justified” Washington, D.C. – Activists with the Project 21 black leadership network condemned National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell for submitting to player demands that would allow the tragic death of George Floyd to be used to politicize professional sports. “No, Roger Goodell, disrespecting the flag is not justified,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “Too many Americans - black, white and brown - have given their lives fighting for our nation’s flag. Neither the NFL nor any organization should let protests or riots be an excuse to encourage this ...
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Black Activists Condemn Nationwide Rioting

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“The Left is ‘Fighting For’ Blacks While Also Demolishing Our Neighborhoods and Ruining Our Lives” Washington, D.C. – Saying people need to “stop rationalizing and excusing criminal activity,” members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemned the politically motivated riots that have erupted across America, and applaud the possibility of Antifa being designated a domestic terrorist organization. Project 21 was founded 28 years ago in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots to highlight black Americans willing to speak out for law and order and to show the political diversity of the black community. On the five-year anniversary ...
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New York Times Chooses Controversy Over Truth in Promoting Revisionist History

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1619 Project, Debunked by Historians for Calling American Independence a Conspiracy to Protect Slavery, Continues to Be Marketed to Schoolchildren The Times Is No Longer “a Newspaper of Record,” Says Black Activist, Calling It Instead “a Vicious Caricature of Its Once Respectable Self” Washington, D.C. – Instead of renouncing the debunked 1619 Project, New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger today patted himself on the back for sparking debate with a revisionist history that has been distributed to schools nationwide. During the annual New York Times shareholder meeting, the first one ever to be held virtually, Christopher Arps, a member of ...
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Black Activists Cheer Trump Administration for Easing Fuel Efficiency Mandate

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“Realistic CAFE Goals… Don’t Force American Families to Choose Between Putting Food on the Table and Having a Modern Vehicle” Washington, D.C. – A recalibrated fuel efficiency standard for American cars and light trucks is being praised by black activists for its potential to improve safety and reduce regulatory burden while still being mindful of the well-being of both the environment and the economy. “American households have a great friend in the Trump Administration. Now, when families make one of their biggest expenditures, they will no longer be faced with excessive prices simply to have the safety they want for ...
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Supreme Court Demands Proof of Clear Racial Discrimination

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Black Conservatives Praise Justices for Rejecting “Race Card” Allegations to Root Out Real Bias Washington, D.C. - Allegations of racial discrimination in contracting must prove that bias is the sole reason for a minority company losing a deal, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday. This decision frees up plaintiffs and courts to focus on true instances of discrimination, according to members of the Project 21 black leadership network. “With this decision, the justices unanimously ruled that Americans must show that ‘race was the determining factor behind their claim’ of discrimination and not just merely one of several factors,” said Project ...
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NEPA Reform Can Create Equality and Opportunity for Black America, Say Black Leaders

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Washington, D.C. - Calling it “regulatory reform that enhances black empowerment,” the co-chairmen of the Project 21 black leadership network submitted public comments supporting the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In their comment, the Project 21 co-chairmen – Horace Cooper, Council Nedd II and Stacy Washington – wrote: “Commonsense NEPA reform, with a mindful balance of environmental protection and economic growth, is key to a more productive America that helps all of its citizens.” NEPA is a 50-year-old federal regulation subjecting major construction projects and land management decisions to layers of permitting and ...
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Protect Women Instead of Abortionists, Say Black Activists

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Project 21 Backs Louisiana Law Under Supreme Court Scrutiny Washington, D.C. - The Project 21 black leadership network is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, noting that black women are at risk of unnecessary and disproportionate harm during abortion procedures. Project 21 signed onto a amici curiae (“friends of the court”) legal brief in the case of June Medical Services v. Gee, which will be argued on March 4. The brief, representing black conservative and pro-life organizations, asked the justices to uphold the lower court ruling ...
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New Visions Commentary

Good Police Officers’ Lives Matter, by Rich Holt

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“Be polite. Be respectful. Deescalate.” These are the priorities of the sheriff’s deputies I accompanied on a recent ride-along. That is also the mantra of any capable, competent, and professional police department. Fortunately, and despite protesters’ claims, many police departments look a lot like the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in central Ohio. I began my ride-along remembering bad experiences I’d had with law enforcement in the past, such as “driving while black.” For example, I was once stopped for a crooked license plate. But my ride-along showed me the values of local police. It revealed the challenges they face and ...
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Removing the President Now Lacks Precedent, by Emery McClendon

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There’s no doubt January 6 will be remembered as a dark day in American history. But was the breaching of the U.S. Capitol by angry Trump supporters grounds for removing the president from office— especially when he only has a few days left? President Trump is being blamed for inciting the “mob” that broke through barriers, destroyed property and terrorized a joint session of Congress that was certifying the results of the Electoral College’s presidential vote. Vice President Mike Pence and assembled lawmakers were evacuated to a safe place as Capitol Police attempted to restore order. Protesters refused to stand ...
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It’s Time for America to Act Like An Adult, by Emery McClendon

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As the nation matured from the childishness of 2020 to the adulthood of 2021, President Donald Trump returned to the Oval Office and rolled up his sleeves to do the work that a mature adult nation needs at such a time as this. What’s his urgency to return to work as he heads down the stretch of what is supposed to be his last 20 days as the most powerful man in world? Most presidents would have used this time to wind down and prepare for the transfer of power to their successors. But it is evident this president wants to ...
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An Absurd Call for ‘Vote Reparations’

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Just when it seems that the Left’s extremism has reached its outer limits, a new radical idea comes forward. Brandon Hasbrouck, a professor at Washington and Lee University, has taken to the pages of The Nation, the Left’s preeminent periodical, to advocate so-called “vote reparations.” It’s an idea more dangerous than it is farfetched (though it is that as well). The scheme recommends double-counting the votes of black Americans. This doesn’t merely set aside the one-man/one-vote ideal that our republic operates on; it obliterates it. This proposal wouldn’t pass constitutional muster, nor should it. Counting some votes more than others is a throwback to a bygone era ...
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High Court’s Ringing Endorsement of Religious Freedom

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Americans enjoyed their Thanksgiving time with family last week and simultaneously discovered a special treat. In a per curiamopinion the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the religiously faithful against unfair regulation by the state of New York. In Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York v. Cuomo, the Supreme Court granted injunctive relief which prevents New York Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.68  — a coronavirus directive that enforces so-called occupancy limits on religious services. The Court’s ruling was a ringing endorsement for religious freedom. But, it almost didn’t happen. The dispute began in October, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY., issued ...
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What Have We Got to Lose? by Emery McClendon

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Common sense and a fair judicial system should see that something has to be wrong with how this election has been projected to the nation and the world. There are too many triggers that signal wrong-doing. Wrong-doing that favors one party and ideology over another to ascertain a desired outcome. The projected outcome however, defies common sense and logic. It also does not reflect the current mood of our population. How does a person who draws thousands to rallies and events end up losing to someone who does not campaign, does not appear at public events or gather any crowds ...
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Still Plenty of Reasons for Conservatives to Be Thankful, by Donna Jackson

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Lockdowns for churchgoers but not protesters. Election fraud. Media bias and social media censorship that’s been worse than ever. You name it — there are plenty of reasons for conservatives to be down right now. But there are many more reasons to be hopeful. Like a phoenix, conservatives will rise from the ashes. The silver lining in all of this is that we’ve been shaken from our complacency. Who knows exactly when the tipping point was reached. For me, it was the social media blackout of the Biden family’s alleged misdeeds. But, with so much bad stuff going on, it’s ...
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Unions and BLM Activists Feign Support for Blacks, by Council Nedd II

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During the Obama Administration, America saw its lowest labor force participation rates since the Carter era. While all groups suffered, blacks suffered disproportionately. Yet there was nary a peep from the budding Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement back then. And as jobs in the manufacturing sector left America for China – jobs that paid well and provided great benefits to blacks and whites alike – many union bosses looked the other way. What’s strange is that union leaders opposed China’s ascension into the World Trade Organization under the Clinton Administration and issued stern warnings about the consequences. But that was then, and this is now ...
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The Left’s Wish for Term Limits Would Make the Supreme Court Even More Politicized

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President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court has ignited an expected, yet unfortunate, conflagration on the left. With few procedural levers to pull and little chance of blocking Barrett’s confirmation, the radical left wing of the Democratic Party has threatened to “pack the court,” if given the chance, by increasing the number of sitting justices. Most Americans, regardless of political party, recoil at that idea, which is why Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris refuse to answer direct questions on the subject. Now their handmaids in the ...
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Queen of Hearts: the Newest Race Card

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The American Left—and by extension its devotees in the media and followers in Washington—has decided that anyone who does not agree with its radical policy priorities is, ipso facto, a racist. Gone are the days when to be a racist required skulking around with hoods at night, destroying ballots, or intimidating citizens on the basis of race. Now racism has been fast-tracked to mean mere advocacy of deregulation, free-markets, and equal justice before the law. Is this move occurring because real racism is so rare in 2020 that finding examples is hard work? Or was the Left never committed to ...
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Here’s How Trump Can Get Ginsburg’s Replacement On The Court — Guaranteed

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History often repeats itself. Before treating the present Supreme Court vacancy which occurred right before an election as an unprecedented circumstance, consider that actually we’ve faced a similar circumstance before. The year was 1956 and Dwight D. Eisenhower was heading into a re-election race when an unexpected opening on the court occurred. Justice Sherman Minton – a judicial moderate-conservative – and also a former US Senator (making him the last elected federal official to make it on to the court) resigned from the court due to illness. Appointed by President Harry Truman to support the New Deal agenda, Minton would ...
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Blacks Must Reject Redefining Civil Rights to License Crime

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There was a period when mainstream voices in Black America aligned with the law and not with lawbreakers — when the "snitches get stiches" mindset was associated only with the criminal element and was otherwise rare within the mainstream of Black America. Consider — when Rosa Parks was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat in the black’s only section of the bus to a white passenger, a whirlwind of change was set in motion. She wasn’t the first person whose rights had been violated, but she was the first person that the nascent civil ...
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Lack of Transparency in Government Contracts Hurts Service Members

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Last month when TRANSCOM (United States Transportation Command) pulled back its $7 billion contract award to Norwegian subsidiary American Roll on Roll off Carrier (ARC) taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief. The contract had been awarded on April 30 in the midst of COVID-19 to overhaul the domestic and international household good’s relocation system for over 350,000 U.S. military servicemembers. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) put out the bid for the Global Household Goods Contract (GHC) to "transform" the way the military moving system operates. Presently there is a labyrinthine process involving nearly 50 separate DOD offices which hire private ...
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Trump Pension Rule Will Benefit Black Americans, by Council Nedd II

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Put quite simply, too many black Americans are financially unprepared to retire. A mix of poor economic conditions, distrust of institutions and an overall lack of planning affects all Americans. But studies show black Americans are impacted harder. So any impediment to their ability to build retirement security that is identified and yet still allowed to continue unabated is a disservice to black lives. That’s why the Trump administration’s proposed rule clarifying the “investment duties” of certain pension plan managers matters. It addresses a clear and present financial danger in which too many fund managers are making investment decisions for ...
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How Trump’s Law and Order Agenda Is Making Black America Safer Again

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In the wake of George Floyd’s death, America has been presented with a false narrative about blacks and law enforcement. Elite progressive voices have pushed a radical idea: Law enforcement is the embodiment of bigotry in America and that “defunding” or even banning the police department is the solution that blacks want most. But nothing could be further from the truth, as I explain in Chapter 4, “Stop or I’ll Shoot,” of “How Trump is Making Black America Great Again.” It turns out that black Americans are as interested in law and order as the rest of the country, if ...
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Defunding Police Defeats Public Safety, Especially in Black Communities, by Nadra Enzi

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George Floyd’s murder was a horrific crime, and it has literally changed the world. But we need to take a moment to calm ourselves. We must reflect on our goals for fixing law enforcement problems before letting radical activists take control of the criminal justice reform agenda. That’s because — in the wake of the memorial services, protests and riots — there has been a steady call for changing the police by defunding them. On the June 14 edition of “Face the Nation,” an interview with Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best was prophetically titled “Policing will never be as it ...
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Black vs. Green: Black Americans Fight Climate Measures That Increase Energy Costs, by Donna Jackson

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While I don’t often find myself agreeing with Jesse Jackson, I applaud his support of a pipeline to bring affordable natural gas to the predominantly minority and low-income farming community of Pembroke Township, Illinois. As a black conservative who opposes Jackson on issues from racial preferences to economic policy to protecting our ballots from needless risks under the guise of voting rights, I think he’s courageous for breaking with the liberal establishment and radical environmentalists to help this struggling community benefit from affordable energy. Rising above the political fringe, Jackson said about hooking up the rural community south of Chicago ...
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Mob Justice Gaining on Rule of Law Means Minorities Lose

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Americans of all stripes recoiled at the video of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Elected officials all across America have condemned this needless act of violence. But many in the media, and activists across the land have gone further encouraging us to march and protest — implying that sitting on the sidelines is in some way complicity in Mr. Floyd's demise. CNN's Don Lemon compared the rioters to the Boston Tea Party. After looters broke into an Old Navy, Nordstrom, and Banana Republic, Seattle City Councilman Teresa Mosqueda said she "understood it." Standing in front of a burning building, ...
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Mail-in Voting Is NOT the Solution, by Christopher Arps

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The Coronavirus pandemic has completely upended the 2020 election cycle in a myriad of ways. The novel virus and social distancing have made traditional campaigning with handshakes, baby-kissing, and massive indoor and outdoor rallies practically impossible. As a result, the presidential campaigns have become virtual, especially in the case of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. COVID19 has relegated the Biden campaign to doing media interviews and townhalls events from his makeshift basement studio in Wilmington, Delaware. President Trump has, of course, suspended the huge rallies he made famous during his 2016 campaign, but because he is the President and has ...
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COVID-19 Solution: Pelosi’s $3 Trillion Wishlist vs American Exceptionalism

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released an 1,800-page wish list of left-wing spending priorities that will cost future generations of American taxpayers at least $3 trillion. In less than a week, she brought it to the House floor and rushed to pass it. Thomas Sowell once called schemes like these examples of liberalism’s “unconstrained vision” —untethered from reality.  Whatever the case, the lefts ’answers to the thorny questions presented by the COVID-19 crisis remain true to form: more government control, more government spending, more national debt. Across the board, these are the wrong answers. Pelosi’s HEROES Act is an unserious proposal ...
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Help promote the diversity of opinion in black American community. Make the 21st century a time when character transcends race, and where open and honest debate flourishes.

Please complete this form to begin the process of becoming a member of the Project 21 black leadership network.

By clicking here, I agree to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of Project 21 - a program of the National Center for Public Policy Research. I understand membership does not imply agreement with all statements and views of all Project 21 members or the organization. I understand membership does not imply I am accepting any financial or other responsibility related to the success of Project 21 or the National Center. I understand that the National Center is a 501(c)(3) organization that does not seek to influence opinions on candidates or political parties, and I will abide by this rule as a member of the Project 21 Advisory Board. As Project 21 exists to examine new approaches and ideas and promote discussion of them, all participants in its programs - including formal publications and media appearances - must, of necessity, speak at all times on their own behalf. No endorsement by members of the Project 21 Advisory Council, other program participants or the National Center for Public Policy Research is implied.

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