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After Juneteenth, Should We Remember the Alamo?

After Juneteenth, Should We Remember the Alamo?

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On June 17, President Joe Biden signed a law creating the June 19 Juneteenth national holiday. And then the federal government promptly closed on June ...
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Who Needs a Juneteenth Holiday When We Have Independence Day?

Who Needs a Juneteenth Holiday When We Have Independence Day?

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Project 21 has brought attention to the emancipation-related celebration of “Juneteenth” for over 20 years. But, despite our members using the annual observance for more ...
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More Project 21 Skepticism for a Juneteenth Day Off

More Project 21 Skepticism for a Juneteenth Day Off

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Congress is progressing toward the establishment of a full-fledged, day-off federal holiday for the Juneteenth observance of the end of slavery. Project 21 members, who ...
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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

Juneteenth Supporters Distance Themselves From Federal Holiday Proposal

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Black Activists Oppose Politicization of Emancipation Celebration Washington, D.C. - Despite more than twenty years of acknowledging the importance of Juneteenth, members of the Project 21 black leadership network refrained from encouraging a rush into making the emancipation-themed celebration a formal national holiday. "Juneteenth is already everything but a national holiday since 47 states, local governments and even private companies recognize it," said Project 21 member Martin Baker. "Juneteenth was an acknowledgement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which history tells us only applied to the states in rebellion. If we truly want to celebrate an all-encompassing 'freedom day,' perhaps we should ...
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LeBron James and L.A. Lakers Help Sell Confederate Merchandise

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"Hypocrite" Basketball Star Wears Logo of Retailer Marketing Confederate Flags and Robert E. Lee Lunch Bags Washington, D.C. - Despite cultivating the reputation of a social justice warrior, basketball star LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates have hit the court with the logo of online retailer Wish on their uniforms since 2017. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network criticized James, the Lakers and the NBA for political inconsistency for their relationship of a retailer that sells products honoring the Confederacy. "I wish LeBron wasn't a hypocrite, but I guess it's part of being on the woke ...
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Biden’s “Hundred Days of Divisiveness” Criticized by Black Leaders

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Project 21 Members Give President Low Marks Washington, D.C. – While President Joe Biden used tonight’s congressional address to pat himself on the back for his first 100 days in office, he received only criticism from the members of the Project 21 black leadership network. Citing the human costs of Biden’s political priorities, these black conservatives said the needs of the president’s black supporters “have been predictably ignored.” “The policy needs of black Americans always come last with liberals - regardless of the high percentage of blacks who support them,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington. “President Biden claimed his ...
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Coca-Cola Commended for Taking an Intermission From Election Advocacy

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Black Activists Challenge Soda Giant to “Launch a Campaign to Help Get IDs to Those Who Need Them” Washington, D.C. - With Coca-Cola executives finally showing interest in finding “common ground” regarding election integrity safeguards, members of the Project 21 black leadership network urged the beverage corporation to do what it takes to encourage full participation of black Americans in both political and civil life. “If Coke really wants to make an effort, instead of fighting voter identification it should launch a campaign to help get IDs to those who need them,” said Project 21 member Marie Fischer. “It’s ironic ...
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Racial Disparities Don’t Prove Discrimination

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Supreme Court Case Could Impact Election Integrity Challenges Washington, D.C. – As part of an important voting rights case being considered today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Project 21 black leadership network joined a legal brief asking the justices to remember that “[e]qual protection should ensure that government decision-making is free from the taint of racial considerations, but disparate impact liability does not allow racial impartiality.” The Court will hear arguments today in a case that may render unconstitutional many of the race-based conjectures that mark sweeping new election reforms being considered by the U.S. Congress. “Phony claims of ...
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COVID Relief Package Criticized by Black Activists for “Fiscal Irresponsibility”

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Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network criticized the $1.9 trillion spending package currently under consideration on Capitol Hill, noting that large portions of the plan are irrelevant to its stated goal of COVID-19 relief and are thus an irresponsible waste of taxpayer resources. “Rather than a package to address the challenges our nation’s economy faces, this nearly $2 trillion proposal is far more likely to make Americans worse off, not better,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. A Wall Street Journal analysis determined that $825 billion in the package could be defined as “COVID-related provisions” ...
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“Black History is American History”

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Black Conservatives Deliver Inclusive Message for Black History Month Observance Washington, D.C. – After a year of upheaval dominated by racial division, members of the Project 21 black leadership network have declared that “black history is American history.” In marking this year’s Black History Month, they noted that Americans of every ethnic background have benefitted from America’s founding values of liberty and opportunity. “Black history is American history. There is no other race or ethnicity in these United States that – despite having obviously started with the greatest disadvantage – has achieved so much politically, economically and socially in the ...
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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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Major League Baseball Strikes Out Again on Black America, by Martin Baker

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By moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver because Georgia is protecting peoples’ votes, Major League Baseball is hypocritical in its rationale. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that the “best way to demonstrate our values as a sport” would be to move the upcoming All-Star Game and its Entry Level Draft out of Georgia. The decision came after the state’s legislature passed and Governor Brian Kemp subsequently signed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021” into law. Opponents of the new law decried it as racist, oppressive and disenfranchising. This voter integrity measure has been attacked for allegedly denying persons ...
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Critical Race Theory Is Jim Crow Repackaged

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As households across America gear up for a return to normal, they are finding out that leftist radicals continue their efforts to transform America. Today, their activity du jour is using American classrooms to promote a divisive narrative — Critical Race Theory (CRT), a 21st century Jim Crow. The similarities between the goals of Jim Crow then and Jim Crow 2.0 now are quite striking. CRT’s goal is to create a legally enforced system that affects all Americans —determining their economic mobility, their status, their ability to find work, and their potential for achieving the Constitution’s promise of "life, liberty ...
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Bringing China’s One-Child Policy to America, by Marie Fischer

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A new billboard campaign proclaims: “One Planet, One Child.” Why would the special interest group behind this, World Population Balance (WPB), promote the same failed policy that Communist China forced on its people? And will North Americans be gullible enough to accept it? WPB was founded to “help the world solve our overpopulation crisis and celebrates the choice to have a small family,” according to its website. This campaign encourages couples to limit themselves to just one child or choose not to have children at all. WPB claims that if women have an average of one child each over the ...
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Left’s Critical Race Theory Preaches Black Failure, by Deroy Murdock

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Critical race theory may be the left’s filthiest, ugliest big lie. It defines America as inherently and irredeemably bigoted, denounces all whites as racial oppressors, and diminishes all blacks as racially oppressed victims. Lies, lies, lies. The third lie is the worst. Black Lives Matter, the “diversity” police, and other “systemic racism”-mongers relentlessly claim that white privilege and white supremacy blockade black success. Blacks think, “Yes, we can.” The left replies: “No, you can’t.” Last June, Seattle staged something called Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness. This segregated brainwashing program for white municipal workers accused them of rendering people of ...
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Reclaiming America’s Virtue, by Emery McClendon

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America is declining in both morality and virtue. Our society has become overwhelmed by people who have no values, low expectations or wish to take no personal responsibility. In order for our nation to survive, we must remain true to our nation’s founding principles and be involved in civic responsibility. That is what our Founders intend for us to do to ensure we kept our republic strong. People with evil intent or a lack of morals must be kept in check by those of us who believe in sound ethics and principles. Our Founders drove home these points repeatedly. Benjamin ...
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The Biggest COVID Loser? The Constitution. The Winner? Ron DeSantis, by Richard Holt

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Lawbreaking has been rampant during this pandemic, and not just among rioters and looters. The biggest scofflaw has been government. The clearest thing learned from COVID-19 is how dangerous it can be for a people 500 years removed from the Dark Ages to ignore common sense. A great example is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. Without legal authority, he canceled an election. He also illegally closed businesses all over the state. Emergency orders did not give him the power to close private businesses and churches, yet he compelled them to close. And then he imposed a statewide curfew. All of it ...
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Who Watches the Media Watchdogs?

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Journalism and the Constitution are greatly intertwined. Our Bill of Rights explicitly protects the right of the ‘press’ to operate and our founders believed that a vigorous media was essential for government accountability. But who watches the watchdogs? Last fall many Americans were aghast by the actions of Big Tech and the mainstream media which pushed a false narrative about Russia’s role with Hunter Biden’s laptop and simultaneously quashed all contrary reports implying that it would be libelous to do so. Washington policymakers of all political stripes have publicly questioned whether social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter should be ...
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Privileged Anti-Semitism? White Supremacists Aren’t the Only Culprits, by Marie Fischer

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Anti-Semitism in the United States appears to be at its highest level ever — seemingly even more pervasive than it was in Europe before World War II. There’s Marc Lamont Hill, an outspoken supporter of Black Lives Matter, who last month said that the organization supports the “dismantling of the Zionist project.” Marvel was embarrassed into removing anti-Semitic images from its latest Hulk comic book. Synagogues in Queens and the Bay Area were vandalized with swastikas. A Massachusetts school board member called a Jewish man the “K-word” on live TV. And that’s just this year. The “incident map” at stopantisemitism.org ...
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Mortgage Company’s Demands Will Do More Harm Than Good

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While the world was focused on Hasbro’s decision to degenderize Mr. Potato, little attention was given to the actions of United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) CEO Mat Ishbia. Last month he announced that UWM  the largest wholesale mortgage lender in the country — would no longer allow mortgage brokers that do business with UWM to also work with Rocket Pro TPO or Fairway Independent, two other leading mortgage providers. Mr. Ishbia’s announcement should receive a lot of attention. It's bizarre, anticompetitive — and unethical. Most troubling perhaps is its discriminatory impact. Segmenting the mortgage lending market in this way will likely make it ...
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Leftist Tokenism Destroys Genuine Knowledge Of America’s Amazing Black History, by Marie Fischer

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Instead of honoring those who truly made black history into American history, leftist media, corporations, and the left have appropriated this tradition into a vehicle for virtue signaling. Black History Month should be a great celebration for all Americans, not just those of us who are black. Unfortunately, the pride I felt about it as a child in the late 1970s has almost dissipated. That’s because instead of honoring those who truly made black history into American history, corporate media, corporations and the politically left have appropriated this tradition into a vehicle for virtue signaling. President Gerald Ford decreed Black ...
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We Should Honor a Conservative on the $20 Bill. Her Name Is Harriet Tubman, by Donna Jackson

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In announcing that the Biden administration was resuming efforts to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “It’s important that our … money reflect the history and diversity of our country.” While liberals bask in the blinding glow of superficial identity politics, patting themselves on the back for replacing villainous former President Andrew Jackson on U.S. currency, conservatives can also celebrate this choice by looking beyond Tubman’s color to celebrate her life and deeds. For instance, faith was everything to Tubman. Often referred to as “Black Moses,” Tubman would likely fit into ...
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China Threat Now Encompasses ‘Man’s Best Friend’

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One key distinction between the Trump administration and Mr. Biden’s is the attitude toward China. Trump recognized just how much Beijing took advantage of America while Biden acts as if China’s just misunderstood. China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property, mistreatment of the Uighurs, and the Hong Kong crackdown was aggressively and directly challenged by Trump as was its state sponsored hacking of U.S. government and business databases. Just as progress was being made, President Biden shows up with his good cop, better cop routine. Instead of seeing this toxic relationship for what it is the Biden strategy seems to be: ...
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The Left’s Push To Cancel Conservative Media Isn’t ‘Fighting Disinformation.’ It’s Censorship.

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The trend among progressives to limit speech moves to Capitol Hill this week when Democrat lawmakers convene a hearing on “disinformation and extremism in the media.” According to the hearing announcement, “the spread of disinformation and extremism by traditional news media presents a tangible and destabilizing threat,” and lawmakers look forward to hearing “what more can be done to address this growing problem moving forward.” One option being considered by many on the Left is censorship — the effort to punish or prevent discussion using force or pressure — whether the effort involves government actors or not. Progressives are leading the ...
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Americans Deserve True Black History, Not Lies From The 1619 Project, by Christopher Arps

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The pedagogy of ethnic pride comes with responsibility currently being abdicated for radicalism. That’s why it’s a shame when curricula simply revises history for political gain. When I attended last year’s White House Black History Month reception, it appeared few of us took note that it was the 50th anniversary of such observances. Then George Floyd and Black Lives Matter happened, seemingly changing things forever—particularly a reevaluation of the black experience. Concerted efforts to commemorate black history go back almost a century. In 1926, black historian Carter G. Woodson designated the second week in February as “Negro History Week.” He ...
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Lack of Evidence Renders Trump Impeachment II a Total Sham, by Deroy Murdock

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Former President Donald J. Trump faces his second impeachment trial next week. The charge? "Incitement of insurrection," specifically the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Trump’s remarks at the pre-revolt Save America Rally are highly incriminating — as these quotes from my relevant file show: Describing his rage over November’s election irregularities, Trump pointed behind him and said, "I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House." He then mocked tranquil demonstrations. "Please, show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful," Trump told the roaring crowd. "You cannot be civil with a ...
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Biden’s ‘Rescue’ Will Stifle Economy, End Personal Responsibility

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Joe Biden’s plan for a $1.9 trillion coronavirus package throws the Hippocratic Oath, to "first do no harm,'' to the curb. Billed as the American Rescue Plan, his proposal will cripple economic growth, undermine personal responsibility and create an immigration magnet —in the process harming minorities and the working class the most. While the top focus is the push to provide an additional $1,400 per person to U.S. households, little attention is provided to the fact that the plan will include payments to illegal immigrants — whether they plan to stay in the U.S. or not. Instead of using the bully ...
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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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