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Mortgage Move Puts Minority Opportunity at Risk

Mortgage Move Puts Minority Opportunity at Risk

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While it may not have received a lot of attention, there was a recent major announcement in real estate and banking that could have a ...
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Leftist Assault on Georgia Voting Reforms Hurts Voters

Leftist Assault on Georgia Voting Reforms Hurts Voters

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In the debate over the voting reform measure recently signed into law in Georgia, Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper said one factor must be the ...
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Zoom Meetings Expose Extremist Educators

Zoom Meetings Expose Extremist Educators

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During the pandemic, online meetings have provided countless funny examples of people exposing their true selves when they didn’t realize they were on a live ...
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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

Trump Education Reforms Applauded by Black Activists

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White House Higher Ed Proposals Align With Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” Recommendations Washington, D.C. - Black activists with the Project 21 black leadership network are applauding the Trump Administration’s newly announced reforms for American colleges and universities. Many of the policies announced by the White House align with recommendations made in Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” to increase black opportunity and prosperity. Policies in the Trump Administration proposal praised by Project 21 include more accountability, better accreditation processes and specific support for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Project ...
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Black Activists Ask NAACP to Drop Jussie Smollett Nomination from Image Awards

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Actor Does Not Deserve Honor After Arrest for Hate Crimes Hoax Washington, D.C. - After Jussie Smollett's indictment on felony charges for lying to law enforcement about an alleged hate crime, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are asking the NAACP to rescind Smollett's nomination for an upcoming Image Award. "Everyone has a reason to be disappointed with Jussie Smollett right now, and these accumulated reasons justify the NAACP taking swift and appropriate action to remove him from consideration for its Image Award," said Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II. "Smollett is charged with perpetrating a hate crime ...
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President Trump’s State of the Union Address Applauded by Black Activists

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Themes of Unity and Strength Commended by Project 21 Members Washington, D.C. – Calling it “a time of much-needed unity” and a show of “amazing leadership,” members of the Project 21 black leadership network are praising President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. “Tonight, President Trump reminded the American people of who we are and who we are not,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington, a national radio talk show host. “We rescued other nations from murderous tyrants then and refuse to bow down to the terrorists who seek our destruction now. We are not socialists or practitioners of infanticide. President ...
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American Bar Association Criticized by Black Activists for Promoting Social Justice Over Student Achievement

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Law Schools Need to Be Held Accountable When Graduates Can’t Pass Bar Exam Washington, D.C. - Favoring diversity over quality, the American Bar Association (ABA) recently rejected a proposal to hold law schools responsible for not preparing students for the rigors of the legal profession. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemn this decision, calling for reforms that protect students who are accepted to meet social justice goals but then effectively set up to fail. “I’ve seen too many promising black students with great potential for other fields drop out of law school because it wasn’t the right ...
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Virginia Governor’s Blackface/KKK Photo Blasted by Black Activists

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Washington, D.C. – A medical school yearbook photo of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in either blackface or a KKK hood is eliciting calls for his resignation. This comes on the heels of comments Northam made earlier this week about abortion legislation in which he seemed to advocate infanticide. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are speaking out against the embattled governor. “Very rarely does a politician leave me surprised or speechless. But this week, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam advocated for the murder of newly born infants, and then managed to add yet another dimension to his résumé of ...
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Covington Teen Should Be Praised Rather Than Vilified By Media, Black Leaders Say

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Youth’s Calm Efforts to De-Escalate Conflict Should Be a Model for Adults Washington, D.C. – Covington Catholic High School teen Nick Sandmann deserves to be praised rather than vilified, say leaders of the black leadership network Project 21. “Faced with racially-motivated taunts, Nick Sandmann chose to smile and encourage his classmates to refrain from engaging in debate. He was heeding Proverbs 15:1’s advice that ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath.’ But in its haste to portray anyone who supports President Trump as a villain, the liberal media branded this young man a racist before these facts were known,” said Project ...
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Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy and Lessons Praised By Black Conservatives

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Washington, D.C. – With Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaching, black conservative activists are commemorating the late civil rights icon’s life, lessons and legacy. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are available to discuss Dr. King’s importance in American history and how they feel others have honored – and dishonored – his legacy. “Dr. King’s legacy is not only a celebration of the life of the slain civil rights leader; it’s also an important reminder that it’s safe to dream big,” said Project 21 member Demetrius Minor, an evangelical youth minister and free speech activist. “We must dream ...
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Black Conservatives Support Border Security, Immigration Enforcement

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Project 21 “Blueprint” Recommends Prohibition of Most Public Services for Illegal Immigrants Washington, D.C. – In response to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on immigration and border security issues, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are supporting strong enforcement policies intended to stop the unfair strain on public services caused by illegal immigration – a strain that disproportionately impacts black communities. “President Trump laid out a clear case for why we need to secure our southern border,” said Project 21 member Emery McClendon. “Liberals are allowing the government shutdown to overshadow a very serious problem. That ...
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Proposed Federal Retirement Security Rule Supported by Black Activists

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Option to Pool Resources Can Help Small Businesses Short on Time and Money Washington, D.C. - Recognizing the benefit of allowing small businesses to pool their resources and share risk regarding 401(k) investment plans, the Project 21 black leadership network offered supportive comments about a proposed federal rule designed to encourage the expansion of Association Retirement Plans. "By allowing the willing to work together, the Trump Administration is promoting a way for small business owners to offer their employees and themselves retirement security opportunities," said Project 21 member Derrick Hollie, a small business owner who submitted the organization's comments to ...
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Food Stamp Work Requirements Applauded by Black Activists

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Work Requirements Encourage Self-Worth, Build on 1996 Welfare Reform Success Washington, DC - Plans to strengthen the work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or "food stamps") assistance eligibility are being applauded by members of the Project 21 black leadership network. This reform is consistent with a recommendation found in the organization's "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America." "People should not be able to become professional entitlement beneficiaries – especially during times of low unemployment. President Trump and the U.S. Department of Agriculture should be commended for wanting to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely," ...
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‘First Step Act’ Criticized by Black Conservatives as Harmful to Minority Communities

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Bill Undermines Mandatory Minimum Sentencing That Applies Law Equitably, Prevents Lenient Judicial Activism Washington, D.C. - Black conservative leaders are speaking out against the "First Step Act" criminal justice reform bill because of provisions in the bill that would undermine the benefits of mandatory minimum sentencing. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who offer their own set of criminal justice reform recommendations, said the bill as currently written "would be a step back" for public safety and "have an especially harmful effect on minority communities." The First Step Act is supported by President Donald Trump. It may come up ...
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Detroit School Board Condemned for Blacklisting Ben Carson

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Black Activists Say Voting Carson’s Name Off School Devalues Black Achievement, Ignores Hope and History Washington, D.C. - A Detroit school honoring Dr. Ben Carson may be renamed, and activists with the Project 21 black leadership network criticize the effort as a purely political act which willfully ignores the accomplishments and charitable acts of the famous Detroit native who now serves as the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "This is another misguided effort by liberals to erase history. The Detroit school board had no problem with the name of the school before Dr. Carson became active in ...
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Black Activists Call on CNN Management to Address Don Lemon’s Racial Comments

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Host Called White Men America's "Biggest Terror Threat" Washington, D.C. - Leaders of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling on CNN to break its silence about host Don Lemon's radical on-air comments in which he called white men the "biggest terror threat" facing America. The co-chairman of Project 21 – Horace Cooper, Bishop Council Nedd II and Stacy Washington – made the following statement: Within a space of five seconds, CNN's Don Lemon went from saying we shouldn't demonize people to broadly labeling white men as our nation's "biggest terror threat." That's not responsible journalism. This cannot stand. CNN ...
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Black Activists Support Trump Fuel Efficiency Plan in Public Comments

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Washington, DC – Calling “excessive regulation… one of the most significant non-racial obstacles to black economic progress,” members of the Project 21 black leadership network filed public comments with the federal government supporting a halt to increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks. Declaring the proposal to retain model year 2020 miles-per-gallon mandates through at least model year 2026 a “smart move,” Project 21 member Derrick Hollie wrote in a public comment submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that the proposal “promises more vehicles that people want to safely transport their families, engage ...
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HUD Ditches Diversity Goals, Black Activists Applaud

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Cost and Availability of Public Housing Should Be Prioritized Over Racial Demographics, Say Project 21 Leaders Washington D.C. – New plans by the Trump Administration to refocus public housing policy on supply and affordability rather than diversity are being applauded by members of the Project 21 black leadership network. This policy change rescinds an Obama-era mandate that is “actually suffocating investment in some of our most distressed neighborhoods,” according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. “Public housing isn’t supposed to be permanent housing,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II, who is also an ...
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Black Activists Condemn Anti-White Remarks by New York Times Editorial Writer

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Lack of Action by the Times Shows “Leftist Privilege,” Says Project 21 Leader Washington, D.C. – Anti-white social media posts made by newly-hired New York Times editorial writer Sarah Jeong are “vulgar” and “racist,” say members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who note the inconsistency and irresponsibility of the newspaper in dealing with intolerant statements by its staff. “Sarah Jeong’s comments are antithetical in an age when we should be moving beyond racism to embrace our greater American identity,” said Project 21 member Rich Holt, a political consultant. “This racist liberal engages in a divisive anti-white narrative that is just as ...
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Black Leaders Applaud New Trump Administration Fuel Efficiency Rule

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Washington, D.C. – Because of its ability to make new cars and light trucks safer and more affordable, the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to freeze a fuel efficiency mandate imposed on vehicle manufacturers by the previous administration is being applauded by the Project 21 black leadership network. This regulatory relief was specifically recommended in Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” as a way to lower economic barriers and increase opportunity for small businesses and low-income households, among other groups. “We commend the Trump Administration for its common-sense approach to fuel economy standards. It’s essential to have ...
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Black Leaders Urge “Minority Impact Assessments” for All New Federal Regulations to Prevent Disparate Impact

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Washington, D.C. - Excessive regulation stifles economic growth and has a disproportionate negative impact on small businesses, say members of the Project 21 black leadership network. To prevent any new and unnecessary hardship due to overregulation, Project 21’s “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” recommends reining in agenda-driven government agencies by requiring “Minority Impact Assessments” that preemptively determine and remedy how new federal regulations might harm minority communities. “Regulations come at a cost. In the past, the government has imposed regulations while only occasionally assessing the associated costs to the overall economy. We almost never ask if marginalized ...
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Black Leaders Applaud Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Washington, D.C. – Applauding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, members of the Project 21 black leadership network praise Judge Kavanaugh’s dedication to the Constitution and his impressive record of accomplishment. “This is a judicial grand slam! As someone familiar with Judge Kavanaugh’s record, I can say that – though the left may be upset – those who love our Constitution will be thrilled,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a former professor of constitutional law at George Mason University and senior counsel to congressional leadership. “His record in over 300 opinions ...
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Race-Neutral College Admissions Action Applauded by Black Activists

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Project 21 Offers Recommendations Complementary to Trump Administration Move to Help Black Students Succeed Washington, D.C. – Black students will be more likely to succeed in higher education thanks to new action by the Trump Administration against race preferences in school admissions, say members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who offer additional guidance toward the same goal. “I’ve always felt that acceptance to higher education should be merit-based and means-tested. I believe President Trump is wise to rescind the aggressive Obama-era affirmative action directive for the use of race in student admissions,” said Project 21 member Dr. Carol ...
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New Visions Commentary

A Growing Economy Provides Opportunity to Move More Americans off Food Stamps, by K. Michael Conaway and Horace Cooper

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The American economy is growing rapidly, unemployment is at historic lows and job opportunities are everywhere. We can all agree it is a terrific time for Americans looking to enter the workforce. But when the Trump administration recently finalized a rule that simply holds states accountable to the bipartisan 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, commonly known as President Bill Clinton’s signature welfare reform, there was a flurry of outrage and hyperbolic headlines claiming otherwise. Disingenuous media reports and misrepresentations by many politicians have led many Americans to believe President Donald Trump is taking away critical Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...
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Friday Night Lights, Not Fights, by Martin D. Baker

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Having played high school football, I know trash-talking is all part of the game. Getting into the opponent’s head can give a team an advantage. Fans do their part with chants. But everything should be civil and not taken beyond the confines of the stadium. But recent events have turned high school football fields into racial minefields. One Wisconsinfootball game was disrupted when a Cudahy High School player allegedly called the Brown Deer High School quarterback the n-word. In California, San Clemente High School fans allegedly used the n-word and other out-of-line taunts against players and cheerleaders from Lincoln High ...
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No Justification for Anti-Semitic Language, by Marie A. Fischer

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It’s hard to justify the term “Jewing” someone down as anything but offensive. I know. I’ve tried. A friend of mine once created an exclusive Facebook group called “Us Them Down.” We considered it satirical and somewhat safe since everyone in it was Jewish.  We were laughing at ourselves but still felt a little unsettled by the term. What’s more unsettling is when politicians use “Jewing down” matter-of-factly and justify it. In New Jersey, Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride recently told her colleagues during an private meeting that the reason a legal settlement was so affordable was because the ...
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Protect Civil Rights with Citizen-Only Voting, by Christopher Arps

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Although voting is an important privilege for every American, it is of particular importance to black Americans. A key part of the civil rights movement was ensuring that every citizen, regardless of race, could cast a ballot. Activists faced poll taxes, death threats and the outright destruction of their ballots as they labored to secure representation at the polls. An entire section of the Project 21 black leadership network’s recent “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” is dedicated to “restoring the right of self-determination of black America,” warning of modern-day threats to voting rights. Today, black citizens still ...
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No Need for Energy Poverty, by Derrick Hollie

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It’s a popular theme—from Thomas Malthus to Paul R. Ehrlich to Thanos of Avengers fame: Only drastic action will avert catastrophe. We must consume less, accept less, be less. We’re warned in ever more strident terms that we must act now or in 12 years (or 10 years or 18 months) there will be devastating consequences. That’s the message of the G-7 as it met in Biarritz, France, and it’s the message of every Democratic presidential hopeful who will meet in Houston for a debate in September. One of those candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, unveiled his answer to the looming ...
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Race, Revisionism, and The New York Times, by Adrian Norman

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The New York Times recently launched the “1619 Project”—an initiative that, by the paper’s own admission, “aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” But, this project seems more like an attempt to reshape the public’s view of U.S. history to inflame racial tensions by mischaracterizing the country as inexorably tied to slavery and irredeemably racist, and tying the ills and anxieties of the present to events that occurred roughly ...
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Antifa’s Chaotic Display of Objections, by Jerome Danner

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Protesting once meant something. It had value in and of itself. It once was a highly-valued strategy of thoughtful, goal-oriented individuals that desired to spark change, not only in the minds of men, but in their hearts. Think of Martin Luther King, Jr., or Gandhi: their brand of protest was nonviolent in its exhibition, but aggressive at its core. Why? Because there was a demand for reformations in their particular countries. They saw evils being done and knew that civil rights were being violated. (Undoubtedly, civil rights are essential to the citizen, if the country where they reside considers itself ...
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Socialism Isn’t the Solution to Unfair Drug Prices, by Stacy Washington

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President Trump recently promised that "America will never be a socialist country" -- at least not while he's in office. But some members of his administration didn't get the memo. The Department of Health and Human Services still plans to impose socialist, European-style price controls on advanced drugs administered through Medicare. The proposal would tie Medicare's drug reimbursement rates to the average prices paid by governments that impose price controls on medicines. HHS officials hope their scheme will reduce pharmaceutical spending here in America -- and force other developed nations to foot more of the bill for drug research and ...
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Black Conservatives Desire to Spark Change in Ferguson, by Jerome Danner

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Five years ago, a small town by the name of Ferguson, Missouri, got national attention for the wrong reasons. The media flocked to the area after a police shooting, which resulted in the death of an African American young man by the name of Michael Brown, took place. When the story hit the airwaves and began to take off everywhere, it brought the attention-grabbing issues of racism and police brutality to the forefront of the American consciousness yet again. However, this town, located in the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, faced other issues that included economic development and economic empowerment ...
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American Leaders are Ignoring the Issues that are Fueling Racial Hatred and Violence, by Carol M. Swain

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Passing new gun control laws and labeling President Trump a white nationalist who inspires acts of terrorism are a waste of time. They will not address the root causes of the anger and disaffection that fueled recent acts of violence against racial, political and religious minorities. This issue is far more complicated than our leaders have grasped. This is evidenced by the reckless accusations and misguided approaches many of them have made while sowing seeds of division. It is our leaders and their inability to lead that places our nation at its greatest risk, and we’re not just talking Donald ...
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Stop Putting Words In Our President’s Tweets! by Emery McClendon

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Conservatives shouldn’t be so hasty to fall into the same political trap as the conservative black senator from South Carolina. When Senator Tim Scott said President Donald Trump used “racially insensitive” language in a recent tweet – presumably directed at freshman Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, aka “The Squad”) – he played into the liberal strategy designed to stifle the reforms and progress of the Trump Administration by stoking dissent and chaos. Even though some blacks lived through the era of being told to “go back where you came from” or “go back to Africa,” ...
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The Political Opinions of Celebrities Matter But Facts Do Too, by Jerome Danner

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Let it be said at the outset of this piece: all opinions matter. In our country, no matter your status, level of infamy, or salary, you have the right to freedom of speech, which means you can voice your opinion anywhere and on any topic you choose. It has long been respected by some, or considered inappropriate by others, that celebrities speak out concerning politics and other greater societal issues. It should not be a surprise that many people will support the celebrity that has the values that are closer to their own. This is to be expected. It is ...
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Salute to America Made Fools of Trumpophobes, by Deroy Murdock

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The left overpromised. The president under-delivered. Before Donald J. Trump’s July 4 Salute to America, his foes described this event as, at best, a parade of partisanship, narcissism, racism, and divisiveness. At worst, they billed it as a pageant of despotism or a prelude to martial law. By 7:32 p.m., when Trump finished speaking at the Lincoln Memorial, he had reduced these hyperventilated warnings into flaccid windsocks. And those who had screamed from the rooftops looked like rejects from Klown Kollege. “President Trump is turning the 4th of July into a political spectacle,” Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., declared. Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., ...
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Reparations Are Treated as the Cure for Inequality — They Are Not, by Emery McClendon

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In 2007, much like today, liberals were demonizing the president and looking at shoring up their base for the next major election. An issue dragged out of the political closet was the notion of paying reparations to blacks now for slavery dating back to before America’s founding. Here they go again. The vehicle then, as today, is a bill to set up a commission for studying the idea of a national apology for slavery and post-Civil War segregation as well as possible taxpayer support for reparations payments to black Americans. Back then, the bill was sponsored by Michigan Representative John ...
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African Americans Don’t Need Reparations. We Need To Take Responsibility For Our Lives, by Emery McClendon

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In 2007, much like today, liberals were demonizing the president and looking to shore up their base for the next major election. An issue dragged out of the political closet was the notion of paying reparations to blacks now for slavery dating back to before America’s founding. Here they go again. The vehicle then, as today, is a bill to set up a commission for studying the idea of a national apology for slavery and post-Civil War segregation as well as possible taxpayer reparations payments to black Americans. Back then, the bill was sponsored by Michigan Rep. John Conyers. This ...
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Chuck Todd Breaks Ranks on ICE-Concentration Camp Claim, by Jerome Danner

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Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez continues to bring news on what feels like a daily basis. This may be for good reasons, or for bad ones, depending on who you ask. She (and her political statements) are constantly the subject of articles and commentaries, including this one, because of the controversy surrounding the topics that she speaks on. Some of her most ardent fans may think her policies or stances are not treated fairly. However, many other individuals who disagree with her views see the importance of being as vocal as she is. She’ll continue receiving pushback against her socialist views as ...
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Religious Belief Is Reconcilable With Public Service, by Jerome Danner

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In these postmodern times, religious belief has continued to be on a persistent decline in terms of its popularity in society. To be specific, in western society, Christianity is the religion that is continuously in the spotlight for any number of reasons that cause debate. Although many Christian individuals still hold a major influence in society (especially in the United States), there are still tell-tale signs that Christianity, and those who are adherents of it, is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the secular Left more and more. All things considered, this may be due to the Left, ...
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‘White Nationalism’ is the Left’s Latest Trope Against Trump, by Dr. Carol M. Swain

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President Trump is frequently under attack from leftist Democrats and left-leaning Republicans who offer comfort to the President’s enemies by helping advance a false narrative about the President’s position on nationalism. A few weeks ago, Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman, shocked a number of Americans, including myself, by equating President Donald Trump’s silence about the case of Christopher Hasson – a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant charged with planning a mass terror attack against leftist Democrats – as hidden sympathy for white nationalism. Steele’s accusation against the president feeds into the left’s narrative of Trump and his white supporters ...
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2019 Is the New 1984, by Adrian Norman

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Within just a few short years, we might be saying, “Welcome to a Brave New America—a dystopian freak show of a world, where the capricious whims of a few control the lives of the many.” Picture it as a dark existence where faceless, nameless authoritarians are free to make decisions on your behalf and against your will. You have no recourse. There’s no one to petition, no one to object, and no one to stand on your behalf. This is the world being created, as tech giants and banks work in tandem with progressive advocacy organizations to exclude people from ...
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Case Of Unvaccinated Boy Gives Good Reason To Get Immunizations, by Jerome Danner

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Although vaccinations are (and have been) commonplace in society for decades now, there is still a healthy debate over their necessity or if they are detrimental to children. The arguments typically come from those persons in the anti-vaccine movement regardless that research has shown vaccinations have overwhelmingly been a benefit. For most individuals who have been blessed with children, they can attest to the fact that any doctor’s office visit for a child not only includes measurements of their body, but “shots” given by healthcare professionals in addition to being checked out. Obviously, it is to check the child’s growth ...
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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.

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