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1619 Project Rebuked for Radical, Riot-Causing Inaccuracies

1619 Project Rebuked for Radical, Riot-Causing Inaccuracies

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Even though prominent historians have found serious discrepancies in the reporting and assertions of the New York Times’s 1619 Project, it still won staffer Nikole ...
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Moving Our Military Safely and Cheaply

Moving Our Military Safely and Cheaply

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Members of the U.S Armed Forces have a lot to worry about, and the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) tries to ease the hassle and worry ...
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Why Didn’t “Ras” Trammell’s Life Matter?

Why Didn’t “Ras” Trammell’s Life Matter?

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To emphasize that black lives matter, people are supposed to say the names of those who have been lost. Bernell “Ras” Trammell did. But he ...
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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

Texans Do the Right Thing in Racial Murder Case; Death Sentence for White Supremacist Proves System Works – February 1999

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 applaud the quick and decisive action of the Texas jury that convicted and sentenced white supremacist John William King for the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, Texas. The successful prosecution of Mr. King and the definitive response from an almost all-white jury proves that the American criminal justice system can provide swift and certain retribution for hate-motivated crimes without the need for "hate crimes" laws. Mr. King was one of three men who beat up the disabled Mr. Byrd on June 7, 1998 and then dragged him behind a ...
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Statement by Project 21 at the Announcement of the Samaritan Project’s “New American Compact” – February 1999

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 On behalf of the members of the African-American leadership network Project 21, I would like to commend Bishop Earl Jackson for bringing us all here today to be a part of his great effort to promote racial harmony and foster a more perfect union.Bishop Jackson's "New American Compact" contains nothing that is really "new." What's new about it is that the things he asks have never really been tried. It asks people to look within themselves and within their communities to find the answers to our nation's racial and cultural problems rather than looking to the government. Instead of calling ...
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Black Leadership Network Opposes Civil Rights Nominee; Senate Urged to Reject Clinton’s Choice to Implement Civil Rights Policy – February 1999

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 urge the U.S. Senate to reject President Clinton's expected renomination of activist lawyer Bill Lann Lee as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Lee's unrelenting implemention of divisive racial preference policies while serving as "acting" head of the Division are at odds with Supreme Court and lower court decisions. "Bill Lann Lee's rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul policies are not only out of step with the mainstream of the American polity, but are out of step with the majority of the Democratic Party as well," said Project 21 ...
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Black Leadership Network Warns Black Community Against Supporting Clinton Defense; Clinton’s Legal Maneuvers Could Turn Back the Clock on Civil Rights

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While African-American support for President Bill Clinton has been high throughout the impeachment proceedings against Clinton, members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 warn that - should Clinton succeed in using legal wrangling to escape a full impeachment trial - civil rights gains could be eroded. "If Bill Clinton is not removed from office, the rule of law will have been abandoned in America, and we will have absolute hell to pay," said Project 21 member and Los Angeles community activist Jesse Peterson. "The rule of law is the only standard keeping this nation from a mob-rule mentatility, which ...
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Black Leadership Network Applauds Supreme Court for Striking Down Sampling

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Project 21 Says Actual Headcount is Best Way to Conduct Census The January 25 U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring the 2000 census be conducted through a person-by-person headcount was applauded by the members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 as a victory for fairness and equality. Project 21 members now implore the Clinton Administration to redouble its preparation efforts and work with Republican leaders in Congress to ensure that next year's population count is as accurate as possible and free of partisan influences. The Clinton Administration had sought to use an estimation process called "sampling" to determine the numbers ...
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Free Market Social Security Reform Would Benefit Minorities – December 1998

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African-Americans are being short-changed by the existing Social Security system. The African-American leadership network Project 21 says President Bill Clinton should use the White House symposium he has convened this week to ponder the future of Social Security as a forum to consider popular reform proposals that privatize the existing government program and allow more individual involvement in the investment of funds for retirement security. Project 21 says Americans realize that hard-earned and well-deserved money is suddenly lost under the current Social Security system. This money is buried under the weight of the Social Security Administration's bureaucracy, and has dismally ...
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Protect the Black Middle Class: Cut Taxes Now! – September 1998

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STATEMENT OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERSHIP NETWORK PROJECT 21 AT A SEPTEMBER 8, 1998 PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB IN WASHINGTONIt must be the duty of our elected leaders in Congress to act quickly and decisively to provide tax relief to the American people. It is absurd that the government will be running a $1.6 trillion budget surplus over the next decade while continuing to collect taxes at record levels. It is clearly time for them to give something back. We currently have the largest Black middle class in the history of our nation. Tax relief provided by Congress ...
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Black Leadership Network Warns Color Chasm in Cyberspace is Real Threat to Black Progress – August 1998

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 Two recent studies, by Vanderbilt University researchers and the Commerce Department, have found a major disparity between black and white Americans in the digital world.The studies show that white families are more than twice as likely as black and Hispanic families to own home computers. The Commerce Department report, "Falling through the Net II," said about 76% of white families with salaries over $75,000 own home computers, compared with only 64% of black families at the same income level. Across all incomes, about 41% of white families own PCs but only about 19% of black and Hispanic families have home ...
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Blacks say Shays/Meehan Campaign Reform Bill Would Have Chilling Effect on Minority Political Speech – July 1998

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Black Leadership Network Project 21 says that H.R. 3526 would make it harder for ethnic and racial minority, women and non-mainstream voices to be heard Members of the Black leadership network Project 21 say that the campaign finance reform legislation by Representatives Chris Shays (R-CT) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), which is scheduled for a House vote the week of July 13-17, is unwise and would impose a very frightening effect on the distribution of material that reports our votes, where we stand on issues and advocacy speech that is essential in a democracy. Under the Shays/Meehan bill, the group says, ...
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Black Leadership Drops the Ball on Minority AIDS Epidemic – July 1998

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Devastating Families and Communities Black leadership network Project 21 says AIDS among minorities is a public health emergency that can no longer be ignored by the black community and its leadersWhile thousands of experts on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland for the World AIDS Conference, many are asking heads of state and other world leaders -- particularly those in Africa -- to build the courage to face the AIDS epidemic. In the United States, members of the black leadership network Project 21 say the issue of AIDS in American black communities has been ignored for too ...
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Blacks Say New Study Gives Cause for State of Emergency Over Minority Reading Skills – May 1998

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Black Leadership Network Says Study Shows Drastic Measures Must Be Considered to Increase Reading Capabilities of Minority Children Responding to the shocking results of a study on educational quality in New York State, members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are calling for a state of emergency to be declared to address the reading capabilities of minority children in urban public schools. The study quantifies the fact that minority children are being short-changed in the area of reading, and that reading test scores actually declined further after state education officials began intensifying their efforts to identify and correct the ...
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Blacks Say Labor Union Behavior is Best Reason for “Paycheck Protection”

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California voters will go to the polls on June 2 to decide the fate of a paycheck protection ballot initiative. California members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 point out that the practices and tactics used by organized labor opposing the initiative provide ample proof of the need for such a safeguard. Labor unions regularly use mandatory member dues to finance political activity. Proposition 226, the "Campaign Reform Initiative," would require employers and labor union leaders to obtain annual permission from workers before using mandatory paycheck deductions to fund state and local political activity. It would also ban foreign ...
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Black Leadership Network Praises Congressional Efforts on Behalf of Minority Communities – April 1998

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For immediate release: April 29, 1998 Contact: Roderick Conrad (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Republican congressional leaders are to be commended for tackling key issues of concern among minority communities, says Project 21, an African-American leadership network. Project 21 members contend that initiatives made during the 105th Congress constitute one of the greatest leaps forward for minorities in the past 30 years. Project 21 member Kimberley Wilson says, "After three decades of black political efforts to coddle the residents of the inner city with worthless social programs and a celebration of victimhood, the Republican-led 105th Congress has actually taken concrete measures ...
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Black Teen Suicide Study Alarming, Yet Misleading

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 reject a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention study on teen suicide that says African-American teens reared in upwardly mobile families are not able to cope with the "stressful" environment created by black prosperity. The study shows the suicide rate of African-Americans between the ages of 10 and 19 has increased by 114% since 1980. In southern states, the rate has grown by 214%. Some scholars and the study's authors say that a consequence of rising prosperity and social integration for blacks over the last few decades has caused a loss ...
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Black Leadership Network Outraged Over Snub of Former Congressman

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Former Congressman Floyd Flake (D-NY) was abruptly uninvited to the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Prayer Breakfast earlier this month because some members of the Caucus objected to his support of school vouchers, an issue which was to be mentioned in his speech. Project 21 member Jackie Cissell, an associate with the Indiana Family Institute in Indianapolis, said, "Considering that 87% of Black America support school vouchers, it is outrageous that the desire to empower parents in the education of their children is not on the agenda of some of Indiana's Black legislators. Because the content his speech could not be ...
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Clinton Scandal Shows Naked Abuse of Power – January 1998

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The African-American leadership group Project 21 says allegations of perjury and an affair with an intern by President Clinton is a critical blow to the President in terms of trust and character. "This recent situation with the President takes on a very serious tone because this time the actions that are being alleged took place in the White House and supposedly involved Vernon Jordan," says Stuart Pigler, aide to Michigan State Representative Dick Posthumus and Project 21 member. "Surely, the American people will see that character flaws such as these can effect sound judgement when conducting the affairs of the ...
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Taxpayers, Religious People, Internet Users, Handguns Owners Shut Out of Court

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Press Release The National Center for Public Policy Research For Immediate Release: June 27, 1997 Contact: Amy Ridenour (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Taxpayers, Religious People, Internet Users, Handgun Owners Shut Out of Court:Millions Affected by Supreme Court Decisions This Week Were Denied the Opportunity to See Cases Argued in Court Taxpayers, religious people, Internet users, handgun owners and anyone who might someday die were keenly affected by decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court over the last three days. Too bad these same people were effectively banned from watching these Supreme Court proceedings the way they can watch the ...
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Project 21 Asks Congress to Stop Letting Political Correctness Determine How We Fight AIDS

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"As AIDS continues to ravage black communities in America, we as members and associates of the black leadership group Project 21 are urging you to give serious attention to provisions contained in the 'HIV Prevention Act of 1997' as a means of combating AIDS in the black community," wrote 28 affiliates of the African-American leadership group Project 21 in a May 6 letter addressed to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Maxine Waters and sent to the entire Caucus. "The difference in treatment of AIDS from all other contagious diseases is impeding early detection of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS," said ...
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African-American Group Supports End of Racial Preferences: California Civil Rights Initiative Defended; Endorsed by California Members, Including a Former Black Panther

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Diversity should be achieved through non-discriminatory outreach efforts, not preferences or quotas for special groups, says the African-American leadership group Project 21. Project 21's California members say that the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) seeks to achieve this goal by prohibiting the state from using race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin to determine who should be favored or discriminated against by the state with respect to public employment, public education or public contracting. "The arguments made by many minorities for maintaining racial preferences show a complete lack of confidence in their abilities," says Project 21 member James Coleman, ...
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Conservatives Propose Their Own Brand of Urban Renewal: Proposal to “Save Our Children” and Revitalize Low-Income Areas Gets Its Day in Congress

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Contact: Arturo Silva at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected] Nearly 250 children are expected to attend a joint Congressional hearing and press conference on "Saving Our Children: The American Community Renewal Act of 1996" (H.R. 3467) -- a sweeping plan to renew urban areas through free market economics rather than government programs. The children will be wearing T-shirts that bear the name of the legislation. The press conference will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 9:30 AM in front of Capitol Hill's largest hearing room, 1100 Longworth HOB. The hearings held by the Subcommittees on Human Resources and Early Childhood, ...
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Elitist Environmentalists Say “No Thanks” to New Jobs, by Kevin Martin

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Jobs are a hot political issue these days. While technical support and textiles jobs continue to be "outsourced" to foreign workers in countries like China and India, we must not forget that over 300,000 new jobs were created in America just this past March. America's economic growth is tied to trade relationships abroad. It's a give-and-take global relationship. A protectionist trade policy only hurts our long-term prospects for prosperity. Levi Strauss may no longer make jeans in the United States, but foreign automakers like Mercedes, Nissan, BMW and Honda all now have factories in the American South. And this is ...
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Elitist “Environmental Justice” Bad News for Minorities, by David Almasi

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Environmentalists like playing the race card, but they make a dreadful mistake. They don't play with a full deck. "Environmental justice" is a term green activists use to demonize businesses and complain that the government isn't doing enough to help minorities. Their premise is simple: They believe businesses are using political power to unfairly put polluting factories predominately in minority neighborhoods. The problem: These green groups aren't helping minorities. In fact, the regulations that come as a result of their agenda cause harm. A clean environment is important, but so are a job and a home. The environmentalist agenda is ...
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Blacks Need Green to Compete with Whites in NASCAR, by David Almasi

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A New Visions Commentary paper published March 2004 by The National Center for Public Policy Research. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Don't expect to spot any black drivers when this weekend's Daytona 500 kicks off the 2004 NASCAR season. While NASCAR's logo contains a rainbow of colors, the diversity of hues doesn't translate to the track. Auto racing continues to be a sport of mostly white competitors and fans. In 2003, Bill Shack of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition called auto racing "the last bastion of white supremacy" in professional sports. That's not the case. NASCAR officials want minority drivers, ...
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Bush’s Immigration Policy: What If His Opponent is a Border Hawk? by Ken Raymond

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In the fall's presidential campaign, imagine what a challenger who is strong on national security issues could do with regard to the proposed Bush immigration policy. There are problems with President Bush's new policy that an ambitious presidential candidate could exploit. To start, it does not address problems with border security. Drug smugglers have diversified to include smuggling illegal immigrants - cramming them in the back of trucks and sending them across the desert with the hope they don't die from dehydration. American farmers in counties along the border are fighting to keep these immigrants off of their property. Swarms ...
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Mint Julep Heinz Kerry, by Murdock “Doc” Gibbs

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I call it selective liberal outrage. Listen to any evening newscast and you hear liberals spouting verbal assaults and vicious attacks on anything conservative. They are trashing anyone with even a remote association with an exclusive golf club or connection to any corporate power structure. You've heard them - it's people such as Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Howard Dean, Michael Moore and the Hollywood crowd. But have you noticed how the trash traffic comes to an embarrassing stop when it comes to criticizing one of their own? Look at Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of presidential contender John Kerry. She ...
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Why Courting the Black Vote Won’t Work, by La Shawn Barber

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Justifiably confident going into the election cycle, Republicans have announced they hope to win 25 percent of the black vote. Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has great expectations. "If we get African-American votes, [the Democrats] are in deep trouble," he told the Washington Post. Not just any trouble. Deep trouble, he says. Columnist Jonetta Rose Barras agrees, citing black voters' growing dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party that resulted in Arnold Schwarzenegger winning 17 percent of their vote last year and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg garnering 22 percent in 2001. The statistics portend good things for Republicans ...
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Looking for Mr. Tate, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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Lionel Tate, the 12-year-old Florida boy who killed six-year-old playmate Tiffany Eunick, has been released from prison. He had been convicted of first-degree murder for what he said was an accident that happened while he was mimicking professional wrestling moves he saw on television. In the Sunshine State, such a conviction carries a penalty of life without parole - even, in this case, for a pre-teen like Tate. After serving three years in a juvenile prison, however, Tate was released on a technicality. In agreeing to plead guilty to second-degree murder, he will now serve a year of house arrest, ...
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Take Care of Your Foot Soldiers! by Mychal Massie

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Conservative leaders have slain one of their loyal foot soldiers - senior staff aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Manuel Miranda - in a vain attempt to appease their liberal counterparts. In a since-leaked April 17, 2002 memo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was apprised that Elaine Jones, the president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, had marching orders. Jones allegedly wanted Kennedy to "schedule Julia Scott Gibbons, the uncontroversial nominee to the 6th Circuit at a later date, rather than at a hearing [the] next Thursday, April 25th." If the memo had stopped ...
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Don’t Look this “Gift Horse” in the Mouth, by B.B. Robinson, Ph.D.

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African-Americans must view the arrival of the new TV One cable channel as, at best, a "gift horse" with mixed blessings. The new cable television network recently began broadcasting nationwide primarily on cable networks in urban centers with sizeable African-American populations. Developed mostly by the largest African-American radio network (Radio One) and the leading cable television company (Comcast Corporation), TV One will operate 24-7, presenting a mix of all the African-American programming that its $135 million in start-up capital can purchase. The downside to this gift is that the programming TV One has to offer isn't good enough. The Washington ...
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Forgetting Black History at the Ballot Box, by Ak’bar Shabazz

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February is Black History Month. Also, 2004 is an election year. If current voting trends don't change, 90 percent of eligible black voters will vote for liberal candidates, usually represented by the Democratic Party. This obviously helps liberals, but does it really help our community? Common thought processes would conclude this fierce loyalty would weigh heavily on the minds of liberals when determining policy and contemplating legislation. Actually, the opposite is true. Active here is the law of diminishing returns. Blacks vote so heavily for liberals that their power has become discounted almost to the point of insignificance. As a ...
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Real Reason to Oppose Affirmative Action, by Theodore R. Essex

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Conservative leaders have slain one of their loyal foot soldiers - senior staff aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Manuel Miranda - in a vain attempt to appease their liberal counterparts. In a since-leaked April 17, 2002 memo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was apprised that Elaine Jones, the president and director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, had marching orders. Jones allegedly wanted Kennedy to "schedule Julia Scott Gibbons, the uncontroversial nominee to the 6th Circuit at a later date, rather than at a hearing [the] next Thursday, April 25th." If the memo had stopped ...
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Jesse Jackson: Can We Please Just Move Along? by Lisa Fritsch

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As the 2004 political campaigns heat up, Jesse Jackson is making the rounds to rally support for liberal candidates and stirring the pot on hot racial issues. Officially in my hometown of Austin, Texas, to speak to the African-American Chambers of Commerce, he crammed more into this visit than a simple speech on business. As usual, much hype and controversy surrounded his visit as he continues to proclaim his himself the voice of equality for minorities. Not only is it erroneous to insinuate that blacks need a leader, it is an insult to be led by the likes of Jesse ...
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Why People Defend Michael Jackson, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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Michael Jackson. Go ahead, crack a joke, sigh or shake your head. Michael's lifestyle and his current predicament inexorably lead to those reactions. There seem to be only two main schools of thought concerning the one-time "King of Pop": he's either guilty of molesting a young boy and ought to be tried, convicted and put in a cell deep under a prison or he's innocent. These groups also seem to be split into two other categories: black and other. A couple of white friends have asked me why this should be. I chalk it up to history and love. Our ...
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How to “Make It” in America, by Geoffrey Moore

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Black America has a growing problem that needs to be addressed. It is, in my opinion, the most persistent problem facing us as a race in this country. Despite what "our" media-appointed black leaders tell us, this problem is not racism, reparations, affirmative action, President Bush or the Confederate Battle Flag. It's attitude. Overall, we have terrible attitudes. If we want our situation to change, our attitudes will have to lead the way. Many of our so-called leaders would like us to believe that we as individuals have absolutely no control over our lives. They want us to think that ...
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Ghettopoly Should Force Us to Look in the Mirror, by Geoffrey Moore

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"Ghettopoly," a parody board game, recently made big news and drew a lot of protestors. But the protesters were selective in their anger. Based on the popular board game "Monopoly," "Ghettopoly" claims to satirize ghetto "culture" and gangsta-rap stereotypes. Properties players can buy include "Tyron's Gun Shop" and "Smitty's XXX Peep Show," while game pieces include a crack rock, pimp, prostitute and an Uzi machine gun. "Hustle" and "Ghetto Stash" replace "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards. The game's objective is to get the most money through stealing and cheating. "Ghettopoly" is sold on the Internet and, until the controversy erupted, ...
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Black Leader Uncovers Modern-Day Civil Rights Scam, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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  A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. In the early 20th century, black educational pioneer Booker T. Washington noted: "There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their ...
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After the Voucher Wars, Poor School Kids in Cleveland Now Have A Chance, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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  A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. As a product of Cleveland's public school system, I can attest to its dismal state. To say that poor, inner-city students in Cleveland were not receiving a quality education would be like saying Michael Jordan is good at basketball. The school district couldn't meet any of the 18 performance standards set for it, and only one in ten 9th graders could pass a basic proficiency exam. In 1995, three years after I graduated ...
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Civil Rights Report Wrong on Environmental Justice Priorities, by David Almasi

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A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Select Steel, Inc. couldn't build a steel mill in Genesee County, Michigan due to "environmental justice" concerns. Now a federal commission is suggesting that environmental justice regulations be strengthened, meaning more companies might also find their expansion plans disrupted. To environmental activists and policymakers, "environmental justice" means all communities ought to receive equal environmental protection and regulatory enforcement regardless of race, income or culture.1 Controversies related to the topic thrive on the notion that minority and economically depressed ...
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Liberal Senators Discriminate Against Bush Nominee Because of His Religious Beliefs, by Matthew Craig

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A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Not many people can boast resumes like Alabama Attorney General William H. Pryor's. Unfortunately, discrimination plagues him in the U.S. Senate and may block his appointment to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Pryor graduated magna cum laude and was first in his class at Tulane University Law School. After clerking for Appeals Court Judge John Minor Wisdom, a renowned civil rights advocate, Pryor spent seven years practicing law and teaching at the Cumberland School of Law. In ...
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Life at the Bottom Created by Those on Top, by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Ever wonder why the poor are poor? Many believe there's a conspiracy to keep blacks in the underclass. And there may actually be something to it. The identity of those who are behind it and their justification, however, might surprise you. Dr. Theodore Dalrymple examines the British underclass in his book Life at the Bottom: The Worldview the Makes the Underclass. From his years ...
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