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Critical Race Theory Hurts Martin Luther King’s Legacy

Critical Race Theory Hurts Martin Luther King’s Legacy

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Black Activists Say Politicization of Race Harms MLK’s Dream of Equality Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ...
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In With Youngkin, Out With the RGGI

In With Youngkin, Out With the RGGI

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Soon after Glenn Youngkin is inaugurated as governor of Virginia, he is expected to take executive action to save both businesses and families money every ...
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This is the Economy “Back on its Feet”?

This is the Economy “Back on its Feet”?

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When the December employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was released, the number of jobs created was only half of what economists ...
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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

Earth Day No Celebration for Black Americans; African-American Network Seeks Environmental Justice from Overregulation – April 2000

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Government Agency Improperly Weighs In Against Colorblind Justice Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are appalled at the politicization of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in forcing a "poll vote" to condemn colorblind college admissions and state contracting in the state of Florida. Project 21 members see this rush to judgement as detrimental to reforming race-based policies and a cheap shot at supporters of reform. Last November, Governor Jeb Bush (R) unveiled the One Florida plan, which orders Florida universities and government agencies to discontinue their affirmative action requirements. In the case of public universities, admissions policies ...
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Does Clinton Care About Civil Rights? Justice Department Refuses to Prosecute, Covers Up Alleged Black Murders – November 1999

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 question the Clinton Administration's sincerity in fighting crime that targets specific racial groups in light of revelations that the Clinton Justice Department allowed members of an organized crime operation - including one member who allegedly targeted blacks for murder - to operate freely while cooperating with a federal investigation. John Martorano recently pled guilty to racketeering charges in Boston. Under the terms of his plea agreement with the government, he will only receive up to 15 years in prison. Although he has admitted to 20 murders, the testimony he is providing against ...
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Black Judges and Blackface: Liberals Playing Race Card Riles Black Leadership Coalition – November 1999

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A politician in blackface and the liberal record of a black judge dominate politics in Missouri and raise the ugly and divisive specter of racial politics nationwide. Project 21 members deplore the use of the "race card" and the threat it now poses to a fair and impartial judiciary.In October, the U.S. Senate voted against the nomination of Judge Ronnie White to a federal judgeship. Missouri Senator John Ashcroft, a Republican, led the opposition to White, who is black, on White's lenient "record in criminal, and particularly death penalty cases." Two state prosecutors' offices and 77 of Missouri's 114 sheriffs ...
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NAACP Baseball Boycott Bites Blacks; Boycott of Detroit Tigers Owner Could Hurt More Than Help

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The latest boycott called by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - this time against Little Caesar's pizza and the other businesses of Detroit Tigers baseball team owner Mike Illitch - highlights the group's growing reliance on publicity stunts over substance. Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are concerned that the NAACP may be rebuilding its reputation on the backs of poor blacks who will be hurt by the economic impact of the boycotts.NAACP president Kweisi Mfume takes issue with the Tigers because no black candidates were interviewed for an open manager position. While ...
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Linking Abortion to Crime Could Label Unborn Black Americans as Crooks

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A new study proposing that legalized abortions have caused a reduction in crime is causing great concern among members of the African-American leadership network Project 21, many of whom fear such ideas could be used to resurrect racist population control programs of the past meant to control the black population in the United States."According to this troubling new study by the liberal elite, all it takes to predict criminal activity is to take a look at the color of the skin of the mother. If you can get a black woman to abort her unborn child, you can make the ...
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Black Investing Up, Survey Says Blacks Consider Saving to be #1 Priority – June 1999

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Findings of a recent study show black Americans are planning to start investing at higher rates than whites. Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are excited at future prospects of wealth and prosperity this will create for the black community."We have made great strides in our fight for equality, but without a strong financial base, blacks will never completely reach parity," said Project 21 member Anthony Anderson. "The fact that black Americans now realize the importance of investing gives them the strongest tool to ensure their civil rights." According to the 1999 Black Investors Survey (BIS) commissioned by ...
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Break the Chains of Big Government: African-American Leadership Network Hopes Black Holiday of Juneteenth Will Promote Independence – June 1999

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When "Juneteenth" is observed on June 19, the members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 ask African-Americans everywhere to use the celebration of education, self-development and respect to examine and reassess the reliance of many in the black community on government support."We need to be mindful of what the Civil War was about: freedom. Americans of all nationalities are becoming less free every single day," said Project 21 member Reginald Jones. "We should use this special day as a reawakening of the American spirit by teaching and reading the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights." Juneteenth commemorates ...
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Earth Day No Holiday for Black Americans – April 1999

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Black Leadership Network Faults Anti-Minority Environment Policies Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 find fault with the beliefs and goals of radical environmentalists who are celebrating Earth Day on April 22. These activists regularly promote drastic regulations that harm the welfare of average Americans, particularly minorities, as solutions to perceived environmental problems."Black Americans can no longer afford to senselessly follow the belittling policies of the radical environmental movement," said Project 21 member John Meredith. "The leaders of that insidious movement, if indeed they achieve their ultimate goal, would do far more harm to us as a people than ...
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Three R’s Take a Back Seat to the Final Four: Suspension of NCAA Academic Standards Could Hurt Student Athletes

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Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 call Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter's March ruling overturning the NCAA's minimum acadmic standards for freshmen athletes a fit of "March Madness" that will devastate student athletics for years to come. Project 21 members say Judge Buckwalter's assertion that the use of standardized tests is "a discriminatory practice" because the tests are allegedly biased against African-Americans demeans blacks because it suggests they cannot be held to the same standards as other races. It also jeopardizes the guarantee that student-athletes will receive a quality education. "I would imagine that Coach Jerry Tarkanian of Fresno ...
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Black Organization Decries Unfair Maryland Taxation

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Death Tax and Proposed Cigarette Tax Unfair to Low-Income and Minority Citizens Two taxes in the state of Maryland - inheritance taxes and a proposed increase in the cigarette tax - are criticized by members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 because they are unfair to all taxpayers and particularly hard on lower- and middle-class citizens, particularly upwardly-mobile blacks. On March 11, 1999, the Maryland General Assembly will hold hearings on a bill introduced by Delegate Obie Patterson to repeal the state's inheritance tax, which heirs must pay in addition to the federal inheritance tax. Patterson says, "To tax ...
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African-American Group Critical of Judge’s Ruling Against Academic Standards

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NCAA Academic Standards Ensure Accomplishment in Classroom and on the FieldMembers of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are outraged by the March 8 ruling of a federal judge overturning minimum academic standards instituted by the NCAA to ensure college athletes receive an education allowing them to become successful citizens. Project 21 members say Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter's assertion that standardized tests are biased against African-Americans is demeaning because it suggests blacks cannot be held to same standards as other segments of the population. It also significantly diminishes the guarantee that a player will receive the education he or she ...
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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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New Visions Commentary

Foolish Question About Bill Cosby, by Mychal Massie

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If a homeless, drunken bum lying in a gutter says people shouldn't drink, is the message diminished because it comes from a homeless, drunken bum? Judges routinely sentence the guilty to public service. This can include the guilty speaking out against their past illegal behavior. Does this, for example, make the message of participants in the "Scared Straight" youth offender program any less important? Obviously, the answer to both is a resounding "no." So the question that begs for an answer now is why would Bill Cosby's message about priorities for black families be diminished because someone came out of ...
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How to Manage and Afford Senior Health Care, by Council Nedd II and Leslie O. Anderson

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There are lots of jokes poking fun at growing old. For instance, you know you're getting older when everything hurts and what doesn't hurt doesn't work. Likewise, the gleam in your eye now comes from the sun hitting your bifocals. A little humor can go a long way in dealing with getting older, but making healthy choices is no laughing matter. For example, people age 65 and older are taking more prescription and over-the-counter medicines than any other age group. While these drugs work wonders, they only work when they are actually taken. In the black community, seniors will occasionally ...
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Has the U.S. Supreme Court Lost Its Collective Mind? by Darryn “Dutch” Martin

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In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that executing prisoners who committed capital crimes such as murder as minors violates the 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." While this ruling is heinous in itself, the rationale used by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, Stephen G. Breyer, John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in arriving at their majority conclusion is more disturbing. When he was just 17 years old, Christopher Simmons told people he "wanted to murder someone." As described by Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority ...
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Why African Americans Should Be Leading The Charge For Social Security Reform, by Eddie Huff

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By calling for Social Security reform, President Bush has signaled he is serious about taking on the "third rail of American politics." This comparison to the lethal electric rail on a subway implies that politicians risk certain death - or at the least getting seriously burned - should they take up the issue. By now, it's understood President Bush says what he means and means what he says. As was the case regarding Iraq, the President seems unafraid to take on this very difficult mission. But, as with Iraq, the administration seems to be inept at communicating the problems faced ...
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Purple Fingers in Iraq Have Doubters, Tyrants Seeing Red, by Ak’bar Shabazz

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Now, the world knows. For several months, bitter liberals, terrified Arab monarchs and dictators everywhere told the world Muslims weren't prepared for democracy.  They essentially claimed voting is a luxury exclusively for those in the West.  Terrorists tried every conceivable measure to intimidate Iraqi voters into staying home. All of these attempts to suppress the vote in Iraq were smashed en masse on January 31 as millions of Iraqis braced for the uncertainty of their journey and marched to the polls. How sadly were the cynics mistaken?  Old men in crutches joined young women in burqas at the polls.  Those ...
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African-Americans Deserve More from Social Security, by Malcolm Moore

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I recently learned about an African-American male who died of lupus at the age of 40. He is survived by a wife and four children - with the youngest only two years old. Although the cause of his death is somewhat rare, the story in its essence is quite common. African-American men often die young. According to a 2003 report from the Centers for Disease Control, the average African-American male can now expect to live 68.6 years. This is generally attributed to the poor quality of health in African-American communities along with poor lifestyle decisions. It is also common knowledge ...
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Profiles of Empowerment, by Virgil Beato

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Black History Month celebrations largely focus on those who secured equal rights for all: People such as Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What's often overlooked, however, is the path of opportunity they paved and its importance today. The accomplishments of living African-Americans can provide the younger generation with hope for the future. Past heroes deserve no less honor, but drawing attention to those who seized upon the opportunity they secured lays the groundwork for a more prosperous future. For example: * Before running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia last year, Herman Cain spent over ...
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Can the Unborn Save Future Generations? by Mychal Massie

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Thirty-three years after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, "Jane Roe" (whose real name is Norma McCorvey) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear her case because she claims she was lied to about the safety of the procedure. But suppose it is not her struggle that ends the barbaric murder of the unborn? Suppose it is not the efforts of Heartbeat International, CareNet, the Pro-Life Union of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Blackgenocide.org or the Elliot Institute that rein in the heathen cash cow of the abortion industry? Suppose it is the very ones who are at risk of being killed by ...
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Black Leaders Turn King’s Dream Into A Nightmare, by Jerry Brooks

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Every third Monday in January, our nation celebrates the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's struggle for civil rights and equality are certainly worthy of recognition and emulation. Events will honor his life and achievements. Amidst all the music and fanfare, however, some black leaders will take the opportunity to make political statements. When they do so, black Americans will once again receive a heaping helping of liberal divisiveness and the toxic gospel of victimology contributing to black America's demise. Not long ago, I watched a replay of a past King Day celebration at a ...
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It’s About the Common Man, Not the Celebrities, by E. LeMay Lathan

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While watching the television special "Black History, Television Shows" with my family, I learned things that had never occurred to me about some of my favorite shows. The program, hosted by sportscaster James Brown, featured a panel of celebrities and activists who provided incredible perspectives on the history of television and black performers' roles in it. I grew up on these old shows. Growing up largely without a father figure, I used to pretend I was a part of those shows. I heeded the messages given by the fathers to their sons and daughters. Those shows instilled principles that I ...
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What the NAACP Should Do Now, by Lana Hampton

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With a changing of the guard occurring at the NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization has an opportunity for growth and change. It would be in the NAACP's best interest to put itself on a more centrist course than the one it has been on for the past 40 years. After all, the protection of people's civil rights is not a left- or right-leaning ideology. It is simply a responsibility. The loss of support the NAACP is experiencing is undoubtedly due to its lurch to the left and the feelings of many that it no longer represents all blacks, ...
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The Case for Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Hicks

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Chief Justice William Rehnquist's current battle with cancer is sending shock waves throughout the legal community. With the Chief Justice forgoing active participation in the Court's activities, it is speculated that the 80-year-old may be ready to retire. Republican gains in November now create the real possibility of something few would have seriously considered previously: That Justice Clarence Thomas could become the next Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Both President Bush's reelection and the four-seat increase in the Senate's Republican majority make Justice Thomas' promotion a realistic prospect. Court-watchers no longer dismiss him as a political "third rail." ...
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Some Post-Election Advice for Liberals, by Murdock “Doc” Gibbs

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As I listen to the self-examination, recrimination and Monday morning quarterbacking among liberals over their sound defeat in Election 2004, I have a few suggestions. It's not a guarantee for success, but at least they won't be perceived as so out of step with the heartland. Here are some things the liberals should do to reconnect with America: * Stand for something that people can sink their teeth into. Something, that is besides "Conservatives are all wrong - we can do better." Tell us how. And try not to sound so elitist when you tell us. * Promote candidates who ...
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Negroes and Black Conservatives, by Mychal Massie

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In the minds of the white liberal elite, there is an unambiguous dichotomy between Negroes and black conservatives. A glaring example of this truth is the racist bastardization of Condoleezza Rice, our President's choice to become Secretary of State. Rice is one of America's most accomplished individuals. As is judicial nominee Associate Justice Janice Rogers Brown; as is former ambassador Alan Keyes; as is activist Ward Connerly, economists Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, diplomat and former general Colin Powell and the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson. The aforementioned comprise a very small number of a very large and ever-increasing number of ...
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Bigotry from the Left, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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Bigotry can be found in the places one would least expect it to thrive. Author Shirley Jackson, remembered most for horror tales such as The Lottery, understood this when she wrote the slyly brilliant story "After You My Dear Alphonse." The story's unnamed narrator is a middle-class, white housewife who considers herself an upstanding liberal in both actions and thoughts. She is delighted when her young son comes home with his new best friend - a black child named Boyd. She immediately assumes Boyd must be poor and his family is in the neighborhood due to some government program or ...
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Liberals Have Nothing to Offer But Lies and Fear, by Mychal Massie

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Liberals have begun accusing President Bush of having a secret plan to call up more National Guard and Reserve forces after the election, and they are planting the idea that it is a precursor to a renewed draft. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Rodney refutes the initial claim, explaining, "There is no force increase that is expected." Quite simply, the Army is rotating the same number of soldiers into Iraq that will be leaving over the next six months. Additionally, the units expected to be mobilized for this rotation already have been notified. A spokesman for the President called this ...
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Voting Responsibly More Important Than Simply Voting, by Jimmie Lee Hollis

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As the election draws near, the talk gets louder about voting - even though much of the talk is about voter registration and not voter education. Without the proper education and perspective, a wily politician can hoodwink the electorate. Take, for instance, the issue of terrorism. There is a lot of talk among the candidates about the war on terror and which political philosophy can best fight it. I, however, see the ideologies they want us to vote for and fighting terrorists as two very different things. It's resolve, not ideology, that will win the war on terror. Let me ...
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Tom Joyner Tunes Out Health Concerns

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During the presidential campaign, John Kerry was branded a "flip-flopper" for continually taking conflicting positions on issues. It seems radio host Tom Joyner has a similar problem. On one hand, Joyner wants black America to make healthy choices. On the other hand, he's spent the last year promoting a fast food meal many would consider unhealthy. It begs the question: What position will Tom Joyner hold on black health in 2005? Throughout 2004, Long John Silver's restaurants across America have offered the "Tom Joyner Platter." A portion of the sales of every Platter goes to The Tom Joyner Foundation, which ...
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Minimum Wage Increase – Help or Hype? by Kimani Jefferson

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Massachusetts senator John Kerry, like other liberal politicians, is once again calling for an increase in the minimum wage. The Kerry plan calls for a 36 percent increase to seven dollars an hour. He says it will help those living in poverty. Like all liberal ideas, it sounds good at first. But what will the net effect be, specifically on blacks? The old adage remains true: The devil is in the details. According to a Employment Policies Institute (EPI) study, increasing the minimum wage won't alleviate poverty among the working poor. The majority of workers living in poor families already ...
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Has Culture Supplanted Race in the American Social Landscape? by Jeffrey Hicks

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Over the years, much has been written about the American racial question and its impact on life in the United States. Conspicuously absent from the debate has been a recognition of how racism may now be but a convenient proxy for cultural marginalization. When racial minorities experience discrimination today, the cause is most likely rooted in differences of culture rather than differences in inherited physical characteristics. Perhaps the time has finally come to attribute American intergroup tensions to "culturism" as opposed to racism. The difference is far more than semantic and it could suggest that America has unknowingly turned the ...
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