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Defunding Cops Puts Black Citizens at Risk

Defunding Cops Puts Black Citizens at Risk

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Pointing out that protests about the death of George Floyd “started out in pursuit of justice, but quickly metastasized into something a lot more violent ...
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Mob Justice Gaining on Rule of Law Means Minorities Lose

Mob Justice Gaining on Rule of Law Means Minorities Lose

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Americans of all stripes recoiled at the video of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Elected officials all across America have condemned this needless act ...
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Disney Criticized for Pulling Advertising From "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Over Black Lives Matter Discussions

Disney Criticized for Pulling Advertising From “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Over Black Lives Matter Discussions

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"Black Communities Do Not Benefit If Only One Narrow Narrative Is Permitted in Public Discourse," Said Carlson Guest Horace Cooper Washington, D.C. – After Disney ...
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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.

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You Don’t Need My Permission to be Successful, by Mike Ramey

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Reprints permitted provided source is credited. A grade school teacher once told me bullies fight because they have a poor vocabulary. She said they express their anger with their fists - lashing out and hurting people - because they don't know how to express themselves any other way. Watching the tactics and behavior of spin-doctors, lawyers and other operatives during the recent election deadlock, I think we've seen bullies in action. Like the schoolyard bullies of my youth, modern political bullies forget about fair play, decorum, honesty and civility. They attack when they can't defend their ideas honorably, logically and ...
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Playing the Nasty Card, by Murdock “Doc” Gibbs

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A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2000 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. A grade school teacher once told me bullies fight because they have a poor vocabulary. She said they express their anger with their fists - lashing out and hurting people - because they don't know how to express themselves any other way. Watching the tactics and behavior of spin-doctors, lawyers and other operatives during the recent election deadlock, I think we've seen bullies in ...
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Economic Opportunity and Social Issues Trump Environment as Top Concern for Poor and Minorities, by John Carlisle

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Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Environmental laws are unfair to minorities and the poor because, although they are least able to pay, they must bear the greatest costs for adhering to those laws through lost jobs and higher prices. The time is long overdue for government to start considering the negative economic impact of proposed environmental laws on impoverished minorities before implementation. So concludes the results of a recent survey of 69 environmental justice groups conducted by the National Center for Public Policy Research. These groups represent a diverse collection of African-American, Hispanic and Native American activist organizations. These ...
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Government Attack on Dietary Supplements Lean on Facts, by Council Nedd

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Reprints permitted provided source is credited. I've never been surprised by the foolish actions of our federal government. Like all things, it follows the laws of nature - and nature abhors a vacuum. If left unchecked, our government behaves similarly, seeking every opportunity to insert itself into any environment it believes is underregulated - warranted or not. Some federal agencies are more eager to fill vacuums than others. Take, for example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is notorious for routinely overstepping its authority. In particular, it sought to regulate the dietary supplement industry out of existence in ...
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So What Do We Do Now? by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Well, thank God that's all over. I'm talking about the presidential election. A one-day event turned into a month long farce that had the whole world laughing at America. Of course, being laughed at by Europe is no worse than being laughed at by a senile old aunt, but the Russians and Chinese aren't senile. Both nations are home to hard people who may surprise us someday. I know many blacks, Jesse Jackson included, are bitterly disappointed. Some folks are talking about marching and carrying on about a "civil rights explosion." I don't think ...
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This Will Hurt, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2000 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. I just finished reading Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America. I found it about as enjoyable as a series of rabies shots. There's nothing wrong with University of California at Berkley Linguistics Professor John McWhorter's writing. In fact, his style is surprisingly witty and accessible for an academic. My problem was with the substance of the book's message. Like any sudden wake up ...
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Digital Divide? What Digital Divide? by Deroy Murdock

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A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2000 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. The Reverend Jesse Jackson calls it "classic apartheid." The NAACP's Kweisi Mfume decries "technological segregation." To President Clinton, it's the digital divide, the alleged chasm between the information haves and have-nots. Earlier this year, Clinton unveiled plans to give free computers to poor Americans. He specifically called for $2.38 billion in taxpayer money to finance "1,000 community centers with computers serving the adults of ...
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Remember When Gore Liked Fuzzy Math? by Council Nedd

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A New Visions Commentary paper published November 2000 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. My, how times have changed. In this past mess of an election, the campaign of Vice President Albert Gore demanded that no one lose his right to representation in the razor-thin Florida vote count. With the vote so close, just one could make the difference as to whether he or Texas Governor George W. Bush was the next president. Gore campaign chairman Bill Daley ...
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Playing Hide and Seek With Black Voters, by Kevin Martin

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Everyone played " hide and seek" as a child. For black voters, however, the game continues every election. This year was no exception. Democratic leaders and their black allies "hide" equal justice and civil rights issues in campaigns for black voters to seek, and they use them to win their support. This year, these issues included police brutality, racial profiling, hate crime legislation and Confederate heritage displays. I question why these concerns only arose close to election time. The NAACP continues its boycott of South Carolina over the Confederate Battle Flag. The group succeeded in moving the flag from atop ...
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Global Warming Rules Make This Black Man Hot Under the Collar, by John Meredith

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Fear that the world is warming because of industrialization is a theory with no factual basis. What we really need to fear are the policies being pushed to stop it. These new regulations will hurt everyone, especially those struggling to get by. As a black American caught in that struggle, I particularly fear for my community and myself. While global warming proponents claim emissions from our cars and factories are causing the planet to heat, the facts don't prove it. Despite some hot summers and a strong El Nino, NASA satellite measurements - the most accurate indicator of global temperature ...
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Black and Conservative in America, by Kevin Martin

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A New Visions Commentary paper published October 2000 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. I'm a conservative. I'm also black. My political affiliation sometimes raises eyebrows among my liberal friends. They question my support for conservative values with shocked disbelief. They want to remind me of my race - as if it matters - saying, "But you're black." Another familiar retort is "there is no such thing as a black conservative - it's an oxymoron." Oh, I think ...
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The More We Get the More We Lose, by E. LeMay Lathan

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The more we get the more we lose. That statement alone should be enough to rally blacks into a concerted effort to demand our equal rights. Our leaders are always on the stump, preaching about how our rights are being violated and that we are being taken advantage of in every respect. How, then, can they allow the small victories we've already won to be taken and expanded upon by every other group in this country? Where are our leaders? For example, we asked for and obtained the name African-American, although the name means something different to just about every ...
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Jesse Jackson’s Education Amendment: Don’t Drink the Water, by Mike Green

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Jesse Jackson says public schools are good enough for all children. On a recent airing of ABC's "This Week," he compared America's public schools to Washington, DC tap water, reckoning that if the quality of the city's water (and, by association, the schools) is good enough for some, it is good enough for all. To further his case against school vouchers, Jackson made clever statements like, "Let's do heavy lifting and lift all of our children." Panelist George Will countered that 30 Michigan school districts fail to graduate two-thirds of their students and are considering a voucher initiative that does ...
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Destroying a Teacher Who Stumbled Will Not Destroy Intolerance, by Michael King

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A teacher at Bryant Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia, may lose her job after she allegedly chastised two 4th grade girls for using the "N-word." As the father of a second-grader at Bryant, I'm very concerned about the way this incident, which should have been handled quickly and discreetly through the school system, has turned into a community-wide civil rights issue of ridiculous proportions. On August 30, Cheryl Mewborn, a white teacher at the predominantly black Bryant, broke up two girls in her class who reportedly called each other the N-word. She told them that kind of language should ...
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Minorities Rarely Winners in Class-Action Lawsuits, by Kevin Martin

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A New Visions Commentary paper published September 2000 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. Personal injury lawyers have long touted their work as noble and altruistic - saving poor consumers, union workers and minorities from the unbridled greed of Corporate America. The reality, unfortunately, is far different. Such lawyers heavily recruit class-action plaintiffs in minority areas with promises of a big-bucks payoff. When the awards come in, however, the lawyers walk away with millions of dollars, while minority ...
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The Time is Now for a New Environmental Justice Policy, by Michael Centrone

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When Select Steel Inc. proposed construction of a $175 million steel mill that would create 200 jobs in the economically-distressed community of Genesee County, Michigan, the majority of local residents welcomed the proposal. But thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) so-called environmental justice policy, which purports to protect minorities from being disproportionately affected by pollution, the company was forced to locate to a more affluent area last year - depriving economically-disadvantaged minorities of the opportunity to get high-paying manufacturing jobs. When Select Steel announced its plan to establish a plant in Genesee County in 1998, an area whose residents ...
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Native Americans Can Unite America, by R.D. Davis

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A slavemaster must rob a new slave of his or her identity. Once this is accomplished, further brainwashing and dehumanizing of the slave is possible. Our Negro African ancestors were robbed of their identities in this manner. Today, in the name of Marxist-driven "political correctness," all Americans are being robbed of their true identities. What's really bad about this is the fact that, unlike with the new African slaves arriving here hundreds of years ago, the robbery taking place right now did not require any force. If you were born in Arkansas as I was, you are a native Arkansan ...
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Good For Thee, But Not For Me, by Mike Ramey

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Who could forget the sound and the fury of the recent Million Mom March (it was thousands, actually) in Washington, D.C.? Ahh, the pageantry. Ooh, the morality. Ouch - the hypocrisy! Say what? Rosie O'Donnell, the television-talk-show-host-turned-anti-gun-advocate - the woman who is actively leading a crusade to disarm law-abiding citizens - got caught not paying attention to her own press releases. It seems that Ms. O'Donnell, in the quest for security for her own family, quietly pushed for an armed security guard to protect her son when he attends school this fall. This news was originally reported by Ms. O'Donnell's ...
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Carnivore is Hungry for Your Privacy, by Michael King

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A New Visions Commentary paper published August 2000 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. Carnivore is hungry, and it's looking for food. What is Carnivore? It is a device that the FBI uses to snoop on your e-mail and behavior on the Internet. It is the biggest threat to your privacy that has come down the pike in a long time. Carnivore is a software/hardware combination, meaning it's both programming and machine. When installed on an Internet Service ...
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Raynard Johnson and the Ghosts of Mississippi, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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On June 16, Jerry Johnson was confronted by every good parent's nightmare. Hanging from a pecan tree in his front yard was the body of his youngest child, his boy, Raynard. Seventeen-year-old Raynard was handsome, got good grades and was well-liked. Still, even teens who seem happy are known to commit suicide. This might have been a private tragedy except for one thing - the Johnson's live in Kokomo, Mississippi. Mississippi has always had a horrid fascination for me. When I was a child, my parents usually spoke of it in serious tones. They came to Washington, D.C. in the ...
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