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Civil Rights Movement Had a “Moral Authority” Black Lives Matter Lacks

Civil Rights Movement Had a “Moral Authority” Black Lives Matter Lacks

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The civil rights and Black Power movements existed in the same space and time, but they had radically different beliefs and experienced very different levels ...
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Blacks “Far More Critical” as Liberals Go Left

Blacks “Far More Critical” as Liberals Go Left

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Liberal lawmakers and their supporters are moving further left at their peril. The more extreme that these politicians go, the more they risk losing the ...
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Shame on Oprah and Michelle Obama for Fanning Racial Flames

Shame on Oprah and Michelle Obama for Fanning Racial Flames

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Despite their own privileged statuses, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey are now pushing the notion that they are held back by white privilege. Obama complained ...
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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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New Visions Commentary

Bio-Foods Can Improve Nutrition in America, Cut Starvation and Disease in Africa, by John Meredith

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Wouldn't you rather eat a banana than get a shot? I know that I would. Science now makes it possible to get a vaccination against hepatitis, which kills an estimated 100 million people per year worldwide, simply by eating a banana. A breakthrough in the field of biotechnology, it virtually eliminates the storage and sterilization concerns previously necessary for injections. It also saves money, costing just two cents for a banana instead of $125 for a shot! But this and other marvels of genetic-modification are at risk. Environmentalists are attacking biotechnology, trying to convince the government and the public that ...
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Needed: Environmental Justice for Minorities, by John Carlisle

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A New Visions Commentary paper published June 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. "Be it required that there be a finding that a proposed federal environmental policy, program or regulation not have a disparate economic impact on minority populations and low-income populations before implementation." So should read one of the first Executive Orders the next president should issue upon taking office in 2001. This Executive Order is needed since African-Americans bear a disproportionate share of supporting the ...
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Bill Clinton’s Foreign Policy Double Standard, by Kevin Martin

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In one corner, the long dead are reburied with full honors. In another corner, a young boy with no hands walks down a dusty road towards government-held positions - fleeing rebels closing in on the capital. Yet another corner has government troops launching SCUD-B missiles at rebel-held positions. In the last corner, two MIG fighters scream towards a school and drop their bombs, killing some 30 children inside. Is this Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya or East Timor? No, this is just another day in Africa. The honored dead are Rwandan, the boy is in Sierra Leone, the SCUDs are being ...
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Media’s Selective Indignation Molds Moral Conscience, by Murdock “Doc” Gibbs

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We were shocked when a black immigrant in New York City was shot at by police over 40 times while simply reaching for his wallet. We were appalled by the merciless and brutal beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles. We were horrified when two teens gunned down classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado. Why? Ultimately, it was because the media led us to our anger. They told us to be outraged. The media regarded these events as "fret-worthy." And we responded. The media tells us what should shock, appall and horrify us. The way they ...
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Promoting Academic Achievement and Safe Schools, by Rita Thompson

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As an African-American and the proud daughter of a woman who was a leader in the New York civil rights movement during the 1960s and 1970s, I am very sensitive to the issue of discrimination. However, I disagree with the Reverend Jesse Jackson's knee-jerk reaction to events in Decatur, Illinois. Officials there applied a zero-tolerance policy against school violence, where seven black students were expelled for engaging in mob violence last year. A wiser move for the Reverend Jackson would have been to inquire if the expelled students were receiving a high-quality education. A direct correlation exists between the quality ...
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Slavery in Our Time, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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A New Visions Commentary paper published May 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. If you went to public school any time in the last 20 years, you can be forgiven if you think slavery is a uniquely American and Southern experience. That belief, fueled by the political correctness movement, is dead wrong. The evil system we call slavery existed long before the United States was ever thought of, and occurred everywhere in the world. The ancient Greeks ...
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Marching Moms Laws Won’t Protect My House, by Richard Fair

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I'm sitting here, chillin' on the couch. I'm not paying much attention to the news on TV, but the Million Mom March is getting all the pub today. I'm listening to what they have to say, and I wish the world could be like that. I wish the world was a perfect place; no gang violence, no innocent children dying, no need for guns. Million Mom Marchers wants stricter gun regulations. They believe it is going to stop children from getting killed in gun-related incidences. The more I think about all those issues, the more it makes me think about ...
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If They Were Right About That, What About…, by Eddie Huff

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A New Visions Commentary paper published May 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. In light of reports that African-American and Latino unemployment is at an all-time low, I'd like to reflect on some things. In 1994, when the Republicans took control of Congress for the first time in decades, I wrote a commentary for the Oklahoma Eagle newspaper in Tulsa entitled, "Time To Put Up Or Shut Up for Republicans." I suggested that if the noise Republicans ...
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Conspiracy Can’t Condone Cop-Killing, by Michael King

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A New Visions Commentary paper published May 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. Controversy is running rampant in Atlanta's black community and elsewhere, but I can't understand why. Jamil Al-Amin has been charged with the murder of Fulton County Deputy Ricky Kinchen. Deputy Kinchen, along with Deputy Aldranon English - both officers, by the way, are black - were shot as they tried to serve a warrant on Al-Amin for theft and impersonating an officer in mid-March ...
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Government Doesn’t Understand True Environmental Justice, by John Meredith

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Have you ever been the victim of environmental racism? You probably have and not even known it. And, more than likely, it was the government that discriminated against you. If you ask someone from a liberal environmental group like Greenpeace or the Sierra Club to define environmental racism, they'll say it is when a big business comes into a poor or minority area and takes advantage of the community because it has more political clout than the residents. An example might be that a garbage dump was intentionally placed in a majority-black neighborhood simply because the people who lived there ...
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The Elian Snatch and What It Could Mean to You, by Kimberley Jane Wilson

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By now, the Elian Gonzalez saga is all over but for the shouting. I suspect that Elian will soon be headed to Havana to sit on Fidel Castro's knee. Perhaps then he'll be allowed to live a normal Cuban child's life. That, by the way, means being taken from his father at the age of 11 to work in the sugar cane fields until he's 18. Frankly, I wish that Fidel Castro would've sent someone to pick up the boy back in November before this whole thing mutated into a made-for-television miniseries. However, what's done is done, and the custody ...
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Al Gore’s Dilemma, by Eddie Huff

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A New Visions Commentary paper published April 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. With the "Super Tuesday" primaries clearing the road ahead to the real super Tuesday in November, the battle lines between Al Gore and George W. Bush are feverishly being drawn. Strategists are huddling to work out how each man can win the minds and souls of the voting public. At this early juncture, handicappers would have to give the edge to Vice President Gore ...
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The Cider House Lies, by Robert George

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A New Visions Commentary paper published April 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 rarely get agitated at works of art. But The Cider House Rules movie is a notable exception. Its wretchedness was only enhanced by author John Irving's self-serving speech accepting the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay at the recent Academy Awards. That there hasn't been more anger speaks to the selectivity of political outrage. In the movie, Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) has been raised ...
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The “Digital Divide” is a Voluntary Gap, by Mike Green

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A New Visions Commentary paper published April 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 information age is here. Computers bring an exciting new frontier for research, commerce and educational opportunity. It also brings a new angle on victimization. It's called the "digital divide." It assumes that millions of poor and black Americans are left behind while others enjoy the opportunities brought by the Internet. Never missing an opportunity to expand the role - and subsequent control - ...
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Let That Stupid Flag Fly! by R.D. Davis

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A New Visions Commentary paper published March 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. Are you sick and tired of all the ruckus and brouhaha over that stupid Confederate battle flag? True, flying the flag above South Carolina's state capitol is not about heritage. It was a racist response by southern "yellow dog" Democrats in 1962 to challenge the growing power of the civil rights movement. Let me remind you that it was the southern Democrats who not ...
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School Choice Gives Hope, by Lee Hubbard

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A New Visions Commentary paper published March 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. Just before the holidays last year, the aspirations of thousands of Cleveland schoolchildren were put on hold when federal judge Solomon Oliver ruled that a Cleveland school choice program was a violation of the separation of church and state and was therefore unconstitutional. That's a shame because Cleveland's four-year-old voucher program gives needy families with children in kindergarten through sixth grade up to $2,500 ...
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Rapping from the Right, by Doc Gibbs

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A New Visions Commentary paper published March 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. She's angry. She's naming names. She's rhyming and rapping and reciting. And she's naming more names. With titles like "Gun Control is Racist," "Liberal Democrats are Racist" and "Liberal Democrat Education is Wack," it's obvious that this lady has got a beef against liberals, left-wing politicians and specifically, liberal Democrats. Most of us recognize rap music by its characteristic angry bravado and preoccupation with ...
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When Regulations Border on Racism, by John Carlisle

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A New Visions Commentary paper published March 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. When Willie Jones, the African-American owner of a Nashville landscaping business, purchased an airline ticket on February 27, 1991, little did he know that this seemingly routine purchase would lead to a two-year legal nightmare that nearly cost him his business. Jones's "mistake" was paying cash for his ticket to Houston. He was going there to purchase plants and shrubbery for his business. Jones ...
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Blacks in the New Millennium, by E. LeMay Lathan

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A New Visions Commentary paper published February 2000 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202/543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Will all the strides made by blacks in the 20th Century be lost in this new millennium? It would seem so. With blacks focusing on rooting out the white man's so-called hatred of us, and few on immediate problems like our kids and our communities, we are going into this new century with all the vigor of a rubber band when we need a ...
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Don’t Overlook That “Black Guy,” by Murdock “Doc” Gibbs

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A New Visions Commentary paper published February 2000 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202/543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. Leon Harris, a black commentator from CNN who was covering the Iowa caucuses, closed his report with a lighthearted bite: On the eve of the vote, he had been approached by two people who asked if he was a bodyguard. Bodyguard? He was a professional journalist reporting on the Iowa caucuses. But that is what it is like to be black in America. People ...
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