Insight News

Oct 22nd


Connecting the bridge to nowhere to the new reality

Taxpayers around the globe have paid over $13 trillion (more than a quarter of the gross global product) to bail out financial, insurance and other organizations as well as investors. Was this global crisis — which with each passing hour is casting millions of Americans out of their jobs, out of their homes, and into a deep well of debt — truly inevitable?

Economic crisis puts children at risk

Economic crisis puts children at riskIn the middle of all the headlines and 24-hour news reports about the economic crisis, one critical story is just beginning to be told. Four days after Christmas, the Washington Post ran this article: "Child Neglect Cases Multiply As Economic Woes Spread." In the article, area child welfare workers talked about the noticeable rise in the number of child abuse and neglect investigations.

Putting Ebony in its proper place

A Black American icon, the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) is struggling to survive in the modern media landscape. Editorial reorganizations are occurring at Ebony and JET magazines. The question is: Will the changes have any impact among African Americans and their modern-day mindsets?

Globalization not new; look at slave trade

Globalization - or the ability of many people, ideas and technology to move from country to country - is not new. In Africa, it was initiated by the slave trade and given impetus by colonialism and Christian missionaries. The early missionaries saw African culture and religion as a deadly adversary and as an evil that had to be eliminated. In 1876, a 27-year-old missionary named Mary Slessor emigrated from Scotland to spend the rest of her life in Nigeria. For her efforts in trying to convert the people of Nigeria, Mary Slessor’s photograph appears on Scotland’s ten pound note, and her name can be found on schools, hospitals and roads in Nigeria.

We all benefit from giving others a second chance

The word repentance is defined as having both a change of mind and a change in direction.  For many ex-offenders leaving the correctional system without the prospect of support, shelter, or a good job, the change of mind is much easier to achieve than the change of direction.

Prison doors are revolving doors

When I was released from prison, not only was I a convicted felon, I was also a single mother with four children and nowhere to go. I gathered my children and our sack full of belongings as we headed for the nearest shelter. Upon checking into the shelter I was told that we would have thirty days to find housing. The shelters in Atlanta, GA are so overcrowded that they have a “get them in, get them out” policy.

Black History American History

A century ago, a two-day race riot in Springfield, IL, where White mobs lynched two Blacks, turned out to be the final straw for a small interracial group of Americans committed to social justice.

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