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Oct 31st

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Racism is not a card game

Racism is not a card gameWhenever someone accuses an African American of playing the "race card," I cringe. Racism in America is not a card game. There is no such thing as "playing the race card" when it comes to making an accurate or rational evaluation of the socioeconomic and political plight of 45 million Black Americans. A routine disingenuous tactic of those who want to justify the systemic racial oppression of Black Americans and others is to accuse the articulate victims of racism of "playing the race card."
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Wealth and income inequalities bad for America

Wealth and income inequalities bad for AmericaAmid stagnant wages, nagging underemployment and unemployment, many families continue to struggle with their finances. Some may even have wondered: "Will we ever make financial head way?"
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What makes white folks think their child rearing methods are so great?

What makes white folks think their child rearing methods are so great?Nobody asked me, but the NFL has gotten on my last nerve.

I have never hit a woman and I am the father and grandfather of four wonderful females. If any of them walked into a hook, I would consider going happily to jail for murder. Though, I must admit that if they got hit while, themselves, in full attack mode, it would undermine my indignation.
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Ferguson: A painful reminder of Black angst and anger

Ferguson: A painful reminder of Black angst and angerPeople call us loud and rightfully so. History teaches us that we must seize the opportunity to channel national attention toward the injustices we face. We are a loud people with voices that carry and at times we get caught in the emotion and don't demonstrate proper restraint (I'm not talking about looting and the destruction of property. I'll never give the criminal opportunists in our community the same standing as our sages and upstanding folks.). Wisdom provides restraint. This essay is an attempt to bring clarity to the events in Ferguson, Mo. It is an attempt to wrest the narrative away from all of the negative things perpetuated about our community and shine a light on how codified social stereotypes continue to be used against us in the media. The Black victim or the Black victimizer seems to be the only choice offered. I believe Black Angst and anger and how these cousins are handled by us and law enforcement should be given equal time.
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Minorities and Women in STEM: Part 2

Minorities and Women in STEM: Part 2STEM jobs are increasing at staggering rates, meanwhile the amount of minorities and women graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics remains alarmingly low. This leads to a lack of intellectual capital causing wages in the field to be comparatively high, while also encouraging outsourcing and the growth of racial and gender income disparities. In order to prevent such effects and increase the supply of much needed STEM educated individuals, more minorities and women must be brought into the STEM field.
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Marching to the ballot box

Marching to the ballot boxIt is inaccurate for newscasters to say, "In the aftermath of the recent racial turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., calm and peace has now been restored." Peace is not the absence of violence, war, inhumanity or oppression. Peace is the presence of equality, empowerment and justice.
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Minorities in STEM (Part 1)

Minorities in STEM (Part 1)In 2013, Forbes magazine published an article titled, "For Metros with Flourishing Economies, Tech Sector at Center of Job Growth," the statement is as true then as it is now. Technology jobs are poised to outnumber jobs in almost every other sector. While this change holds benefits to some communities, it poses an economic barrier to others.
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