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Oct 22nd

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Race is the least of the problems


The people of Mississippi have not been angels.  The history of the Magnolia State and segregation invites the kind of scrutiny and criticism that has recently been visited upon the state.  Media reports that the Walthall County School District has been ordered to stop segregating its schools raised the ire of most Americans because it was a reminder of a particularly ugly moment in this nation’s history–-a history that Americans have no desire to repeat.

Still it stretches the limits of credulity when a school that is 66% white and 35% black is labeled a “racially identifiable ‘white’” school and the county supporting the school is depicted as filled with a bunch of ugly racists just itching to don the bed sheets and ride through the night terrorizing the countryside.  Yet, that is exactly the case in Walthall County, Mississippi. 
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Seeking environmental justice


We recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, a day designed to increase appreciation for - and to inspire individuals to protect – the earth and its environment. From school yard tree planting ceremonies to corporations sharing ‘green tips’ on national news shows, America got in the green spirit and vowed to take care of Mother Earth. The government was among the loudest when it came to promising to keep the earth clean. Unfortunately, it seems that promise doesn’t extend to people of color.  
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"Madame" Redux

Good Hair was a 2009 American documentary comedy film by Chris Rock Productions and HBO Films.  The film focuses on African American women's hair, the styling industry surrounding it, the acceptable look of African American women's hair in society, and the effects of both upon African American culture

The film and theme created controversy on many levels.  It started disputes debates over: extent of the European ethos among Blacks; whether Rock infringed on another Black’s work; and myths about the icon of the Black Hair industry, Madame CJ Walker.  Rock says he was prompted to make the Good Hair movie after his 5-year-old daughter asked him, "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?"  But, according to filmmaker Regina Kimbell, Good Hair was a rip-off of her documentary My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage; which she says she screened for Rock in 2007.  After a federal judge allowed its release, Good Hair opened as the fourteenth highest grossing film for the October 9-11, 2009 weekend.
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Regulate health premiums

The President and Congress successfully overhauled the healthcare system in a major way, making it possible for nearly four million Americans to get needed healthcare insurance. Despite this great – and historical – news, more work remains. One of the remaining obstacles we have to overcome is making sure health insurers can’t raise their premiums by an exorbitant amount. Without oversight on this front, the benefits of the healthcare bill will be lost to many.
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Va. Governor calls Black Newspaper to apologize for Confederate 'mistake" 



Va. Governor calls Black Newspaper to apologize for Confederate 'mistakeNNPA Guest Commentary 

"I apologize": This call came at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday [April 7] — right at the Free Press deadline.

The caller: Gov. Bob McDonnell. After exchanging pleasantries, the governor immediately told the editor/publisher the reason for his call.

Unsurprisingly, his urgent communication on this occasion was about his Confederate History Month Proclamation — the despicable decree that he issued honoring false heroes who fought to preserve the cruel system of slavery and to annihilate the United States of America and its promise of freedom.
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God in our classrooms


Such was our founder’s belief in the preeminence of God that when the First Continental Congress convened in 1774, Massachusetts delegate Thomas Cushing suggested to the assembly that together they pray for divine guidance and protection.  The historical events that would forever change the world were preparing to unfold: war loomed on the horizon; the Declaration of Independence would be signed, and a nation “conceived in liberty” would be born.  In this moment, men of varied religious beliefs -- Presbyterians, Episcopalians, some Quakers, others Baptists or Congregationalists – were led in prayer by an Episcopal priest in an appeal to the almighty that was described as “extraordinary…filling the bosom of every man present.” 
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The buck stops here

“Act fast to help us use ads to target U.S. leaders with reports of Bashir's voter repression!”  With that “Save Darfur” sought donations to continue efforts to destabilize and divide Africa’s largest country.  Calling Sudan’s elections “a sham,” Save Darfur ads tout American leaders to not let citizens of Sudan “be allowed to legitimize President Omar al-Bashir's dictatorial rule, despite his status as an indicted war criminal!”  In its latest move to undermine that country, Save Darfur’s Robert Lawrence is urging United States officials not to legitimize Sudan’s presidential election.  Maybe the group shouldn’t go there.  Questions “legitimacy” apply to as much to Save Darfur as they to Omar al-Bashir’s candidacy.  A nationwide reelection of President al-Bashir against a bevy of challengers immediately puts into question what Sudanese think of International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments the Sudanese leader faces.
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