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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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School bullying: It's killing our children

School bullying: It's killing our children(NNPA) - One year ago, I was an ordinary working mom, looking after my family and doing the best I could as a parent. But on April 6, 2009, my life changed forever.
While I was cooking dinner for my four children, my son Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover excused himself and went to his room. When I checked on him, I imagined he would be doing his homework or playing video games. Instead, he was hanging from an extension cord tied around his neck.  He was only 11-years-old.

Carl liked football and basketball and playing video games with his little brother. He loved the Lord and he loved his family. What could drive a child to take his own life? 
That question haunts me to this day. I will probably never know the answer, but what we do know is that Carl was being bullied relentlessly at school. He didn't want to tell me what was bothering him, but I kept at him, and he finally told me that kids at school were pushing him around, calling him names, saying he acted "gay," and calling him "faggot." 
While my heart instantly broke for him, I was furious that he was being subjected to this treatment. Immediately, I called the school and I expected they would be just as upset as I was. But instead, they told me that it was just ordinary social interaction that would work itself out.
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The dangerous drift back towards segregated schools

The dangerous drift back towards segregated schoolsTwo recent decisions by school boards in North Carolina are local signs of a troubling national trend towards resegregation in public schools. In New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, parents and advocates spent much of last year debating a new middle school redistricting plan that would focus on “neighborhood schools,” essentially resegregating the schools by race and economic class because our neighborhoods look that way. School board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh was the only White and only Republican member to join two Black Democratic colleagues in opposing the new plan.
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Post racial? Bah humbug!


Perhaps it was unfair to expect that the election of Barack Obama would “bend the curve” on hundreds of years of racial attitudes and the politics that developed around those attitudes.  Then again, for a man that entered office with a promise to calm the seas and heal the sick doing “post racial” should have been a piece of cake.  Moreover, with all the talk of “hope and change” it was not outrageous to imagine that there might be some positive change in the tone surrounding discussions of race.  Certainly it was not unreasonable to imagine that at the very least this President- who was going to win back the worlds respect -- would not stoke the fires of racial enmity here at home.  Well, as my mother used to say: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  Instead of bringing Americans together, this President is proving to be the most divisive and racially polarizing president in recent memory.  And France still isn’t all that crazy about us.
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Monitor armed militias

Last week, the federal government arrested several members of a Midwest militia who allegedly planned to kill a Michigan police officer then wreak havoc at his funeral by attacking those who attended. Their goal? To jump-start a war against the federal government. While these individuals are in custody and will soon have their day in court, the danger that groups like them present is far from over.  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks hate groups, the number of radical extremist groups has tripled over the last year.  The government must dedicate resources to monitoring such activities and work to keep citizens safe.
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