The Donald Sterling scandal: Keep your eyes on the ball
Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:49
Nobody asked me, but LA Clipper's owner, Donald Sterling, is an 80 year old, white billionaire. How can we be surprised by his views? Last week, Ben Jealous, former NAACP President made a telling point in a TV interview I watched. I paraphrase: How is it that the media and public figures jump up and down over the, admittedly despicable, racist comments of an individual and do so little to decry the insidious racism of the society, at large?
Monday, 05 May 2014 14:46
Kristie Mitchell, MD April 24, 2014
The Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia covers every aspect of soldiers' grooming and appearance — from fingernail length to tattoos. Last month, the Army proposed updates to this regulation that scrutinize African American female hairstyles more than ever before. Previously AR 670-1 only briefly commented on uniquely African American hair styles. It banned "dreadlocks" for being "unkempt, twisted, matted...hair". While cornrows were authorized as long as "conservative".
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:49
Marian Wright Edelman, NNPA Columnist
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program.
Friday, 11 April 2014 11:53
Samuel L. Myers, Jr., Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice • Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs • University of Minnesota
Dear Professor Rice,
I will not be able to attend your sold-out performance at the Carlson Family Stage of the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium. The Carlson Foundation has been a very generous donor to the University of Minnesota. It has been very generous in its support of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. I applaud them for their financial support of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series over the years. Previous Carlson Lectures honored the Dalai Lama, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, General Colin Powell, Vice President Mondale and others with notable public achievements worthy of the mantle of human rights and civil rights advocated by the school’s name-sake, former Vice President and Minnesota Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.
Summer shouldn't mean hunger for our nation's children
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:37
Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation's children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.