CNN | September 1, 2010
Detroit is struggling to reinvent itself when it comes to educating its children. CNN’s Poppy Harlow reports.
I wanted to write about something serious…really. I’ve had enlightening conversations and exchanges about abortion, interracial dating, the crack epidemic, and Marcus Garvey’s legacy in the past couple days. But I really just want to do hood rat things with my friends. My life has been hectic for the past couple months and since I just started a new position it will likely remain hectic until I settle in properly. There are a couple things that are weighing on my heart right now. And I really just have to get them off of my chest.
First, Rick Ross is making a fool out of us! Anyone that listens to his music is an informant and I don’t want to hear any opinions to the contrary.
Since Hurricane Katrina many public schools were dismantled and turned into private charters. Five years after this terrible storm, education overhaul has thrilled politicians and the media to the extent that some have chosen to call Katrina a “blessing” to the kids of New Orleans. Not only does this sort of congratulatory praise seem like a slap in the face for the thousands who perished in the storm but, as Brentin Mock writes at The Root, it’s also premature to call those charter schools a success. (Read the full article)
It’s a problem that we still allow ignorance to turn cultures into threats and let fear change constitutional rights into a compromise of sanctity or national security. It is moments like this that I am most disappointed to be human, to be American, the moments when people choose to not allow others to live freely.
This past weekend I got the opportunity to meet a guy named Eboo Patel. He is the executive director of an organization called Interfaith Youth Core (IYC) and also a Rhodes Scholar who studied sociology and divinity at Oxford. Needless to say I was looking forward to hearing his speech at Loyola University this past Friday night.
The Black Youth Project examines the attitudes, resources and culture of the young black millennials.