20 Years after Rodney King Beating, Police Brutality Still a Major Problem for Black Youth

CNN | March 3, 2011

(From Colorlines)  What has changed in the last twenty years is people’s access to cameras in order to film everyday interactions with police. The medium has become a crucial tool for demanding accountability for violent acts of unwarranted brutality. Rates of police brutality may not be going up, but there’s certainly much more undeniable proof of it today. In just the last year, Seattle police officer Shandy Cobane was caught on videokicking 21-year-old Martin Monetti and shouting, “I’ll beat the fucking Mexican piss out of you, homey! You feel me?” Another Seattle cop, Ian Walsh, was filmed punching a black teen in the face during a scuffle after she jaywalked across the street. Last month Houston police were caught on video beating a 15-year-old black boy with kicks and punches, even after he was handcuffed on the ground. Last summer bystanders whipped out their cell phones in time to film a Border Patrol officer crossing into Mexican territory from Texas and shooting a 15-year-old boy named Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, who died at the scene.

But even this irrefutable evidence is no guarantee that police officers will be charged, let alone sanctioned, for their brutality. Seattle’s city prosecutor Dan Satterberg cleared Cobane of both criminal and hate crimecharges. Houston police chief Charles McClelland defended his department against community criticism about the attack. He argued that he had the offending officers disciplined immediately, but the video only surfaced last month.  (Read more)

In White Folks News: Charlie Sheen

Not since Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan has a junkie been so popular.  Months ago when I wrote a blog about stupid white folks and how it was popular (and profitable) to be a stupid white person, I forgot to mention that it was also good to be a crazy, drug-addled white person.  If you don’t believe me, just think of the recent superstars pawning their addiction for mainstream attention.  Besides, Lindsay Lohan who is often called Blo-han, there is Gary Busey, Christina Aguilera, Janice Dickinson, Rachel Uchitel, Jeremy London (the guy kidnapped by black people and forced to do drugs) and last but not least, Charlie Sheen–the richest, most doped up of them all.

Beyond his hit show, Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen has been pretty busy–getting high, crashing expensive cars down hillsides (two Mercedes to be exact and in the same spot), and beating his ex wife.  His most recent escapade which ended with a porn star locked in the bathroom, hiding from Charlie, three days after the party began sent him to the hospital.  His dad made a statement, the porn star sent some text, and Charlie went to

Editorial: Poverty is root cause of racial disparities in school discipline

Editorial: Poverty is root cause of racial disparities in school discipline
Dallas Morning News | March 2, 2011

The latest Texas Education Agency figures show an ongoing, sharp racial disparity in the way school administrators mete out discipline when it’s left to their discretion. Black students are three times more likely to be removed from school for lower-level offenses than whites, according to statistics compiled by Dallas Morning News reporter Tawnell Hobbs.

These are offenses — including fighting, threats and bullying — in which removal is not mandatory, and school administrators control the severity of the punishment. Black students are far more likely to be placed in an alternative education program for the punishment period.

Texas is hardly alone in this worrisome trend. Even outside school, juvenile justice cases also have a historical tendency nationwide in dealing lopsided punishments to minorities over whites.

In the discretionary Texas schools cases, some cynics might be tempted to argue that blacks are simply misbehaving more than whites or Hispanics and therefore deserve harsher punishment. The problem is that the offenses being measured are roughly of equal weight, yet blacks tend to receive harsher punishments.

There certainly is a troubling racial element to this trend, but below the surface are the more telling causes: poverty and stability in the home.

National statistics compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Children’s Defense Fund indicate that growing up in a background of poverty is more likely than race to put a child on a trajectory of misbehavior and punishment.  (Read more)

Black Brits Shut Out of Top Universities

Black Brits Shut Out of Top Universities
Huw Evans, The Root| March 2, 2011

England’s university system has an enviable reputation, unless you are black. Even though the number of black students at English universities has tripled over the last 12 years, such students are at a disadvantage in comparison with white students at every stage of their higher education.

Black children are being graded below their performance by teachers who are unconsciously stereotyping them. A report co-authored by Simon Burgess, a professor of economics at the University of Bristol, ​has shown that black students performed better in Sats, the national exams that are marked remotely, than would be expected from assessments made by their teachers in the classroom.

The report’s findings suggest that low expectations by both teachers and pupils are damaging children’s prospects. Some teachers require training in order to stop seeing black students through the damaging lens of stereotype, consciously or unconsciously assuming that “all black children are great at sports” and less able in “English, math and science.”​ The report concludes that when some black pupils have a teacher who they feel does not understand or appreciate them, the students do not try as hard, thus suffering from the double whammy of being more harshly assessed by the teacher and not trying to do their best.  (Read more)

The Real Problem with the WNBA

This summer, the WNBA will tip off its 15th season. Some are surprised that it has lasted this long. Most whine that women’s basketball isn’t entertaining. There are few dunks, very little high flying. The players aren’t as big, aren’t as strong and they aren’t as fast. The WNBA isn’t for those people. Unfortunately, those are the people it’s being marketed to and there’s the issue.

Everything from the logo to the inaugural slogan (“We Got Next”) played on the league’s inextricable connection to the NBA. There was such a concern for the league to succeed financially that little attention was given to marketing the WNBA for what it is, basketball.


February 21, 2011 – February 27, 2011

Black students trail peers in graduation rates at Memphis-area universities
Richard Morgan, The Commercial Appeal, February 26, 2011

Give the Children Music: Inspiring Our Youth Through Hip Hop
Charles Howard, Huffington Post, February 26, 2011

Seminar in York examines hip-hop’s influence on youth
Bill Landauer, Daily Record/Sunday News, February 26, 2011

Documentary reveals everyday life of young black Chicagoans
Staff Writer, WBEZ, February 25, 2011

Professor Retires After Comparing Black Students to Slaves
Thoai Lu, ColorLines, February 25, 2011

Education still fails too many black children
Mwizenge S. Tembo, News Leader, February 25, 2011

Being a role model for the political youth
Trever Fehrenbach, Indiana Statesman, February 25, 2011

Boston Club Apologizes for Discriminating Against Black Harvard Students
Associated Press | February 25, 2011

New York Latest Target of Black Anti-Abortion Billboards
Lynette Holloway, The Root | February 24, 2011

Youth mentor leads Perris Black History parade Saturday
Staff Writer, The In-land Social, February 24, 2011

Teen pregnancy reduction grants totaling $30 million awarded
Bill Barrow , The Times Picayune, February 23, 2011

That Plan to Close Half of Detroit’s Schools? It’s Really Happening
Liz Dwyer, Good Magazine | February 23, 2011

Funding to prepare youth for job market
Eric Bourque, The Vangard, February 22, 2011

Actor/model empowers youth to follow dreams at ‘Black History Celebration’
Wesley Brown, ENC Today, February 21, 2011

‘Sex Crimes Against Black Girls’ Exhibit Uses Art to Confront Incest
Akiba Solomon, Colorlines | February 21, 2011

Speaker urges youths to work harder, be smarter
Dave McMillion, Herald Mail, February 21, 2011

Educators seek out more minorities to study abroad
Staff Writer, Associated Press, February 21, 2011

Open Door Ministry announces Youth Mentoring Program
Staff Writer, Montgomery Media, February 21, 2011

Youth Unemployment
Staff Writer, Maryland Morning, February 21, 2011

How Do College Students View ‘Blackness’ at PWIs?
Liane Membis, Clutch Magazine, February 21, 2011

Black history integrated into education
Rachel Brown, Dalton Now , February 20, 2011

Inequality of schools must end
Staff Writer, Blue-Ridge Now, February 20, 2011

Local youths hear message of hope, dreams
Erica Blake, Toledo Blade, February 20, 2011

The Dark Continent: Holy Capitalism

Ever had a song stuck in your head? “Its the money, money and the cars, cars and the clothes…I just wanna be successful.” This past Sunday I would not help but repeat the Drake rap song in my head. What caused this hip-hop hook rotation? Nothing other than a South African mega church that I attended this past weekend. It was quite fascinating as I was armied into my chair by the mass movement of ushers. The church was about three times the size of a regular high school auditorium and the phrase “Jesus Christ is Lord” was etched into the ceiling. Throughout the service I realized the whole experience of church was like taking a class called capitalism 101. When you enter into this church you got engulfed in something I’m going to call Holy Capitalism.  Inside the concept of Holy Capitalism you will find drake rap songs come to life and permeate into the goals and desires of these church members.