530 Young People MURDERED in Chicago since 2008

According to a truly disturbing article in the Chicago Reporter, 530 young people have been murdered in Chicago since 2008.

More young people are murdered in the city of Chicago than any other American city.

A whopping 80 percent of these homocides occured in predominantly Black or Latino communities in Chicago’s South, West and Southwest sides. Keep in mind that just one third of Chicago’s population resides in these neighborhoods.

That’s Not the Only Inappropriate Thing I See

My high school’s administration entertained complaints from a couple of Freshman girls about the overtly sexual nature of the dancing. So grinding makes fourteen-year-old girls uncomfortable. That makes sense. However, the school has made an absurd assessment of why young people dance the way we do. Meetings with the Student Council concerning the next school-sponsored dance have revealed some common notions amongst administrators that are pretty out of touch with students.

White Teens Attack Black Student, Place Noose Around His Neck

Three white Chicago teenagers have been arrested and charged with committing a hate crime, unlawful restraint and battery after placing a noose around a 17 year-old Black classmate’s neck, and threatening him with a knife.

The victim, Joshue Merritt, had been invited to the home of one of his attackers, unexpectedly walking into a trap.

The attackers were apparently upset with Merritt’s supposed relationship with one of their white, female cousins.

STUDY: Racists, Right-Wingers Have LOW IQs

This explains a lot, doesn’t it?

According to researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, children with low intelligence are more likely to be prejudiced and racist as adults. This leads to a vicious cycle, since low-intelligence adults are more likely to gravitate towards socially conservative ideologies that stress hierarchy and resistance to change, thereby contributing to existing prejudice.

In other words, racists and right wingers tend to have low IQs. They’re dumb.

Community Schools as a Solution to the Educational Dilemma

I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more. That’s why my education reform offers more competition, and more control for schools and States.” In President Obama’s state of the Union address, education was one of his main focuses. The president eloquently, yet definitively explained how capitalistic values (competition) will create a stronger education system, among other things. Even though I am encouraged by much of what our President has to say, I am also lead to believe that when it comes to the issue of education, Washington does not have the answer, and never has.

What’s the proper resonse to, “Can I holla at you?”

I was walking down State Street yesterday during the afternoon and was happy to not be on the receiving end of the “can I holla at you” line. Unfortunately however, another girl was subject to the attention from three different guys in less than one block. It had me wondering, what is the proper answer to, “can I holla at you?” If you say no, as I sometimes do, they call you a bitch. If you keep walking and ignore them, they call you a bitch or go on about how you’re rude. But I’ve genuinely never seen a girl actually respond yes to what I consider a silly question.


Tennessee Tea Partiers Want to REMOVE Slavery, Genocide from Text Books!

This is wrong on so many levels.

Earlier this month, the Tennessee Tea Party presented a proposal to state legislatures that would literally rewrite history, airbrushing or removing all together topics such as slavery and genocide from school text books!

Our nation was founded upon the enslavement of human beings (by many of our founders, in fact) and the removal (by any means necessary) of Native Americans from their native lands. These are facts.

But if these “patriots” have their way, none of that will show up in text books; because apparently the inclusion of these minor details would make the founding fathers “look bad.

Go figure.

REPORT: Policing of Chicago Public Schools Sets Students Down Road to Prison

According to a recent report, the Chicago Public School System’s dependence on the Chicago Police Department to control students is pushing a disturbingly high number of juveniles into the criminal justice system.

Oftentimes, students are arrested for fighting or disorderly conduct, offenses that could easily be dealt with through in-house consequences, like a suspension. Instead, waves of students are literally being sent to the big house!

According to Project NIA, the organization behind the study, such oversealous actions on the part of schools and police officers are setting our young people down a dangerous and destructive path of cyclic incarceration.

Growing up as a Black Man in America?

Growing up as a child
certain things were told to me by older people, I listened to some and the rest
of it went in one ear and out the other.
It is hard being a man and even harder being a black man. It is very prevalent
stereotypes that are associated with being a black male in America.

Barbershop Politics: 2012 SOTU Edition

Last night I had the honor of watching President Obama’s State of the Union Address at a barbershop. No, I wasn’t get my haircut or my beard trimmed; I was gathering with local community members to fellowship, laugh, and converse as we watched the President lay out his vision for the country. As the organizer of this of this “watch party”, I was charged with the task of getting people to leave the warmth and comfort of their homes to file into a cozily sized barbershop. On the surface, a place that usually has hair on the floor doesn’t seem like the ideal place to discuss politics. But in fact, as Melissa Harris-Perry points out in her book “Barbershops, Bible, and BET”; much of the political dialogue that goes on in the black community takes place in public spaces like barbershops and beauty salons. In the book Harris-Perry argues  that African Americans use community dialogue to jointly develop understandings of their collective political interests. She identifies four political ideologies that constitute the framework of contemporary black political thought: Black Nationalism, Black Feminism, Black Conservatism and Liberal Integrationism. These ideologies, the book posits, help African Americans to understand persistent social and economic inequality, to identify the significance of race in that inequality, and to devise strategies for overcoming it.