Boy Saves Local Library From Closing

Fox Atlanta | March 29, 2011

Budget cuts meant a DeKalb County library branch was set to close at the end of this month, but then a 12-year-old boy stepped in.

It was a first person civics lesson for 12-year-old home schooled sixth grader Sekondi Landry. The DeKalb County boy spent hours at the library everyday and he stepped up to save it.

A History Lesson for Chris Brown

Jay Smooth, Ill Doctrine | March 24, 2011

Two years after brutally beating then-girlfriend, Rihanna, Chris Brown seems to be under the impression that his fans have forgiven him, the public should move on, and the media should be gentler towards him.  Jay Smooth offers the R&B singer a reality check.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFOZ3dcNucY

This is What Democracy Looks Like!?

League of Young Voters | March 14, 2011

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Members of the League of Young Voters traveled to Wisconsin’s capitol to see how they can get more African Americans involved in the protests.

Mock Slave Auction: Ohio Student Humiliated

WBNS 10 News (via The Root) | March 5, 2011

Nikko Burton, a 10-year-old student at Chapelfield Elementary in Ohio, says he was humiliated by his teacher when she tried to demonstrate what it was like to be a slave on an auction block. Burton, one of two black students in his class, was chosen to be a slave. Students who were the “masters” inspected the “slaves” to see if they would be able workers.

“The masters got to touch people and do all sorts of stuff,” Nikko said. “They got to look in your mouth and feel your legs and stuff and see if you’re strong and stuff.”

The principal called to apologize to Burton and his mother, but Nikko is still waiting on an apology from his teacher.

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With Unemployment on the Decline, Black Teen Joblessness Still Remains Highest of Any Group

News Hour (PBS) | March 4, 2011

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(Associated Press)  WASHINGTON  — The unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent — a nearly two-year low after the government added 192,000 jobs last month. Federal government hiring was flat.

African-American unemployment dipped to 15.3, while black teen unemployment declined sharply to 38.4 percent, but remains the highest of any group.

Private employers added 222,000 jobs last month, the most since April. That shows that companies are feeling more confident in the economy and about their own financial prospects. And it bolstered hopes that businesses will shift into a more aggressively hiring mode and boost the economic recovery.

The unemployment rate is now at the lowest point since April 2009. It has been falling for three months, down from 9.8 percent in November, marking the sharpest three-month decline since 1983.  (Read more)

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)