More CPS grads are getting college diplomas, though racial gaps persist


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The following piece is from Catalyst Chicago. It was written by Melissa Sanchez.

By: Melissa Sanchez

Back in 2006, Chicago researchers released a startling report on the post-secondary success of CPS students. The study ultimately concluded that just eight of every 100 high school freshmen would end up getting a college degree.

The numbers were worse for black and Hispanic boys. Only 4 percent obtained a degree.

I’m Not Here For #CrimingWhileWhite and You Shouldn’t Be Either

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Last Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict 29-year-old Daniel Pantaleo, the White New York City cop who applied an illegal “chokehold maneuver” to Eric Garner’s chest and neck causing his death on July 17th. Immediately following the grand jury’s decision, well-meaning Whites took to Twitter to show an “act of solidarity” using the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite. A simple Google search of the term yields stories from New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and USA Today. But, doing the same for #BlackLivesMatter – a hashtag started by Black activists – yields strikingly different results. So, what does it say about solidarity when the rallying cry of this generation’s Selma gets less traction on social media and in the mainstream than White privilege confessions?

Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014




The following piece is from Gawker. It was written by Rich Juzwiak and Aleksander Chan.

By: Rich Juzwiak and Aleksander Chan

On Wednesday, after the announcement that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted for killing Eric Garner, the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund Twitter posted a series of tweets naming 76 men and women who were killed in police custody since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo in New York. Starting with the most recent death, what follows are more detailed accounts of many of those included in the Legal Defense Fund’s tweets.

Clemson University Doesn’t Care about Black People #ClemsonCripmas


The following piece is from Daily Kos. It was written by AyDeeTheGreat.

By: AyDeeTheGreat

Clemson University doesn’t care about Black students. It doesn’t seem to care much for any of its students who represent diverse communities on campus. I’d go even further and say the institution is not so much concerned with students at all as it is with keeping its image unsullied by anything that may be construed as negative.

Killings by police a horrific pattern in black community




The following piece is from the Boston Globe. It was written by Akilah Johnson and Peter Schworm.

By: Akilah Johnson and Peter Schworm

It feels like a one-two punch for many in Boston’s black community.

First, a grand jury in Missouri declined to indict a police officer for shooting to death an unarmed black teen. Nine days later, a grand jury in New York declined to indict a police officer for choking an unarmed black man to death.

The Silence of the ‘Black’ White Musicians



The following piece is from the Huffington Post. It was written by Malek Mouzon.

By: Malek Mouzon

I hope that by the time this article posts it no longer applies. But as of its writing, the following is a small list of musicians who have yet to make a public statement or acknowledgement of Michael Brown’s murder and the racial epicenter that is Ferguson, Missouri. In no particular order, they are: Justin Bieber, Macklemore, Iggy Azaela, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.

Dear White People: I’m Tired


Dear White people, I am sooooo tired of this little cycle we keep playing at in America. As we all know the grand jury decided to not indict Darren Wilson and a collective sigh filled with anger and frustration was exhaled by almost an entire populace living in the United States. In the days preceding the verdict much discussion was had about the possible verdict, specifically a very heated discussion occurred on Meet the Press between activist and scholar Michael Eric Dyson and former mayor to New York City Rudy Giuliani.