Fifty years after the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, the agenda and style of the legendary Black revolutionary organization remains relevant in today’s public discourse. An end to “police brutality and the murder of Black people,” central to the Black Lives Matter movement, was laid out in the Black Panthers’ 10-Point Platform five decades ago. Both acclaim and condemnation erupted when their iconic black berets made an appearance recently in Beyoncé’s half-time show performance during the Super Bowl.
Last week, more than 100 Baltimore City school students walked out of classes to protest standardized tests. According to CBS, students have grown frustrated with the PARCC tests that they’re required to take.
The students had previously met with school officials to protest the test, which they feel doesn’t cover anything that they’re taught and is unfair.
After last Wednesday’s Million Student March demonstrations on college campuses across the country, Fox News host Neil Cavuto invited student organizer Darletta Scruggs on his show to discuss the main points of the actions, which are free college, cancellation of student loan debt, mandatory $15 minimum hourly wage for all campus workers, and divestment from private prisons by all colleges and universities. While Cavuto attempted to over talk Scruggs and redirect the conversation to straw man topics like tax increases and international affairs, Ms. Scruggs stayed on topic and literally schooled him on why free college should be a priority right now.
President Obama is very passionate about creating mentoring programs for young people, especially young men, of color. His newest promotional video called “The Mentorship” – a feature for his My Brother’s Keeper initiative – features one of the most well-known faces in professional sports today: Steph Curry of the record-breaking Golden State Warriors. What is best about the short clip is the comedic relationship between Obama and Curry even when the President tries to improve Curry’s jump shot.
President Barack Obama is one of the, if not the, most sought after speakers for college graduations in the country. So much so, that he denies far more requests than the three or so he schedules a year. This year, he’ll start off his final commencement speech tour at Howard University on May 7, according to CNN. This will be his third commencement at an HBCU.
There is something particularly violent about White women being the phenotypic referent of beauty in every social space. While it can make life logistically difficult for folks who do not share physical characteristics with whites (like hair, skin type, figure, etc.), the real problem arises when that difference is seen as a flaw. This is especially frustrating in public spaces like the workplace as a Zara employee recently learned when she wore box braids to work.
School district administrator turned-activist-turned mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson’s recent interview with the New York Times conveys the hope (and simultaneous frustration) behind his bid to become mayor of the beleagured city of Baltimore, Maryland. McKesson pins his dismal poll numbers on voters’ (particularly those within the city’s organizing circles) inability to conceive of someone like him occupying such a powerful position.
Quite the contrary.
In 2013, Ethan Couch was behind the wheel of a pickup truck in a drunk-driving accident that left four victims either dead or severely injured. Only 16 at the time, Couch, was tried as a juvenile, received 10 years probation following the crash and was ordered to avoid places where drugs and alcohol were present.
Now that Couch has turned 19 and no longer can be considered a juvenile in the state of Texas, a judge has sentenced him t0 720 days in jail – 180 days for each of the victims.
According to CNN, Couch being sentenced to jail time once he was legally an adult was always a possibility. But after a picture of him at a party where alcohol was being served surfaced online, authorities had to intervene.
President Obama’s administration has worked out a plan to forgive nearly 400,000 people of their student loan debt, which totals up to $7.7 billion, according to The Washington Post. The 387,000 people eligible for the loan relief have one thing in common, they’re considered permanently disabled by the Department of Education and Social Services Administration.
Blacks are far more likely to be arrested for selling or possessing drugs than whites, even though whites use drugs at the same rate.