Muslim Woman Attacked After Boston Bombings

Heba Abolaban – a Muslim woman living in Boston – was attacked by a crazed man two days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Abolaban was walking with a friend when a man punched her in the shoulder, and began yelling at her.

From NewsOne:

“He was screaming, ‘F*** you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F*** you!’” Abolaban said. “Oh my lord, I was extremely shocked.”

Editorial Asks “Where Are Ordinary Black Youth in Popular Culture?”

Media depictions of black youth are more often than not deeply problematic.

Young black people are often presented as either the exceptional overachiever or the “lazy, dangerous thug.” The media seemingly has no interest in the spectrum of experiences and perspectives of young black people.

A recent editorial asks the question, “Where Are Ordinary Black Youth in Popular Culture?”

Georgia Students Organize First-Ever Integrated Prom at Their High School

A group of Rochelle, Georgia students are attempting to organize the first integrated prom at their high school.

The school – Wilcox High – hosts separate proms for white and black students. Last year, a biracial student tried to attend the white prom and was turned away by police.

The students are being met with resistance; signs promoting the idea have been torn down.

Their school has agreed to allow an integrated prom, but will still hold the segregated proms, and they’re refusing to fund the event.

45 Years Ago Today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Assassinated

45 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN.

King had gone to Memphis to show support for the black sanitary employees who were striking for fairer wages.

The night before, King had delivered his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

Watch that seminal speech below:

Fox News Contributor: Welfare and Food Stamps Make Poverty Feel ‘A Little Comfortable’

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Cavuto on Business,” contributor Charles Payne asserted that programs like welfare and food stamps can make poverty feel “a little comfortable.”

Adding that he speaks from personal experience, Payne elaborated:

From the Huffington Post:

“There’s this idea that between the food stamps and the welfare and the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit and the local programs, you know, it gets a little comfortable to be in poverty,” Payne said during a discussion on food stamp usage.

Tennessee Considers Bill Tying Welfare Benefits to Children’s Grades

Not to be outdone by a Kansas bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to be separated from those who don’t, the state of Tennessee is considering a bill that would tie welfare support to a child’s progress in school.

The legislation would allow a family to lose up to 30% of its assistance if their child(ren) are not performing well in school:

Under the legislation brought by two Republicans, a student who doesn’t not make “satisfactory progress” in school would cost his or her family up to 30 percent of its welfare assistance, the Knoxville News and Sentinel reported: