Mr. Flaco is curious to hear what I might want to write about a new report showing that boys are being left behind in education. Nervous, I stumble through my pitch about how it’s not all boys.It is black boys and teenagers. “Racism,” I begin, “has, you know, shaped the expectations the kids have of themselves and that teachers have of them.”“What’s going to be your recommendation?” he asks, a smile dancing at his lips. “Tell teachers to raise their self-esteem?”
On August 18, 1887, only ten years removed from Reconstruction 1863-1877, a group of twenty-seven Negro men led by Joe Clark convened with the purpose of founding, what would turn out to be, the first incorporated African American settlement community in the United States. Eatonville, the town born on that day, was named for a White man, Josiah Eaton, who served as mayor of the neighboring town of Maitland from which most of the future Eatonville residents originated.
He told the crowd, “We understand that the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.” He later added, “We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.”
- Fast, furious nerve: Obama blames America, gun smuggling for Mexican violence (twitchy.com)
- Obama Apologizes For America In Mexico, Then Thanks Hispanics For Their Vote (freedomoutpost.com)
- Hypocrisy on Parade: Obama Tells Mexico Drug Deaths are Americans’ Fault (politicaloutcast.com)
- Mr “Fast & Furious” Blames American Guns For Mexican Violence (youviewed.com)
If the Boston Marathon bombing had taken place 70 to 90 years ago, alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would have been stripped of his American citizenship in addition to being imprisoned or executed for his crimes. In the first decades of the 20th century, naturalized citizens like Tsarnaev were routinely deprived of their citizenship for committing radical, “un-American” activities that took place after their naturalization. Citizenship in those years was understood as a benefit offered by a country in exchange for its citizens’ obedience to the laws of the land, always with the threat that certain actions could lead to its loss. It’s an approach the Supreme Court later rejected in the name of equal rights.
- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be classified, enemy combatant (examiner.com)
- Tsarnaev an ‘Enemy Combatant,’ GOP Lawmakers Say (on.aol.com)
- Tsarnaev Father: It’s Anti-Muslim Prejudice to Deny Citizenship to Men Who Batter Women (thedailybeast.com)
- The legal process ahead for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (maddowblog.msnbc.com)
“The gloves are coming off — the point system is not enough,” said a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus yesterday on the issue of the diversity visa lottery being axed in the “gang of eight” immigration legislation.
“We’re having a press conference next week on diversity visas,” confirmed CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH) after the House completed their last votes Thursday. One member of the CBC stated this week that he will not vote for an immigration bill that does not include the diversity visa program.
- Why Diversity Visas are Important (politic365.com)
- Senate Proposal Would Eliminate Diversity Visas (hispanicbusiness.com)
- Ten good and bad news about immigration reform (voxxi.com)
- Has America historically shut its doors to African immigrants? (thegrio.com)
- On Visas, Senate Bill Clears Family Backlog, But Closes Diversity Door (colorlines.com)