The Battle for Voting Rights In Ohio

February 27, 2014
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I was just talking about this with my students today.  We were reading a biographical sketch on the Freedom Riders and ended up discussing how citizen rights are being infringed upon in present times.  I mentioned my hometown state of Ohio and how it is a swing state.  I also discussed with the class the use of technicalities in legislation to hide direct attacks on civil liberties, like voting.  Thank  you to the Rachel Maddow Show for covering this issue. In advance of the 2012 elections, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) launched an aggressive campaign against early...

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Police Harassment

February 26, 2014
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Video of a police stop in The Bronx has landed the NYPD under hot water, showing officers restraining and arresting a man who apparently was doing nothing wrong, the New York Daily News reports.  Read More

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Measuring Progress by Civility

February 22, 2014
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Measuring Progress by Civility

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith , praying in the Holy Spirit; If we were to look over the span of the last one hundred years, it would appear that we have made great progress.  The 20th and 21st century has birthed the technological revolution.  We can share and send information faster than ever before.  It seems logical to think that because we have access to more information that we have made progress and evolved as a species.  But should progress be measured by...

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Celebrating and Remembering King and His Legacy, Digital Literacy Style

January 20, 2014
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I have been reviewing different types of graphic novels and most of them read like a comic book.  Then about a month ago I came across Ho Che Anderson’s King.  It sat on my dresser for several weeks; I didn’t want to be disappointed.  I had just finished reading One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry.  I laughed out loud and was immediately transported to a world filled with sounds, scents, colors I had never known.  My exploration of graphic novels came from a genuine interest and a lack of knowledge about the genre itself.  I did know what I...

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The New Economy Doesn’t Discriminate

January 9, 2014
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The New Economy Doesn’t Discriminate

Peniel Joseph,  professor of history, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and author says, “The new economy is disproportionately effecting white Americans as well as blacks.”  Listen to Brian Lehrer Show and guest Peniel Joseph discuss The 50th Anniversary of LBJ and the ‘New Economy’.

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The Turbulent Climate In Public Education, A True Measure of Progress

January 4, 2014
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The Turbulent Climate In Public Education, A True Measure of Progress

1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans lost their unemployment benefits less than a week ago.  The climate for public education in the era of sequestration is turbulent.  The public sector has cut more than 1 million jobs since 2008.  The jobs gap in public education, since the on slot of the Great Recession is more than 300,000, according to data from the Economic Policy Institute.  It seems as though every public structure and institution necessary for social progress and sustainability is being dismantled before our very eyes. State and Federal Cuts North Carolina General Assembly under the leadership of Governor...

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God Has a Hell of a Wingspan

January 1, 2014
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It extends past the edges of formed lines, Covering millions of miles of existence From the beginning and the ending of what be.   Impossible! Intolerable! Terrible! Circumstances of humanity.   Journeys that often times left us breathless and almost lifeless.   Carried us over and through turbulent climates. Stretched wide and beyond our reach, Pulling distant shores underneath, As our bodies grazed the green mossed promise land,   Gently hovered over those of us lost in sleep, Whispering, “Rise my sons and daughters it’s bout time you be free.” From village to urban metropolis, From the dirt poor...

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DIY Housing, Is this a new trend for homeownership?

December 21, 2013
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The latest reports on our nation’s economy and the fall of the housing market  has left many rethinking how they live. I met a retiree at a recent visit to the eye doctor.  In casual conversation I discovered that this retired teacher and her husband had sold their home and bought an RV.  She says, they have traveled to 30 different states and that mobile housing gives them freedom to move around the country and live reasonably on their retirement pension.    I know of another couple who are preparing to travel the country broadcasting their radio station from...

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The Criminalization and Dehumanization of Black Boys

December 21, 2013
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I felt sick immediately after reading these stories.  My heart swooned a little and I thought of the classroom full of gangly, loud, boys I work with, anyone of these stories could have easily been one of them.  They play and joke a lot, typical boy stuff, but our society doesn’t give much room for Black boys to grow into maturity.  They are criminalized and dehumanized from the cradle.  Their humanity is cloaked behind hoodies, sneakers, and automatic indifference, something about their blackness and brownness that equates criminal–animal. Yesterday we reported on the virtual sweeping-under-the-rug of the death of Dione...

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Affordable Care Act and President Obama, Snoop Dogg Style

December 21, 2013
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There has been much controversy and criticism about the Affordable Care Act but it is a start.  Only time will tell the effectiveness of one the most highly anticipated attempts to bring affordable healthcare to the masses of American people.  Although, the video is a spoof of President Obama rapping about the Affordable Care Act he will still go down in history as the first president to bring the vision of healthcare for all to fruition, and that is still something to celebrate.

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