U.S. commission hears experts on ‘stand your ground’

“Stand your ground” statutes benefit whites more than Blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said recently to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits Black defendants by putting in [...]

Newt Gingrich And Jay-Z Find Common Cause In A Prison Reform Proposition

When New York rapper Jay-Z played the Rose Bowl last summer, he surprised 90,000 concertgoers by making a political statement. Before launching into his hit “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” he urged fans to vote for a California ballot initiative that would dramatically reduce the state’s prison population and re-direct money into education and treatment [...]

Utility Group Tries To Rally Black Caucus Against Solar Incentives

Representatives of an industry group representing electric companies met with staffers for members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday to rally support for efforts to kill solar energy incentives, an attendee said. The meeting, announced in an invitation provided to The Huffington Post, included a briefing by David Owens, the executive vice president of [...]

The Economic Impact of School Discipline

Tiambrya Jenkins was just 14 years old when she got into a fistfight that would change the course of her educational trajectory. Following an after-school scuffle between Jenkins and a white classmate, the two girls–both freshmen at Rome High School in Georgia–were transferred to an alternative school as punishment. Her white classmate was allowed to [...]

How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer

What would happen if everyone in America—black, white, Hispanic, Asian—was on a level playing field? For one, our cities would be richer. “As America becomes a majority people-of-color nation, racial inclusion isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s an absolute economic imperative,” says Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, which has released new [...]

Shocking Study: A Majority of Middle-Class Black Children Will Grow Up to Be Poorer Than Their Parents

An unsettling majority of Black children born into middle-class families will drop down into a poorer income bracket as adults, according to a devastating new study by researchers for the Brookings Institution. In a study conducted for the Boston Federal Reserve, researchers Richard V. Reeves and Isabel V. Sawhill confirmed what many African-Americans have long [...]

Voting is a Privilege and an Opportunity for Civic Engagement

Early voting started recently and will continue until November 4. It is our opportunity to vote for the candidates of our choice. As a citizen, I do not take voting for granted. My ancestors did not always have the chance to vote. Poll Tax laws and other bogus rules were passed to keep African Americans [...]

Republican Party Faces Hurdles in Push to Increase Appeal to Blacks

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus went to Georgia this August to build relationships with African-American voters, and was joined by a local pastor, a college Republican leader and a technology executive. In Michigan last year, he unveiled a black advisory council that included a former auto-company executive, a lawyer and a construction-group chief. While these [...]