Why Air Pollution Is A Racial Issue

A study produced by the University of Minnesota concluded that race is a determining factor in who is most affected by air pollution. Specifically, non-white people breathe air that is substantially more polluted than the air that white people breathe. According to Julian Marshall, who led the University’s research, race outweighed income in regards to [...]

Blackonomics: Where do we stand?

Chaka Khan sang, “Tell me somethin’ good.” The 2014 National Urban League (NUL) report, “State of Black America, One Nation Underemployed; Jobs Rebuild America,” contains a lot of great information, but it will only prove to be “good” if we use it to build a solid and long lasting economic base. The 236-page report is [...]

John Roberts and the Color of Money

There has been plenty of talk about the Ta-Nehisi Coates-Jonathan Chait argument over the term “black culture” in the context of the ills of poverty and the question of progress as seen through the lens of the actual history of America. A drastically shortened version of Coates’s analysis is that white supremacy—and the imposition of [...]

Basil A. Paterson, 87, Harlem Leader and Father of a Governor, Dies

Basil A. Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson and one of the old-guard Democratic leaders who dominated politics in Harlem and influenced black political power in New York City and the state for decades, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 87. His family confirmed his death in a statement released on [...]

African-Americans Behind on Key Factors Swaying Entry into Middle Class

African-American children in the United States fare worse than any other group on key factors affecting economic success later in life. According to a report released in April by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this fact highlights the necessity of focusing on the way systems operate to exclude Black children from meaningful participation in the [...]

Race and Beyond: Challenges Remain in the Battle for Equal Rights

Sam Fulwood III, Center for American Progress – Even in contemporary America, there are pockets of Bizarro World where people actually believe the 1964 Civil Rights Act is some sort of unconstitutional imposition of liberalism run amok. While a parade of U.S. presidents celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the anti-discrimination laws, Rep. [...]

Black children rank last on milestone index

Despite great progress that grew out of the Civil Rights Movement, “a web of stubborn obstacles remains” that prevents children of color, especially Black children, from reaching their full potential, according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “Differences in opportunity are evident from the earliest years of a child’s life. Too [...]

‘Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act?’

For the better part of a generation, there was broad agreement within the American mainstream about the legitimacy and utility of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It wasn’t until quite recently that some prominent Republican lawmakers began approaching the landmark law in a very different way. Perhaps the most striking example came in 2010, [...]

This Is Why Corporate Boards Aren’t More Diverse

The biggest U.S. businesses are making little progress at bringing more minorities and women into their boardrooms. That’s partly because some companies prefer to recycle seasoned directors rather than pick untapped talent, according to a new study by recruiters Russell Reynolds Associates Inc. “Companies too often pursue the ‘usual suspects,’” the search firm’s study stated. [...]