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Afro

COMMENTARY: Baltimore City Schools, Throwback to Jim Crow Era

AFRO — During the era of Jim Crow it was not unheard of to have Black children sitting in hot classrooms with no regard for their health. It was not unheard of for a system to intentionally work to poorly educate Black children and force them to endure the type of conditions that were designed to break their spirit. It was not unheard of to expect Black parents to quietly complain but publicly comply with the law. It was not unheard of to have overcrowded classrooms, dark and dingy hallways, dust and asbestos, and very few resources and innovative designs. […read more]

National

How Segregation Destroys Black Wealth

(New York Times) – Americans commonly — and mistakenly — believe that well-to-do black people no longer face the kind of discrimination that prevents them from living anywhere they can afford. But a federal housing discrimination complaint filed last week by the National Fair Housing Alliance shows Read More

National

America’s Most Segregated Cities

(24/7 Wall St) – Racial segregation in U.S. neighborhoods has declined over the past several decades but it remains very high. Meanwhile, residential segregation by income has risen sharply from the relatively low levels in the 1970s. Large metropolitan areas are among the nation’s most Read More

Op-Ed

Sweet Home Alabama

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist It’s been almost 50 years since I lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala. I go back from time to time, but not much after Mama moved to Cleveland about 35 years ago and later to Augusta, Ga. Except for a couple Read More

National

Segregation Now

[ProPublica] Though James Dent could watch Central High School’s homecoming parade from the porch of his faded-white bungalow, it had been years since he’d bothered. But last fall, Dent’s oldest granddaughter, D’Leisha, was vying for home-coming queen, and he knew she’d be poking up through Read More

Op-Ed

Republicans’ War on the Impoverished

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   I have written about the huge opportunity Black dissatisfaction with Obama presents to the Republican Party. It’s time to speak directly to Black Republicans and GOP congressional leadership about dissatisfaction with the loyal opposition. Last week marked the 50th anniversary Read More

Politics

Are Little Rock Schools Finally Desegregated?

JESSE WASHINGTON, AP National Writer Five decades and $1 billion after an infamous racial episode made Little Rock, Ark., a national symbol of school segregation, the legal fight to ensure that all of its children receive equal access to education is almost over. But many Read More