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The State of African-American Young People Today

Posted By Levi

July 17th, 2013 11:34am

Professor Juan Cole provides some useful charts on the state of young African Americans today. • At age 25, 7.5 percent of whites are high school dropouts. • At age 25, 14.4 percent of African-Americans are high school dropouts • By age 25, 30% of whites have earned a college Bachelor of Arts degree. • About 14% of African-Americans have: • By some measures, African-American youth unemployment is 42% Graph: Youth unemployment by age and race: FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

After 148 years, Mississippi finally ratifies 13th Amendment, which banned slavery!

Posted By Levi

February 18th, 2013 5:14pm

From CBS News: The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified in 1865. Lawmakers in Mississippi, however, only got around to officially ratifying the amendment last month — 148 years later — thanks to the movie “Lincoln.” The state’s historical oversight came to light after Mississippi resident Ranjan Batra saw the Steven Spielberg-directed film last November, the Clarion-Ledger reports. After watching the film, which depicts the political fight to pass the 13th Amendment, Batra did some research. He learned that the amendment was ratified after three-fourths of the states backed it in December 1865. Four remaining states all eventually ratified the amendment — except for Mississippi. Mississippi voted to ratify the amendment in 1995 but failed to make it official by notifying the U.S. Archivist. Batra spoke to another Mississippi resident, Ken Sullivan, who contacted Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann abou Read More

“The Problem We All Live With”

Posted By Levi

August 25th, 2011 4:10pm

Ruby  Bridges visited the White House recently to look at this Norman Rockwell painting, The Problem We All Live With,  which hangs in the West Wing near the President’s Oval Office. Here is the actual photograph of the 6 year-old as she was escorted by federal agents into an elementary school in New Orleans following the historic Supreme Court ruling declaring segregation in public education illegal. It is strange that some people  find it odd that the President would hang the painting in the White House. Yes, the  painting depicts one of the ugliest periods in our nation’s history. But it’s a fact, it did happen. On November 15, 1960 The New York Times reported: “Some 150 white, mostly housewives and teenage youths, clustered along the sidewalks across from the William Franz School when pupils marched in at 8:40 am. One youth chanted “Two, Four, Six, Eight, we don’t want to segregate; eight, six, four, two, we don’t want a chigeroo.” “Forty minut Read More

Slavery & the Civil War – Part 2

Posted By Levi

April 24th, 2011 9:58am

In part 1, I attempted to show that slavery was the main cause of the Civil War. What is most remarkable is that 150 years after the War, crazy talk about secession, nullification and taxes- issues that divided the nation at the time, are becoming fashionable once again in the South. In particular, Republicans and Tea Party supporters claim that the federal government has become too big, too oppressive and too intrusive. They claimed that big government is the cause of much of the nation’s problems and since government doesn’t do anything good it must be reduced in size. There is much talk about nullification. Nullification is the once discredited idea that states have the right to nullify or reject federal laws they don’t like. Of course, states do not have the power to reject federal laws. Article VI of the U.S. Constituion states that Acts of Congress “shall be the supreme law of the land…anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwit Read More