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  • Black Unemployment at Lowest Level in 17 Years

    06/24/2017 6:07:22 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 23 Jun 2017 | Jerome Hudson
    Unemployment among black Americans ages 16 years and over fell to 7.5 percent in May, its lowest level since December 2000. Black unemployment has been on the decline since February — falling from (February) 8.1, (March) 8.0, (April) 7.9, and (May) 7.5 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national unemployment rate in May was 4.3 percent, its lowest level since May 2001. Unemployment for black Americans has historically hovered below their white counterparts. The Great Recession drove black unemployment near Great Depression-era levels, reaching 16.8 percent in March 2010. While most Americans were feeling the...
  • Why Black People Are Leaving Chicago In Record Numbers

    06/23/2017 11:41:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Blavity ^ | June 23, 2017 | Staff
    We think of Atlanta as the black metropolis but during the Great Migration, where did all the black Southerners go? A lot went to Chicago, and their descendants are still there. Or were. Cause it turns out, the “black exodus” is very real in the city of Chicago. Chicago's Cook Country had — and has — the largest population of black people of any county in the United States. But Cook County has shown noticeable dips in its black population within the past year or so. In fact, the Chicago Tribune reports that more than 12,000 black residents left the...
  • Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs: Black People ‘Don’t Really Give a Rip About Trump’

    06/22/2017 12:30:30 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    <p>Rap super producer P. Diddy — real name Sean Combs — says he has been silent about the current state politics because black people “don’t give a f*ck about” President Donald Trump. “Politically, the way my mind is thinking—I ain’t with no marching,” Diddy told the Daily Beast. “If I come in the battlefield, I wanna be coming to the battlefield ready. Also, honestly, that’s why you haven’t really seen me show up on certain things.”</p>
  • Democrats: The Losing Party

    06/21/2017 6:46:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    News One for Black America ^ | June 21, 2017 | China Dickerson
    Republicans won special elections in Georgia and South Carolina, ending all talk of a referendum on Donald Trump's leadership. White men and women (and their allies) run the Democratic Party, including the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Yes, people who are 10 shades lighter than me run all of the committees. So are their consultants who receive big bucks to lose pivotal races like Tuesday’s special elections in Georgia and South Carolina. The races were supposed to be referendums on Donald Trump and his policies, but...
  • Congressional Black Caucus rejects invitation to meet with Trump

    06/21/2017 5:31:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jacqueline Alemany
    The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has rejected the invitation to meet with President Trump for a follow up meeting at the White House, according to a letter released by the chair of the committee, Cedric Richmond, on Wednesday. Citing actions by the Trump administration "that will affirmatively hurt black communities," Richmond wrote that concerns discussed during a preliminary meeting with Mr. Trump on March 22nd "fell on deaf ears." "Given the lack of response to any of the many concerns we have raised with you and your administration, we decline your invitation for all 49 members of the Congressional Black...
  • Florida Democratic Party Chair: ‘They’re Like Children, These Black Lawmakers’

    06/20/2017 2:34:17 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 80 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 06/20/2017 | Conor Beck
    Florida Democratic Party chairman Stephen Bittel is considering resigning following backlash from racially charged comments he made toward members of the legislative black caucus. The tension started at a Saturday fundraiser for the Florida Democratic Party, the Miami Herald reports. Bittel shortened the program by removing a segment in which state legislators would be recognized. Bittel referred to the anger from lawmakers over the snub as "childish." Bittel also said State Sen. Oscar Braynon (D.), a black legislator who expressed lawmakers' unhappiness to the chairman, was acting "like a three year old." After the dinner, white State Sen. Lauren Book...
  • Why Obama’s presidency didn’t lead to black progress

    06/19/2017 3:59:38 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 30 replies
    NY Post Op-Ed ^ | 6-17-2017 | Jason Riley
    Since the 1960s, black leaders have placed a heavy emphasis on gaining political power, and Barack Obama’s presidency represented the apex of those efforts. The assumption — rarely challenged — is that black political clout must come before black social and economic advancement. But as Jason L. Riley argues in this excerpt from his new book, “False Black Power” (Templeton Press), political success has not been a major factor in the rise of racial and ethnic groups from poverty to prosperity...... Yet the socioeconomic progress that was supposed to follow in the wake of these political gains never materialized. During...
  • Jay Z Will Help Bail Out Dads for Father’s Day, Wants ‘Exploitative Bail Industry’ Dismantled

    06/18/2017 11:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Boom Box ^ | June 17, 2017 | Trent Fitzgerald
    Jay Z is continuing his fight against the criminal justice system by helping men who have been incarcerated but can’t get release due to exorbitant bail bonds. In an essay for Time magazine, Hov attacks the “exploitative bail industry” for their practices that he deems are unfair to black and brown people. “If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” Jay writes. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at...
  • leftist Hodgkinson died shooting at two people of color - black Capitol cops/heroes.

    06/18/2017 1:37:18 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 21 replies
    WilliamIII
    I'll stop with the vanities now. But I just thought that was worth noting.
  • There Is No Justice In America For Black People Killed By Cops

    06/18/2017 8:54:29 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 122 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 6/16/2017 | Julia Craven
    I have to write about Philando Castile, the 32-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer last July. I have to compose myself, sit at this laptop and write something profound about another black life taken by a police officer, another officer found not guilty for killing a black person.
  • Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother, Mulling Run for Office

    06/14/2017 8:52:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Afro ^ | Lenore T. Adkins Special to the AFRO
    Months after campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Trayvon Martin’s mother is considering running for office herself, Miami news sources reported. “The only thing I can do is try,” Sybrina Fulton told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG. “And, I am not afraid to try.” Fulton spent part of 2016 campaigning for Clinton. In an op-ed she penned for CNN, Fulton explained she endorsed the former first lady because Clinton emphasized the Black Lives Matter movement and backed gun control efforts. George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watchman, killed Martin, Fulton’s 17-year-old son, five years ago in Sanford, Fla. A Florida jury later acquitted Zimmerman,...
  • One Warrior’s eyebrow-raising answer on White House visit

    06/14/2017 5:03:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | June 14, 2017 | Jon Becker
    Andre Iguodala made it clear that even if the Warriors wind up meeting with President Trump at the White House, he won’t be going. When asked by USA Today’s Sam Amick if he would accept an invitation from Trump, Iguodala said, “Hell nah.” The Warriors downplayed the potential presidential controversy Monday, saying in a statement, “Today is all about celebrating our championship. We have not received an invitation to the White House but will make those decisions when and if necessary.” The Warriors’ standout sixth man posed a possible scenario where he would join the team for a White House...
  • Bernie Sanders’s Army Is Not the Democratic Base

    06/13/2017 1:01:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 13, 2017 | Graham Vyse
    The party's most reliable voters are older black women. So why do some journalists suggest otherwise? The New York Times on Sunday, in a story titled “Democrats in Split-Screen: The Base Wants It All. The Party Wants to Win,” described a “growing tension between the party’s ascendant militant wing and Democrats competing in conservative-leaning terrain.” The reporters, Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, cited Senator Bernie Sanders as a leader of the former group and Georgia congressional candidate Jon Ossoff as representative of the latter. At one point, the piece referenced “tension between Mr. Ossoff’s message and the appetites of the...
  • KING: I'm boycotting the NFL because of its blatant bigotry and anti-blackness

    06/06/2017 12:34:14 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 104 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 6, 2017 | Shaun King
    I love sports. Since I was a young boy, they've been one of the greatest passions of my life. For many years, my dream was to be a general manager of a professional sports team. I still think about it actually and sometimes allow my mind to drift to what my life would look like if I still went that route. The stance I am taking today did not come easily. It's heartbreaking, actually. I'm an NFL fan. I watch the draft. I pay extra for the season pass on television so I can watch every single game. I follow...
  • Trump withdrawal from Paris climate deal and African Americans

    06/04/2017 2:46:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | June 4, 2017 | Mila K. Marshall
    It seems like as a minority millennial we have our plates so full of daily politics digesting it all is almost impossible. Despite the mountain of legislative missteps that have angered many African Americans our resolve is ancestral and ceaseless. The recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is beyond alarming. As a woman of color living in a post-industrial city, I know all too well the degradation that unchecked industry imparts on living systems; both nature and people. Brown bodies breathe and ingest industrial toxins and pollutants, our food grows adjacent landfills and manufacturing plants all the while living...
  • Black Voters Aren’t Turning Out For The Post-Obama Democratic Party

    05/31/2017 12:30:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | May 30, 2017 | Patrick Ruffini
    The special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is the first major test of the Democratic resistance to President Trump. In one sense, the results of the first round in April were promising for the party. Thanks to an impressive Democratic turnout, Jon Ossoff, the Democrat who advanced to this month’s runoff, almost cracked 50 percent of the vote in a district that’s nearly 10 percentage points more Republican than the nation as a whole.1 The result, moreover, was a reversal of some turnout trends we saw in 2016, when President Trump outperformed the polls on the back of higher...
  • ON FEBRUARY 28, 2017: EFF LEADER CALLS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW BLACKS TO CONFISCATE L

    05/29/2017 10:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | May 28, 2017 | Arianna Herriott
    In a passionate speech on Feb. 28, 2017, Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, encouraged members of South Africa’s Parliament to stand for radical change and take back their land from the whites. Malema encouraged the people to vote in favor of amending the constitution in order to allow the land to be expropriated without compensation. Whites originally took the land during colonialism and still own a majority of it. Malema incited Black people to fight against the white dominance and take back the land that is theirs. This Atlanta Black Star video highlights the EFF’s determined efforts...
  • Missy Elliot's sample of Rachel Jeantel was a nod to Trayvon Martin

    05/24/2017 10:09:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Mic ^ | May 18, 2017 | Jamilah King, senior staff writer
    Missy Elliot gave a subtle nod to Trayvon Martin with a sample in 2015's "WTF (Where They From)."(VIDEO-AT-LINK) The fact that was recently unearthed in a stunning profile for Elle by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones pointed out the excerpt from the profile out on Twitter on Thursday. The sample was the voice of Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin's teenage friend who was also the last person to speak to him just moments before he was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was later acquitted of criminal charges related to Martin's death, but it...
  • Moving Past the Recession: Black Millennials Face Steep Challenges in Job Market

    05/24/2017 6:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | May 24, 2017 | Frederick Reese
    The Class of 2017 is facing the strongest labor market in nearly 10 years. According to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Rockefeller Foundation, the unemployment rate for recent graduates is at its lowest rate since October 2008. This has led some to suggest that this nation has finally emerged from the ravages of the Great Recession. However, this may be a matter of perspective. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 Household Data Annual Averages, African-Americans with some college but no degree have the same unemployment rate as whites with no high school...
  • Historically Black College Leader: So Far, Trump a Step UP From Obama

    05/23/2017 4:21:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 22, 2017 | Tom Knighton
    We heard Donald Trump was evil, racist, and a sexist homophobe. Little evidence was presented to support this beyond Trump's desire to end illegal immigration and to block a massive influx of refugees from terror hotbeds from entering the United States. It was all shameful, cynical politics. And some Americans are finally realizing they were lied to by the media and the Democratic Party. Despite the boos for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at Bethune-Cookman, leaders of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are noticing that Trump is a step up from Obama: Following his inauguration, Trump’s most overt outreach to...