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  • Trump's Plan for the Inner-City is Pitch Perfect

    09/09/2016 12:16:50 AM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 19 replies
    Vanity | September 10, 2016 | Behind the Blue Wall
    In the last couple of weeks, we've seen Trump roll out his plan for reviving America's inner cities and other economically depressed areas. As someone who has in various capacities worked on this issue, I must say that Trump has brilliantly boiled down the question down to the three elements that would form the essential foundation of an effective federal urban policy: law and order, school choice and trade reform. In my 20 or so years of working on this issue, I've met with thousands of people who live in these communities, and I can guarantee you that the vast...
  • Trump Is Right: Progressives Took Blacks from the Cotton Fields to the Urban Ghetto

    08/31/2016 4:30:38 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 17 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | Aug 31, 2016 | Sheriff David Clarke, Jr.
    Hillary Clinton must be worried that black America is about to be onto her party’s grand hoax. Donald Trump’s statement of the patently obvious, that black Americans “have nothing to lose” by trying out something different and voting for the businessman instead of the crook, has created an earthquake as the media rush to cover up for the story they never told. The story of the misery of black America under Democrat rule – and nowhere is it clearer than in America’s urban ghettos. Clinton’s desperate attempts, first in an anti-Trump advertisement and then in a contrived speech about the...
  • Bargain brawl! Female shoppers pile in to huge fight in the middle of a Chicago Walmart

    08/22/2016 3:30:25 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 97 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/22/2016
    A massive fight that broke out inside an Illinois Walmart ended with a woman having her clothes ripped off. The all-out brawl occurred inside the store in Crestwood, south of Chicago, and was all captured on video by a witness. The fracas involved four women and was attempted to be stopped by a single male security guard, who got lost in the fight. A woman at the center of the brawl had her top pulled down in the melee, exposing her breasts.
  • Driving Through Detroit at Night

    08/21/2016 8:12:12 AM PDT · by Donglalinger · 76 replies
    Twitter Video ^ | Aug 18 2016 | Hautedamn
    See Video it gets really good at 1:40
  • Donald J. Trump Remarks on Creating a New and Better Future for America’s Inner Cities

    08/16/2016 8:39:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 82 replies ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    It’s so great to be here tonight. I am honored to also be joined this evening by Governor Scott Walker, Chairman Reince Priebus, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. We are at a decisive moment in this election. Last week, I laid out my plan to bring jobs back to our country. Yesterday, I laid out my plan to defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism. Tonight, I am going to talk about how to make our communities safe again from crime and lawlessness. Let me begin by thanking the law enforcement officers here in this city, and across this country, for their service and...
  • Two N.J. cities named among the worst to celebrate New Year's Eve

    12/09/2015 4:24:23 PM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    If you're thinking about ringing in the New Year in two New Jersey cities you want want to think again, according a new study by WalletHub. Analysts at the consumer and small business web site probed the 100 biggest cities based on 17 levels of criteria ranging from the average price of a New Year's Eve party ticket, weather and the legality of fireworks. As for the two New Jersey cities on the list? Jersey City and Newark brought up the rear at No. 98 and 99 respectively.
  • Technology Can Bring Money To Inner Cities

    10/13/2015 11:15:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | October 13, 2015 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    As technology changes, so does the job market. Two centuries ago, most low skilled workers would have found work as farmhands, while a century ago they would have been employed in a factory. Today they are most likely to work in the service industry, whether in retail, food service, janitorial services or as personal care aides in a nursing home or hospital. As I have written before, these jobs are often important stepping stones to better ones, even if they do not offer a direct path to advancement. Low skilled jobs still teach workers how to follow instructions and become...
  • 1 womb, 2 dads: Judge rules man must only support one twin, report says

    05/07/2015 2:52:50 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies ^ | May 7, 2015
    PATERSON — The man who was believed to have fathered twin girls in Passaic County actually only fathered one of them, according to a precedent-setting ruling by a Superior Court judge. It's the first paternity case in New Jersey and only the third nationwide to feature two different fathers for a set of twins. Judge Sohail Mohammed ruled that a man identified only as "A.S." was off the hook for child support payments to one of the twins after DNA testing determined he fathered one with 99.9 percent certainty but could not have been the father of the other.
  • Baltimore as a Democrat City

    04/30/2015 2:46:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 4/30/15 | John Perazzo
    Whenever there’s a crisis in America, Barack Obama is quick to demonstrate what a monstrously destructive individual he is. The riots in Baltimore are no exception, as we already hear President “Johnny One-Note” chanting the only song he’s ever known. It goes like this: “A racist, uncaring, greed-driven America has turned its back on the poor, suffering black children of Baltimore and many other cities for decades, depriving them of the help, the funding, and the attention that they so desperately they need and deserve—and thus do we now reap the whirlwind of their long-festering, wholly justified rage.”And how much...
  • A National Conversation about the American Ghetto

    12/31/2014 12:36:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 31, 2014 | Michael L. Grable
    "....Media sensationalism this year about two black deaths at the hands of white policemen inflamed the argument,.........Here, however, is one standup law-enforcement professional, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., who begs to disagree.Sheriff Clarke publicly condemns anti-police populism as the Left's deflection of an urban reality with which he's professionally all too familiar and for which the Left's all too politically responsible. "This deflects," says Sheriff Clarke:against the real thing that we need to have a conversation about in this country and it's the American ghetto. And that's where most of the policing unfortunately has to be applied. The...
  • Advocates aim to save Baltimore children from impact of violence

    12/14/2014 2:35:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 13, 2014 | Andrea K. McDaniels
    The first time she witnessed a student's major tantrum — a 2-year-old hurling a toy stove filled with plastic pots and pans—Shanikia Johnson had just started as a teacher at Little Flowers Child Development Center in West Baltimore.She knew toddlers acted out. But the rage-filled reaction, triggered when Johnson wouldn't allow the boy to play with a toy, stunned the 22-year-old teacher. Then, time and time again, she saw other children throwing classroom furniture. Bookcases, chairs, tables—all were flung around the room.Some students bit classmates, leaving teeth marks on hands and cheeks; a few threatened to hurt staff members. Other...
  • Obama pal Whitaker ruled 'hostile witness'—suggests racial bias

    12/09/2014 3:58:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | Chris Fusco
    SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends, was declared a “hostile witness” in the multimillion-dollar fraud trial of a Chicago couple Monday — after an explosive hearing in which Whitaker suggested prosecutors were biased against African-Americans. U.S. District Judge Richard Mills declared Whitaker “hostile” just minutes after Whitaker testified in his Springfield courtroom in the trial of businessman Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife, Karin Dingle. On the witness stand for more than two hours, Whitaker voiced concerns that the Justice Department’s pursuit of state grant-fraud cases in the Central District of Illinois has...
  • The Massive Liberal Failure on Race

    02/04/2014 2:16:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Slate ^ | February 3, 2014 | Tanner Colby
    Five years ago, while fervently supporting the candidacy of the man who would become America’s first black president, I came to the realization that I didn’t actually know any black people....One,maybe two,was the norm....I wanted to know why integration—actual,genuine integration—had failed so spectacularly. The result....was Some of My Best Friends Are Black:The Strange Story of Integration in America, which traced the history of the color line back through all the places I have lived and chronicled the various efforts to erase it:school busing, affirmative action, air housing, etc.......after eight miserable years of George W. Bush and the euphoria of the...
  • Chicago crime heading down overall but plagues some neighborhoods

    12/15/2013 2:34:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 14, 2013 | Frank Main
    ".....Still, some Chicago communities — such as West Garfield Park on the West Side — continue to suffer from extremely high rates of violence, [Professor Andrew] Papachristos noted. “There is a lot of work to be done,” he said in an interview. “The work to be done is how to deal with the inequality in the crime rates.” The violent crime rate for West Garfield Park in 2011 was more than 3,000 crimes per 100,000 people, more than any community in Chicago other than Fuller Park on the South Side. Papachristos’ research showed West Garfield Park was more murderous in...
  • NYPD arrest 16-year-old who 'tried to steal rare 'Biggie' coat' - open fires on skating rink

    11/11/2013 2:34:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 11, 2013 | By Snejana Farberov
    One of two victims identified as Adonis Mera, 14, who was skating with his friends and sister [may never walk again] A New York teenager has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly opened fire at skaters in Manhattan's Bryant Park and then seemed to confess to the crime on Facebook. During an hour-long standoff at his Bronx apartment on Sunday morning, Corey Dunton, 16, wrote on the social media website: 'Feds trien [sic] kick down my door its over were do i go from hereeeee...[I don't know] wat to do i f----ed up.' Minutes later, he added: 'These...
  • Chicago Woman, 28, dragged 82-year-old man from his car and beat him because.....

    11/11/2013 2:05:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 10, 2013 | Ryan Gorman
    A 28-year-old Chicago woman has allegedly admitted she dragged an 82-year-old man from his car and 'beat the f*** out of him' because he bumped her vehicle. Sophia Body has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a senior citizen after the incident, which occurred Thursday night in the city's Grand Crossing neighborhood. Authorities responded to the 900 block of East 79th Street after witnesses reported a battery in progress. They arrived to find the octogenarian bleeding from the right side of the head and suffering from lacerations to his back, police said. Body allegedly admitted she beat...
  • We need a war on poverty, not teachers

    11/08/2013 2:36:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | November 7, 2013 | David Sirota
    The right loves to demonize unions, but economic factors are much more important to success in the classroom Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency. Much of this agitprop additionally asserts that teachers unions are the primary cause of the alleged problem. Not surprisingly, the fabulists pushing these narratives are often backed by anti-public school conservatives and anti-union plutocrats. But a little-noticed study released last week provides yet more confirmation that neither the “education crisis” meme nor...
  • Now Locking Your Car Doors Is Racist

    07/24/2013 8:53:45 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 49 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 24, 2013 | Larry Walker Jr
    “There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator.” ~ Potus 44Don’t Patronize Me Bro- By: Larry Walker, II -Whatever you do, don’t listen to anything Potus 44 says, period. The truth is that there are very few Black men who haven’t experienced an auto theft, or attempted carjacking. Both have happened to me, twice in my early 20’s and again in my late 30’s.This past week, diving headlong into Bizarro World,...
  • Detroit shows way to beat inner city blues (A nascent turnaround is slowly blooming)

    04/10/2013 6:26:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 04/10/2013 | Richard Florida
    Detroit, in the minds of many people, looks like something from the film Gran Torino, in which Clint Eastwood’s retired car worker defiantly manicures his lawn and flies an American flag as the city around him descends into chaos. With its fraying social fabric and the imposition of an emergency manager to cope with its collapsing finances, it would be easy to argue a city that was a global centre of carmaking and musical innovation 50 years ago has passed the point of no return. Easy, yes; but wrong. Detroit’s days as a manufacturing powerhouse – like those of many...
  • Higher power could help Oakland: governor

    10/23/2012 4:49:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 22, 2012
    Before Gov. Jerry Brown left the pulpit at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland on Sunday, where he had gone to preach the benefits of Proposition 30, Bishop Bob Jackson asked him to leave a little something in the offering plate. "Our city is in dire straits," the governor was told by Jackson, pastor of a congregation of 7,000 in East Oakland. "It's under siege from shootings and homicides." Jackson asked Brown to declare a state of emergency to open Oakland's door to state assistance that could help curb escalating street violence that has claimed 102 lives this year. "You...
  • 'Do your mom look like you? We gonna get her too' (Chilling)

    10/04/2012 5:11:04 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 83 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4 OCt 12 | Emily Anne Epstein
    'Do your mom look like you? We gonna get her too': Chilling words of three men who 'dragged girl, 15, off street and held her captive for three days while repeatedly raping her' - Eddie A. Johnson, 37, Alfred Kulah, 35, and Mortiman Kesselly, 41, all of Pennsylvania, have been charged with the violent sexual assault - Girl was able to escape after three-day ordeal after they left her alone Three Pennsylvania men kidnapped a 15-year-old girl while she was on her way to her father's house, ripped her clothes off, raped and sodomized her repeatedly as they held her...
  • Chicago hip-hop war of words turns violent (murder rate up 38%)

    09/06/2012 7:14:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 6, 2012 | Greg Kot
    Chicago’s hip-hop community is in a war of words that has escalated into violence, with the shooting death of a teenage rapper. Tuesday was another night, another homicide in a year in which hundreds of Chicagoans have been gunned down; the murder rate for the year’s first half is up an alarming 38 percent over last year. This time the victim was Joseph Coleman (18-year-old rapper Lil Jojo). The bicycle-riding teen was slain by a drive-by shooter in his South Side Englewood neighborhood. His death starkly punctuated a gang-related war of words and music between Jojo and rapper Lil Reese,...
  • If Chicago public school teachers strike, public education could be undermined

    08/30/2012 5:35:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 30, 2012 | Mary Mitchell
    Maybe CTU President Karen Lewis is just rattling her saber by announcing the teachers union has filed a 10-day notice of intent to strike. ....Parents with children in Chicago Public Schools should definitely be putting together an alternative plan given the rhetoric from the union. “CPS seems determined to have a toxic relationship with its employees,” Lewis said at the news conference. “[T]hey attempted to ram a poorly-thought-out longer school day down our throats . . . It has been insult after insult after insult.” Now that Lewis has taken the next step toward a showdown, I’m betting there will...
  • Progressives in Wisconsin have a problem with Blacks getting a good education

    08/27/2011 4:47:33 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 9 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 8/26/11 | MacIverInstitute
    Link to Video Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, and the students and staff at Messmer Preparatory Catholic School were all targets of an obnoxious protest on Friday, August 26, 2011. From this report by the MacIver News Service, it is clear the protesters (Union members, socialists, MPS officals, liberal activists) could learn a lot by emulating the behavior of the children inside the school.
  • More Tea Party Violence and Racism: Milwaukee

    08/27/2011 2:47:17 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 23 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 8/27/11 | EricTheRed_VM
    Oh wait, that's not the Tea Party. It's Obama-supporting Democrat-voting* public union teacher protesters -- again.Yes, the Democrat-media complex still smear the Tea Party and anti-Obama conservative Americans as vitriolic and racist, and most recently "the real enemy" who can "go straight to hell." Meanwhile in the real world, actual vitriol and (by the left's own standards) racism occurred at the hands of union protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin both Thursday and Friday.As reported by Milwaukee's local Fox-TV affiliate: Vandals super glued the locks of several doors and a parking gate at Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee. School officials believe the people responsible...
  • Kids ‘scared’ to help cops

    07/15/2011 8:25:52 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 15, 2011 | Natalie Sherman
    Boston teens, urged by city councilors to speak out about crime, say helping cops will mark them as targets. “People wouldn’t want to say anything because they’re scared,” said Miguel Peguero, 15, of Dorchester, one of more than 50 youth workers who attended a roundtable yesterday about youth violence. Twenty-six people have been killed in Boston so far this year, including four on July 4 alone. As of June 13, police had reported 110 shootings in the city, a number that has spiked to more than 120 in recent weeks.
  • What the hell is going on with "Eric Holder's People" over Memorial Day?! (Multiple articles)

    05/31/2011 9:06:46 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 176 replies · 1+ views
    Multiple Sources on Drudge ^ | 31 May 11 | dcbryan1
    What the hell is going on over Memorial Day weekend among America's youts, specifically, "Eric Holder's People"?!IM SICK OF IT! Here in Little Rock, (which was just named No. 7 most dangerous city), I was talking to my friend yesterday, who is an LRPD officer. He asked if my wife and I were going to Riverfest that evening. I told him my son, age 9 mos. was sick, and we weren't planning to. He told me, "Good. There is a Rap artist playing at 9PM and there are not enough cops on duty so be very careful, and carry your...
  • Memphis Educator Wants Corporal Punishment in 'War Zone' Schools

    06/24/2010 8:12:00 PM PDT · by nmh · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/24/10 | Todd Starnes
    Unruly students have turned some Memphis classrooms into war zones where teachers have been subjected to verbal and physical attacks, according to a school board commissioner who has introduced a resolution to reinstate corporal punishment. “Teachers, for several years now, have been increasingly agitated by the lack of classroom discipline,” said School Board Commissioner Kenneth Whalum. “It’s out of hand, man.” Memphis city schools banned corporal punishment five years ago. Since then, according to Whalum, teachers have been subjected to out-of-control kids. “They are being abused,” he said. “Teachers have been hospitalized after getting attacked by middle schoolers. It’s a...
  • Akron Man In Wheelchair Yells 'Help Us Jesus,' As 40 Black Teens Attack Family [Corrected]

    07/21/2009 7:08:31 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 18 replies · 1,770+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 07/21/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    From a continuing story at Ohio.Com and my post on Freerepublic.Com, "This Is A Black World!" 50 Black Teens Shout, Then Attack White Family In Street" 'John Alchier said he was frustrated that an injury barred him from helping his brother. He has been paralyzed below the waist since a motorcycle crash 11 years ago. ''I couldn't do anything and I just yelled out, 'Help us, Jesus' and when I did that, they all just kind of went away.'Full Story Here . . . 'Help Us, Jesus' Akron Beacon Journal
  • Akron Man In Wheel Yells 'Help Us Jesus,' As 40 Black Teens Attack Family

    07/21/2009 7:01:02 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 82 replies · 2,957+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 07/21/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    From a continuing story at Ohio.Com and my post on Freerepublic.Com, "This Is A Black World!" 50 Black Teens Shout, Then Attack White Family In Street" 'John Alchier said he was frustrated that an injury barred him from helping his brother. He has been paralyzed below the waist since a motorcycle crash 11 years ago. ''I couldn't do anything and I just yelled out, 'Help us, Jesus' and when I did that, they all just kind of went away.'Full Story Here . . . 'Help Us, Jesus' Akron Beacon Journal
  • 1995 Obama Race Baiting Video Discovered

    10/25/2008 6:48:13 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 25 replies · 1,003+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 23, 2008 | Barack Obama (in his own voice and words)
    1995 Obama Race Baiting Video Discovered YouTube video of Obama can be seen at: It sounds like those first 10 years with Rev. Jeremiah Wright rubbed off on The One... The post racial candidate Barack Obama slams "white executives" living out in the suburbs who do not want to pay taxes to inner city children in a 1995 interview: Obama talks redistribution and salvation- bashes whitey: YouTube video is at: Obama admits his Redistribution of Wealth is to SAVE the African American community SO HE CAN ENSURE HIS OWN SALVATION! (and Our Countries Salvation) He compares the plight of...
  • (NJ) Poorer school districts are less diverse than ever

    10/08/2008 4:42:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 624+ views ^ | 09.21.08 | HEATHER APPEL
    While the state has seen demographic shifts in suburban school districts, the isolation and intense concentration of minority students in the 31 Abbott school districts is worse today than it was 20 years ago.  That's the basis for a "friend of the court" brief filed jointly by the New Jersey Black Issues Convention and the Hispanic Directors Association, two influential umbrella organizations. They are among nine groups challenging the state's overhaul of the school funding formula that guaranteed additional aid to the state's neediest districts. Locally, Paterson, Passaic and Garfield are classified as Abbott districts.   The court is scheduled...
  • 2nd-grader's show-&-tell? Bag of pot

    09/30/2008 3:36:09 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies · 727+ views
    2nd-grader's show-&-tell? Bag of pot ^ | 09/30/08 | Dafney Tales
    Some teachers are used to confiscating toys or other disruptive items kids bring from home. But marijuana? A teacher at Harrington Avery D School, at 53rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, did just that yesterday when one of her second-grade students brought a bag of marijuana to school and showed it off to his friends, police said. One alert classmate notified the teacher and the authorities were called, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. Police searched the home of the child's father, Lamar Anderson, 28, of 54th Street near Warrington Avenue, Southwest Philadelphia, and confiscated more marijuana and crack cocaine,...
  • Lessons From The Surge: McCain Proposes Military Style "Clampdown" to Fight Inner City Crime

    08/04/2008 1:02:26 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 16 replies · 122+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | August 4, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Audio. Stand back and don the trash bags. Liberal heads will be exploding on this one.
  • Speaking of Change...

    07/17/2008 11:11:21 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 81+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 17, 2008 | Deborah Lambert
    Speaking of Change... by: Deborah Lambert, July 17, 2008 No doubt about it. Ivy League schools have issues. But when 11 percent of Yale’s senior class, 10 percent of Georgetown’s and 9 percent of Harvard’s head off to teach at some of America’s most impoverished inner city schools for the next couple of years, something’s going on. The Wall Street Journal reported that last month, 3,700 recent college graduates showed up at Teach for America’s five-week boot camp, the program that precedes their two-year teaching stints where salaries will average somewhere between $25,000 and $44,000, depending on location. Teach for...
  • Worms infect more poor Americans than thought

    12/25/2007 10:17:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1,385+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2007 | Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
    Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday. Recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical disease expert at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Writing in the journal, Hotez...
  • Memphis leads U.S. in violent crime

    10/01/2007 10:03:56 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 56 replies · 211+ views
    Memphis (Tn) Commercia-Appeal ^ | 10/01/07 | Chris Conley - Staff Reporter
    The Memphis metropolitan area, after coming in second last year, tops this year's ranking of metro areas by the rate of violent crime -- homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery. In 2006, according to crime numbers released by the FBI, the eight-county Memphis metropolitan area recorded 1,262.7 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, the highest rate in the nation. Last year, the Florence, S.C., metropolitan statistical area had the highest violent crime rate in the country. Memphis came in second with 1,197 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. And that was up from 1,132 in 2004. The Memphis metro area includes Crittenden...
  • To stop gangs, call the Scouts

    06/02/2007 9:35:35 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies · 980+ views
    LA Times ^ | 01.21.07 | Heather MacDonald
    THE LOS ANGELES City Council recently paid $593,000 for a report on how to end the city's rising gang violence. The taxpayers didn't get their money's worth. The much-ballyhooed study, directed by civil rights attorney Connie Rice, makes a whopping 100 recommendations yet can't bring itself to mention the most important driver of gang involvement — family breakdown.  "A Call to Action: A Case for a Comprehensive Solution to L.A.'s Gang Violence Epidemic" recycles all the failed nostrums from the war on poverty, such as government-created jobs, "life-skills training," "parenting education and support" and "crisis intervention." Since the 1960s,...
  • Anti-abortion activists woo blacks: 'Crisis pregnancy' groups move to inner cities

    04/01/2007 4:44:46 AM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies · 700+ views
    Anti-abortion activists are reaching aggressively to draw more blacks into their movement, targeting urban communities they long have considered hostile turf. They are opening crisis pregnancy centers in minority neighborhoods, establishing partnerships with black pastors and distributing leaflets that raise suspicion about Planned Parenthood, a longtime provider of reproductive health care and abortions . Framing their cause as the new frontier in civil rights - an effort to stop "black genocide" - these activists have turned to revered names in black history. A niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s is touring the nation, speaking out against "the war...
  • The ‘powerless’ need to hear the truth, too [Clarence Page]

    01/08/2007 1:44:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,013+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 8, 2007 | Clarence Page
    Oprah Winfrey's poke at the short-sighted materialism of some low-income students has delighted conservative commentators, but that doesn't mean she's wrong. Liberals love to "speak truth to power," but the powerless need to hear the truth, too. Knowledge, after all, is power. Don't keep it to yourself, I say. Spread it around. That's why the Queen of Daytime Talk did poor folks a favor when she candidly explained in a Newsweek interview why she decided to build her lavish new school for impoverished teenagers, the $40 million Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, in South Africa instead of the United...
  • State Senator Found Guilty Of Harassment (NY Dem to enroll in anger management courses)

    08/26/2006 2:28:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,035+ views
    CBS News ^ | August 25, 2006
    ALBANY State Senator Ada Smith has been found guilty of harassment stemming from an altercation with a staffer. The Queens Democrat was accused of throwing hot coffee in a staffer's face at her Albany office in March. She was also accused of pulling a hairpiece from the woman's head. Smith was originally charged with misdemeanor assault, but the charged was reduced to harassment, a violation, in July. Smith will have to pay a $250 fine and any medical expenses for the former staffer, Jennifer Jackson. She will also have to enroll in anger management courses. Jackson says she feels justice...
  • A mom’s terror: ’I handed my baby to my brother and there was blood all over me’

    08/20/2006 11:09:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies · 1,618+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | August 21, 2006 | Michele McPhee
    The Herring family is all too familiar with the ruthless, unimaginably violent actions of a girl gang that has taken to terrorizing Dorchester in recent months. In March, 8-year-old Daryus Herring - that’s right, a little 8-year old boy - was surrounded and stomped by the girls that call themselves the Crown Path gang. The attack left the child unconscious with four broken ribs. Days later, the same girls tried to beat up the boy’s big sister - 13-year-old Shaquice Herring - after she asked them, “Which one of you jumped my brother?” The wannabe girl gangsters responded by throwing...
  • It is time to call a spade a spade.

    08/19/2006 6:53:39 PM PDT · by SouthJrzReaganite18 · 9 replies · 627+ views
    August 19th, 2006 | SouthJrzReaganite18
    It is time to call a spade a spade. This is a letter to my generation, to my country. The great American experiment is failing. It is not because of a criminal president and a corrupt regime as some would have you believe. It is because we are allowing a great enemy to infiltrate our country because we are too afraid to call him out for what he truly is. Islam’s irreconcilable wing of fascists are the greatest threat America has ever known, and they have come here. A picture has been painted for these people as freedom fighters. And...
  • Dad slain trying to save ‘sis’

    07/28/2006 7:14:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies · 1,600+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | July 28, 2006 | Jessica Fargen and Michele McPhee
    A heartsick Southie neighborhood is mourning the senseless slaying of a 24-year-old father of three who friends and family say took a bullet for a young woman who’d been beaten up. Alberto Duarte of Roxbury was dedicated to his tots and is the last person one would expect to die in street violence, said his friends and family, who erected a memorial in his honor at the Old Colony housing projects, where he was shot and killed at 1 a.m. yesterday. Duarte stood up to a group of thugs who’d pointed a gun at a female friend who was so...
  • Pinkett Smith horrified by U.S. Values

    07/22/2006 6:57:30 PM PDT · by World_Events · 141 replies · 5,886+ views
    Ireland On Line ^ | 7/22/06 | Ireland On Line
    Actress/singer Jada Pinkett Smith is horrified by increasing gun crime in the United States, declaring the country must look to third world countries to rediscover its values. The Wicked Wisdom frontwoman and her actor/rapper husband Will Smith have travelled to Africa on several occasions for charity work and have been humbled by citizens' appreciation of the basic things in life - like education. The Smiths will fund and appear at Charles 'Charlie Mack' Alston's annual Party 4 Peace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this weekend, which aims to raise awareness of street crime. Pinkett Smith says: "It's pretty bad everywhere. I think...
  • HOWLING MOB The four teenaged punks who chased an NYU student into the path of an oncoming car

    04/15/2006 4:55:52 PM PDT · by floridaobserver · 145 replies · 3,109+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4-15-05
    The four teenaged punks who chased an NYU student into the path of an oncoming car looked and laughed as he lay on the street dying, a prosecutor revealed yesterday. "They didn't call for an ambulance. They didn't call for help. Rather, they stood on the street corner and laughed," prosecutor Joel Seidemann said of the 13- and 15-year-olds who chased Broderick John Hehman into traffic. Hehman, 20, died four days later from his massive head injuries. And the wolf-pack thugs, who allegedly laid in wait for their victim, could have even more to smile about now. Prosecutors lost their...
  • U.S. judge is asked to order housing for poor in suburbs

    03/21/2006 3:38:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies · 1,526+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 21, 2006 | Eric Siegel
    Lawyers for Baltimore public housing residents are asking a federal judge to order the creation of 3,000 new low-income housing units and an additional 3,750 housing vouchers, mostly in well-off suburban neighborhoods with good schools and access to jobs. The request comes 14 months after the judge found that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development violated fair housing laws by failing to take a regional approach to the desegregation of city public housing. It asks the federal agency to provide tenants with 675 new "housing opportunities a year over the next decade to reduce the effects of decades...
  • What is so ‘un-black’ about being intelligent?

    12/03/2005 2:09:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 142 replies · 3,613+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | December 1, 2005 | RICK BADIE
    Mandisa likes Abercrombie & Fitch, not FUBU. She speaks proper English, not Ebonics. She takes honor classes and belongs to the Beta Club and National Arts Honors Society at Parkview High. She plays the violin and has danced and sung in area productions of “The Nutcracker” and “My Fair Lady.” Mandisa Surpris, a 15-year-old sophomore, is all this. And she’s black. Some of the other black students don’t know what to make of her. The way she dresses, the way she talks, the grades she earns. She’s an anomaly. To them, she’s more white than black. They’ve even told her...
  • Controversy over "Stop Snitching" T-shirt doesn't fade

    11/25/2005 10:53:05 AM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies · 2,429+ views ^ | November 18, 2005 | TOM MEAGHER
    The teenagers all know what the "stop-snitching" T-shirts mean - even if their parents don't. Waiting outside John F. Kennedy High School after class Thursday, 10th grader Victor Arellano said that even though he doesn't own one, his classmates are still wearing the shirts that were a hot summertime fad. "That means stop telling on other people what goes on the streets - hustling," Arellano said. Some adults, including 1st Ward Councilman Anthony Davis, have voiced concern about the fashion that they say promotes drug dealing and discourages people from cooperating with the police. "It's not a positive thing to...
  • Hurricane Prompts Awkward Questions ( One Cannot Ignore Away the Underclass in a Disaster)

    09/04/2005 8:36:47 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 69 replies · 1,090+ views
    BBC ^ | 4 Sept 2005 | Elinor Shields
    Images from the stricken city of New Orleans show that many of those suffering in its streets and shelters are mainly black and poor. The plight of those stranded amid the filth and the dead has highlighted a side of the city most tourists did not see - one in which two-thirds of its residents are black and more than a quarter live in poverty. Anger is mounting among African-American leaders that this section was left behind when others fled. Some say the chaos in Katrina's aftermath has exposed deep divisions in both the city and US society. "We cannot...