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August 27, 2014

Why Students and Even Teachers Are Dropping Out Of School

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By: Krystle Crossman Finding a teacher that is in it for the long haul is becoming a rarity these days. They must contend with new technology, extremely intense testing that is required, new teaching methods, and larger classrooms. Teachers are dropping out of the profession because of all of these new requirements. They are finding it so much harder to do their jobs with all of the new methods that…

April V. Taylor: Has Ferguson Provided The Flashpoint For The New Civil Rights Movement?

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During a press conference last week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made a statement regarding the protests and police aggression that followed the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th.  Echoing words that have been used numerous times over the last six decades to protest police brutality and racial apartheid perpetuated by government entities, Nixon stated, “This is a test.  The eyes of the…

Philly Cop Sues Philly Police Department Over Police Brυtality

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Over the years there have been police officers who’ve revealed racial disparities within their ranks, but it is still rare for an officer of the law to sue a police department. Brandon Ruff, a police sergeant, has filed a police brυtality lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department. In the complaint, Ruff claims he suffered two sprained wrists and two sprained shoulders at the hands of police when he tried to…

Is Al Sharpton Too Political To Be An Effective Leader?

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April V. Taylor There were several black leaders and celebrities who attended the funeral of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th.  Among them was Al Sharpton, who also delivered Brown’s eulogy.  Many young people in Ferguson have spoken out out about the fact that they do not consider Sharpton to be their leader, and a recent…

NAACP Threαtens Lawsuit Over Florida “Saggy Pants” Ban

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The NAACP is threαtening a lawsuit against a Florida city over an ordinance that targets African-American men, according to local affiliate WKMG. The Florida city of Ocala passed an ordinance banning residents from wearing pants two inches below their natural waste. Now the ambiguous ordinance has come under fire from those who say it’s just another excuse to target black men. Under the law, anyone found wearing sagging pants is…

An American First: Whites No Longer The Majority in Public Schools

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April V. Taylor The Atlanta BlackStar recently reported that the new school year is starting with a historical first; for the first time in the history of the United States, white children in the public school system will be outnumbered by Black, Latino, and Asian children.  Recent studies had predicted that this historical threshold would be crossed sooner rather than later, and with the start of the 2014-2015 school year,…