One major barrier existed between Mon Valley’s residents and clean, breathable air, however: the US Steel Corporation, one of the largest steel companies in the world. It wasn’t going to change anything without a fight. But a fight is exactly what it got.
“it’s true that the painful legacy of discrimination means that African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans are far more likely to suffer from a lack of opportunity — higher unemployment, higher poverty rates. It’s also true that women still make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. So we’re going to need strong application of anti-discrimination laws. We’re going to need immigration reform that grows the economy and takes people out of the shadows. We’re going to need targeted initiatives to close those gaps." — Obama”—Obama: We Need ‘Targeted Initiatives’ to Address Racial Economic Inequality
“Rep. Trey Radel plead guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent in D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. To put that in perspective, when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for smoking a “little speck” of crack cocaine that was not in his personal possession back in 1990, he was sentenced to six months in a federal prison. That about sums up the racial disparity crisis between cocaine and crack possession sentencing in our nation, which despite recent reforms, still allows white men leniency in the courts compared to African-Americans.”—Congressman’s Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities
Residents of Mount Gilead, a town of about 1,100 people in central North Carolina, are reeling from a police sting operation that netted 59 arrests the morning of Election Day. All of those arrested were African Americans, all for possession of drugs, alcohol and guns. Some there are questioning the timing of the bust and believe it was an attempt to intimidate African Americans from showing up at the polls that day.
But North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesperson Patty McQuillan said she doesn’t believe it had anything to do with elections. “I didn’t even know it was Election Day,” she said when reached by phone.
“Six of the seven shows analyzed — This Week, Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, Meet the Press, State of the Union, and Up — have hosted white men at a significantly higher rate than their 31 percent portion of the population. Melissa Harris-Perry provided the greatest diversity among guests, providing a much higher rate of white women and African-American guests than the other programs; Up also hosted a higher percentage of people from those demographics than CNN or the broadcast programs. Latino, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern guests have been largely absent from the Sunday shows. Native Americans fared even worse, with only two appearances (one on Melissa Harris-Perry and one on Up) out of a total of 2,436 appearances over the nine-month period studied.
White Men Were An Even Larger Proportion Of Solo Interviews. On the broadcast Sunday shows and CNN, white men were most often hosted for one-on-one interviews by a significant margin. 75 percent of Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday solo interview subjects were white men. Once again, only Melissa Harris-Perry demonstrated any reasonable diversity in this measure. Guests who were Latino, Asian-American, or Middle Eastern were hardly present at all. No Native American has received a one-on-one interview this year. Up did not have enough solo interviews in the period studied to be included in the comparison.”—
“The language forged by black people in this country, on this continent…got us from one place to another. We described the auction block. We described what it meant to be there. We survived what it meant to be torn from your mother, your father, your brother, your sister. We described it. We survived being described as mules, as having been put on earth only for the convenience of white people. We survived having nothing belonging to us, not your mother, your father, not your daughter, not your son. And we created the only language in this country.”—James Baldwin, Black English: A Dishonest Argument (via theeducatedfieldnegro)
“Given that the Supreme Court struck down an act of Congress that they labored for 10 months over before reauthorizing, I would say that Congress is taking the decision personally and that restoring VRA is a priority for them, even as they grapple with other matters like Syria and the fiscal crisis.”— — Ryan Haygood, director of NAACP LDF’s Political Participation Group;
Congress Will Fix the Voting Rights Act This Year
Dispatch From the March on Washington 50th Anniversary
A few seconds after civil rights legend, graphic novel superhero and congressman Rep. John Lewis was announced to take the podium at the “Let Freedom Ring” closing ceremony of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, he was interrupted. The Obamas had walked in, and the announcer took the moment from Lewis to recognize this. After the First Family was seated at the Lincoln Memorial, Lewis was given his mic back.
Lewis was one of nearly 50 speakers, performers and dignitaries participating in the ceremony, which drew thousands to the National Mall amidst showers that occasionally sprinkled the audience. It felt almost as if the rains sometimes dampened the mood as well.
When Lewis spoke, he had little of the fire that was in him Saturday at the “Realize the Dream” march. It was a subdued speech delivered calmly and made no reference to the speech he gave 50 years ago. Instead of roaring about the need to fight for voting rights, as he did Saturday, he chimed about unity—a running theme through all the speakers.
“It doesn’t matter whether they’re black or white, Latino, Asian- American or Native American, whether we or gay or straight,” said Lewis. “We are one people, we are one family, we are all living in the same house, not just the American house, but the the world house.”
Maybe the rain or Obama’s entrance doused his flame, or Lewis was intentionally striking a solemn note in deference to honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights leaders who made the 1963 march happen. On Saturday he grieved heavily and charged passionately that the U.S. Supreme Court and Republicans had reversed a lot of civil rights gains. Yesterday, he touched on that, but was more resolute about the progress that had been made, even challenging anyone who disputed that to “walk in my shoes.”
“This moment in our history has been a long time coming, but a change has come,” said Lewis.
When Obama later got up to speak, it sounded as if the POTUS thought that Lewis’s “a change has come,” was about him.
If some were expecting “The Blueprint” or even “Reasonable Doubt” from Obama, at best what they got was “Magna Carta Holy Grail”— a less-than-magniloquent treatise on his own come-up. The key civil rights point Obama made in his speech — “Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and Congress changed and, yes, eventually the White House changed” — could have been shortened to a Jay lyric: “My presence is your present.”
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‘One Man, One Vote’ a Major Theme at March on Washington Anniversary
"In 1963 the ‘one man, one vote’ slogan was the rallying cry of South African activist Steven Biko, who used it in an African socialist context. Given the slogan’s roots, it was quite radical for Rep. John Lewis to use it in his 1963 speech. It was also radical for Lewis—a sitting member of Congress in the same party as a black president whom conservatives accuse of being an African socialist—to use it on Saturday."