Government watchdog report finds racial disparities in school discipline practices

The disproportionate discipline of African-American students has been extensively documented; yet the reasons for those disparities are less well understood. Drawing upon one year of middle-school disciplinary data for an urban school district, we explored three of the most commonly offered hypotheses for disproportionate discipline based on gender, race, and socioeconomic status. Racial and gender disparities in office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions were somewhat more robust than socioeconomic differences. Both racial and gender differences remained when controlling for socioeconomic status. Finally, although evidence emerged that boys engage more frequently in a broad range of disruptive behavior, there were no similar findings for race. Rather, there appeared to be a differential pattern of treatment, originating at the classroom level, wherein African-American students are referred to the office for infractions that are more subjective in interpretation. Implications for teacher training and structural reform are explored.” This was published 12/2002, (It’s been going on forever. The system is taking very few steps to stop it.) The Urban Review

Source: Government watchdog report finds racial disparities in school discipline practices

Will Next Einstein Forum Transform the Tech ecosystem in Africa?

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) was launched back in 2013. The forum’s main goal is to empower scientific skills for human development. It works by linking science to society, African policymakers authorities and worldwide tech stakeholders.The platform is one of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) with Robert Bosch Stiftung as the co-partner. The 2018 NEF competition is taking place now in Kigali Rwanda starting from today 26th March.

The Next Einstein Forum, Global African Academia

Forty-four countries sign historic African Union free trade agreement

African countries are set to put their signature to an agreement that will launch the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday.

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has estimated the agreement’s implementation could increase intra-African trade by 52 percent by 2022, compared with trade levels in 2010.

Here’s what you need to know about the biggest trade agreement signed since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was established.

What is AfCFTA?

African heads of government agreed to establish a continental free trade area in 2012 and started negotiations in 2015.

The agreement is set to be signed by all 55 member states of the African Union, bringing together 1.2 billion people with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $2 trillion.

The draft agreement commits countries to removing tariffs on 90 percent of goods, with 10 percent of “sensitive items” to be phased in later.

Read more about the momentous news

Ramaphosa wants single currency for Africa | The Citizen

President Cyril Ramaphosa did not appear a stranger to the African Union as he strolled into the closing session of the African Continental Free Trade Area Business Forum in Kigali on Tuesday afternoon. In fact, there was a mild case of continental Ramaphoria in the audience of African businesspeople, politicians, officials and hangers-on as Ramaphosa declared:

“The issue of visas for Rwandese to South Africa, consider it as a matter that is solved.”

There were whoops and gasps from the room, then applause.

Just last month, former president Jacob Zuma wanted to hang on to the presidency a few months longer so he could introduce Ramaphosa to the AU and the Southern African Development Community.

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo welcomed Ramaphosa warmly, and congratulated him, and also “all of the people in South Africa for their transition”.

A high-ranking member of the Nigerian delegation, when asked about his country’s views, said the rest of the continent shared in the South Africans’ relief at the transition.

At the close of the session with Ramaphosa, the announcer enthusiastically declared:

“Can you feel the change? Change is in the air!”

Source: Ramaphosa wants single currency for Africa | The Citizen

Also See This article about Ramaphosa

The March 24, 2018 edition of The Nubian News newspaper of Trenton, NJ

This edition of The Nubian News begins to deal with the coming elections in Trenton. In the next issue we will present the people running for city council and following that we will delve into those who want to represent you as the next mayor.
In our final issue before the elections we will give you our best picks.

 

Why Build a Lynching Memorial – EJI

My heart is so sad.  I’m filled with disgust and some anger. Since I was a child I’ve asked myself “How can people be so cruel?” At one point I decided white people couldn’t be human. No other human  acts so heinous.

The World’s First Bionic Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis in Just Two Years

The world’s first bionic kidney can be inserted in a body by a common surgical procedure and it has proved to work efficiently. It is now proving to be the perfect replacement for a damaged kidney. The bionic kidney consists of several microchips which is moved by the heart. The bionic kidney also filters out toxins from the blood in the same way as a normal kidney.

Members of the research team Shuvo Roy of the University of California and William H Fissel nephrologist and associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have said that the invention is all set to give hope to the millions suffering from kidney failure and who are on dialysis.

Source: The World’s First Bionic Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis in Just Two Years

Man Who Assassinated Three Officers Is Getting Released On Parole

Herman Bell, 70, was one of three murderers who used a bogus 911 call to lure New York Police Department (NYPD) Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini into an ambush in 1971, the New York Post reported.

Officer Jones was shot in the head, and died instantly, according to the New York Daily News.

Bell and his fellow BRA cohorts, Anthony Bottom and Albert Washington, ruthlessly tortured Officer Piagentini as he told his assailants that he had a wife and two children, and begged for his life.

The trio shot Officer Piagentini 22 times. Bell used the officer’s duty weapon to fire the fatal round, FOX News reported.

Source: Man Who Assassinated Three Officers Is Getting Released On Parole – Blue Lives Matter

#NotRacists Be Like: The Top 10 Phrases Used by People Who Claim They Are Not Racist

9. “I dated a black guy/girl … ”

A few days ago I received a message from a not-racist woman who genuinely wanted to know why I used the phrase “white people” (and its more hilarious cousin, “wypipo”). I patiently replied to her (I don’t always clap back, but when I do, it’s in the mailbag), and she wrote back that she understood. She explained that she wasn’t racist because her ex-husband was black and she had half-black children. Which left me wondering:

  • Who are these black men and women dating these clueless white people and leaving them as unwoke as they found them?
  • You gon’ let her raise your kids, bruh? For real?
  • Who told wypipo that when a black penis enters a white vagina (or vice versa), the orgasm gives them a special immunity to being a bigot?
  • If so, where does it go? (The racism, not the penis, stupid.)
  • Instead of the March on Washington or the Montgomery Bus Boycott, should we have just marched around the country having orgies?

Source: #NotRacists Be Like: The Top 10 Phrases Used by People Who Claim They Are Not Racist

Which One Is the Big Joker? A Black Supreme Court Ruling

It is the opinion of this court that, for reasons of clarity and by every metric of common sense, the big joker should be the bigger joker. We do, however, acknowledge the precedent of house rules.

 Our ruling:

By a 5-4 margin, the court rules in favor of the plaintiff.

However, we also rule that J-Mac’s slur that referred to his opponents as “cheating motherfuckers” no longer applies, as this was a legitimate dispute. As such, he must compensate Man Man with the fifth of Crown Royal that spilled when J-Mac knocked over the spades table.

Source: Which One Is the Big Joker? A Black Supreme Court Ruling

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