Sugar Land, Texas — “The ‘convict lease system’ was a crime against humanity. It began right after enslaved people won their freedom. People have made millions of dollars off the free labor of our enslaved and imprisoned ancestors,” said Kofi Taharka, national chair of the National Black United Front. As she spoke, she was standing across the street from the old Imperial Sugar factory.
Ninety-five graves were unearthed in Sugar Land this summer as construction workers were building a school on property sold to the school district by the Texas prison system
Source: Sugar Land: ‘A crime against humanity’ – Workers World
Source: The Mass Grave Beneath a Texas Suburb
Sprout U School of The Art’s “The Lion King”
Not since Afrikan Peoples Action School (APAS) has there been such excellence in education.
Sprout U. School of the Arts, coincidentally occupying the same building as APAS did years ago, presented The Lion King and their kids seemed like seasoned professionals.
Danielle Miller-Winrow the head mistress has put together a staff and associates, including Ms. Sarah Dash, of the Supremes fame, which is faithful to kids they teach. This staff works with these children, imparting to them confidence, a health work ethic and persistence to see the job through to it’s completion. “These kids are locked in and dedicated”, said Mao’dreh Mal in a facebook post.
We Remember Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson
At 10:22 am on the morning of September 15, 1963 11-year old Denise McNair, and 14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson along with some 200 members of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama were attending Sunday school classes before the start of the 11 am service when a bomb detonated on the church’s east side, spraying mortar and bricks from the front of the church and caving in its interior walls. More than 20 people were injured from the blast. The bodies of Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson were found beneath the rubble in the basement murdered by white supremacists terrorists.
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14-year-old Nakia Venant allegedly broadcast her death on Facebook Live.
It is unthinkable, but happening. Little Black girls are killing themselves.
The causes include disproportionate exposure to violence and traumatic stress, aggressive school discipline, and depression, according to researchers and mental health experts.
Counselors and child advocates believe the disturbing trend can be reversed with love, commitment, and support services.
According to a 2015 study of trends by the Journal of the American Medical Association, children’s suicide rates have significantly doubled for Black children in the last two decades, and decreased for White children.
For Black youth (ages 10-19), the rate of male suicides (5.59 per 100,000) was three times higher than that of young Black females (1.87 per 100,000), according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Source: The painful problem of Black girls and suicide
I have learned that it is not enough to not be a racist. It’s not enough to hate the Klan or denounce white supremacists. I am learning to become anti-racist.
Anti-racism is more of an action than a feeling. I’m learning to take action to promote equity and to call out injustice. I am learning to lean into doing my part to help this country that I love I become true to our promise of justice for all.
Source: I Was a Racist Teacher and I Didn’t Even Know It
You may question, how do I protect my children and keep them aware at the same time? You do this by infusing their life with culture, giving them a strong sense of self, teaching them about how strong our people are, and by teaching them to be proud of every inch of who they are. Show them positive Black images in books, Black people who are accomplishing great things, take them to African-American museums and talk about what you saw, and then tell them why they are great too. You have to build up their positive sense of self because there will be plenty of people in this world who will try to tear them down. They cannot do that if you have built a strong foundation.
Source: Helping Your Child To Navigate A Racist World
This is the April 20th Edition of The Nubian News. In this issue we delve into the city council candidates. May 8th is the City election. Trentonians will elect three council people at-large and four ward representatives. This is an extremely important election for Trenton. TNN has kept a close eye on the candidates. Some of the candidates have taken a wide berth around The Nubian News. They haven’t responded to our questionnaires and have spent none of their advertising money with us. There are few Black businesses which deal in advertising. If they are not spending their ad dollars with TNN they probably are not spending those dollars with Black businesses. However in our last issue before the election we will look into their spending and report back to the community. If these candidates do not invest in our community they don’t deserve our vote.
Link to the online edition of the April 20, 2018 The Nubian News
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