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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

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New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize

There is a thriving counter-current of transnational African literary life that confounds rather than caters to an international taste for “digestible” fiction.

African literature is the object of immense international interest across both academic and popular registers. Far from the field’s earlier, post-colonial association with marginality, a handful of star “Afropolitan” names are at the forefront of global trade publishing.

Books like Chimamanda Adichie’s “Americanah” and “Half of a Yellow Sun”, Teju Cole’s “Open City”, Taiye Selasi’s “Ghana Must Go” and Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing” have confounded neat divisions between Western and African literary traditions. The Cameroonian novelist Imbolo Mbue captured a million-dollar contract for her first book, “Behold the Dreamers”. That’s even before it joined the Oprah’s Book Club pantheon this year.

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Secrets of the South

Meet the United Order of Tents, a semi-covert organization of black women.

The women settle back down and the president of this chapter, Lodis Gloston, stands and begins to call out to the members present. “Raise your hand if you are 85 or older,” she says, and about six women raise their hands. “Raise your hand if you are 95 or older,” she says, and three women keep their hands raised. The South Carolina chapter’s oldest member is 106 — Donella Wilson. She was photographed this past November casting her vote for Hillary Clinton. She’s not here tonight, but the oldest woman in attendance is Queen Logan, who is 99 years and nine months old. The Tents give each other honorifics: everyone is Sister, but women who contribute to the organization with the most service are called Queens.

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African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey at Delta’s Restaurant

The Nubian News went to Delta’s in New Brunswick to the African American Chamber of Commerce ‘Fish and Grits’ breakfast. This was a meet and greet sponsored by the Chamber. President John Harmon introduced the Chamber to more than 40 guests. Delta’s is a beautiful  Black owned restaurant owned by Joshua Suggs. We’re going to have to get there to do a food column for the newspaper.

School Blames Girl For Punching Boy Who Snapped Her Bra, Her Mother’s Logic Left Them Stunned!

Daughter: “He kept snapping my bra. I asked him to stop but he didn’t, so I told Mr. [Teacher]. He told me to ‘ignore it.’  [Boy] did it again and undid my bra so I hit him. Then he stopped.”

(I turn to the teacher.) Me: “You let him do this? Why didn’t you stop him? Come over here and let me touch the front of your trousers.”

Teacher: “What?! No!”

Me: “Does that seem inappropriate to you? Why don’t you go and pull on Mrs. [Advisor]’s bra right now. See how fun it is for her. Or on that boy’s . . .

Source: School Blames Girl For Punching Boy Who Snapped Her Bra, Her Mother’s Logic Left Them Stunned! – Indiatimes.com

Michael Bennett pulls out of planned trip by NFL players to Israel

Bennett wrote via Twitter and Instagram Friday night that “I was excited to see this remarkable and historic part of the world with my own eyes. I was not aware until reading this article about the trip in the Times of Israel that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an ‘influencer and opinion-former’ who would then be ‘an ambassador of good will.’ I will not be used in such a manner. When I do go to Israel — and I do plan to go — it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives.’’

Bennett further cited boxing legend Muhammad Ali and that Ali “stood strongly with the Palestinian people’’ and wrote “I cannot do that by going on this kind of trip to Israel” and that he was making the decision “to be in accord with my own values and my own conscience.”

Bennett’s brother Martellus has also reportedly pulled out of the trip.

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Kwame Ture – Black Power Speech (1966)

“We were never fighting for the right to intergrate we were fighting against white supremacy.” Every civil rights bill in this country was passed for white people not for Black people. I cannot believe that 50 years later we are saying the exact same things. Exactly.

MCCC, Rutgers-Camden sign nursing agreement to save students $20K

The agreement allows students to stay at Mercer County Community College for a third year before transferring to Rutgers-Camden saving them $20,000. Earlier this week Thomas Edison and MCCC also sealed a deal to help the nursing students.

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Why It’s Still Worth Owning a Digital Camera

Even as smartphone pictures are better than ever

Yet there is still only so much you can ask of a smartphone camera. Limitations in sensor size, lens technology and other factors mean that, barring some miraculous technological breakthrough, standalone cameras will always be more capable than our smartphones. That’s particularly true in challenging conditions, like poorly lit rooms, or if you need a bunch of zoom for, say, shooting your child’s soccer game.

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How much surgeons, lawyers and 18 other top-earning pros make per hour

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. In some states, however, employees not covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act earn as little as $5.15.

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