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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

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

Editorial #3 Mayor Jackson Must Replace Police Director Parrey

Police Director Ernest J Parrey has characterized his remark calling some of the people of Trenton, “Hood Rats” as an unfortunate use of the term.
We think he got it wrong. Our take on the remark is it was demeaning and insidious not unfortunate.
We think it is very indicative of his service to the people of Trenton. He may say it has nothing to do with race but we don’t believe him. We are jaded by years of racial references and overt bigotry and we simply do not trust him at his word or words.
He says this thing then he says it’s not this thing. He expects us to believe him even though he speaks from both sides of his mouth. Years ago we would have given him the benefit of the doubt, now we believe it’s he who must understand, his words can never be undone.
Therefore we call on Mayor Jackson to replace the Police Director with someone who has never called the group of people he is there to protect and defend out of their name.
There is too much going  on in the country for us to have to worry about where this man is coming from.
Police are killing Black people. They are not held accountable for their crimes, and in seems as though Black lives don’t matter because they are Black lives.
Having a Police Director who might or might not judge people by the color of their skin instead of the worth of their being is a question mark we don’t need at this time.
The situation, the uncertainty, needs to be cleared up.
Stand up for those who put you in office Mayor Jackson. Your appointee can fend for himself.

Editorial #2 – We Need A Seat At The Table

“If you don’t have a seat at the table you are probably on the menu”.

Back in the day when we didn’t have many choices but to serve, we were told to build a table. So we built a table and some chairs. When we were done we were sent back to our place. We never sat at the table.

It was at the table where so much was decided. Our futures were decided at that table. War and peace was decided at that table. That table saw and decided the path the country would follow. But we never sat at that table. We served it. We heard everything that went on, whether we understood it or not.

But we never had a seat.

Come up to today and there are many tables where we still don’t have a seat.

Do you realize there are thousands of boards, commissions, tribunals, committees, authorities, regulatory bodies, courts, chambers etc. all over the state? Most of these we have never heard anything about. But these bodies dole out millions, nay billions of dollars every year and we don’t know what they’re doing or who they are giving money to.

One thing we know, our communities are not getting any better financially. They are spending $300 million on renovating the state house while saying they will give Trenton $18 million for various projects. Imagine if they spent that $300 million on Trenton and the $18 million on the state house how much different out city would look.

We need seats at the tables where decisions are made as to who get these public funds. I was at a New Jersey Economic Development Authority meeting a few months back. They gave out about $100 million that day. But none to any Black faces.

Sometimes there a African Americans on these Boards but I question whether they are there to represent the Black community or do they think they are there to represent the entire state. I want people who will represent and fight to get our communities and our businesses funds to improve our lot.

It doesn’t seem as though the distribution of wealth has come home to us. This has got to change. We pay our just share of taxes to the state coffers. We need to get our just share of wealth coming back to us.

At the moment, we don’t have the businesses and other structures to utilize all the funds due us. But that’s because of past injustices. The injustices have been long and painful. It has to stop.

Our plan is to sit in on every commission and board and authority and court session brought to order in New Jersey. We intend to bring together a mass of volunteers who will spread out and join in every ‘sit-down’ in the state.

We are going to have a seat at the table. It may not be an official seat but we will know what is going on and we will report back to the community who got what and for what. We’ll also say if there were people who looked like us who actually represented us or they were there for the status quo.

Enough is enough. We may get a Democrat for governor in November. If we do I want to know what he is going to do for us. We’ve supported democrats for ages and now it’s time for them to support us with the same fervor.

So if you are tired of being tired we’ll need your help to do this. We have to roll up our sleeves and dig in. We can, we must do this. The future well-being of our children and grandchildren rests with what we do now.

I’m not easy on me and I’m not going to be easy on you. We have a job to do.

Like Michael said, ‘take a look in the mirror and make a change’.

“Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will” Marcus Mosiah Garvey

If you hate Colin Kaepernick, you must also hate Jackie Robinson

There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-hate-colin-kaepernick-hate-jackie-robinson-article-1.2771561

The Most Racist Statue in America Is in … Pittsburgh, and It’s the Most Ridiculous Magical Negro You’ll Ever See 

There are times, like when watching footage of what happened in Charlottesville, Va., that racism bombards the senses like a virus, leaving your skin sore, your soul hardened and your spirit fatigued; a disillusioning, full-body wizening that disrupts, destroys and (occasionally) ends lives.

Source: The Most Racist Statue in America Is in … Pittsburgh, and It’s the Most Ridiculous Magical Negro You’ll Ever See 

South Korea’s first Black model faces racism in a nation where white people are ‘welcomed with open arms’

Han, 16, has a Nigerian father in a society where racial discrimination is widespread and people of mixed race are commonly referred to as “mongrels”.

“A dark-skinned fashion model like Han was unheard of in South Korea, so recruiting him was a big gamble,” said agent Youn Bum.

Now Han is posing for top glossy magazines as the country’s first black fashion model.

South Korea has for years sought to foster the image of a modern, sophisticated and tech-savvy nation whose pop culture has made waves across Asia.

But behind the facade of an economic and cultural powerhouse lies a deeply rooted racism – even as its immigrant population creeps up, doubling over the last decade but still only four per cent of the population.

Source: South Korea’s first black model faces racism in a nation where white people are ‘welcomed with open arms’ 

This Grocery Bag Won’t Hurt Animals — It Actually Feeds Them

I had no idea I was taking that much life. I will endeavor to use much less plastic from now on. This makes me so sad. KK

China, for example, banned bags thinner than .025 millimeters in 2008 and annual plastic bag use dropped by 40 billion. Ireland, meanwhile, imposed a 15 cent fee on retailers for each plastic bag and use fell by 94%.

Read More: France Is the First Country to Ban Plastic Cups, Plates, and Cutlery

But these bans are the exception. Plastic bags still reign without interference all around the world and the amount of plastic waste generated is only rising.

Source: This Grocery Bag Won’t Hurt Animals — It Actually Feeds Them

Lakewood welfare: Half of children get assistance; families ‘panic’ after arrests|APP

 Can you even begin to imagine how quickly Black people would have been outed if we tried this kind of fraud. Some of these people lived in $300,000 homes. Now to turn the story away from the crooks, white media is talking about the “sickening” anti-semitic reactions coming from the white public.

These four women were charged with 60 felony counts for welfare fraud over $100,000. Let’s see how many charges the Lakewood fraud people get.

LAKEWOOD – Welfare is so widespread in the township that half of all children live in homes that receive some form of government aid, an Asbury Park Press analysis of census data found.

But one statistic stands out among all other municipalities in the state. There are 10,000 more children in households with married couples in Lakewood receiving food, income or state aid than the next closest town.

A child daycare center was also used to help hide one couple’s true income, according to the charges.

Using public records, federal complaints and interviews with law enforcement officials, the Asbury Park Press examined the puzzle works of the government assistance fraud charges.

More than $1 million flowed through limited-liability companies – legitimate corporations set up to hide ownership – that enlisted relatives as straw owners and used corporate bank accounts to hide money, according to the charges.

At the center of most transactions was a local beeper store that helped transfer money across the globe, the charges state. As the 14 suspects were claiming poverty on government documents, they took in hundreds of thousands of dollars in undeclared income from the front companies.

The paper trail shows the relative ease the families had in allegedly defrauding the government. In one case, authorities say a woman was able to withdraw $1.5 million from a company and deposit the money into her personal bank account while still collecting public assistance.

Federal criminal complaints against Shimon and Yocheved Nussbaum, of Hadassah Lane, and Mordechai and Rachel Sorotzkin, of Albert Avenue, detail how one couple – the Nussbaums – is accused of moving money between companies they controlled and the other – the Sorotzkins – simply failed to report their full income.

These four arrests, as well as another 10 on state charges, have sent shock waves through the township

Hundreds of residents have called local officials to ask about amnesty for public assistance fraud, and dozens have begun canceling their benefits through Ocean County Social Services, authorities said.

In a statement issued late Wednesday and signed by Rabbi Mose Zev Weisberg, the Lakewood Vaad said it was “saddened beyond words” by the arrests, but added “As firm believers in the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ we suspend judgment until the disposition of these charges, and are comforted knowing that our judicial system is an able arbiter of justice.”

Source: Lakewood welfare: Half of children get assistance; families ‘panic’ after arrests|APP

Black People Are Not Even Legally Allowed To Be Afraid Of White People

OF COURSE a black person can’t legally “defend himself” against a white man. Every brother in here knows that black people can’t legally use force against a white person, no matter how threatening and dangerous that white person may be. Every black person I know knows that if they have to defend themselves against any white person out there, they’d best be willing to catch a homicide/attempted homicide charge. We don’t get to “stand your ground.” We don’t get to have “self-defense.” We get to run, or die. If we fight back, we get the full weight of the legal system crashing down on our heads.

Self-defense is just not a thing black people are allowed to do.

Source: Black People Are Not Even Legally Allowed To Be Afraid Of White People