Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:19
Marian Wright Edelman
With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination. For the first time in 13 years, the Department now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. It prohibits schools and school districts from discriminating in their allocation of courses, academic programs and extracurricular activities, teachers and leaders, other school personnel, school facilities, and technology and instructional materials, and offers steps to level the playing field. This is some of the unfinished business of the Civil Rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color, currently taught at higher rates by inexperienced, unqualified, or out of field teachers and provided far fewer resources than their wealthier peers. Our responsibility now is to ensure that children left behind truly benefit from these protections.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:09
Bishop Richard Howell, Shiloh Temple Baptist Church, North Minneapolis
Occasionally you meet a person who instantly strikes you as a person of integrity. It was a memorable and important moment when I first met Rich Stanek, and my first impression was right. Over a decade ago, Rich reached out to me for support in his first campaign for Sheriff. I supported him then, and our friendship has grown ever stronger through the years as he has kept the promises he made to reach out across our Minneapolis community in an apolitical way to fight violent crime and keep our families safe.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The State of Minnesota's failure to implement and enforce existing laws to address disparities based on race, disability and gender
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:27
Laurie A. Stoffer-Steiger, attorney at law
Billions of dollars flow through Minnesota state agencies and fund employment for thousands of individuals who perform essential public services.
Yet, unequivocal data substantiates that these employment opportunities are not available equitably to qualified persons of color, those with disabilities and females. This inequality increases exponentially as the job level and compensation of the position increases. Credible, consistent research shows that disparities based on race, disability and gender are largely attributable to an organization's systemic, institutionalized and discriminatory employment policy and practice.
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:03
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.. NNPA Columnist
Justice for 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 23, 2012 in a dispute over loud music has not come without a struggle. A jury in the Duval County Court recently found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder in the tragic, fatal shooting of Davis.
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 10:31
Lee A. Daniels, NNPA Columnist
What was Alessandra Stanley, the longtime television critic of the New York Times, thinking that caused her in that now-infamous article to mis-label Shonda Rhimes, the television hit maker, as the paragon of the "Angry Black Woman" and traffick in the most misguided attitudes about Black artists, Black women and Black people in general?