Insight News

Oct 09th


Closing the income gap

First, the good news. Women are earning more money today than they were ten years ago. Slowly but surely, gender pay disparities are becoming a thing of the past.

Historically, women have always earned less than men. When women first went to work outside of the home, they typically took on ‘pink collar’ jobs that, for many reasons, paid a lower salary. However, as women began to become more educated and branch into different fields, even those dominated by men, they found that their salaries remained lower than that of their male counterparts…even if they were doing the same jobs.

Gun violence and children: Have we no respect for life?

Gun violence and children: Have we no respect for life?Recently, the United Nations expressed new concern about a crisis many Americans know little about: the use of child soldiers in global conflicts, especially in Somalia. Somalia, whose government collapsed in 1991, has been in a constant state of conflict and tension for years and still has no legally recognized government. The United States joins Somalia as the only two countries in the world not to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty recognizing the human rights of children that UNICEF points out is the most widely and rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history. One of the Convention’s provisions prohibits the use of soldiers younger than age 15 in conflicts. The United States did ratify a later optional protocol prohibiting the use of soldiers younger than 18. But in Somalia, both insurgent groups and the Transitional Federal Government—which is dependent on help from the West, including, especially, the United States—have been widely accused of violating this principle.

The world's rich Blacks

As a whole, Black Americans are the world’s richest Blacks.  The per capita income of Black Americans is higher than that of any other Black population.  But, Black Africans are moving ahead of Black Americans in building wealth.   America has two Black billionaires, but the world’s richest Black is Ethiopian-born Saudi citizen, Mohammed Al Amoudi, who has a net worth of $9 billion.  Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is second a $3.3 billion worth, America’s Oprah Winfrey is third with financial assets valued at $2.5 billion.  London-based Sudanese national Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim is worth $2.5 billion and South African Patrice Motsepe is worth $2.4 billion.  BET founder Robert Johnson’s divorce dropped him to just a $1 billion fortune.

‘DARE TO TAKE CHARGE’: Judge Hatchett’s new book challenges readers to live life on purpose

In Dare to Take Charge, Judge Hatchett presents cases of real people who were ensnared in seemingly impossible situations and yet learned to take charge and create fulfilling, positive lives. Much more than just a collection of inspirational stories, however, Dare to Take Charge is also a commonsense guide for readers looking to carve out their own paths toward their dreams. With practical exercises, writing prompts, tips and daily strategies, Dare to Take Charge shows readers how to work toward their ultimate objectives, through life lessons that include:

Staff stimulus program

When Congress passed legislation that would pump nearly $900 billion into the American economy, many of us felt that, finally, Main Street and not Wall Street was going to catch a much needed break. Then reality set in. Red tape and government mis-steps prevented so much of what the money was intended to fund from happening. And now, to make matters worse, staffing shortages are slowing down distribution of the stimulus funds.

It’s been announced that the government has nearly 25,000 job openings…these open positions are those responsible for monitoring government grants and contracts and to make sure money isn’t used fraudulently. Without the required staff in place, distribution of funds slows down and mistakes – expensive ones – are bound to happen.

Glenn Beck's rally: "Restoring honor" or defiling hallowed ground?

August 28th, the 47th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel talk show host  and conservative/Tea Party Guru, mobilized thousands for a Rally at the Lincoln Memorial to "restore honor" to America. Beck proclaimed that the choice of the date and location was strictly coincidental, claiming he was unaware of the significance of the occasion. Having made the choice, however, Beck later proclaimed it was "providential" that he had selected such a momentous date in American history to stage his event. From the outset, the question looming over the Beck Rally was what he meant by "restoring honor" to the nation.  Apparently many Tea Party activists saw the March as a vehicle to assert their themes of limited government, low taxes and free markets. Having been made aware of the significance of August 28th, time and time again Beck attempted to wrap himself and his cause in the mantle of Martin Luther King, suggesting that his Rally was consistent with the "dream" of justice and equality for all.  The legacy of King was invoked as if he were an icon of the conservative movement, someone who embodied their vision and values.  Hence, when Beck mounted the podium to address the adoring assembled masses, he declared that this multitude had gathered on "hallowed ground."

The declining Black middle-class

Across the board, Black Americans love President Barack Obama.  We love his wife and his family.  We love the symbolism of it all and most refuse to attack his presidency.  But, has it stuck you that the ever growing list of problems Black Americans face aren’t on anybody’s agenda?  Though we have Black people in high positions the quandary of Black Americans is not on the president’s agenda, or that of Congress and mainstream media.   Even the Congressional Black Caucus leadership takes a hands off approach to their constituents’ dire situation. Unless African Americans develop an agenda and make the requisite demands, their economic prospects will continue declining.
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