Blacks becoming more comfortable discussing mental health
Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:49
Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related drug and alcohol use.
But mental health treatment goes far beyond diagnoses and prescriptions.
EDITORIAL: The Conflicted Existence Of African American Men: Rap, Sports, Prison & Unemployment
Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:04
Today no group is more misrepresented in the American conscious than African American males. Their presentation in media is a glamorous image of Grammy Awards and NBA MVP statues. But their reality is one of failure unlike any other subgroup in all of America. Black maleness holds a bastion of unemployed, imprisoned and homeless. Our nation, not only forgot these men, it created their pseudo image as a placeholder for our country's history. An image that has been painted with a cover of NFL logos and rap stars making millions of dollars. All as an optical illusion to accept our own conscious need to see this failure as personal, and not systemic.
Thursday, 28 May 2015 14:56
Jeffrey A. Hassan, Executive Director African American Leadership Forum
When I was growing-up in the 1950's and 1960's they used to refer to Black folks as being "Poor." The new word for poor today is "Poverty" – a word with terrible implications. Webster's dictionary defines poverty as being destitute, being a beggar, lacking in nutrition, and lacking in fertility. We need to stop referring to ourselves and our people as being poor or living in "Poverty."
New report shows wide racial disparities in Twin Cities transit times
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:39
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, TakeAction Minnesota, ISAIAH, and the Center for Popular Democracy released a new report showing the impact of enormous racial disparities in commute times between transit riders of color and white drivers in the Twin Cities. The report shows that transit riders of color in the Twin Cities lose the equivalent of about four work weeks commuting annually compared to white drivers.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 14:35
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed in Baltimore, Black civic leaders continue to call for wholesale changes in policing and an end to police brutality in urban and predominately Black communities across the nation.
Star Tribune still wrong about Minneapolis Urban League
Friday, 22 May 2015 09:28
Steven L. Belton
I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but the Star Tribune’s relentless unsubstantiated attacks on the credibility of the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL), an 89 year old civil rights organization, has me wondering if they have declared open season on legacy institutions.