Irma McClaurin, PhD Culture and Education Editor We have focused so much attention on “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria* that we missed the obvious—the continued existence of “white spaces.” These are arenas where white people congregate and make influential decisions but are viewed as “normal.” There is no discussion…
Irma McClaurin, PhD Culture and Education Editor Today, February 14, 2016, in the U.S and around the world we celebrate love. Most people associate this ritual with romantic love—the feelings we hold for someone with whom we are intimate or close friends. We also use it as a time to celebrate siblings, relatives, co-workers as…
On hearing the announcement that Julian Bond had passed on to the ancestors, I knew greatness had left us. The event gave me pause and I tried to remember when I first found myself in the sphere of influence of this great American leader.
[caption id="attachment_25158" align="alignleft"]Author outside of the St. Luke Theatre[/caption]Sistahtime–hanging out with my girrrrlfriends–is always quality time. But when I get to hang out with my real sister, it’s the bomb—in the words of MasterCard, “priceless.”
A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ), “Billionaires Put Their Stamp on Campaign,” makes it clear that we are watching a new political era in the United States–an era of Big Bucks Politics. If you don’t have millions in your coffers, or rich friends, get out of the proverbial political kitchen, because money is the fuel driving political elections today.
[caption id="attachment_24838" align="alignleft"]Frederick Douglass, Image Ownership: Public Domain [/caption]…I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? – Frederick Douglass, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” July 5, 1852
[caption id="attachment_24638" align="alignleft"]Ervin D. Fowlkes Sr. in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, on May 3rd, 1963, being attacked by police dogs during a civil rights protest.[/caption]Editor’s note: McFarlane Media and Insight News salute Dr. Irma McClaurin, Insight’s Culture and Education Editor. McClaurin’s column entitled “A Black mother weeps for America: Stop killing our Black sons!” won highest honors for Insight News, 1st Place – Best in Nation for Column Writing – at last week’s Black Press of America annual convention in Detroit. National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) celebrated its 75th Anniversary, and presented awards in 16 categories to member publications for stellar, exemplary work in newspaper journalism. More on other winners and the convention next week. Here we reprint McClaurin’s award winning column.
[caption id="attachment_23571" align="alignleft"]cdn.phoenixurbanspaces.com[/caption]“Shallow,” “multi-taskers,” “spoiled,” “entitled” and “No respect for the boss” are just a few of the adjectives and descriptive phrases some senior executives in the federal government attribute to the group dubbed the “Millennials,” also known as “Gen Y.” This cohort is generally represented by those born at the beginning of the 1980s and continue through the early part of the decade marking the millennial (2000), give or take a few years plus or minus on either side. They are the largest generation since the Baby Boomers (those born in the forties and fifties) and comprise 70 million of today’s population, ranging in age from puberty to their early thirties. Given the size of this future labor market, Millennials are a force to be reckoned with and, given their youthful age, must be accepted as here to stay.
[caption id="attachment_23487" align="alignleft"]canstockphoto[/caption]The conclusion reached at the end of the recent federal probe on the Ferguson Police department should come as no surprise: a culture of bias exists in the Ferguson Police department. According to the Wall Street Journal, “…the Justice Department probe concluded…Police in Ferguson routinely violated the civil rights of the city’s Black residents.”
[caption id="attachment_21488" align="alignleft"]Ervin D. Fowlkes Sr. in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, on 3 May 1963, being attacked by police dogs during a civil rights protest.[/caption]No Domestic Tranquility for our Black sons
They are not insurgents. They are not enemy combatants. They are not hostile enemy forces. They are not terrorists. They are our Black sons. And I beg you America to stop killing them in their own backyards, in the streets outside of nightclubs, on the phone talking to their girlfriend, and a few blocks from convenience stores from which they may or may not have stolen cigars. They do not deserve to die for such trivial incidents. Stop it.
Stop killing our Black sons.