CNN reporter Haimy Assefa posted this article earlier this week here and it definitely made me raise a brow. Educator Raeana Roberts was offened when she encounted the word "Negro" as a choice of race on her Juror information card; she was offended to say the least and took to Facebook to rant (as I would have as well!)
How is it possible that in 2014, the word Negro is still able to legally be used to classify ones race?
According to a 2010 blog post by then director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Robert Groves, the word "Negro" was used in the 2000 census as a result of research in the late 1990s that showed approximately 56,000 people wrote in the word "Negro" under the "some other race" category.
Following the negative feedback, the Census Bureau conducted research on race and Hispanic origin using what it called the Alternative Questionnaire Experiment, according to the press release. The study found that removing the term "Negro" does not have an impact on data quality and therefore recommended removing the term for future data collection.
The Census Bureau, which follows the Office of Management and Budget for definitions of race and ethnicity, discontinued use of the word "Negro" at the beginning of 2014, according to a press release.
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According to a post on www.NYpost.com a school in Far Rockaway, Queens in New York is lost and forgotten. This report disgusted me to say the least. Children are the furture right? So why are the leaders of tommorrow receiving less than less than attention and eductional support?
According to the report PS 106 is allocated $2.9 million to serve a low-income population with 98 percent of its students eligible for free lunches. As a Title 1 school, it gets extra federal funds, but community members say they’ve never seen a budget tracking the income and spending.
The article was ridden with horrible personal accounts from parents and community member. These struck me the worse:
that's not even the half....
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Having friends that are educators, and once aspiring to be an educator myself, this story is nothing but a cry for help. Why should the students, parents and related parties suffer at the hands of an unorganized and unethical leadership.
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Morgan State University has placed the Alpha Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi on disciplinary probation after reports appeared that they rejected an interested gentlemen because of his sexual orientation. Senior business administration major and former intern Brian Stewart filed a complaint against the chapter back in October after he was denied entry into the 103 year old fraternity because of his sexual orientation.
"I had heard stuff about them calling me derogatory names, considering my sexuality as a factor," said Stewart in October. "I had gotten calls from within the chapter telling me that it's going to be impossible for me to join." A University spokesman stated that after investigation, it was found that the organization did violate university policies on discrimination.
“It’s very rare to get a complaint like this from students against other students,” Carter said. “It’s not something that the university tolerates or takes lightly.” - Jarret Carter Sr, University Spokesperson
My heart goes out to this young man and any other LGBT members that has been discriminated against because of who or what they chose to do in their personal lives. It's amazing how far we've come, but it's shocking to find out how far we still have to go. Society bashes "DL" persons and advocates for the "outting" of closeted people in a modern Salem witch hunt fashion. On the other hand however, those individuals who decide to not live a secret life, are ridiculed and discriminated against; behavior like this in my opinion breeds more "closeted" gays.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Stephen "TheeBlackSocialite" Hale