Thanks, But No Thanks

ImageFive young black contributors to YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia respond to the apology.

Where's the 40 Acres?
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives made a "historic milestone" and formally apologized for slavery and Jim Crow. Am I supposed to be thrilled?

U.S. House Issues Formal Apology for Slavery

ImageWashington - The House on Tuesday issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.

    "Today represents a milestone in our nation's efforts to remedy the ills of our past," said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

What the New Yorker Cover Got Right

ImageNew Yorker illustrator Barry Blitt says his controversial cover was intended only to show that the incessant rumors that Obama is a closet terrorist are preposterous and ridiculous fear mongering... But Blitt’s point – that the ridiculous rumor-mongering, gossip, slurs, and flat-out falsities about Obama’s religion, patriotism, birth and, of course, race are deep and widespread – is horribly true.

Obama and the Progressive Base

ImageThese days, an appreciable number of Obama supporters are starting to use words like "disillusionment." But that's a consequence of projecting their political outlooks onto the candidate in the first place.

    The best way to avoid becoming disillusioned is to not have illusions in the first place.

It Was Oil, All Along

 TruthoutOh, no, they told us, Iraq isn't a war about oil. That's cynical and simplistic, they said. It's about terror and al-Qaeda and toppling a dictator and spreading democracy and protecting ourselves from weapons of mass destruction. But one by one, these concocted rationales went up in smoke, fire and ashes. And now the bottom line turns out to be ... the bottom line. It is about oil.

Will A Black President Dispel The Need For Diversity?

 ImageThe election of Barack Obama as President of the United States will be viewed by many as accomplishing racial diversity’s last frontier. The politics of diversity carries a heavy stigma, particularly in the post-affirmative action era. Like the post civil rights era (1980 to the present), the post affirmative action era (1989 to the present) has been framed as an obsolete endeavor in America’s “colorblind” social construct. Colorblindness - the notion that race was no longer relevant and race policies (best faith efforts, set-asides and “quota” policies) were no longer needed as America had become the great melting pot it was designed to be.

Barack Care Versus John Care: Health Care Under the Next President

 TruthoutThe United States stands out among wealthy countries in not guaranteeing health insurance to its citizens.

    Yet, even though many people cannot get access to care, we still pay more than twice as much per person as the average in other wealthy countries. And we have the worst outcomes. Only a severely over-medicated politician would claim we have the best health care system in the world.