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The Latino Challenge to Black America Print E-mail
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Written by Earl Ofari Hutchinson   
Tuesday, 02 October 2007

Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The Census Bureau made it official in 2002!  Latinos are now the top minority in the U.S. The news hit black America like a thunderbolt. Many blacks complained that they would be shoved even further to the economic and political margin among minorities in the country. The Census report also showed Latinos were widening their population growth gap on blacks.

But, it's not just the numbers. Latinos demand political and social issues no longer be framed solely in black and white. That presents another challenge to black America. At times that challenge has been intensified and conflicted by the wildly divergent agendas of African-Americans and Latinos on immigration, political empowerment, bilingual education, and jobs. These are complex and engaging issues.

The Role of the Black Elite in Outreaching to the Black Lower Class... Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Martin Kilson, PhD   
Thursday, 27 September 2007

...And How It Relates to the National Leadership Level of the NAACP

Black Commentator
Black Commentator
Recent events affecting the national leadership level of the NAACP brought vividly to my attention the question of the 21st century Black elite role in “outreaching-to-Black-lower-class-crises.” After just under two years as executive officer of the NAACP, Bruce Gordon resigned from that office in December 2006. On March 6, 2007, Bruce Gordon presented a “Memo of Resignation” to members of the NAACP National in which he discussed the core reasons underlying his resignation....

I received a copy of Bruce Gordon’s resignation memo in mid-July and after reading it, I had no doubt about its significance to the issue of the role of the 21st century Black elite sector in “outreaching-to-Black-lower-class-crises.” Or to put this matter in the conceptual terms that are implied in Gordon’s resignation memo, his memo relates to the issue of fashioning a new post-Civil Rights Movement leadership identity for the NAACP, an identity that interconnects that great organization’s historical “civil rights advocacy function” with a 21st century “Black social-crisis reformation function.”
Distraction and Strategy Print E-mail
Black Business Advice
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Torin Ellis
English is changing to keep up.  Seriously.  Recently, the sixth edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary knocked the hyphens out of 16,000 words.  Words like Fig-leaf now read fig leaf, pot-belly is now pot belly, pigeon-hole ... you get the picture.  Over the last 30 years the hyphen has declined in usage and this shift is a reflection of the times and how we communicate.
Outraged Activists Revoke “Free Black Passes” for BET and the Minstrel Show Industry Print E-mail
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Written by Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report Managing Editor   
Sunday, 23 September 2007
BET Minstrel Montage Longstanding black discontent with the character and content of BET, MTV and much of commercial black radio is giving way to open protest. African American protesters are regularly showing up outside the homes of corporate execs, including the black ones who have made billions beaming degraded and degrading images of African into black homes and around the planet, demanding something better. Will they abandon the old C. Delores Tucker stance of blaming artists and consumers for an approach that questions corporate decision making power over the media universe? BAR talks to Rev. Delman Coates of the Enough is Enough Campaign.
Two Faced Nation Print E-mail
Written by Darryl James   
Saturday, 22 September 2007

Darryl James
There are two Americas. One America is the image that the nation presents of itself on the world stage, and one is what many of America's citizens witness up close and personal every day.

The first image--the shining pillar of democracy, boldly bringing freedom to the world--is the false image. The real image is the dirty world pirate, who deals in oil and money to support or denounce foreign nations, depending on what is at stake.

Two Fools: Ignore Them And Get On With The Struggle Print E-mail
Written by Larry Pinkney   
Saturday, 22 September 2007

Larry Pinknet, BC Columnist
There is an adage, which says, "When a person argues with a fool you see two fools."  In this context, both the Democratic and Republican parties have repeatedly and collectively demonstrated that neither of them deserve the political support of Black Americans and other people of color in this nation. 

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