Shante had a lot of things going for her as she finished middle school. She was bright, attractive and talented. Her parents, Glenn and Sheri, had worked hard to ensure she could have a better life than they had had growing up. But both were uneasy with the public high school that Shante was zoned for in Prince Georges County. Although its the highest income majority-black county in the United States, it had a high school dropout rate more than 10 points higher than neighboring Montgomery County.
If we expect kids to be losers they will be losers; if we expect them to be winners they will be winners. They rise, or fall, to the level of the expectations of those around them, especially their parents and their teachers.
The South Carolina decision to remove the Confederate Flag from the State House was an important and timely decision. It was right to do in memory of Pastor Clementa Pinckney and his denominations struggle against racism. It was right to do because of the insensitivity it would have shown to the families of the other eight victims murdered in the massacre. But it goes beyond respect for the lives of the victims.
In my first article, I declared that 2015 summer riots are inevitable unless prayer moves the hand of God. We also concluded that criminal justice reform is one of the bridges to peace that we must focus on in 2015. We will only have long term peace in urban America when a renewed sense of justice is restored to our communities. With all of that in mind, think about this.
This Memorial Day weekend marked a historic uptick in violence in many US cities. Three cities seem to symbolize our national woes the most - Baltimore, Chicago, and Ferguson. In Baltimore 9 people were killed and 29 shot. Chicago marked 12 killed and 44 wounded.
Americas racial composition is changing rapidly.
While it is unclear how the conflicting laws will be applied and enforced, marijuana enthusiasts are already making their plans.
In the midst of the typical theatrics surrounding the 2015 Grammys, few may remember that Christian rapper Lecrae Moore was nominated in the category of Best Rap Performance (for All I Need is You) alongside mainstream industry heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
The measles outbreak that began in Disneyland last December has infected more than 100 people in 14 states, most recently victimizing five infants at a Chicago area daycare.
Two weeks ago I drafted an open letter to President Obama based on a meeting that T.D. Jakes, James Robison, and I convened in Dallas, Texas to help advance racial healing in our nation.
In the summer of 2009, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest what was almost certainly a rigged presidential election.
The recent national crisis and racial tension have underscored that America seems more divided than ever.
I remember seeing pictures of Fidel Castro for nearly 50 years. His image has changed from a black haired, Liam Neeson like figure dressed in combat fatigues to a wizened old man. Todays 88 year-old Castro does not look as dangerous or iron -willed as he did in the past, but very little about the essence of the man has changed.
With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, candidates around the country are scrambling to make their case to voters. Republicanswhose brand has been weakening for at least a decadeare hoping to make big gains, particularly in the Senate. Polls indicate that many races are still tight, so the outcome is far from certain.
It is hard to imagine now, but Detroit was once known to some as the Paris of the West.
Weeks have now passed since black teen Michael Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri. That night, a candlelight vigil to honor Brown became violent, with looting and vandalizing of local businesses resulting in several arrests. Over the next days, numerous outsiders, from national media organizations to groups such as the New Black Panther Party and the Ku Klux Klan, descended on Ferguson. Chaos escalated, and Governor Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore calm. The Justice Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the Ferguson police force for possible misconduct and discrimination in Browns death.
My question may sound socialistic to some of my fellow conservatives; nonetheless it is a question that must be addressed.
Israel seems to be managing the delicate balance of conducting a just war, thus, my prayers are for Israels protection, true freedom for the people caught in the crossfire in Gaza, and our American leadership. If we act justly perhaps future generations will not have the same level of conflict and confusion that we experience today.
Can you imagine a television program airing in America that portrayed Muhammad as a foul-mouthed pothead? Given that earlier this year ABC canceled Alice in Arabiaa show about an Arab-American who goes to live with her grandparents in Saudi Arabiabecause CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) complained that the show relied on stereotypes of Muslims, it seems highly unlikely. Yet Black Jesus the latest reminder that Christianity is the only major religion it is universally permissible to denigratebegan airing August 7 on Adult Swim.
While the United States remains the wealthiest nation in the worldfirst by Gross Domestic Product, seventh by average incomemany Americans have been struggling financially in recent years.