A Court Battle Over Cancer Treatment for an Amish Girl Has Officially Ended

Sarah Hershberger, second from right, is pictured at her family's roadside stand in Homer Township on Sept. 24. Also pictured are her father and three of her siblings. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY 1851 CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW)

By:  Robert C. Bess Sr. On Friday, an Ohio judge formally ended the court-ordered guardianship of an Amish girl who resisted a hospital’s attempts to force her to resume chemotherapy, bringing a close to the fight that raised questions about the rights of parents in making medical decisions for their children. In October 2013, Homer Township parents Andy and Anna ...

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Milwaukee Ranked Worst City For Blacks After Wisconsin Ranked Worst State For Black Children

April V. Taylor It hasn’t been too long since a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Wisconsin as the worst state in the country for the well-being of Black Children. With that ranking, it should come as no surprise that the worst city in the country for Black people, Milwaukee, is found in Wisconsin. The new ranking comes ...

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Childcare More Expensive Than College In 33 States


April V. Taylor A new analysis of child care costs conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, entitled, “High Quality Child Care Is Out of Reach for Working Families,” has many wondering both how and when childcare became the biggest line item in a families budget. Childcare costs have become so exorbitant that in most states, families are forced to spend ...

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Are Today’s College Students Too Needy?

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April V. Taylor Boston College research professor Dr. Peter Gray recently wrote an article for Psychology Today in which he highlighted how needy today’s college students are and how college’s are struggling to address the declining resilience among their student populations. Just a couple of examples of the neediness include a student who called Counseling Services because she felt traumatized ...

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Racism Increases Mortality For Whites And Blacks

April V. Taylor While there are a number of studies that examine the negative impacts of racism, a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health took a unique approach revealing that living in racist communities increases the mortality rate for both whites and Blacks, as well as for both the victim and the perpetrator of racism.  This ...

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New Report Shows Black Women In South Face Extreme Barriers And Hardships

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April V. Taylor A new report from the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative (SRBWI) entitled “Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South,” reveals that Black women and children in the South fall at the bottom of every social indicator of well-being. These women a children face harsh inequalities that create extreme barriers and hardships ...

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VIDEO: NYC 12-Year-Olds Heartbreaking Discussion About Race

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April V. Taylor Being 12-years-old is difficult for many pre-teens as they sit awkwardly between being a child and a teenager.  Most pre-teens are just beginning to question authority and develop their own sense of self-identity, and while the transitional journey y is awkward and confusing for most tweens, it is even more tortuous for children of color, particularly now ...

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April V. Taylor: The U.S. Criminal Justice System And For-Profit Prisons Enslave Millions Of Americans

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April V. Taylor The United States continues to surpass its own world record for incarcerating the highest percentage of its population despite crime rates having dropped consistently for nearly a generation. At the end of 2005, the Bureau of Prisons reported that one out of every 32 adults was in prison, in jail, on probation, or on parole, with race ...

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VIDEO: Man Rips Confederate Flag Off Of Semi In Moving Traffic

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  April V. Taylor In a video uploaded by Instagram user belladreamhair, a motorist who was sitting in slow moving traffic decided to venture out onto the busy freeway to remove a confederate flag from a truck that was traveling in front of him. The video of the man ripping the flag off of the semi went viral on Tumblr ...

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White South African Addresses White Americans About White Privilege, Racism

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April V. Taylor The fact that America ended legislated racism some three decades before South Africa did would lead many to believe that ample time has passed for racism to be a thing of the past, but many recent events have highlighted just how alive and well institutional racism is in America.  Bronwyn Lea grew up in apartheid South Africa ...

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