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Brooklyn Landlord Gives Inside Scoop On How Racist Gentrification Really Is

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Brooklyn has become a poster child for gentrification, becoming so notable that the borough’s gentrification has even been the subject of a Saturday Night Live skit. As Brooklyn becomes permanently changed, some argue that gentrification is not a racist process or act, but a recent profile of a Brooklyn landlord by DW Gibson highlights “the racist, classist real estate hell ...

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Racism, Poverty Causing DNA Deterioration, Aging Among Urban Poor

Detroit Struggles To Re-Build A Bankrupt City Amidst Poverty And Blight

April V. Taylor A new study published in the American Sociological Association’s Journal of Health and Social Behavior has found that the urban poor in America are experiencing a physiological deterioration resulting in accelerated aging and chronic stress as a result of their income level and racial-ethnic identity. The study was conducted by a group of prominent biologists and social ...

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10 year old killed by police show black males being shot around the world

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By Taylor Miller In the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, many deaths have been attributed to the confrontations between officers and criminals, including four recent deaths of inhabitants during an anti-drug raid in the Complexo do Alemão. Law enforcement’s actions are believed to have more of an effect on the young Black males of the community. Eduardo de Jesus, a ...

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National Disgrace: U.S. Now ‘World Leader’ In Child Poverty

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April V. Taylor According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), child poverty rates in the United States are now some of the highest in the world, with, “[Children’s] material well-being highest in the Netherlands and in the four Nordic countries and lowest in Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and the United States.” More than half of all public school students in ...

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Preacher, SCLC leader Says Black Families Should Arm Themselves Against Police

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April V. Taylor In an ironic twist, Rev Samuel Mostellar, who is the head of the Georgia chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), has called for Black families to arm themselves against police violence. The irony comes because SCLC was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help promote social change through nonviolent tactics, frowning upon not ...

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New Program Helps Defendants And Families Fight The Court System

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April V. Taylor As people all over the country contemplate what it means for the United States to be the most incarcerated country in the world and for more Black men to be under the control of the criminal justice system than what were enslaved in 1850, many Americans are forced to consider the issue of mass incarceration on a ...

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Blacks Experience Less Than Three-Fourths The Quality Of Life As Whites

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April V. Taylor The National Urban League, a civil rights organization, has issued it’s 39th annual “State of Black America,” report. The annual publication assesses racial equality as it relates to economics, education, health, social justice and civil engagement. The findings reveal that Black people have been challenged “on every front,” specifically in terms of accountability for police misconduct, widening ...

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Smokers Beware: Man Banned From Smoking In His Own Home, Being Sued By Neighbors

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April V. Taylor The home Edwin Gray lives in in Washington D.C. has been owned by his family for five decades, but a recent ruling by a D.C. Superior Court Judge has Gray feeling like his home is not his own. The judge issued a temporary injunction as part of a civil suit filed by Gray’s next door neighbors who ...

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US Suicide Rate Rises 40 Percent, Linked To Economic Recession

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April V. Taylor As many Americans still struggle to regain their financial footing following the economic downturn that occurred between 2007b and 2009, new statistics indicate that the recession affected more than just home values, household finances, and retirement savings for older adults between the ages of 40 to 64.  Based on data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, ...

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New Data Smashes Myth Of Black Welfare Queen, Most Food Stamp Recipients Are White

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April V. Taylor The pejorative term ‘welfare queen’ became part of the American lexicon when Ronald Reagan coined it during his 1976 presidential campaign. While Reagan told the true story of a woman who had bilked the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the woman’s case was isolated, and in the decades since Reagan’s campaign and presidency, the ...

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