Society

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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How Can The World’s Richest Country Deny The Basic Right To Water Just To Make A Profit?

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April V. Taylor Access to clean, safe water was declared a fundamental human right by the United Nations General Assembly on July 28, 2010. While 122 countries voted to support the resolution, more than forty abstained from voting, many of which were industrialized countries that believe that water should be commodified and sold for profit and viewed more as a ...

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17 Facts About The United States Prison System Every American Should Know

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April V. Taylor   Many Americans go about their daily lives with little clue about just how extensive, brutal and unprecedented the American prison system is. Despite the fact that the prison population and prison abuse has been growing exponentially over the past decade, John Legend’s recent quotation of a statistic regarding Black men and the prison system was probably ...

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10 Cities Where Gentrification Is Happening At A Horrifying Rate

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April V. Taylor The change gentrification imposes on neighborhoods and cities is ruthless and unapologetic, often causing such drastic changes in urban areas that they become unrecognizable in just a short period of time. Two decades ago, the term gentrification was not something most Americans had heard of, but today, conversations about cities, race, and community can rarely be had ...

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New Study Proves Mass Incarceration Doesn’t Make Us Safer

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April V. Taylor The United States has a prison population of 2.3 million, making the criminal justice system larger than ever.  These numbers mean that the U.S. prison system houses almost a quarter of the world’s prison population, and as lawmakers continue to push for reform, a new study provides motivation to continue that effort by revealing that the exponential ...

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This man’s execution was absolute torture

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By Nigel Boys According to CNN, Charles Frederick Warner, who was scheduled to be executed by the State of Oklahoma last year on April 29, just after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, was pronounced dead on Thursday at 7: 28 p.m. Warner’s execution had been postponed after Lockett was left convulsing and writhing in agony on the gurney, according ...

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Top Cities Where Blacks Are Most Economically Successful

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April V. Taylor While there are not many people who would argue about the fact that Black people in the United States are not doing well on multiple fronts, one aspect that seems to be falling under the radar is the fact that the racial economic gap has persisted.  A recent Bloomberg poll conducted at the end of last year ...

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9-year old boy arrested for stealing a pack of gum

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By Angela L. Braden According to KHQ-TV, a 9-year-old Idaho boy has been taken into the custody of the local juvenile detention center for failure to appear in court. The 9-year-old was arrested and charged with theft after stealing a pack of gum. The boy failed to make his court appearance because his family reportedly had no way to transport ...

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Criminologist Chenelle Jones gives the real reason people were rioting in Ferguson

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by Dr. Chenelle A. Jones On Monday, November 24, 2014 a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teen, Michael Brown. Reaction to the decision was almost immediate. People of all races rushed to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the decision. While a majority of the demonstrations were nonviolent, some ...

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