Society

Noam Chomsky: White People’s Fear Of Revenge For Slavery Is ‘Deeply Rooted In American Culture’

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April V. Taylor Renowned linguist and activist Noam Chomsky has been speaking with philosopher George Yancy as part of a feature for the New York Times in which he discusses race and racism in America.  In the most recent installment, Chomsky discusses  the roots of American racism and the legacy of black enslavement and subjugation in America, going into detail ...

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United Nations Slams U.S. As The Only Country That Sentences Children To Die Behind Bars

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April V. Taylor There are a lot of things about the American criminal justice system that make this country one of the cruelest and harshest places a person can be sentenced to jail or prison. Two of the most sinister aspects are the way children are treated and harsh sentencing, and the fact that these two aspects combine to make ...

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Dr Boyce Watkins: President Obama has nice words in Selma, but his people are among the most tortured on the planet

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by Dr Boyce Watkins People have ranted and raved about the brilliant and inspirational speech given by President Barack Obama in Selma.   I applaud the president’s willingness to speak, and we know that such speeches can serve to inspire those who care about the future of this country. However, it is also important for black people to look beyond words ...

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Studies Find Nearly 1 Million Children Possibly Misdiagnosed With ADHD

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April V. Taylor Two research studies, one conducted by a Michigan State University economist, have revealed that nearly one million children in the United States could have possibly been misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity  Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral childhood disorder, with at least 4.5 million children diagnosed under the age of 18. It is considered ...

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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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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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