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Black Youth in the News: March 12-18

Persistent racial gaps shown in education data
Joe Robertson, The Kansas City Star, 3/16/12

“With few exceptions, black and Hispanic students in area schools are far less likely than white students to be enrolled in gifted programs or accelerated into early algebra classes.

Furthermore, black and Hispanic students are more likely to be held back a grade, and black students in particular are far more likely to be sent to in-school or out-of-school suspension.

“We are not alleging overt discrimination…,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said to reporters earlier this month, trying not to be accusatory while acknowledging that, “for far too many students … inequity remains the reality.”

Other Stories

Where’s the support for black students?
Reni Eddo-Lodge, The Guardian, 3/12/12

Farrakhan’s Speech at Cal Berkeley Is Criticized — and Defended
Jonathan P. Hicks, BET News, 3/12/12

We Must Eliminate Discrimination
Michael Dawson, New York Times, 3/12/12

School discipline biased toward minorities
Nat Hentoff, Southern Standard, 3/13/12

Proposed Youth Detention Center Debate Continues to Heat Up
Alexis Taylor, Baltimore News, 3/14/12

The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012
Danah Boyd, Huffington Post, 3/14/12

Florida Prosecutor Probing Black Teen Shooting
Staff Writer, Afro, 3/16/12

African-American Churches Vow to Register 1M Voters on Easter Sunday
Clara Morris, Global News, 3/18/12