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College isn’t the answer, reparations are

 

The following post originally appears on the Washington Post under the title, “No, college isn’t the answer. Reparations are.” 

By: Tressie McMillan Cottom

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a thing at The Atlantic making the case for reparations.

For some, reparations to African Americans for enslavement and state-sanctioned apartheid (more benignly known as “Jim Crow”) is a shocking case to make. I am a sociologist whose training has been, in part, with economists like Sandy Darity at Duke University and Darrick Hamilton at The New School.

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Revenge of the Black Biopic

I was mildly curious about how Get On Up, the James Brown biopic, would do in its first weekend at the theater, even though I had no interest in seeing it. After all, a trailer that includes the words, “from the director that brought you The Help” as enticing jargon clearly does not have me in its target demographic. I didn’t see the film, but if there was an implication that integration was spurred by black and white people dancing together, I wouldn’t be surprised. Anyway, thanks to the internet I saw that Get on Up whimpered into third place at the weekend box office, making $14 million dollars.

To be sure, I have no quarrel with Get on Up. I have no investment in its success or failure. I actually really love James Brown and wouldn’t mind seeing a good biopic of him at some point. Yet its release in conjunction with news that Jamie Foxx has been tapped to star in the upcoming Mike Tyson biopic, along with the comings and goings of the Whitney Houston biopic, and the Zane-penned, Haughton family approved Aaliyah biopic proves that if it’s not a story about a famous black person, it’s not getting the greenlight. I mean, Get on Up‘s Chadwick Boseman is possibly best known for playing Jackie Robinson in what? 42, a biopic on Jackie Robinson.

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News Flash

Doctor with Ebola virus arrives in Atlanta for treatment

The first Ebola victim to be brought the the United States from Africa was safely escorted into a specialized isolation unit at one of the nation’s top hospitals on Saturday.

Doctors said they are confident the deadly virus won’t escape. 

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Eric Garner death ruled a homicide

The death of a Staten Island man who was put into a choke hold by members of the NYPD was ruled a homicide by the city’s medical examiner.

The incident provoked outrage last month after a witness filmed police placing Eric Garner in an illegal choke hold while arresting him for selling cigarettes illegally. 

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Man who recorded Eric Garner chokehold arrested

Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the NYPD putting Eric Garner in a chokehold–an act which was recently deemed a homocide–has been arrested on gun possession charges. 

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Fire Challenge: Let’s Not Watch the Train Wreck Next Time

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Every now and then you find your self blank when you’re attempting to write significant pieces on social issues. Sometimes it feels like every thing has been said and what is the point of adding one more opinion to the mass of opinions that are already out there. I preface this piece with that because I felt I couldn’t ignore the spate of fire challenges I’ve seen recently.

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Black August 2014

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Black August is a time of fasting, studying, reflecting, and discipline to honor our ancestors and people in the liberation struggle.  Black August originated in the slave house (prison) to honor our fallen Freedom Fighters, Jonathan Jackson, George Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden and sole survivor, Ruchell Magee. 

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News Flash

Justice for Renisha: medical examiner called to stand in Ted Wafer trial

Renisha McBride would have needed to consume 10 to 11 shots of vodka in an hour to get her blood-alcohol level to when it was when she lost her life on a Dearborn Heights, Michigan porch.

At least that’s what former Chief Wayne County Medical Examiner Dr. Werner Spitz told jurors during testimony in Theodore Wafer’s trial Wednesday. 

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Violet Palmer, first female NBA referee comes out, marries partner

Violet Palmer, the first woman NBA referee, has decided to marry her partner of 20 years. Although the NBA has known about Palmer’s sexuality since at least 2007, this marks Palmer’s public coming out. Palmer will marry celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine today.

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Is this popular club racist, one black woman thinks so

An African-American woman claims that a popular New York nightclub is racist.

1 OAK has played host to many stars, but now the woman has come forward to claim that she was made to feel unwelcome at the hotspot. 

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