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The Fight For Black Men

An amazing Newsweek article by Joshua DuBios highlights the struggles of black men in America, and the horrific consequences of their large-scale incarceration. According to the article, there are more black men incarcerated, on probation, or on parole than there were slaves in the 1850s.

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Affirmative Action Debate: Is Class a Bigger Barrier to Success than Race?

An upcoming Supreme Court decision on Affirmative Action could shift the conversation from race to class as a greater barrier to success.

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REPORT: 75 Percent of Students Arrested in Chicago Public Schools Are Black

According to research from Loyola University and Project NIA, 75 percent of students arrested in Chicago’s public schools last year were black.

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STUDY: Blacks Are Nearly 4 Times As Likely As Whites of Being Arrested for Pot Possession

According to the ACLU, whites and blacks use marijuana at the same rate. Yet, African Americans are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. And on a state-by-state basis, this disparity is even higher.

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STUDY: Youth Incarceration Rates Have Dropped Dramatically

According to a new report, youth incarceration rates have dropped by 41% since its peak in 1995. And because cash-strapped are receptive to alternatives to expensive long-term incarceration, this moment presents an opportunity to solidify lasting change.

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REPORT: 1 in 4 Black Boys Believe They Will Fail at School

A report by California’s Assembly select committee on the status of of boys and men of color finds that, among other alarming statistics, by kindergarten, 1 in 4 African American boys believe they will fail at school. What can we do to improve the life chances of young men of color?

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Florida Board of Education to Set Lower Standards for Black Students

Last month, the State Board of Education in Florida approved a new set of student achievement guidelines that sets lower standards for Black youth. Rather than closing the achievement gaps between students of different races, the guidelines simply accept them.

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REPORT: Black Females Are Fastest Growing Segment of Juvenile Justice Population

According to a recent report, black females represent the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population. The author of the report, Monique Morris, argues that it is extremely important that we expand the ‘school-to-prison pipeline” conversation to include black girls.

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STUDY: American Schools Still Segregated Along Racial and Economic Lines

60 years after Brown v. Board desegregated public schools, a new report reveals the obvious: American public schools are still largely segregated along racial and economic lines. What do we do about this persistent problem?

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Texas Voter ID Law BLOCKED

A federal court has blocked a controversial new Texas voter ID law, asserting that “the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities. Thoughts on today’s ruling?

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