Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Mar-Saline NAACP - Speaking Truth to Power as the Conscience of Saline County

Life keeps getting worse for black men in U.S.
By Erik Eckholm, New York Times

The plight of black men in the United States is far more dire than is portrayed by common employment and education statistics, a flurry of new scholarly studies warn, and it has worsened in recent years even as an economic boom and a welfare overhaul brought gains to black women and many other groups. Focusing on the life patterns of young men, the new studies by specialists at Columbia, Princeton and Harvard universities and other institutions show that the huge pool of poorly educated black males is becoming more disconnected from the mainstream society, and to a far greater degree than white or Hispanic men. Especially in American inner cities, the studies show, finishing high school is the exception, legitimate work is scarcer than ever and prison is almost routine, with incarceration rates climbing for blacks even as urban crime declines. International Herald Tribune

Some Balk at Pardon for Rosa Parks
By Bob Johnson, Associated Press

During the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott last year, civil rights leaders called for a pardon of Rosa Parks over her arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white man. But now, some ? including the pastor of the church Parks attended in Montgomery ? are coming out against the idea. With a bill moving through the Alabama Legislature to pardon Parks and perhaps hundreds of others for violating segregation-era laws, they say a pardon implies she did something wrong. "Why would brave people like this need to get a pardon from anyone? Someone needs to tell them that we treated you wrong," the Rev. Joseph Rembert, pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, said Monday. "I want my grandson to know what she did." Yahoo! News

NAACP Urges Passage of Tri-Caucus Healthcare Legislation to Address Disparities Affecting Racial and Ethnic Minority Americans

Over the last two decades hundreds of studies from governmental agencies and non-partisan think tanks have all concluded that in the United States the color of your skin, your ethnic background and where you live can not only influence your health care access and quality; they can determine them. Read More »

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