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By Kenneth Lavon Johnson | February 21, 2005
A FEW WEEKS AGO, we celebrated the birth and life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and it was quite fitting and proper that we did so. This month, as we celebrate black history, we should remember that his dream was of an America that would be a place of peace, brotherhood, opportunity and justice for all of its people. The dream that he spoke of was the same dream that a long list of black heroes who went before him had dreamed. Their dreams were born of the nightmare of racial oppression, snarling police dogs, beatings, jailings and lynchings.
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By Kenneth Lavon Johnson | February 21, 2005
A FEW WEEKS AGO, we celebrated the birth and life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and it was quite fitting and proper that we did so. This month, as we celebrate black history, we should remember that his dream was of an America that would be a place of peace, brotherhood, opportunity and justice for all of its people. The dream that he spoke of was the same dream that a long list of black heroes who went before him had dreamed. Their dreams were born of the nightmare of racial oppression, snarling police dogs, beatings, jailings and lynchings.
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By WILLIAM PFAFF | May 21, 1992
South Bend, Indiana. -- In a speech both unctuous and, to a university audience, condescending, President Bush told the University of Notre Dame commencement Sunday that family values create social stability, and that ''government is simply not enough'' to install those values.This unexceptionable argument was delivered in terms that suggested that government scarcely has a role at all in America's social crisis, and that Mr. Bush himself is little more than a concerned bystander. After what has happened in Los Angeles, it was a strange performance.
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By GREGORY KANE | November 16, 1996
Jesse Jackson wasn't giggling maliciously, but he was clearly quite proud of himself, announcing on a Black Entertainment Television show how his efforts at voter registration led to the defeat of Connecticut Congressman Gary A. Franks.Franks was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. But he was also conservative, Republican and a supporter of Newt Gingrich. In Jackson's eyes, such a black man is intolerable. Such a man thinks. He's independent. He has his own mind. In short, he's a threat to traditional liberal black Democrats.
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By KEN HAMBLIN | October 18, 1991
Denver. -- Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the second black associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. I believe the nod to a black conservative may signal the first move in the long political process of weaning the black underclass off the public dole.Despite what politicians and the special-interest groups want us to think about poverty and racism, Judge Thomas' victory proves that progress is being made by African Americans who are willing to strive to survive. Yet some activists seem determined to keep it a secret.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | March 10, 1993
Baltimore is one of 16 large metropolitan areas marred by "hypersegregation" -- defined as when many blacks live in poor, densely packed neighborhoods near the urban core and isolated from the larger society, according to a new study.Segregation not only traps millions of black Americans in poor neighborhoods, but it also blocks their attempts to rise out of poverty, according to "American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass," a book by two sociologists that is being released today.
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By Paul Ciotti | August 12, 1994
Los Angeles -- IN 1965, WHEN Daniel Moynihan drew attention to the fact that one-quarter of all black children were born out of wedlock, he took so much heat for it that all discussion of the matter was squelched for the next 20 years. Today two-thirds of black children are born out of wedlock, and in the nation's capital the illegitimacy rate for teen-age moms is 96 percent.Even so, the black underclass isn't our worst problem today. Whatever the pathologies of this group, even on its worst day the black underclass never amounted to more than a small percentage of the population.
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September 27, 1991
At a breakfast of community leaders this morning, the Investing in Baltimore Committee, a two-year-old organization of local black executives, released a study undertaken by the prestigious Washington research think-tank, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which confirms statistically what all too obvious: While blacks constitute nearly 60 percent of Baltimore's population, only about 5 percent of the city's professional and managerial work...
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By GREGORY KANE | November 16, 1996
Jesse Jackson wasn't giggling maliciously, but he was clearly quite proud of himself, announcing on a Black Entertainment Television show how his efforts at voter registration led to the defeat of Connecticut Congressman Gary A. Franks.Franks was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. But he was also conservative, Republican and a supporter of Newt Gingrich. In Jackson's eyes, such a black man is intolerable. Such a man thinks. He's independent. He has his own mind. In short, he's a threat to traditional liberal black Democrats.
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By John Rivera | January 20, 1992
Baltimoreans black and white gathered together in an East Baltimore church yesterday and recalled the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., pledging to work for racial justice and peace in their city.The worshipers were members of 14 Presbyterian congregations that form a coalition they call "Harambee," Swahili for "pulling together."They gathered at the Knox Presbyterian Church, a group almost equally black and white, to sing, to pray and to commit themselves to "the Biblical vision for justice, peace and true hope for all people through Jesus Christ."
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By ISHMAEL REED | July 9, 1995
On July 4, while some folks were exploding firecrackers, I was reading Glenn C. Loury's inspirational book, "One By One From The Inside Out: Essays and Reviews On Race and Responsibility in America."Not too long ago, it seemed like Mr. Loury had everything going for him. As one of the few black members of the conservative hierarchy, he received invitations to the White House, and the mighty consulted him about the problems of the black underclass. But Mr. Loury's privatelife was a mess -- he used drugs and beat women.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | February 12, 1995
The great question after last week's gloomy U.S. Census Bureau report is this: Will the last person leaving the city of Baltimore please remember to turn out the lights?When the second half of the 20th century dawned, more than 900,000 people lived inside city limits. As the century heads toward closing time, the figure is 703,057 and dropping like a body thrown out a window. Will the last person blowing town please leave a key under the mat (not that anybody's coming back) and then explain where everybody thought they were going?
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By Paul Ciotti | August 12, 1994
Los Angeles -- IN 1965, WHEN Daniel Moynihan drew attention to the fact that one-quarter of all black children were born out of wedlock, he took so much heat for it that all discussion of the matter was squelched for the next 20 years. Today two-thirds of black children are born out of wedlock, and in the nation's capital the illegitimacy rate for teen-age moms is 96 percent.Even so, the black underclass isn't our worst problem today. Whatever the pathologies of this group, even on its worst day the black underclass never amounted to more than a small percentage of the population.
NEWS
By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | March 10, 1993
Baltimore is one of 16 large metropolitan areas marred by "hypersegregation" -- defined as when many blacks live in poor, densely packed neighborhoods near the urban core and isolated from the larger society, according to a new study.Segregation not only traps millions of black Americans in poor neighborhoods, but it also blocks their attempts to rise out of poverty, according to "American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass," a book by two sociologists that is being released today.
NEWS
By WILLIAM PFAFF | May 21, 1992
South Bend, Indiana. -- In a speech both unctuous and, to a university audience, condescending, President Bush told the University of Notre Dame commencement Sunday that family values create social stability, and that ''government is simply not enough'' to install those values.This unexceptionable argument was delivered in terms that suggested that government scarcely has a role at all in America's social crisis, and that Mr. Bush himself is little more than a concerned bystander. After what has happened in Los Angeles, it was a strange performance.
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By John Rivera | January 20, 1992
Baltimoreans black and white gathered together in an East Baltimore church yesterday and recalled the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., pledging to work for racial justice and peace in their city.The worshipers were members of 14 Presbyterian congregations that form a coalition they call "Harambee," Swahili for "pulling together."They gathered at the Knox Presbyterian Church, a group almost equally black and white, to sing, to pray and to commit themselves to "the Biblical vision for justice, peace and true hope for all people through Jesus Christ."
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By Jim Fain | April 24, 1991
WASHINGTON -- IT'S ALL but official now that Republicans will go after working-class white votes next year with what amounts to a racist pitch.The issue will be drawn over the civil rights bill of 1991, a measure to restore protections against discrimination in hiring that the Supreme Court threw out in 1989. President Bush's public relations machine has successfully tarred this innocuous proposal as a "quota bill" and will use it to exploit white fears of reverse discrimination.So what's new?
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By ISHMAEL REED | July 9, 1995
On July 4, while some folks were exploding firecrackers, I was reading Glenn C. Loury's inspirational book, "One By One From The Inside Out: Essays and Reviews On Race and Responsibility in America."Not too long ago, it seemed like Mr. Loury had everything going for him. As one of the few black members of the conservative hierarchy, he received invitations to the White House, and the mighty consulted him about the problems of the black underclass. But Mr. Loury's privatelife was a mess -- he used drugs and beat women.
NEWS
By KEN HAMBLIN | October 18, 1991
Denver. -- Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the second black associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. I believe the nod to a black conservative may signal the first move in the long political process of weaning the black underclass off the public dole.Despite what politicians and the special-interest groups want us to think about poverty and racism, Judge Thomas' victory proves that progress is being made by African Americans who are willing to strive to survive. Yet some activists seem determined to keep it a secret.
NEWS
September 27, 1991
At a breakfast of community leaders this morning, the Investing in Baltimore Committee, a two-year-old organization of local black executives, released a study undertaken by the prestigious Washington research think-tank, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which confirms statistically what all too obvious: While blacks constitute nearly 60 percent of Baltimore's population, only about 5 percent of the city's professional and managerial work...
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