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September 27, 2012
It is absolutely unbelievable that The Sun would so blatantly mislead and intentionally deceive its reading public about the disturbance in Towson Circle last Saturday ("Towson melee prompts meeting," Sept. 25). Towson University had nothing to do with the violence that occurred there despite, The Sun's innuendoes. This was an event sponsored by a historically black fraternity, and the problem was, as in the city, marauding bands of black youth. The Sun's failure to even reference a problem that was observable to anyone is nothing but a racist accommodation.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Dealing with police can involve a delicate balance between knowing your rights and being respectful to officers. Both are crucial, seven lawyers told a church full of Baltimore's black youths and their parents. But when in doubt, attorney Douglas B. Evans said, "you have the right to shut up. " The panel of black attorneys answered questions about police brutality and racial profiling, amid other concerns during the seminar, Conscious Operations during Police Stops, or "C.O.P.S.," at the Empowerment Temple Church on Tuesday night.
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NEWS
March 4, 2014
If ever there were an opportunity for our president to exercise his moral authority from the bully pulpit, the opportunity is now. In your editorial, "My brother's keeper" (March 2), you describe President Barack Obama's initiative to improve the economic and educational status of young black boys and men. Who among us could not be fully behind this goal? The elephant in the room, of course, is the fact that young black males are simply the most easily identifiable demographic segment of our culture to suffer the economic and social consequences of illiteracy and lawlessness.
NEWS
March 4, 2014
If ever there were an opportunity for our president to exercise his moral authority from the bully pulpit, the opportunity is now. In your editorial, "My brother's keeper" (March 2), you describe President Barack Obama's initiative to improve the economic and educational status of young black boys and men. Who among us could not be fully behind this goal? The elephant in the room, of course, is the fact that young black males are simply the most easily identifiable demographic segment of our culture to suffer the economic and social consequences of illiteracy and lawlessness.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
State Del. Pat McDonough, who stirred controversy this week when he said "roving mobs of black youth" terrorize Baltimore, shrugged off criticism Friday that he is using shock tactics to raise his political profile. McDonough, a Republican who represents Baltimore and Harford counties, refused to apologize for his comments. He has called for Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, to assign the Maryland State Police to fight the "consistent and dangerous attacks" in the city. McDonough has hosted a conservative talk show on WCBM for 20 years.
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By Peter Watrous and Peter Watrous,New York Times News Service | July 4, 1993
With the release of Bell Biv DeVoe's "Hootie Mack" late last month, there's a good chance MCA Records, specifically its black-music division, will have another hit. The company has shipped 500,000 copies of the album, betting that young record buyers around the country will have fond memories of the group's 1990 debut, "Poison."In that album, which helped establish new jack swing as mainstream pop, the group mixed soul music's vocal prowess and rap's harder beats. "Poison" sold more than 3 million copies, a number that would be unreachable without the help of white fans.
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By David Jernigan and Alicia Samuels | October 22, 2012
It is no secret that for decades, tobacco companies have filled disadvantaged communities with advertising and marketing attracting generations of young people of color to the products they peddle. A new report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that alcohol companies are taking a page from the tobacco industry's playbook. Specifically, we found African-American youths ages 12-20 are seeing more advertisements for alcohol in magazines and on TV, compared with all youths ages 12-20.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | November 23, 2008
Fourteen young women, elegantly dressed in full-length white gowns, high-heel shoes and long gloves, will walk into Richlin Ballroom tonight on the arms of their tuxedo-clad fathers, grandfathers or family friends. After presenting their mothers with a red rose, they will dance one waltz with their escort and another with a young man of their choosing. After more than six months of workshops on issues that included money management, communication, charm and poise, and many hours of community service projects, these high school students are presenting themselves to society in the 30th annual Debutante Ball, organized by the Black Youth in Action.
NEWS
May 23, 2012
Assuming that it's true that "roving mobs of black youth" terrorize Baltimore, why should Del. Pat McDonough apologize for saying so ("Baltimore and bigotry," May 18)? If anyone should apologize, I think it should be the Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, who according to the article in The Sun "said that McDonough's remarks were 'below the belt,' culturally insensitive and intended to exploit Baltimore's challenges for his own political gain. " ("Delegate says focus shouldn't be on his 'black youth mobs' comment, but on city violence," May 18.)
EXPLORE
July 10, 2013
The Ruff-Ross Educational Fund, Inc. held its annual scholarship banquet on Saturday, June 1 at Fairview AME Church in Forest Hill. The Ruff-Ross Educational Fund Inc. began in 1963 after the Central Consolidated School closed its doors. The Scholarship Committee of the PTA saw a need for a continued program of raising funds to help black youth continue their education.
NEWS
February 22, 2014
Not wanting to trivialize the sentiment in Kaye Wise Whitehead's recent commentary ( "A never ending war," Feb. 18), I feel compelled to point out that she just condemned an entire race based on the actions of a few. What she did in writing about the Michael "loud music" Dunn and George Zimmerman verdicts is generalize, stereotype, prejudge, and to a degree, profile the entire white race. She talks about keeping her boys safe from white men standing their ground. Professor Whitehead lives and work in the Baltimore area.
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By Monique L. Dixon | July 29, 2013
In the past month, I anxiously awaited the outcomes of several important civil rights and criminal justice court decisions. But the case that triggered the strongest and most varied emotions was the criminal trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman, who followed, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. In the aftermath of the verdict, President Barack Obama, facing a divided nation, encouraged Americans to channel their passionate views into calm reflection and action. He commented that African-Americans' dismay about the verdict could be explained by our experiences and the history of race relations in the U.S. While he did not specify historical events, I immediately thought about how black America endured almost 250 years of enslavement during which black families, particularly men and boys, were brutalized and murdered simply because of their race.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
The whole George Zimmerman fiasco is a shameful travesty of justice. Mr. Zimmerman should have never been brought to trial ("Martin verdict protests continue," July 16). The only reason he was arrested is because of the political actions of President Obama and leaders of the black community. They, along with the mainstream, made this a racial issue media when there was none. If Mr. Zimmerman had been a black man, this would have been in the local news and nobody would have been concerned - not the president, not the media nor any of the black leaders.
EXPLORE
July 10, 2013
The Ruff-Ross Educational Fund, Inc. held its annual scholarship banquet on Saturday, June 1 at Fairview AME Church in Forest Hill. The Ruff-Ross Educational Fund Inc. began in 1963 after the Central Consolidated School closed its doors. The Scholarship Committee of the PTA saw a need for a continued program of raising funds to help black youth continue their education.
NEWS
By David Jernigan and Alicia Samuels | October 22, 2012
It is no secret that for decades, tobacco companies have filled disadvantaged communities with advertising and marketing attracting generations of young people of color to the products they peddle. A new report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that alcohol companies are taking a page from the tobacco industry's playbook. Specifically, we found African-American youths ages 12-20 are seeing more advertisements for alcohol in magazines and on TV, compared with all youths ages 12-20.
NEWS
Lionel Foster | October 4, 2012
If you haven't done so already, you should stop right now and read a piece by another young journalist from Baltimore, “Fear of a Black President,” the September cover story by The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates. I'm serious. It's really good. Here's a paragraph break so that you know where to pick this up. Welcome back. Now as you'll recall, Mr. Coates points out the irony of America's first black president barely mentioning the subject of race at all. It's certainly an issue for other people.
NEWS
December 9, 2010
Where were the Rev. Cortly "C.D. " Witherspoon and Marvin "Doc" Cheatham when a rabbi was assaulted by a group of black youth or when a 14 year old Jewish boy had his arm broken by a black youth? Where was the outrage? Where was the call for a meeting between blacks and Jews ( "Jewish, black leaders hold closed meeting on the community," Dec. 9)? Where were their comments published in the paper and news media? Why the double standard? What does a situation in Baltimore have to do with Crown Heights New York?
NEWS
August 24, 2012
As I read the recent editorial addressing President Barack Obama's order that will add at least 1.7 million children of illegal immigrants to the already-bleak job market ("Growing up American," Aug. 19), I was certain The Sun would comment on the calamitous effect this election-year tactic will have on American black youth, U.S. citizens all, whose unemployment rate rose from 14.4 percent in June to 15 percent in July, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Silly me. Despite the nearly 50 percent unemployment rate among black teenagers (16-19)
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Letter writer Thomas F. McDonough recently called for the firing of someone at The Sun for failing to report that the melee among young people in Towson Circle last week was caused by "marauding bands of black youth" ("Why no mention of race in Towson disturbance?" Sept. 27). On the same day, columnist Dan Rodricks took Del. Patrick L. McDonough to task for referring to the young people involved in a similar disturbance at the Inner Harbor on St. Patrick's Day weekend as "roving mobs of black youths.
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