Saturday, October 30, 2010

5 reasons the GOP's repealing healthcare reforms hurts African Americans

Here's another reason for you as an African American to get off your *** and go vote on Nov. 2. The GOP has promised that if they gain control of the US Congress and US Senate they will immediately try to repeal President Obama's healthcare reforms. Listed below are 5 ways in which that hurts African Americans.......George Cook

In an analysis by the Center for American Progress of the recent “Pledge to America,” unveiled by the Republican leadership, CAP highlights one particular policy proposal by the Republicans of concern. This policy proposal includes repealing the Affordable Health Care Act of 2009.

How the Republican’s pledge to repeal health care reform would impact the African American community:

1. The “Pledge to America” would replace health care reform with a grab bag of isolated measures that mostly benefit those who already have health care coverage.

2. Their pledge to repeal health care reform includes no plans to expand coverage to help those who cannot afford health insurance. This would include repealing Medicaid expansions, financial help to small businesses struggling with the costs of employee coverage, and the tax subsidies that will help working families purchase coverage through health insurance exchanges.

3. Their pledge to repeal health care reform includes no plans to improve primary care or increase the primary care workforce that exists in the current health care law.

4. Their pledge to repeal health care reform will exacerbate the problems of lower health quality and health care disparities that African Americans experience. The existing law now requires that federally funded programs collect and report data on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health literacy, and primary language, using methodologies that will ensure health care disparities can be measured.

5. Their pledge to repeal health care reform will undo the provisions that establish the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services and a network of minority health offices located within HHS that elevate the Office of Minority Health at the National Institutes of Health directly into the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Dems split over handing Obama '12 nomination

Democratic voters are closely divided over whether President Barack Obama should be challenged within the party for a second term in 2012, an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks Poll finds.

That glum assessment carries over into the nation at large, which is equally divided over whether Obama should be a one-term president.

A real Democratic challenge to Obama seems unlikely at this stage and his re-election bid is a long way off. But the findings underscore how disenchanted his party has grown heading into the congressional elections Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Audio: Obama interview on Al Sharpton Radio Show 10/26/10

Appearing on the Rev. Al Sharpton’s national radio show, "Keeping It Real," Obama outlined a record on health care and other measures that he said helped minority and low-income communities, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Listen to the interview below:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

First black mayor elected in Slovenia

Slovenia elected its first black mayor on Sunday, an immigrant from Africa known as the "Obama of Piran," the town where he lives.

In fact, Peter Bossman, a Ghana-born physician, could be the first black mayor elected anywhere in his region of Europe.

Read more here: Slovenia elects its 1st black mayor

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Did you know President Obama cut your federal taxes?

Did you know that President Obama delivered a tax cut? Probably not. Instead of making a show and spending millions cutting checks to tax payers. The President simply cut the payroll tax and didn't take the money in the first place. Was that a great political move? No! But was it good for tax payers? Yes!....George Cook

Here is an excerpt from a NY Times article titled From Obama, the Tax Cut Nobody Heard Of

The tax cut was, by design, hard to notice. Faced with evidence that people were more likely to save than spend the tax rebate checks they received during the Bush administration, the Obama administration decided to take a different tack: it arranged for less tax money to be withheld from people’s paychecks.

They reasoned that people would be more likely to spend a small, recurring extra bit of money that they might not even notice, and that the quicker the money was spent, the faster it would cycle through the economy.

Economists are still measuring how stimulative the tax cut was. But the hard-to-notice part has succeeded wildly. In a recent interview, President Obama said that structuring the tax cuts so that a little more money showed up regularly in people’s paychecks “was the right thing to do economically, but politically it meant that nobody knew that they were getting a tax cut.”

“And in fact what ended up happening was six months into it, or nine months into it,” the president said, “people had thought we had raised their taxes instead of cutting their taxes.”

There are plenty of explanations as to why many taxpayers did not feel richer when the cuts kicked in, giving typical families an extra $65 a month. Some people were making less money to begin with, as businesses cut back. Others saw their take-home pay shrink as the amounts deducted for health insurance rose.

Read the entire article From Obama, the Tax Cut Nobody Heard Of

Friday, October 22, 2010

History Book mentions thousands of black confederate soldiers????

Virginia's Education Department approved a textbook that wrongly claims thousands of black troops fought for the Confederacy, prompting state officials to warn superintendents and history teachers about the mistake.

"Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson," the book passage says.

The agency issued a memo after a parent of a Williamsburg fourth-grader, who also is a professor of history at the College of William & Mary, found the passage in the Civil War chapter of "Our Virginia: Past and Present."

Black slaves occasionally took up arms to defend their masters, but it was illegal to use blacks as soldiers in the Confederacy until toward the war's end, said the parent, Carol Sheriff, a 19th-century historian who has written a book about the war.

Read more here 'Black Confederates' goof noted

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Juan Williams gets 2 million dollar contract from Fox News

Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable bump up from his previous salary, the Tribune Washington Bureau has learned. The Fox News contributor will now appear exclusively and more frequently on the cable news network and have a regular column on [ SOURCE LA TIMES ]

Juan Williams fired from NPR for anti muslim comments

NPR fired political analyst Juan Williams on Wednesday night over his statement on Fox News that he gets "nervous" whenever he sees people in “Muslim garb” boarding a plane. Below is NPR's statement on the firing of Williams:

On Wednesday night we gave Juan Williams notice that we are terminating his contract as a Senior News Analyst for NPR News.

Juan has been a valuable contributor to NPR and public radio for many years and we did not make this decision lightly or without regret. However, his remarks on The O'Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.

We regret these circumstances and thank Juan Williams for his many years of service to NPR and public radio

Here is video of the statements that led to Juan William's firing:


Study shows black youth are politically involved

Many of the assumptions people have about black youth—that they are politically detached and negatively influenced by rap music and videos—are false stereotypes, according to a new University of Chicago study ( The Black Youth Project ) by Prof. Cathy Cohen, based on surveys and conversations with the youth themselves.

Some things the study's revealed:

* When compared with other young people, black youth are most likely to be critical of rap music videos. The survey found that 41 percent felt that rap music videos should be more political, compared with 23 percent of whites and 33 percent of Latinos.

* Black youth consistently hold the most conservative views on questions of premarital sex, homosexuality and abortion. Among black youth, 42 percent felt that sex before marriage is wrong, compared with 28 percent of whites and 32 percent of Latinos. Among blacks, 55 percent think that homosexuality is always wrong, compared with 35 percent of whites and 36 percent of Latinos. The survey also found that 47 percent of black youth feel that abortion is always wrong, compared with 34 percent of whites and 46 percent of Latinos. Black youth with more religious backgrounds were more likely to hold conservative opinions.

* Black youth are politically engaged, particularly on the Internet. They are described as a group of "digital Democrats" who are more eager to be involved when digital networks facilitate involvement. When asked if they wrote a blog or sent an e-mail related to politics, 15 percent of black youth, 21 percent of whites and 18 percent of Latinos said they had.

* Voting increased for the 2008 election, driven by Obama's candidacy, and figures from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that black youth had the highest percentage of voters among the three groups studied.

Read more about the study here: Study shows black youth are politically involved

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tea Party Racism,the report the Tea Parties don't want you to see

A new report Tea Party Nationalism by Devin Burghart, Leonard Zeskind and the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights exposes the connection between numerous tea party leaders and racism. It's a bad sign for your group when sections in a chapter on racism in the party include sections titled Providing a platform to bigots and Enter White Nationalist

Read the report by clicking the link below. The chapter on racism is chapter 8 beginning on page 57.

Tea Party Nationalism

Monday, October 18, 2010

Black Pace Univerity student shot and killed by police

The Pace University campus is in mourning after a varsity football player, Danroy Henry from Massachusetts is shot and killed by police in Westchester County. Police saying he was trying to get way from them while witnesses say Mr. Henry was simply trying to leave the chaotic scene. Watch video of this story below.

Friday, October 15, 2010

1 in 22 blacks will get HIV, CDC report says

1 in 22 blacks will get HIV, CDC report says

Health officials estimate that 1 in 22 black Americans will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime — more than twice the risk for Hispanics and eight times that of whites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the numbers Thursday. The report says the lifetime risk is 1 in 52 for Hispanics, and 1 in 170 for whites.

Asian-Americans had the lowest lifetime risk, at about 1 in 222.

The data is not considered surprising. Earlier research has shown blacks, especially, have a high risk of HIV infection.

The estimates are based on 2007 death certificates, population figures and HIV surveillance data from 37 states and Puerto Rico. They update similar calculations reported two years ago.

Read the CDC report here: 1 in 22 blacks will get HIV, CDC report says

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What Health Reform Means for African Americans

Dr. Garth Graham from the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Minority Health has posted a new video on that discusses some of the many benefits of the Affordable Care Act for African Americans. Watch the video below:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Why GOPs "A Pledge to America" is bad for African American communities

If you are unsure of whether or not you will vote in the upcoming mid-term election please read this story about how the republicans "A Pledge to America " would do much more harm than good for African Americans. Please vote....George Cook

The following is an excerpt from an article Republican agenda ignores communities of color in the Milwaukee Courier:

Republicans pledge to improve the economy by extending all of President Bush’s tax cuts and reducing spending to the Bush administration level. In other words, Republicans pledge to pursue the very same economic policies that created the Great Recession and turned record surpluses into record deficits. Under these policies, we saw median household income fall $2,875 for African-American families and $3,557 for Hispanic families, and watched the poverty rate in communities of color increase faster compared to the national average. Returning to these same failed policies would produce the same results: higher deficits while putting the needs of the richest 2 percent above working- and middle-class families.

Read more Republican agenda ignores communities of color

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tanya Walton Pratt Indiana's first black federal judge sworn in.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, the first African-American Federal District Court judge in the state of Indiana, was sworn in as District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Friday, October 8, 2010 in the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Pratt on June 15, and President Barack Obama signed her commission. Her formal swearing-in to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana drew judges and politicians Friday to the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.
"I still get goose bumps when I think about the fact that the president of the United States of America appointed me to my job," Pratt said.

"I did not attend college or law school at Ivy League institutions," she said. "I am a proud product of historically black colleges and universities."

Pratt earned her bachelor's degree from Spelman College in Atlanta in 1981 and her law degree from Howard University in 1984.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Michelle Obama Still Struggling to Define Her Role as First Lady

Following her husband's victory in November 2008, observers speculated how Michelle—as the first African-American first lady—would define her role and incorporate her experiences as a lawyer and as the mother of two young girls. Since then, she has won wide praise for her personal style and down-to-earth manner

Read more Michelle Obama Still Struggling to Define Her Role as First Lady

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

More white students attending HBCUs

Elizabeth Hallaren, a 20-year-old white woman, says she is beginning to understand what it's like to be a minority.

As a fourth-year nursing student at Hampton University, she is part of an increasing number of non-black students attending historically black colleges and universities such as HU. Enrollment trends have diversified greatly over the last two decades at traditionally black colleges, experts say.

Read more: More non-black students attending historically black colleges