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Education, The Gift That Keeps On Giving . . .

. . . Get Some and Give Some

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Education the gift that keeps givingI know I must be getting old when I find myself picking my oldest granddaughter up from her college orientation. Each of my sons and I have an agreement that we will all pitch in to make sure that the "kids "(seven grandchildren) get their education. That includes books, cars, tuition, parking stickers and whatever it takes, because the option is potentially too costly. I guarantee you that it is cheaper to help kids pay for tuition and education than entry into the underground economy. I gave her a cross pen. She doesn't really know how proud we are that she is off to college. My oldest grandson will be joining her next year.

Education as a Barber got me my first business. Education got me my Law Degree and my Law Office which got me to a position that I can help my children and grandchildren, and even my community move forward.

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Still Last and Tired of It

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Republican and Tea Party positions on minoritiesThe reports are undenied.  Michelle Bachman, the front runner in the race for President against President Obama, signed a pledge that Black children were better off as Slaves than they are today under a Black President. Then she made public statements that the meager million plus dollars won by Black farmers in the famous Pigford Farm discrimination case should be taken back and given to flood victims in, I believe, Kansas.  These events bring it all back that there are some whites who still believe that they are somehow a superior race because they are white. They believe that as long as whites are taken care of, Blacks can do without.

The recent report that white wealth is twenty times that of Blacks seems to be the natural order of things for the Tea Party and their Republican benefactors. Black male unemployment in Harlem is 50 percent. Elsewhere it’s nearly twenty percent, while whites are suffering at 12 percent. The Republicans want to trash Social Security entitlement and/or raise the age of entitlement to 67 when Blacks don’t even get a fair share at the current age of 65 because many Blacks don’t even live to see 65, much less 67.

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Beyond the Butcher the Baker the Candlestick Maker

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Careers - the butcher, the baker and candlestick makersAn old English nursery rhyme says, 'rub a dub dub, three men in a tub and who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker and knaves were they'.  This is one of those things we learned in elementary school that was irrelevant to our existence. Because it was irrelevant, many Black kids were not enamored to learn English. It didn’t do much for helping to expose or interest Black kids in choosing a career either. First of all, this rhyme was taught when neither the butcher, the baker or candlestick maker looked like the Black kid reading it. It’s much like many other things in the education of Black students today.  No one makes it relevant.

If someone had told Black kids that Othello was Black they might have taken an interest in Shakespeare. Or that a Black man named Toussaint L.’ Ouverture in 1791, whipped the French general, Napoleon, to free the Black Haitian slaves, it might have made Black kids more interested in world history.  But we all know that history of a hunt would be different if it had been written by the lion.  

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The Republican War to Stop President Obama

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Republican war to stop President ObamaThere is an old saying that if you give them an inch, they will take a mile. It seems that that saying has been resurrected with the election of President Barack Obama. It was a saying that was applied to slaves as a counter argument to giving the slaves a “little freedom.”  And while it seems a contradiction in terms, a little freedom is exactly what was given to slaves in New Orleans when they were given a half day off on Sundays.  They would congregate at a place called CONGO SQUARE where they were free to dance and practice their tribal traditions. They were, in effect, half free, for a half day.

The Republicans seem to be trying to revisit those “good ol’ days.”  They want to be able to say America is a great country and anyone can live the American Dream and become a mayor or even president, no matter what race, creed, or color they are.  But the realities are something else, especially if you are looking at it from the vantage point of a Black man of fifty, sixty or seventy years of age. We have seen versions of the drama of the Congo Square, meaning half free and half slave. Another version was half free and half victim of discrimination and/or victim of racism.  

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Black-Owned Businesses, Education and Entrepreneurship

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - black-owned businesses, education and entrepreneurshipAn article in the June 2011 Atlanta Tribune says that Black-owned firms make up more than 23 percent of the Atlanta metropolitan landscape. The June Issue is a primer on Black-owned businesses in the south, in general, and Atlanta, specifically. The article entitled, “City of Entrepreneurs”, The Tribune, a twenty five year old Black-owned magazine, cites an article in Forbes magazine as saying that Atlanta  is the best city in the United States for “minority” entrepreneurs. Forbes uses factors like housing affordability, population growth and entrepreneurial spirit. Forbes put Atlanta ahead of 50 other cities with populations over 1 million.  

Answering the question of, “how does Atlanta keep doing it, The Tribune says that when people think about making a living, entrepreneurship is “way up on the list.”   Atlanta boasts an organization called the “Atlanta Business League,” an advocacy organization existing to promote Black Businesses.

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