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Christian Taylor, an unarmed black college student, was shot to death by police
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The Killing Fields —

  Police Deadly Shootings Another Black College Student Shot Dead by Police; FBI to assist in the investigation By Frederick H. Lowe The Arlington, Texas, police department has asked the Dallas office of the FBI to participate in the investigation into Friday morning’s shooting death of an unarmed black college student by an Arlington police officer. “My request to the […]

Unemployment chart data for July 2015
Black Workers News

Black Men’s Jobless Rate Improves

  ….But we’re still at the bottom By Frederick H. Lowe The unemployment rate for black men 20 years old and older improved in July compared with June, but their labor-participation rate — the number of  black men in this age group employed or looking for work — declined, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The jobless rate for […]

Black Workers Business Health

Job Cuts

  Employment More than 105,000 job cuts announced in July The day before the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs’ report on Friday, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement firm, published its figures for layoffs and it wasn’t a pretty picture. U.S. employers cut 105,696 workers from their payrolls in July, Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported. […]

Infant mortality is much higher in the black community compared to the white community.
Health News

Black Infant Death Rates

  Infant death rates between blacks and whites is very wide By Frederick H. Lowe The U.S. infant death rate among blacks was twice as high as that for white infants in 2013, even though the overall infant death rate dropped to a historic low, National Vital Statistics Reports announced last week. The highest infant death rate was 11.11% per […]

Sara Glover has been elected president of the National Association of Black Journalists
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New NABJ President

  Sarah Glover Defeats Mira Lowe for the Office Sarah Glover has been elected the 21st president of the National Association of Black Journalists, succeeding Bob Butler, who defeated her for the post in 2013. Glover, social media editor for NBC-owned television stations, bested Mira Lowe. Glover received 347 votes to Lowe’s 167 votes, according to NABJ’s Elections Committee. The […]

Trump As In Rump
Health

Trump As In Rump

  His comments about black men, including President Obama, are well known Donald Trump, who was banned from last weekend’s RedState gathering in Atlanta because of sexist comments he made to Fox News’s Megyn Kelly during Thursday’s Republican debate in Cleveland, has made even nastier comments about black men with very little national blow back. In 1989, after a woman […]

African Americans turn out in large numbers in national elections but not in the all-important local elections.
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Black Voter Victory

Voting Rights   Appeals court blocks restrictive voter photo ID law in Texas By Frederick H. Lowe In a major victory for African-American voters in Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that the Lone Star State’s restrictive photo ID law —the strictest in country — violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The […]

Scene of Detention
News Wrongful Convictions

Scene of Detention

  Chicago police held mostly blacks at a secret jail location In the 1981 movie “Prince of the City,” an undercover narcotics detective asks a Mafia guy if one the criminal organization’s members is involved in a high-profile New York crime. The “made” man is clearly offended by the question. “What’s the matter? Don’t you have enough niggers to lock […]

Racial Bias may Lower Benefits of Economic Status
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Racial Bias may Lower Benefits of Economic Status

  By Jessica Martin Washington University in St. Louis Racial discrimination could lessen the mental-health benefits usually associated with better socio-economic position for African-American men, a new study finds. “Individuals who have greater economic resources generally report better health, including lower prevalence of mental disorders,” says Darrell L. Hudson, assistant professor of public health at the Brown School at Washington […]