Thursday, August 28, 2014

White on White Crime Is HIgh Too!

I was reading a report on murders in America on a Facebook posting which included a chart for 2011 which noted the race of victims of murder as well as the perpetrator. Interestingly enough, the numbers for whites and blacks were remarkably similar.

Of 3100+ murders of whites - 2700+ of the perpetrators were white.  For blacks, the numbers were 2600+ murders and 2400+ perpetrators - HUUUUMMMMM, interesting I said.

I guess a pathology of or penchant for killing one's own race is not restricted to black folks alone.

What is also interesting is that when you accept the fact that whites score higher on standardized tests; graduate from high school and college at higher rates; own more homes, are elected or appointed to political positions more often; earn more money; have healthier retirement funds; have higher IQs, etc. etc., etc., it makes me wonder what's the root cause of such behavior in that community. Not that I'm clear on the rationale in the black community, but still.  I'm just saying!!!!.

At ay rate, the Duval County Democratic Black Caucus is working hard to find more ways to engage our black youth in positive behaviors, including a greater commitment to civic engagement in general and voting in particular.

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline | Black Politics on the Web

Punishment is not going away....just a more human and reasonable approach to how to handle discipline in our school sis coming back in to fashion.  And, it should help reduce the number of Black youth who stop out of education de to brushes with the criminal justice system over what some call minor instances and occurrences.

Restorative justice programs and processes will hopefully assist young Black adults in atoning for their actions as well as give them a greater sense that fairness is a reality for them as well as their classmates.

Let's all pray this approach can pay off big time for our Black youth.

Christensen Set to be U.S. First Black Female Governor

Christensen Set to be U.S. First Black Female Governor | BlackPressUSA

It's about time!  However, I wish this governorship was in one of the 50 states of the United State versus the US Virgin Islands.  But, I'll take it and I'm excited about it nonetheless.

We should all wish Delegate Donna Christensen all the best and make ourselves and our organizations available to assist her in all the ways we can.

The Duval County Democratic Black Caucus is always ready to help political leaders succeed.

Congratulations Ms. Christensen!

Politics Counts: How Black Turnout Could Impact November

Although US Congressional Districts are seemingly safe for many Republicans; US Senate races may hold opportunities for Democratic victories if African American turnout ticks up in November.  Check out the link below and here for details.

At bottom, Blacks and others voters of color must commit to high voter turnouts EVERY Election. 

In my home town of Jacksonville FL., African American votes comprise over half the registered Democrats. An 80% turnout gives any Democratic candidate a potential to secure 103,200 votes. Even 50% would mean a starting point of 52,000 votes. Because we're the largest city in the state, such a turnout would bode well for select statewide and national races as well.

Vote Smart - VOTE BLUE!

Politics Counts: How Black Turnout Could Impact November - Washington Wire - WSJ

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Right Decision Was Reached, Again!

August 2014
Fifth Circuit Upholds University of Texas Admissions Policy The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 15 upheld, for a second time, the University of Texas’ consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions. In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court rejected the case of Abigail Fisher, a White student not accepted to the University of Texas in 2008 who claimed she was refused entrance due to the university’s affirmative action policy. “We are persuaded that to deny UT Austin its limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity would hobble the richness of the educational experience,” wrote Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham. The case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last year in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, but was sent back on remand to the appeals court to apply “strict scrutiny” in assessing the University of Texas’ admissions policies. In a statement applauding the decision, University of Texas President Bill Powers said that the university remains “committed to assembling a student body at The University of Texas at Austin that brings with it the educational benefits of diversity while respecting the rights of all students. This ruling ensures that our campus, our state and the entire nation will benefit from the exchange of ideas and thoughts that happens when students who are diverse in all regards come together in the classroom, at campus events and in all aspects of campus life.” The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who represented UT Austin’s Black Student Alliance in the case, similarly praised the ruling. “This decision should stand as a declaration of the ongoing importance and legality of affirmative action efforts that holistically evaluate applicants for admission in higher education,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel. Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, said that “Like all of the unique factors in students’ backgrounds, race matters – including for Asian Americans, who are a broadly diverse group ourselves.” That sentiment – that race still matters – was echoed by Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, who said “We can only hope that the hardcore ‘colorblindness’ brigade will now allow universities to go about the critical business of training a leading workforce for our increasingly diverse and interconnected society.” On July 29, Fisher's attorneys filed an appeal asking the full Fifth Circuit to rehear the case.


As I understand it, in the original school actions, 47 students whose profiles were not as strong as Ms. Fisher's were admitted.....42 white students and 5 students of color - 3 African Americans and 2 Latinos.  Who's she upset about getting in over her?  Right...5 minority students but not the 42 whites. What? 

Equal Opportunity News

U.T. Austin’s affirmative action program is a careful effort to ensure diversity – Washington Post Diversity in Admissions – Inside Higher Ed
A basic flaw in the argument against affirmative action
– Washington Post

Thursday, August 7, 2014

We Can Win This Thing!

August 26 is Primary Election Day in Duval County and around the State of Florida. Although historically, there's a lower voter turnout in non-Presidential election years, these off-year elections are the best opportunity to gain ground.  Why?  Because given the low number of voters who turnout, the political Party that has even a modest increase in turnout can run-away with multiple election successes.

In Duval County alone, African Americans represent roughly 130,000 of the 232,000 registered Democrats. If 80% of the registered Black Democrats turnout and vote Party, many if not most of the Democrats running can win and win big. In primary races with two or more Democrats running, Black or otherwise, whichever candidate is favored by Black voters can succeed in winning the primary.

Even those Democratic candidates for statewide races can receive a huge boost if Black Democrats in Duval County turnout in huge numbers. For example, if Duval County Blacks favored, Perry Thurston, the African American candidate for State Attorney General or Thad Hamilton, the Black candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, our votes would be a huge help to push them over the top in their respective primary races.  Additionally, if there are races with no Democrats running, but there is a good Independent candidate or other minor Party candidate who is right on the issues that are important to African Americans, then, we can help them win as well...candidates like Paula Moser-Bartlett running against Ander Crenshaw in US Congressional District 4..

At bottom, Duval County Democrats in general and Black Democrats in particular must realize our political power in numbers and turnout in great numbers on August 26 and help Democrats and other right-thinking candidates win all across our County and the State!

Then, we can repeat our turnout success again in November!

Vote Smart - VOTE BLUE!