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Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering

Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering
The world is rightly on edge over the latest appearance of the lethal Ebola virus. President Obama has committed American troops and millions of American dollars to help those countries in West Africa where it threatens to reach epidemic levels. The diagnosis two weeks ago that Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting relatives and friends in Dallas, was suffering from the virus (he died last week) raised alarm bells throughout the country, prompting government officials and the medical community to check and re-check the multi-faceted preventative “screen” they’ve assembled to defend against the virus.
 
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a nurse who had “extensive contact” with Duncan in Dallas has contracted the Ebola virus, the first time it has been contracted by someone inside the United States.

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To save our children… beginning right now!

To save our children… beginning right now!

 

(The Rev. Rodney Beard is pastor of The Living Word Community Church in Nashville.)

I had an interesting conversation with the Vice President of our National Action Network of Greater Nashvill

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  • Written by Leah

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

It is the great irony of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark desegregation case that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, that segregation in our schools has gotten even worse, not better.

Back in 1954, 17 states still had segregated schools and with court order from the highest court in the land, they were forced to desegregate. How successful were they? Not very.

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That just might work! My 10-point plan for ‘right now’

That just might work! My 10-point plan for ‘right now’

Two years ago, I had one in a series of engaging and ongoing conversations with the TSD’s Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku about creating fundamental and sustainable change in the quality of life in Memphis, particularly for African-American people.

At the time, I shared with him that I would eventually help 100,000 felons get their voting rights back. I projected personally paying a legal firm to handle each of the 100,000 cases. I envisioned a free YouTube documentary video showing how I (SixFour) – a second-chancer – got my voting rights back. And I openly talked of the collective power that could result.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans

Why More Black Americans Should Run for Elected Office

Why More Black Americans Should Run for Elected Office
On Labor Day in Milwaukee, President Barack Obama gave a rousing speech to supporters in which he accused Republicans of playing political games instead of helping American families. When the crowd started to boo, the president leaned on a quip from his 2012 re-election campaign: “Don’t boo. Vote!”
 
It’s a familiar sentiment, particularly in the black community. From the Reconstruction Era through Jim Crow and into the civil rights movement, voting has been seen as the key to remedying injustice and addressing racial inequality. Today, increased voting is the fallback strategy when the black community searches for a plan to address the latest tragedy. When Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted of murder charges, many figures, from the family’s attorney to national political strategists, argued that the most appropriate response was for black Americans to vote. When Ferguson, Mo., focused the nation’s attention on its racial issues, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called on people to use “voting power to elect officials to respond to their real needs.”

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