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Longer safe-haven times for moms might have kept babies safe from harm

Longer safe-haven times for moms might have kept babies safe from harm

Two recent stories captured headlines and broke hearts across the nation. A 7-month-old baby was abandoned in a New York subway station and another baby died, allegedly suffocated by his mother at just 11 months old. Though the stories had different endings, both are tragedies, and in each case, the babies were being brought up by young mothers who were in over their heads and – in acts of apparent desperation – made choices that will haunt them the rest of their lives.

My point isn’t to condone the alleged actions of these two women. But it is to raise a question: If we as a society accept that there are people who become parents every day who aren’t ready for parenthood, why don’t we provide more options to help keep their children healthy and safe?

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No easy answers exist with immigration reform

No easy answers exist with immigration reform
Twenty-thousand-eight-hundred-and-five unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras were caught entering the United States illegally in 2013. Of that number, 1,169 were repatriated. So far this year, 57,000 unaccompanied children from those same three countries have been caught coming across the border, and 1,500, at most, have been deported.
 
Given those odds, it might be worth the trip.
 
President Barack Obama’s public message that kids won’t be allowed to stay in the United States has at this point fallen on deaf Central American ears, and the kids keep arriving daily. He’s now asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to deal with the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border.  But only a tiny fraction of that money would go where it’s desperately needed.

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What the book ‘Place, Not Race’ doesn’t get

What the book ‘Place, Not Race’ doesn’t get
I vividly remember the affirmative action debates that raged on my campus when I was a college student in the early ’90s. Many of our debates centered on Stephen L. Carter’s “Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby.” To me, Carter was a person who had benefited from his inclusion in formerly all-white spaces who had suddenly turned on my generation as we were attempting to set down our own roots in a wider, post-civil-rights America. Others felt that we were taking advantage of something we had not earned.
 
I read Carter’s book as a betrayal. Not only had I earned my scores and achievements, but I also felt as though I more than deserved a place at the University of Virginia, precisely because of its history: My “home” in the “academical village” was literally built by my ancestors. This centurieslong history enriched my quest to learn everything I could at a university that had once barred black Americans and women.

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Yes, immigrant kids are fleeing violence, but so were kids in Chicago last weekend

Yes, immigrant kids are fleeing violence, but so were kids in Chicago last weekend
 
Incensed by President Barack Obama’s plan to deport thousands of immigrant children who have arrived in the U.S. illegally in recent months, activists have taken to the streets to chide the president. Many protests have included children. At one, a young boy can be seen carrying a sign that reads, “No deportation of children fleeing violence and poverty.”
 
I, too, care about children facing violence and poverty, and that’s why I support the Obama administration’s plan to expedite deportations.

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It’s time to stop asking whether women can have it all

It’s time to stop asking whether women can have it all
Can women have it all? If you’re a working woman, you’ve read your fair share of inconclusive articles that seek to answer this sphinxlike mystery. This topic comes up as a national discussion with only slightly less frequency than those “why women – never men – are soooo single” articles.
 
This time the question of women having it all is cocktail conversation fodder once again thanks to an admission by PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where she said that she didn’t think women could have it all – whatever “all” means, because despite the abundance of these conversations about women having it, I’ve never been quite sure what “all” actually is. Anyway, Nooyi’s perspective echoed the sentiment of that very popular Atlantic magazine cover story from 2012, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The title clearly explains the gist of the article.

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Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’

Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’
The Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.”  Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said,
 
“Democrats ain’t loyal.”
 
They ain’t, to borrow the vernacular.
 
Although people of color comprised 45 percent of Democratic voters in 2012, less than 2 percent of the $1.1 billion collected over a 4-year period by the three primary Democratic fundraising committees went to people of color – defined as U.S. residents who are African American, Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Native American – according to the “2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report” by PowerPAC+, a national advocacy organization that helps elect progressives to office by building on the political power of the multiracial majority in America.

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The Congressional Black Caucus has no conscience

The Congressional Black Caucus has no conscience
 
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.”  According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives.  Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what the CBC has turned out to be.
 
They have conned the American people into believing that they represent the values of the Black community; and nothing could be further from the truth.
 
They have sat silently by as President Barack Obama has put forth policies that have decimated the very people they claim to represent – the Black community.

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