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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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Are you raising a homophobic child?

Are you raising a homophobic child?
 
When I was growing up, the first sport I wanted to play was softball. My friend, who lived next door to me, played, and pangs of jealousy ran through my body every time she talked about her games. I remember one spring I begged my mother to sign me up for the softball team, but she said she wouldn’t because the coach was a “d--e.” Mind you, I was about 8 years old when she told me that.
 
“D--e,” “b--ldagger,” “l--bo” and “f--” were some of the terms I heard in my “Christian” household. To this day, I still don’t know from where “b--ldagger” originates, but it was my grandmother’s term for lesbians. I didn’t realize the softball coach was a lesbian until my mother told me. I was never to go near her, even though she was always outside playing with the other kids.

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Seriously? One third of Americans think Obama is worst President since WWII

Seriously? One third of Americans think Obama is worst President since WWII
 
On Wednesday, a Quinnipiac University poll revealed something that I already known to be true thanks to years of experience and access to cable television: a ridiculous amount of people choose to be willfully ignorant. In this context, it comes in the form of a third of voters professing President Barack Obama to be the worst president since World War II. This is the part where you roll your eyes to the beat of Mystikal’s “Danger,” featuring Nivea.
So who is the best president according to those polled? The Patron Saint of Conservatism and the Tim Howard of Blocking American Progress: Ronald Reagan. 
 
So who took this poll? 

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Tennessee Promise extends new opportunities to students

Tennessee Promise extends new opportunities to students
Summer feels like it just started, but school will be back in before we know it.
 
For some students, this will be the start of their senior year. I know several who are starting their last year of school, and I'm sure you do too.
 
Those young people, if they haven't already, will need to decide what they'll do after graduating high school. It's a challenging but promising time for our high school seniors, as they look forward to finally graduating and start to plan their lives.
 

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‘Educating Black Girls’ and questions galore

‘Educating Black Girls’ and questions galore
We hear so much about the 47 percent dropout rate among black males, but I believe a 40 percent dropout rate among black females is outrageous and unacceptable. Black males may be on life support, but black females are in critical condition.
 
What are the factors causing so many black girls to leave school? Could one factor be that only18 percent of black girls by eighth grade are proficient in reading? Could another factor be that only 13 percent are proficient in math by eighth grade? What about the fact that 21 percent of black girls are retained at least once? How does retention affect the psyche of black girls? What effect does black girls’ suspension rate of 12 percent have on their dropout rate? Black girls’ pregnancy rate had been considered a factor in their dropout rate. But then in-school and alternative school programs emerged.

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Ikea and the Gap fill the wage gap

Ikea and the Gap fill the wage gap
 
President Obama would like the national minimum wage to rise to $10.10 an hour. By executive order, he has already raised the minimum wage for federal contractors.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has threatened to sue President Obama for his use of executive order, which he says circumvents Congressional authority.
 
Ikea said it will raise the average minimum wage to $10.76 an hour, which is an increase of 17 percent.  Ikea says its goal is to offer their workers a living wage, regardless of whether their competitors offer it.  Half of Ikea employees will get a raise, while those who already earn a living wage will not. The chain now provides other benefits, such as a 401-k match. Ikea has just 38 stores in the United States, which may minimize the impact their wage increase has on its competitors.  Still, Ikea has done the right thing and earned a competitive advantage in the areas where they have stores.

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