In the latest outrageous and fallacious Bush adminstration offense against war critics, Condoleeza Rice is quoted in Essence Magazine — the pre-eminent and widely read lifestyle magazine targeted at African-American women — saying:

“I’m sure there are people who thought it was a mistake to fight the Civil War to its end and to insist that the emancipation of slaves would hold,” Rice said in the new issue of Essence magazine.

“I know there were people who said, ‘Why don’t we get out of this now, take a peace with the South, but leave the South with slaves?’” Rice said.

The fact that this garbage appeared in a magazine shows how far ahead the Republicans have planned this messaging to strike back at their critics. The talking points include equating opponents of staying the course in Iraq to WW II-era fascists, Nazi sympathizers, Communist fellow-travelers and now, Confederate flag-wavers.

Hat tip to Carpetbagger Report for the story. You’re right that black columnist Eugene Robinson may have been too quick to praise Rice for her rhetorical self-restraint. You underestimate though the power and influence of this magazine and what this indicates about the planned outreach strategy to the African-American community from the Bush administration. These are the same people you’ll remember who have been telling Bush that he is like Lincoln. I’m sure they’ll find a way to draw comparisons between critics of their handing of Katrina relief/reconstruction and slavery supporters as well!

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You’ll remember I’ve rapped to you before about the racism and anti-racism going back and forth on YouTube. Well, I learned through “Stormfront” which is the center of the current White Supremacist online conversation — think DailyKos, but for racists — that there is an organized debate with stopwatches and rules going on right now.

Check it out here. It’s YTARC vs. the ProHateDebate. Right now, the racist videos are getting more views overall. I hope you can help me change that! And also: Go Kwaichi! Go YTARC (YouTube Anti-Racism Collaboration)!

The forces of racism are getting better organized, more sophisticated and increasingly aggressive online to recruit for their position. We must stay on top of this and show the falsehoods behind their misplaced hate. Don’t believe me? JewWatch, an anti-semitic and racist site, currently gets more traffic than the U.S. Holocaust Museum (which is a great site, btw) and is ranked 44,675 to’s 74,553 in Alexa’s traffic rankings. Disturbing, isn’t it? Note the heavy use of YouTube video embeds on the JewWatch site.

Check it out here. (Hat tip: Alternet).

Queen Latifah at the MTV Video Music Awards:

“We’re messing with Mother Nature like never before. Our planet is seriously getting out of balance. It’s time to change to save our future.”

She adds. “No BS.” Then Al Gore tells us he’s sexy and shows the MTV audience some scary pictures. Take a look at the Think MTV/Al Gore Break the Addiction website. It’s pretty good and gives you some concrete things to do to help save our future. Start with Examine Yourself. I know I am.

Ok, so my first recommendation in fighting global warming is to change the name. Scientists came up with this name. It has been sort of popularized, but I am sorry. “Warming” does not sound nearly serious enough.

“Warming” sounds like what I do with pop tarts. Or leftovers. Or when spring comes. It sounds almost…pleasant. Warming sounds good. We need words that sound bad. Very very bad.

This is called re-framing. You’d better believe that those who wish to maintain the status quo such as ExxonMobil will be doing it more and more in the face of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and those who wish to fight back against global warming and the severe world consequences global warming brings. Thanks Oliver Willis for the news clip.

Here are a few suggestions — do me a favor and start to think of your own. Then start to use them in everyday conversation to see which ones resonate. How about:

Global Collapse
Global System Failure
Global Failure
Global Meltdown
Earth Meltdown
Earth Collapse
Storm Engine
Storm Surge
Fifth Horse of the Apocalypse (ok, just kidding about this one)

I came under a lot of pressure from (white) friends to see An Inconvenient Truth. I felt I was more or less up to speed on global warming — hey, I recycle, I drive a hybrid, I use those new lightbulbs at home. It’s a problem but I’m doing my lil bit, right?

“No, you don’t understand!” they said. “You have to see the movie.” OK, so I got around to it this weekend. I figured, finally I could cross it off my list of “important”, “must-see” left-leaning documentaries.

To my surprise, An Inconvenient Truth turned out to be, for me at least, an almost religious experience. As a girl, I read in the Bible:

Genesis 1:26 –
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Al Gore is here to tell us that we basically get an F- from God on this particular chore of looking after the earth. Oh and by the way, the end of the world — if we continue on the same path — is roughly 50 or so years from now. Because of global warming.

I went through a lot of emotions during the movie including “Oh my god. Oh my god. OH.MY.GOD.” A small vein began to throb in my forehead and when I looked around the theater, I saw that a lot of other people were holding their heads too.

I also noticed that I was the only black person in the theater.

Sure, you can say I went to a theater that mostly attracts hip urban white people. And I know I am not the only African-American person to see this movie. Outside of a limited pool of black intelligentsia and black bohemians, how many have seen this movie, do you reckon?

I reckon not many.

I drove up to the Hunts Point Saturday for a screening of Inconvenient Truth, followed by an iChat with Al Gore. The host was a group called Generation Engage; the crowd was mostly college kids; one of the handful of locals there, an artist, said she’d “never seen so many white people in the Bronx in my life.”

And that’s too bad, because if anything is actually going to get done about global warming, it’s going to have to include the majority of African-Americans. We’ve been the moral conscience of the nation for a long time now. Al Gore treads perhaps too lightly on the spiritual aspects of this problem. But this is the kind of movie that church congregations should watch together. And then form a plan for changing the way we live. Cuz clearly, we ain’t livin’ right.

How did you feel looking at those pictures from Hurricane Katrina? Did it upset you? Make you mad? Well get ready to see a few more pictures like that. Because the consequences of global warming will hit the black and the brown first and worst. Like the East Asian tsunami, like Katrina. It’s no coincidence that we are seeing these terrible storms more and more. The black and the brown of America must become vigilant and push the popular culture towards understanding and changing our impact on the earth before it is too late.

Our opponents are those who have already given up. Who believe that the end times are already upon us. And that includes basically every black women over the age of 75-80 — your grandmother and my grandmother. We must fight denial, sure. But we must also fight those who will refuse to change, either because they are resigned to the destruction of the earth or because they think their wealth will protect them.

By the middle of the movie, even before Al Gore launched into his pep talk, I was ready to fight. That is the only attitude that has any hope of saving us. One friend I talked to told me she and her husband were actually considering adopting instead of not having a child because of “An Inconvenient Truth”. They might save a child already here on earth, but why create a life that may never see the future? I told her we must continue to hope. What better demonstration of faith and hope that we can turn this around than to have a child (and adopt too, which was their first plan)?

African-Americans are the experts in this country on faith, hope and the fight to bring that faith and hope to light even when everything — including the system — is against us. We can and must be a part of this battle. We know how to change minds and hearts to achieve what looks impossible.

Like many African-Americans, I grew up steeped in the church. My own beliefs have become influenced by ideas both inside and outside of Christianity over the years. That background though gave me a moral foundation for which I am grateful. Al is right — global warming is not a political issue. It is a moral, ethical and in my opinion maybe also a spiritual issue.

So you’ll see me writing about this subject of global warming more often. I hope you’ll join me in seeing the movie which breaks it down for you why this is so important. Then share the movie with your friends, your family, your pastor, your church.

I hope you’ll join me and others in fighting for our future. I look forward to seeing you there.

Cross-posted on MyDD

Hi, I’m Jill Tubman, a thirty-something living on the East Coast. On my blog, Jack and Jill Politics, I talk about politics from the perspective of the increasingly influential Black middle class. You see, I didn’t grow up on the mean streets of East L.A. or East Harlem. Like a lot of people, I grew up in a (relatively) diverse and prosperous suburb, post-integration. MyDD has invited me to offer you a roundup of the week’s notable events at the intersection of minorities and politics.

This week, it’s almost as if the Republicans got among their usual talking points — “say something racist, semi-factual and offensive to many, preferably involving Islamofascism.” Only time will tell if the “war on brown people” strategy will be effective with their conservative base, but playing the race card so bluntly threatens to activate progressive opponents and alienate moderate supporters.

* Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), running for re-election in Montana, wins the prize for Republican race-baiting this week. He has recently managed to offend multiple ethnic groups in recent statements. Check out this video which shows him warning more than once that Americans are threatened by a faceless enemy who drives taxis by day and kills at night. Then take the poll — who’s a bigger threat to the U.S.: taxi drivers, 7/11 workers, macacas in general, or idiot Senators?

He has also described his personal enforcement of tighter immigration controls in asking his house painter for his green card calling him a “nice little Guatemalan man.” In 1999, let’s not forget he apologized for calling  Arabs “ragheads” in discussing oil prices.

* The Washington Times, D.C.’s conservative leaning newspaper, ran a front page article attempting to give cover to pro-corporate, conservative-friendly Black Democrats like Al Wynn and Bobby Rush under attack from progressive candidates.

“My general view is that the Democratic Party used to be the big tent party where everyone is allowed to express their views; now it is being taken over by these bloggers and purists who can only see one way of thinking,” Mr. Wynn said.

FireDogLake and MyDD received a special mention for supporting Donna Edwards’s campaign, who got a Washington Post endorsement this week.

Evidently, supporting non-corrupt, solid candidates like Edwards is a racist attempt to destroy the Democratic party. Uh oh, the Washington Post had better watch their step!

The GOP’s love affair with racism this week continues after the jump.

* Beyond Macaca – Running for the Senate in Virginia, George Allen’s links to the racist Council of Conservative Citizens are revealed. CCC is the successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council and ranked with the KKK as one of America’s largest and most venerable white supremacist groups. He’s shown gripping and grinning in a photo with their leaders.

* Congressman Bob Beauprez (R-CO) and pro-life Senate candidate claims that 70% of African-American pregnancies or more end in abortion. Disturbing news, if true, but the number is closer to 33%.

* Pat Buchanan is promoting his recent book State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America and sharing his racist beliefs with audiences around the nation. In his book, Buchanan writes:

Those who believe it doesn’t matter from where they come will turn America into something she cannot survive, becoming a multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual Tower of Babel.

BlackProf provides the transcript of his appearance on CNN’s Situation Room where he defends that statement and adds that even legal immigration from non-white countries, especially Mexico, is dangerous. ThinkProgress has the video where Buchanan describes on Hannity and Colmes the urgency needed to keep America white.

What I would like is — I’d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.

Buchanan’s factoid sounds wildly inaccurate to me, by the way. Perhaps MyDD readers can set Buchanan straight.

* Today is the anniversary of President Bush’s arrival on the Gulf Coast after five days of lies and inaction after Hurricane Katrina. ThinkProgress has a full timeline that shows clearly that Bush administration officials continued to go shoe-shopping, enjoy long vacations and watch baseball games as hurricane victims waited in vain for food, water and rescue. The face of human suffering on TV was most often black and poor, people Barbara Bush implied with an ironic chuckle that the hospitality of the Houston Astrodome was “working very well for them”.

Donna Edwards is a great candidate for Congress for (parts of) Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland. Her opponent, incumbent Al Wynn is a good example of black-on-black crime for his pro-corporate, anti-consumer positions on Capitol Hill. Check out this great article in MyDD about her Washington Post endorsement.

Congressman Bob Beauprez’s (R-CO) run for governor has taken a strange turn in a recent NPR interview with host Ryan Warner. The gubernatorial candidate is very concerned about the millions of unborn black babies — tragically killed every day by their misguided, selfish or evil mothers. Read for yourself(emphasis mine):

BEAUPREZ: Tragically, I think, in some of our ethnic communities we’re seeing very, very high percentages of babies, children, pregnancies end in abortion. And I think that it’s time we have an out-in-the-open discussion about what that means.

WARNER: Do you know which ethnic communities in particular?

BEAUPREZ: I’ve seen numbers as high as 70 percent, maybe even more, in the African-American community that I think is just appalling. And I’m not saying it’s appalling on them; I’m saying it’s appalling that something’s happening to encourage that. Frankly, it raises another question: Do we think it’s OK that that many African-American babies aren’t allowed to be born and live an otherwise normal life and reach the blessings, the fullness of the American dream? I think those are very, very serious, very intense, very personal questions that a society such as ours ought to ponder.

Beauprez though is sadly mis-informed. Or crazy. Because the abortion rate is probably closer to 33% among African-American women. Still high, but far from 70%.

As I’ve previously written, the abortion rate is 3 times higher among African-Americans than among white women. This is in part a crisis of the U.S. healthcare system that makes preventative care and health education difficult to obtain for those living in poverty. And 1/3 of blacks still live below the poverty line.

The trouble here is that Beauprez is sounding crazy. And desperate. Is this some kind of compassionate conservatism that he’s promoting? Is he advocating outlawing abortion in the U.S. to save the poor unborn black babies of America? A dream deferred indeed — how can a tiny, disadvantaged and dead black baby expect to live the American dream? Mr. Beauprez, thank you so much for exaggerating this problem and working hard to ensure my sure-to-be-foolish reproductive choices are duly limited so that more “ethnic” children like mine will grow up in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Thanks for trying to impose your religious beliefs on me. Thanks for your cynical, false concern.

Hard to believe this man is a Member of Congress.

I hope that this sort of talk encourages people out there to consider Bill Ritter, the Democratic, non-crazy candidate for governor of Colorado. He seems like a very good alternative.

Thanks also to Colorado Media Matters for covering the story.

Where have all the soldiers gone? The U.S. Armed Forces isn’t saying much about the fact that so many troops — over half of which are from the Army alone — are AWOL and neither is the mainstream media. Why? Well, it doesn’t really mesh with the “we’re winning the war against terror” and “we’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here” storylines we usually hear from the Bush administration. Apparently, some of us are neither fighting “them” over there nor over here.

Deja vu, it seems: During the Vietnam War era (roughly between 1961-1975), about 50,000 Americans fled to Canada to avoid the war. Our generation is apparently more decisive, I guess, when it comes to bailing individually out of ill-conceived, ill-managed, bloody conflicts with no exit strategy.

Hat tip: Playahata

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Kanye West took a lot of criticism immediately after he broke from the teleprompter during a hurricane relief telethon for Katrina victims last year.

His statement was brave and frankly, looking back, true. It wasn’t as if black leaders rushed at first to support him. There was a recoiling of fear and a failure to call a spade a spade. Yet Kanye broke the ice and expressed what a lot of black folks (and some non-black ones too) were thinking in the aftermath of Katrina. Many of us still believe that, deep down, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” And also: “Those are my people down there.”

Terrence Says has a great summary on the substantive points of Kanye’s emotional roll. My favorite part of the clip below is the look on Mike Myers’ and Chris Tucker’s faces after Kanye’s final, famous statement. Doh!

I think some people, including Kanye, probably thought that he’d be blackballed, that he’d ended his career that night. Until they really thought about it and realized…he was right.

The famous jazz musician and film score composer breaks it down for you in just 2 minutes — what you should understand about the Bush administration post-Katrina in this vignette from Spike Lee’s excellent documentary. I think he speaks for a lot of African-Americans, which is probably why this is the only clip from the When the Levees Broke I can find so far on YouTube. If you find more, let me know.

The bottom line is that the GOP, in 5 days, managed to erode several years’ successful hard work in attempting to broaden their appeal to African-Americans. Trust will be hard to regain for anyone who watched the events unfold last year and sees the slow pace of recovery now.

In all the bustle about George “Mr. Macaca” Allen’s racist comments and comfort with Confederate symbolism, many have overlooked Jim Webb’s past on this issue. Webb is Allen’s Democratic opponent for the VA Senate seat.

On the one hand, I’m reluctant to criticize him — certainly every Senate seat counts in the drive to take back the Senate for Democrats. On the other, I don’t envy Virginians their choice of Senate candidates. Jim Webb has been hostile to affirmative action only to change his position under pressure and needing a large turnout among African-Americans.

But how does Webb really feel? The Richmond Times-Dispatch published an article just before VA’s Democratic primary describing some of Webb’s expressed thoughts on the Confederacy. The article quotes from a speech Webb gave in 1990 at the Confederate Memorial. It is one of only a handful of select speeches available on Webb’s personal site which indicates, I think, some measure of meaning and pride for him that continues. Despite this critical article and the potential negative impact on his campaign, the speech is still up on his site today.

Read it. I think my personal favorite is this selection:

But more than anything else, I am compelled today to remember a number of ancestors who lie in graves far away from Arlington. Two died fighting for the Confederacy — one in Virginia and the other in a prisoner camp in Illinois, after having been captured in Tennessee. Another served three years in the Virginia cavalry and survived, naming the next child to spring from his loins Robert E. Lee Webb, a name that my grandfather also held and which has passed along in bits and pieces through many others, such as my cousin, Roger Lee Webb, present today, and my son, James Robert, also present. And another, who fought for the Arkansas infantry and then the Tennessee Cavalry under Nathan Bedford Forrest. And, to be fully ecumenical, another, who had moved from Tennessee to Kentucky in the 1850′s, and who fought well and hard as an infantry Sergeant in the Union army.

Chilling, ain’t it. Especially the part about Nathan Bedford Forrest, like Webb, a descendent of hard-working Scotch-Irish. He was also a slave trader, Confederate general and founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

I agree with Kilo that Webb’s got some racial problems and they don’t seem to be going away (though I disagree that Allen is the answer to Webb’s racial problems!) Generally, when people have 2 unsavory choices, they tend to avoid choosing at all. Without African-Americans voting in large numbers this fall, Webb’s Senate bid will be sunk.

Yet, is there some ray of hope that Webb can be reached and moderate more of his positions? Does a reasonable man exist beyond the evident mixed feelings about contemporary Virginia and Virginians? Below is an excerpt from the end of his speech that seems to carry even more resonance today given the President’s bloody Iraq adventure:

“…our leaders should carry next to their breasts, and contemplate every time they f ace a crisis, however small, which puts our military at risk. it should echo in their consciences, from the power of a million graves . It is simply this: You hold our soldiers’ lives in sacred trust. When a citizen has sworn to obey you, and follow your judgment, and walk onto a battlefield to defend the interests you define as worthy of his blood, do not abuse that awesome power through careless policy, unclear objectives, or inflexible leadership.”

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This post is definitely brought to you by the letter B: B for birth control, Bush, broads, business, Barr, Barclay and Britain. I find it odd that so many progressive major blogs outside of feminist blogs have completely ignored the significance of the FDA’s approval of Plan B, an emergency contraceptive also known popularly as the “morning after” pill, for over the counter use.

Over 40 countries allow OTC access to emergency contraception. A vocal political minority of pro-lifers with the ear of the White House has prevented approval until just — now. Doesn’t anyone find it very strange that George Bush — a man who has put 2 pro-life justices on the Supreme Court — would suddenly turn around and allow OTC Plan B, a medication that many pro-life advocates consider to be a form of abortifacient?

I guess James Brown is right — it’s a man’s world after all and male bloggers don’t care. Whether they realize it yet or not, there are major long term ramifications for U.S. society here. We have one of the highest abortion rates in the world among industrialized nations. Plan B gives American women a new option in birth control and easier access to Plan B will likely result in lower abortion rates over time. It’s a little weird that Plan B will be just be there without a prescription perhaps tucked on the drug store shelf between the tampons and the Midol after easy access in some places only at Planned Parenthood clinics.

Access to a lower cost alternative to reproductive management is especially impactful for minority women. Poverty and ignorance tend to breed poor decisions and minorities remain disproportionately poor. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (emphasis mine):

In the 41 areas for which race was adequately reported, approximately 55% of women who obtained legal induced abortions were known to be white, 35% were black, and 7% were of other races; for 3% of the women, race was unknown. [...] The abortion rate for black women (30 per 1,000 women) was 3.1 times the rate for white women (10 per 1,000 women), whereas the abortion rate for women of other races (22 per 1,000 women) was 2.2 times the rate for white women.

75% of women in the United States are white and yet they only account for 55% of the abortions? Pro-choice groups tend to skirt around the issue of the high abortion rate of minority women but pro-lifers have begun to use this as one of their talking points in part to attract socially conservative, Christian African-Americans to their cause. Abortion is a racist institution, they say, that preys upon vulnerable populations.

Certainly poor women have fewer choices in health care, especially to preventative care and to the insurance that can make prescription medications like the Pill more affordable. So a new low cost birth control option will likely have a major impact in African-American lives. So much for the long term.

Back to Bush, though, and the short term — why the sudden turnaround in fairly consistent-til-now pro-life policy? I think it boils down to business, Britain and broads. With Bush’s approval rating so low, he’s got to be desperate to appeal to a wider group of people, even if this means incurring the wrath of his hard-core ultra-conservative base. Approving Plan B is great for big business, especially Barr Labs, a major pharmaceutical company. Their share price has certainly moved in a positive direction since the announcement. Interestingly one of the largest shareholders (at 11%) of Barr is Barclays Global Investors UK Holdings Ltd, a British concern. So this decision makes both a few rich Americans and and rich Brits happy. Given the debacle in Iraq, it’s no wonder that Bush wouldn’t be looking for creative ways to appease our allies across the pond, short of stemming the bloodshed in Iraq.

Finally, there’s broads in general. This decision makes Bush look slightly more center-oriented and in touch with the general population. It looks like reasonable, rational, science-based public policy. As we all know, this is highly unusual for the Bush administration. Just in time for election season, Bush puts a new option on the table for American women even if he has expressed mixed messages about it himself.

He also faces potential lawsuits, anger and opposition from loyal conservative groups like Concerned Women for America who offer the weak argument that Plan B opens the door to sexual predators preying on teens. It will be interesting to see what other goodies and presents Bush has in store for Election 2006 and far he’ll be willing to bend his principles to boost his approval rating.

In the VA Senate race, Virginians have a tough choice. Do they vote for a revealed racist — George “Mr. Macaca” Allen or for a candidate who panders insincerely to a key minority voting bloc — Jim Webb.

It shows the emerging power of the black and minority vote that Jim Webb has felt the need to “clarify” his position on affirmative action both before the primary and in the middle of the race. It’s ok for African-Americans but not ok for everyone else. Except for maybe poor whites who grew up struggling like he did. Or something like that.

I agree with Webb that the U.S. does a poor job in general of providing equal opportunity for education and job training for low-income, tax paying citizens of any race. We can and should do a better job of helping all those who want to succeed, who want a higher education, who want to start their own small business, who want to learn new information technology or customer service skills to strive for a better life. America’s economic strength is its middle class. Any initiative that grows the middle class grows our strength as a nation.

Yet, it’s clear from reports coming in that even in meeting with African-American Democratic leaders that he doesn’t “get it”. Even one of his stronger supporters in the black community spoke in code when describing the meeting.

Del. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, one of the few black leaders to back Webb over Harris Miller in the Democratic primary, said, “George Allen’s macaca slur showed George Allen’s true feelings. It exposed his heart.”

McEachin described the meeting at the mansion as “a good give and take. It showed what needs to happen for Jim Webb to win the campaign.”

For those of you who have trouble reading between the lines, let me translate for you. “A lot of people in the Black community are not happy with Webb nor his campaign and they had a chance to express that clearly to his face. His answers didn’t completely satisfy or re-assure them. Yet, hopefully with some continuing dialogue, we might be able to help him understand how to speak successfully to the concerns of African-American voters in VA and get elected.”

His website
doesn’t even address his stand on affirmative action despite the controversy surrounding his position. His past statements calling affirmative action “state-sponsored racism” are extreme and troubling. It’s a tough choice for Virginians and I don’t envy them. Are they forced to choose between racist or racist-er?

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I know it may be difficult to turn away for the gripping details of where JonBenet’s alleged killer is now and what he watched on TV today, but Terrence tells us that more black men are opting for college. This is actually major news for education in America and breaks a downturn stretching many years.

This is the kind of news you won’t hear on ABC, Fox, or CNN unless perhaps a “BUT” follows. Once again, stories like this demonstrate the power of black-owned and operated media. An article in the St. Louis American, an African-American weekly, says:

“A new report from the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE) states that in 2004, the latest year for which complete data is available, there were 758,400 black males enrolled in higher education, compared to 603,032 in 2000. This is the highest level of enrollments for African-American males in history.”

It’s a conventional wisdom buster. So strange that you haven’t heard more about it in the MSM. Hmmm?

Thanks Terrence for keeping it real…

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