Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Akil Alleyne ― Stacey Dash & the REAL Black History Month Double Standard

Why is it that white ethnic groups can celebrate their heritage without controversy, but African-Americans' celebration of their culture is considered suspect?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Reginald Kaigler — Obama's ATF GUN Scandal! PLANET X Beyond Pluto! ORAL SEX Increases Cancer Risk

My commentary on a new development in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, astronomers claiming that there may be a 10th planet in our solar system, the boom in existing home sales and a study claiming that oral sex maybe linked to an increase in cancer.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Black Libertarian Speaks to Black America


Are black Americans ultimately fucking themselves over by voting for Democrats every time?
Is bigger government the answer to rise out of poverty? Or do we need to lead the change ourselves?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Bryant Jackson-Green ― Re-entry reform must be a policy priority in 2016

Criminal-justice reform can only be successful if policymakers work to remove barriers to employment and work.

(via Illinois Policy)

Most people expect that a criminal offender will have to serve some time in prison, both as punishment and as a means to protect public safety. But too often, people overlook the fact that the criminal-justice system in Illinois continues to punish ex-offenders who’ve already completed their prison sentences and parole – who’ve already repaid their “debt to society.” Many former offenders are locked out of jobs and stable employment even after they’ve completed their sentences.

The single biggest factor in reducing crime and poverty in communities throughout the state is employment. For criminal-justice reform to be successful, Illinois must figure out how to promote job opportunities for former offenders. The more barriers there are to work and employment, the more likely it is that ex-offenders will resort to returning to crime.

Here are three policy changes that Illinois politicians should consider in 2016.

Read the full article HERE.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Akil Alleyne ― The Oregon Incident & the Meaning of Terrorism

No, the militia stunt in Oregon doesn't qualify as terrorism, because it doesn't involve deliberate, politically driven violence against civilians.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Reginald Kaigler — NeoCons Dominate 2016 Race! Obamacare Collapsing! UnitedHealth May Exit Exchange!

My commentary on the latest controversies of the Trump campaign, how Clinton and most of the GOP are pushing for the agenda and why Obamacare is failing.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Jonathan Blanks — Reflecting on the 150th Anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment

via Cato Institute

On this day 150 years ago, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, thus officially ending chattel slavery in the United States. America’s original sin—its birth in freedom based on human slavery—was no longer sanctioned by American law.

To get to this historical moment, the United States wrestled with its heinous contradiction in its homes, cotton fields, courtrooms, public streets, legislature...s, Bleeding Kansas and, ultimately, the many battlefields of the Civil War. The racism that supported slavery was so ingrained in our national character and economy that it cost the United States hundreds of thousands of lives.

Of course, America’s racial wounds were not healed with Abolition. The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments went further to ensure racial equality (for men) before the law—on paper, anyway. Years of Jim Crow and state-tolerated white terrorism after the end of Reconstruction showed America’s laws and purported ideals could still be subverted by the enduring legacy of racism throughout the country.

Today, black Americans are far freer than ever, but still face unequal treatment by law enforcement. Certain police practices are almost exclusively deployed in black neighborhoods—the neighborhoods themselves remnants of de jure segregation—reifying not-yet-equal status for too many black Americans. And the aggressive application of our criminal laws has led to mass incarceration, which disproportionally imprisons African Americans across the country.

Read the full article HERE.

Randall Kennedy: Sellout

Author Randall Kennedy grapples with a stigma of our racial discourse that is a subject of much anxiety and acrimony in black America: "selling out," or racial betrayal. The new book, which comes in the wake of his controversial national best-seller, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, shows how usage of the word "sellout" bedevils blacks and whites, while elucidating the effects it has on individuals and on our society as a whole.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fabrice L. Lohadie — To Millennials’ Supporters of Bernie Sanders: Curb your enthusiasm

via Afro-Libertarian.com

As a fellow millennial, however, I don’t look at Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign with rose-tinted glasses. His policies have been tried elsewhere, and they failed. To tackle his country’s dismal youth unemployment rate, Francois Hollande, for example, started a youth job initiative to subsidize employers in order to hire and train young people between 18-25. The program has not relieved France’s youth jobless rate, however. When Hollande started this $3.7 billion (3.5 Billion Euro) initiative to provide up to 75% of young workers’ salaries, France’s youth unemployment rate was around 25%. Two years later, things have not changed much, as illustrated below.

Instead of tackling the root cause of the problem, Bernie Sanders’s proposals will simply paper over it. For instance, youth unemployment rate in Urban America is quite high due to regulations such as minimum wage laws and occupational licensing, which discourage employers from hiring young people on a market rate basis, and keeps many from gainful employment. Therefore, his youth job initiative to subsidize up to a million jobs for disadvantaged youth will fall short, à la française. So, it is imperative for millennials and others to ask critical questions, and not just abide by herd mentality.

Even though millennials’ attachment to Bernie Sanders baffles me, I empathize with them. Many have graduated college with large debts, face under-employement, unable to rent or own a house like their parents before them, etc..In addition, they have been indoctrinated by society and the media that praise government intervention in the economy. It is difficult not to fall into this trap. Even many free market thinkers also fell for this vision.

Read the full article HERE.