According to some historians, Afrodescendents first entered these united states in 1619 off the coast of Virginia. If we believe that narrative, Afrodescendents have been in this country for 400 years. If the people who were kidnapped and brought here had to tell the story, would they tell the same one? Would they say that we came before Columbus? That some of us might have been here even longer? There were captured Africans that came from the mother continent in 1619, but also, thanks to the transatlantic slave trade, Africans here who had come from Bermuda, Jamaica, and other places.

Why is t...

The College Board, the organization that develops and administers the SAT test, has developed a new "adversity score" to augment the widely used college admissions examination. The fact that the College Board has had to create an "adversity score" is reason enough to discard the badly flawed SAT test, a test that many consider racially biased, and that only measures the likelihood of first-year college success. In other words, it measures the accumulated advantages that some students have over others because of the quality of their high schools, their family wealth, and other factors. The "adv...

             Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled, in the Brown v. Board of Education case, that the Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) doctrine of "separate but equal" was unconstitutional.  That ruling ended legal segregation in public facilities, but it did not necessarily accomplish its goals in terms of school desegregation.  Indeed, Richard Rothstein, the historian who is a Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, wrote that in 2014, Black students are "more racially and socioeconomically isolated" than at any time...

May 6, 2019

           The April unemployment rate, at 3.6 percent, is at its lowest rate since December 1969.  Payroll employment increased by more than 250,000, outperforming expectations and reversing the disappointing job creation numbers of last month.  First quarter growth was reported at 3.2 percent, a robust figure that exceeds estimates, earlier this year, that growth would be somewhat slower.  This perhaps gives the man who lives in the House that Enslaved People Built something to crow about since he so enjoys crowing.  But many economists are waiting for the other shoe to drop, having workshop...

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