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What Kind of Black Are We?

July 28, 2007 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) A few weeks ago, I saw part of the Pan Africanist dream come true. It was during the closing ceremony at an African dance conference. To a man — and they were all men — the drummers and teachers came from Africa. To a woman — and we were all women — the […]

Racism, poverty contribute to number of black men in prison in America

July 27, 2007 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) One of my four brothers graduated from the University of Iowa, but being a black male, I don’t think I want to spend too much time in the Hawkeye state. Only about 2 percent of Iowa’s population is black, but blacks are 13.6 times more likely than whites to be imprisoned there. That’s […]

Obama’s ethnic credentials come under unfair scrutiny.

July 27, 2007 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) Are you black enough? Despite the rising American death toll in a divisive war, record gasoline prices and homes lost to foreclosure in historic numbers, this was the one question that I knew Sen. Barack Obama would be asked by Internet voters at the Democratic CNN-YouTube debate. It is a question that dogs […]

‘Street cred’ no substitute for future – Washington D.C.

July 26, 2007 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) A recent report by the Washington D.C.-based Sentencing Project underscores something we already know: Blacks are being locked up in droves. And while the report says blacks, we know who it’s really talking about: black men. The criminal justice system is skewed. How often is “driving while white” an issue? Why are the […]

Keeping it real? Maybe it’s showing some love

July 26, 2007 by  
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Tweet (Akiit.com) When I was about 11 or 12 years old, every kid in my neighborhood used to look up to this guy called Baby Daryl. Baby Daryl was a bona fide drug-dealing, gun-toting gangsta on the west side of Detroit. While grown-ups would cross the street when they saw him coming, my friends and […]

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