Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Barack Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt or harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
In the wake of unrelenting lawsuits seeking to abolish affirmative action coupled with nearly half of all universities dropping consideration of race as a factor in college admissions, it is time to shift gears and devise a less objectionable race-neutral approach that will diversify higher education, said a noted Black law professor.
In an effort to develop the next generation of global leaders, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund joined Perfect World, the China Education Association for International Exchange and domestic groups focused on building ties between the United States and China to embark on a new student exchange program.
Black Republicans not expected to be a plus for community
Black Republicans made history during the midterm elections in November by winning in Texas, South Carolina and Utah, but political analysts wonder if the victories will have any long-term impact on the future of the GOP in the Black community. Traditionally, Black candidates running for elected offices not only need a large Black turnout, but also a majority of the Black vote to win statewide and national races.
As families prepare to choose health insurance coverage during the open enrollment period, a recent report by the Urban Institute shows that Blacks have the most to gain from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if the states they live in expand Medicaid under the law.
In an ongoing effort to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic, physicians, health care workers and human rights activists want the government and the public to place more emphasis on the stigma associated with the deadly disease that continues to plague the Black community.
Officials from the National Action Network, the National Urban League, the National Bar Association, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups have urged the Department of Justice to remain focused on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and to make sure that the police officers involved are held responsible for their deaths.
If the Democrats lose the United States Senate and more seats in the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections, Marcia Fudge, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said that the Republicans would impeach President Barack Obama.
In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct.
Twenty years after signing the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the United States continues to struggle with racial disparities in every major sector of American society.