Now a key witness, Dorian Johnson had recently bonded with Brown over shared struggles and a love of music.
Maurice Brown has spent the summer doing something that’s increasingly unusual for American teenagers: going to work. Brown, 17, works 25 hours a week as a fry cook at a McDonald’s down the street …
"So let me push back at what I see as smug white delusion. Here are a few reasons race relations deserve more attention, not less:
• The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)
• The black-white income gap is roughly 40 percent greater today than it was in 1967.
• A black boy born today in the United States has a life expectancy five years shorter than that of a white boy.
• Black students are significantly less likely to attend schools offering advanced math and science courses than white students. They are three times as likely to be suspended and expelled, setting them up for educational failure.
• Because of the catastrophic experiment in mass incarceration, black men in their 20s without a high school diploma are more likely to be incarcerated today than employed, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Nearly 70 percent of middle-aged black men who never graduated from high school have been imprisoned.
All these constitute not a black problem or a white problem, but an American problem. When so much talent is underemployed and overincarcerated, the entire country suffers.”
2008 — previously thought to be the best year for light-skinned Black men ever — proved to be a mere 12th floor stop on the light-skinned Black man’s 2014 ascent to the penthouse.
In TV land, all the violent crime suspects are black. Not so much in real life.
(Goldie Taylor) By the time my maternal grandparents arrived in 1932, my father’s family had already been in St. Louis some 35 years. Like those who migrated north, both before and after them, they found a city bu…