Gov Paterson commutes sentence of John White

Full story at Newsday: here. There is a news conference planned for this afternoon. John White, convicted of fatally shooting a Selden teenager outside his home in Miller Place in 2006* in what became a racially charged case, was released from prison Thursday morning after Gov. David A. Paterson commuted his sentence. Paterson did not […]

Who may belong to the Congressional Black Caucus?

There is a very interesting development in the world of politics. The Congressional Black Caucus [CBC] — traditionally a group of Democratic Congresspeople — may open its doors to black, Republican Congresspeople. Besides issues related to the ideology and membership of the potential Republican members, there is another interesting aspect to this change: What will […]

Help for Wyandanch School District

Newsday reports: “Wyandanch’s board president says the system should close and send its 1,900 students to other districts nearby.” KW writes: I know that school district issues are complicated. School districts are not just bureaucracies, they are also quasi-governmental entities. Still, I think the bottom line of the current problem with the Wyandanch Schools is […]

Newsday article: Wrong on diversity, wrong on standardized tests

KW writes: I was outraged by a recent Newsday article which put forth a possible theory for declining test scores. Link and excerpt from Newsday article first, my comments below: (excerpt from) Newsday Dip in statewide SAT scores blamed on student diversity by John Hildebrand /September 13, 2010 A report was released showing New York […]

The John White case: This piece made me think…

Full piece at Newsday Prison for White raises questions about justice July 9, 2010 By JOYE BROWN joye.brown@newsday.com “In the John White manslaughter case, why weren’t the teens ever charged, Joy Brown writes.”

Tough situation: John White verdict

John White is a black homeowner from Long Island who was dealing with a mob of white teens allegedly spewing racial epithets outside his home. An appeals court upheld his manslaughter conviction in the death of one of the teens.

Lena Horne, civil rights activist and jazz vocalist, dies at age 92

Excerpt from the Guardian UK: here. Lena Horne, black singer and activist, dies Actor and singer who broke down racial barriers in film and music industries dies, aged 92 Lena Horne, the singer and actor best known for her rendition of Stormy Weather and as Hollywood’s first black sex symbol, has died. She was 92. […]

Is NY State Government post-racial? Viral video shows we are not…

KW: During a Finance Committee meeting with the appointment of an African-American man onto a board, some NY State Senators became hot over racial issues. Evidently this has struck a note, because the video of this incident has gone viral (for a political video.) Here are the stats from the official youtube site where NY […]

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