$20 billion spent on Christmas decorations in America. Enough money to end homelessness for school children, veterans and college students
America must focus all it’s aid on America before looking across the pond to fund conflict.
By Don Allen
Let’s start with some staggering facts:
Titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” the report by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Department of Education’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless pre-school children not counted by the DOE.
I still find it hard to believe that a county like the United States would have an overwhelming homeless population. This population consists of many people from many cultures and different walks of life. This shameful statistic about homelessness in America also includes America’s veterans; the 2014 Point-in-Time (PIT) count revealed that there were approximately 49,933 homeless Veterans on a single night in January 2014 in the United States (Non-scientific reports say Minnesota may have as much as 3000 homeless veterans at any given night). This is a staggering figure for the United States – who supplies cash, military supplies and medical aid for other countries with dollar amounts rising into the billions – but for some reason, we cannot take care of “U.S.”
Let’s just blacken both eyes; America has over 58,000 homeless college students according to Free Application for Federal Student Aid data from the 2012-2013 academic years. The figure — which does not account for students who either do not realize they qualify as homeless (i.e., couch-surfers) or those who choose not to report their cases out of fear or shame — marks a more than 75 percent increase over the previous three years.
Now let’s take a deeper look at the K-12 educational system…it gets worse. In the 2012-2013 school year, there were 1,258,182 homeless students, according to newly released data from the National Center for Homeless Education. That’s an 8 percent increase from the 2011-2012 school year, when the 1,168,354 homeless students marked a record high. The number of homeless students has increased 85 percent since the beginning of the recession.
According to website, Think Progress, “As the number of homeless [K-12] students has been rising, academic achievement may be falling. The share of homeless students testing proficient in reading and math declined each school year between 2010-2011 and 2012-2013, dropping from 52 percent to 47 percent in reading last year and 51 percent to 44 percent in math. It’s possible, however, that these drops are due to changing educational standards.”
The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.
Let’s get real about reality:
There is a difference between interested and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permits. When you’re committed to something, accept no excuses, only results. The United States is interested in ending homelessness – but definitely not committed. It would cost about $20 billion for the government to effectively eliminate homelessness in the United States. Someone from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) told this to government officials in 2012 – but hell, bureaucrats like the paper shuffle and in the annual report to Congress, there seems something wrong with spending just slightly less money than Americans spend on Christmas decorations, according to an analysis from ThinkProgress (Huffington Post).
In America you would never hear the words homeless congressman, homeless mayor, governor, city council person or homeless attorney general. Why is it still acceptable in the world’s greatest county (supposedly) to hear the words homeless students, veterans and children? If America can send billions of dollars to a foreign country, I’m sure the powers that be can keep a billion dollars here to solve a generational embarrassment like homeless children, college students and veterans. Let’s be clear on the people we put in office who give themselves raises every year. Let’s put a “Homeless Clause” on all future raises for our elected officials: Until homelessness in the America is addressed and solved, there will be no raises for members of congress, governors, mayors and city council persons.
Linda Lingle who was the sixth Governor of Hawaii from 2002 until 2010 wrote, “We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.”
Personally, homelessness is something that needs to be addressed and solved in 2015.
“To encourage more top-caliber students to choose teaching, teachers should be paid a lot more, with starting salaries more in the range of $60,000 and potential earnings of as much as $150,000.” ~Arne Duncan
By Meredith Menden, Guest Columnist – IBNN NEWS
Are you sick of us highly paid teachers? We suck up your tax money and don’t produce achievement for your students. We complain about being disrespected and devalued, but are not real professionals to be respected. Well you can advocate for this pay schedule and show us a thing or two.
Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit!
We can get that for less than minimum wage.
A friend on facebook shared this with me, and it’s a hoot.
That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning — that equals 6-1/2 hours).
So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.
That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).
What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.
Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!
The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000.
$50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day / 30 students = $9.25 / 6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student — a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)
WHAT A DEAL!
Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.
The mainstream media makes it easy for black America to have contempt for Mr. Bill Cosby prior to investigation. This is just like mainstream media has you fooled into thinking unemployment is down, black people are being educated and we are better today than in 1961. Do not be fooled by the news coon.” ~Don Allen 1/1/15
The revelations, if that’s what they are, have caused some people to revise their opinions of the legendary comedian who – in the years he occupied one of the top spots in the television ratings as star of an eponymous NBC sitcom – achieved a status roughly equivalent to being the nation’s honorary Dad.
Cosby has used his status and his celebrity to create (or at least take advantage of) teachable moments. The admonitions he has delivered of late to young black men regarding their demeanor and deportment have come as a shock to many. Rather than embrace the urban youth culture, he has urged young black men to straighten up, arguing powerfully that people didn’t march and go to jail and die so that others could win the right to walk around with their pants hanging low and their shorts on display for everyone to see.
“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” ~Unknown
By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network, OurBlackNews(dot)com, and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minn. – In 2015, I will provide more comprehensive problem-solving on this news network than ever before. I am never afraid to try something new remembering amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. For those of you who do not know me, please see the paragraph below…
“I have an iron will and natural talent, and the ability to accomplish almost anything that I set my mind to. This leads to me being confident almost to the point of arrogance, and people tend to either really like me or really dislike me, but I always make an impact. I have a tendency to leap into things headfirst without thinking about the consequences, which can make me a powerful catalyst for positive change. However, when I mess up – I could mess up in a big way and tend to feel intense guilt over it long past when people have forgiven me (some call this business integrity – I agree). Though I never shy away from taking the lead, I am very effective under pressure and know how to make good decisions. And while some think I’m a jerk, I have a heart of gold.” ~Don Allen
Happy New Year 2015!
Once the worry of minorities and leftists, the ease with which a white man with a badge can end the life of a black person is finally on America’s mind. The realization that police practices can be brutish and unfair to black men has become a matter of serious concern for many whites, bourgeois liberals and some conservatives — apparently even George W. Bush. Law enforcement is undergoing a crisis of legitimacy.
But the window of opportunity for the racially equalized institutional changes, which we desperately need, is wider than it’s been in decades. The recent non-indictments for police killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, have reignited awareness of the systemic nature of racial discrimination. Riot, protest and media pressure has made the White House anxious and piqued the interest of a generally useless Congress. Some modest reform is in the works.
But all of this is fragile. When there is a long enough pause in the rate at which black men are killed by the police, the cameras will point elsewhere. If there is any hope of reaping lasting change from this moment, it must take shape in the form of something more durable than rage.
“Black Lives Matter” is the closest thing we have to a unified rallying cry for this movement. It’s a slogan, a website and a Twitter hashtag, which first surfaced in 2012 in response to vigilante George Zimmerman’s acquittal after he killed unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. At this point, the phrase has become shorthand for the various streams of resistance to police brutality across the country. Read the rest of this entry »
Originally posted by – I Love Black People (dot) net
Here’s a question for you: If you start a long-term institution on a clearly racist foundation, how much can you expect that institution to be able to overcome its roots? That’s the question that everyone is asking about the modern police state and how it got to be what it is today.
A long list of people, mostly black men, have been shot, killed, arrested, harassed and beaten by cops over the years. In many cases, the officers are acquitted, even when they clearly commit murder. Mothers are crying, children are dying, and there doesn’t seem to be very much any of us can do about it.
The recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown are excellent examples of the hurdles being faced by our society as we seek to obtain justice for black men while letting police do their jobs at the same time. But in order for this to happen, the system must be cleansed of destructive racial bias.
Dr. Chenelle Jones, a criminologist at Ohio Dominican University, says that a lot of these issues come from the fact that the modern policing system started with Slave Patrols and other disturbing elements of America’s racially-problematic past. She says that without considering the foundation of these institutions and how they came to be, we’ll never be able to move forward in our quest to become a just society.
No CNN, FOX or MSNBC. Certainly not Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or Rockford’s mayor being interviewed. If #blacklivesmatter, should not all black lives matter? Where is the real coverage of an important incident like this one that takes the life of four people days before Christmas?
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Four people, including two young boys, were killed in a shooting late Saturday at a home in the northern Illinois city of Rockford, authorities said.
Police said a 24-year-old woman, her boyfriend and her two sons were found dead of gunshot wounds around 11:20 p.m. Saturday inside a red-brick duplex in Rockford, the Rockford Register Star (http://bit.ly/1sNJE9O ) reported. Authorities identified the victims as Martia Flint, 24-year-old Demontae Rhodes, 6-year-old Tyrone Smith III and 4-year-old Tobias K. Smith.
Assistant Deputy Chief Patrick Hoey said neighbors reported hearing pounding on a door and someone forcing the door open before hearing gunshots. He said police have no known motive.
The victims were pronounced dead by Rockford Fire Department paramedics after being found inside the home.
Autopsies were scheduled for Monday, according to Winnebago County Chief Deputy Coroner William Hintz.
The deaths brought the number of homicides in Rockford to 17 in 2014, according to the newspaper’s database. There were 22 homicides in Rockford last year and 14 in 2012.
Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com
IBNN Editors note: In Minnesota, MNSure has missed the mark in the African American community. Churches, students, and individuals who are poor, black and unemployed still do not have health care insurance. Wonder where all that outreach money went?
“Despite the widespread success of the Affordable Care Act in signing up the uninsured, a few stubborn states that refuse to expand Medicaid house large populations of African Americans.”
By Charles D. Ellison, The Root
t’s no secret that we’re witnessing a reverse black exodus to the South, forced by recession, gentrification, reconnected family ties and hipster racism. Yet while three-quarters of black population growth in the U.S. is happening in the heart of Dixie, the health care numbers show a different story: It’s also home to the highest rates of uninsured African Americans in the Affordable Care Act era.
There’s little doubt that the Affordable Care Act—permanently Etch A Sketch’d into “Obamacare” by Republican messaging wizards—has done what it set out to do. In terms of pure numbers, fewer folks are uninsured, and even fewer critics who danced around the rollout fail can point to actual flaws in coverage. In 2014, half of those newly insured secured insurance through an exchange, according to Gallup. And rather than fight over whether or not the health care law is a success, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Commonwealth Fund quibble over whether it was 9 million or 10 million people who got insured in 2013.
But even though they’ve been among the biggest supporters and beneficiaries of Obamacare, a newly dropped Urban Institute (pdf) study suggests that African Americans are still the least likely to enjoy the shrinking uninsurance gap. Why? Because blacks are concentrated in the states least friendly to the ACA, places where stubborn Republican governors have pretty much flipped their finger at a sorely needed Medicaid expansion.
That’s a big problem, since nearly 55 percent of African Americans are living in (and eagerly moving to) five key states that still won’t expand Medicaid: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. That’s not even including other non-Medicaid-expansion states, like Alabama and Virginia, for example, where blacks constitute anywhere from 20 to nearly 30 percent of the population.
It’s a political wrinkle that finds 11 percent of all African Americans still uninsured—even when they’re 14 percent of the total U.S. population. Bad enough that 20 percent of all blacks nationwide were uninsured before the ACA took effect.
“Everybody’s rates are going to go down, especially for blacks,” Lisa Clemans-Cope, an author of the Urban Institute study, points out to The Root. “But the gains are trending differentially. There is a disproportionate share of blacks that are in the eligibility gap. If we went the full way [toward full Medicaid expansion], the gap between blacks and whites would drop to a 2.5 percent point gap.”
Wake up and stop falling prey to the conditions of the media and society around you. It’s only those people who are awake that live in a state of constant amazement.
By Don Allen, Founder – OurBlackNews(dot)com
While there is no remedy for fair and balanced news coverage (FOX is light-years from “fair and balanced”), the mainstream media news remains a secluded sector. Mostly controlled by white males who in light of recent news coverage seem to not give a damn about the plight of black Americans or any other minority groups. They have presented no real coverage of anything black or black related unless it bleeds, shoots, kills or fails in school. Of course on the local scene, when was the last time you turned on the fringe channels of 2, 5, 9 and 11 and saw a report on something other than murder, death and kill in the black community?
So far, it is highly unlikely to separate news sensationalism from a possible normal social construct of how delivery of broadcast news is suppose to work. To even begin to talk about the norm, we would have to start our research well before television existed. The shameful part of the process is that black Americans are strained into a culture that is not our own by simply turning on the television set. Yes, I know there are many forms of black television like BET (Black Entertainment Television), but who watches BET – come on, really?
Media ownership is the answer. Bill Cosby is paying for his consideration of purchasing NBC…
Black Americans own little to no corporate media. When laid out more specifically, there are 1500 newspapers, 1100 magazines, 9000 radio station, 1500 TV stations, 2400 publishers owned by only three corporations according to Injustice Facts. Fair.Org reports the five largest networks are Time Warner (1997 sales: $24 billion), Disney ($22 billion), Bertelsmann ($15 billion), Viacom ($13 billion), and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation ($11 billion). Yes, then we have OWN, the fledgling network allegedly owned by television talk queen and billionaire Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey, a huge Obama supporter, has walked in the same footsteps of the president, choosing to ignore the need for information distribution to the core of black America.
Just ask ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News or any of the many cable television news outlets: Black news is not important unless it takes part in a despicable act. Corporate news is a monster with many working parts – too many. While some might think CNN’s news series, “Black in America” might cover the news and plight of black America, believe it when I say, “Black in America” is the picture perfect series about the black dilemma made for white America by design. On the flip side, don’t look for any constructive African American news coverage on FOX either. Most news you can use is “white here, white now.”
Remember Aaron Alexis? Before I move on, I would like to state that for the record, I don’t pardon anything Navy yard murderer Aaron Alexis did in his shooting rampage. I’m concerned about the way the mainstream media has moved the American public away from news and information and into the sensationalism and twisted presentation of this tragedy. I understand politicians and special interest “lefty” groups want to react and take away weapons from law-abiding citizens, but a crime of such magnitude could manifest in anyone for any reason. The predictability of a person with a weapon developing a mass shooter psychosis is like predicting when the family next door will win the lottery jackpot.
The re-criminalization of black America only needs a small national incident to push the ill-assumed stereotypes of blacks (especially black men) to being the most feared and criminalized caste of people in the United States. What troubles me is the hypocrisy and quickness of Americans and the mainstream media to forget the past and in this instance take advantage and use the black American Navy yard shooter Aaron Alexis as a catalyst to incite a vial hatred for guns and black Americans.
Malcolm X was right when he said, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
The mainstream media reports the New York cop shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, (pre-crime) as a violent criminal with a long record. They do that to every black suspect, regardless of circumstance. Brinsley was a nut. He posted on Instagram, “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours, Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.” His post (Brinsley) and what follows is only a prelude for what is to come. This story will continue to get bigger – used to promote gun control, promoting race-baiting by the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and finally will be dressed up like an Emmy waiting for a limousine ride to the Academy Awards. Plain and simple, the less news on this nutcase would be better.
To add insult to injury, and something even more shocking: former Klu Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke recognizes the mainstream media’s lack of integrity. On his website, DavidDuke.com, in a reflection of the past Zimmerman/Martin trail. Dukes writes, “The acquittal of George Zimmerman is being used by the Zionist-controlled media in a blatant attempt to whip up African-American hatred against European-Americans— and they have engaged in this utterly false anti-European hate-fest as a means of diverting African-American attention away from the real cause of so many problems in black society.” He continues, “The Zionist-controlled media has deliberately created the impression among many African-Americans that Zimmerman is ‘white’ and that the incident in Florida was just another example of white racism.” Duke nails it.
The series of race-baiting press conferences presented by the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson is evidence of Duke’s claim. It is not black America’s finest hours at the six and ten.
While it is difficult to watch the made-for-television news and “formatted” cosmetic-hype meant to promote these networks, one could argue this kind of television reporting has nothing to do with news but everything to do with promoting a “brand” (CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and MSNBC), which would make the reporting of a tragic situation by the mainstream media absolutely disingenuous and downright patronizing.
In a world of technology in news and information coverage, could there enough room to have a somewhat fair and meaningful representation of a successful black America? Black Americans must participate at the same levels in the same mainstream media complex as whites. Until this happens, the average person with the reasonable amount of common sense will never have the opportunity to judge a black man by his character versus the violent misrepresentation from the mainstream media.
Author James Baldwin wrote, “This subjugation is the key to their identity and the triumph and justiﬁcation of their history, and it is also on this continued subjugation that their material well-being depends…This is why, ultimately, all attempts at dialogue between the subdued and subduer, between those placed within history and those dispersed outside, break down…the subdued and the subduer do not speak the same language.”
What a difference race makes.