Freedom Rider: Tuskeegee, Guatemala…

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Nazi “Doctor of Death,” Joseph Mengele, lived out his last years in hiding and infamy in South America. But the American Dr. Mengele, Dr. John C. Cutler, who infected human beings with syphilis in Alabama and Guatemala, died in the bosom of Yale University, a man of honor and high esteem. Cutler’s diabolical crimes were “normalized and praised” because they were committed against non-white people.

Freedom Rider: Tuskegee, Guatemala…

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The poorly educated black farmers in Alabama and the prisoners and mental patients

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How the dividing line between play and the reality of what a firearm is became blurred

 

When a Black teenager accidentally shoots his best friend, it is “all just one more weekend, one of those lunatic moments when one young Black man kills another young Black man, and once all the usual sociological theorizing rolls by, no one really knows why, except that it happened, and it’s to be expected, somehow.”  The author, who was both boys’ teacher, wonders “how the dividing line between play and the reality of what a firearm is became blurred.” For too many urban adolescents, “an acquaintance with firearms becomes as casual as the presence of the television

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Blacks/Latinos Hit Particularly Hard As Mortgage Crisis Lingers

by Doug Miller

The home foreclosure crisis isn’t even halfway over, according to a new report. Ethnically targeted mortgaging practices between 2004 and 2008 have left one quarter of all Latinos and African Americans either without their homes, in foreclosure, or seriously delinquent. “Blacks and Latinos were much more likely to receive high-interest subprime loans and mortgages with prepayment penalties.”

Blacks/Latinos Hit Particularly Hard As Mortgage Crisis Lingers

by Doug Miller

This article previously appeared in The Defenders Online, a publication of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Overall, low- and moderate-income African Americans and middle- and

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Freedom Rider: Supreme Injustices

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Freedom Rider: Supreme Injustices

by Bar editor and senior
columnist Margaret Kimberley

“The worst case High Court scenario has come to full fruition.”

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George W. Bush is president because of the United States
Supreme Court. Were it not for the decision to stop counting votes in Bush v.
Gore, Al Gore would be president of the United States instead. The right wing
presidential victory was the culmination of many years of effort to take over

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Devolution in Ghana: 50 Years After Independence

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by Ron Wilkins

“It seems that corruption knows no bounds.”

Professor Ron Wilkins of
California State University, Dominguez Hills attended Ghana’s 50th
Independence Anniversary celebrations. He filed the following report.

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Ghana occupies a special place among African nations as the
first country on the continent south of the Sahara to win independence from
colonial rule. Having visited Ghana previously, I began my eleven day stay with
some reservations, as I was aware that no

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