Daily Archive: April 13, 2012


Trayvon Martin was standing his ground

(NNPA)—Most people are asking whether Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law should apply to George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain who killed an unarmed Trayvon Martin. That’s the wrong question. A better one is, given the circumstances, did the law protect Trayvon when he physically confronted Zimmerman? In a word, yes. Looking at the 2005 law from a different perspective—through the eyes of 17-year-old Trayvon instead of Zimmerman—is critical because the debate over what happened on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. is being misframed.


Hypocrisy in the democracy

Now that both political parties nominee’s for president are set, I began reflecting on some of the TV ads I have seen and various statements candidates have made. My conclusion about both parties? There is hypocrisy in the democracy of the United States. For example, Republicans claim to be against preference programs—affirmative action, minority set-asides, etc. But, yet they support preference programs for veterans (those who served in the military). The Republican rebuttal would be that they are only against preference programs based on race. According to their thinking, preference programs based on race is “reverse” discrimination (I will deal with this idiotic line of reasoning in a future column). That type of thinking is akin to saying I am only against racism if it’s against Blacks. Either you support preference programs or you don’t!


Letter To The Editor…Don’t overlook the true story

Dear Editor: I’m writing this letter to the Editors of the New Pittsburgh Courier in response to a column written by Louis “Hop” Kendrick titled “Unions are not the friends of Black folks”. While I understand that the columnist is voicing his perspective, I find the column inaccurate and in my opinion not reflective of many African-Americans. As a Hill District resident and an employee of the United Steelworkers, I’ve been an activist, a union member since 1964 and have held union leadership positions since 1979. I’ve found that often when people make complaints and in the course of investigating the complaint, you a find a kernel of truth wrapped in a bale of B S and are expected to overlook the true story.


Wage gap greatest for women of color

Dear Editor: Equal Pay Day 2012 is April 17. Women of all colors organize public awareness events across the country about the wage gap and pay equity. The National Committee on Pay Equity created Equal Pay Day in 1996 to illustrate the gap between the wages of women and men. Nationally, women earn $0.77 on the dollar compared to men. By every measure, the wage gap is greatest for women of color. Black women in particular make $0.61 on the dollar compared to White men. The wage gap is a contributing factor to the poverty that Black women and single mothers experience. This lived reality produces short-term and long-term economic effects that impact Black women, our families and our communities. Black women must advocate for equal pay for our work and understand this fight within the larger goal of economic justice.


Cover To Cover… ‘We March’

Grown-ups do some pretty weird things. They get up in the morning and put on uncomfortable clothes and shoes that hurt, then they wear that stuff all day, even though they’d really rather have play clothes like you have. Grown-ups don’t have cool toys like yours. They don’t sleep with teddy bears. Most of them don’t like bugs much, and they always seem to hate dirt. Oh, and sometimes, they walk… a lot. But, as you’ll see in the new book “We March” by Shane W. Evans, there was once a particularly good reason why grown-ups did that.


‘Deadline’ focuses on teen killing in South

by Maryam Abdul-Quaiyy “This is the true story of America. We are not all racists, whether Black or White,” stated an audience member in response to the film “Deadline,” inspired by the true story of the unsolved case of an African-American teenager who was shot and killed in rural Alabama. “This film was a phenomenal piece particularly with the recent Trayvon Martin case happening right now. We are hopeful that the same justice will be found,” the audience member said. CAST AND DIRECTOR—Some of the cast members: Gerry Haynes, Cathrine Phillips, Anna Felix, Cheryl Biggs and movie director Curt Hahn. (Photo by Gail Manker) The film premiered in Pittsburgh on March 29 at the AMC Lowes Movie Theater in Homestead. It follows two White journalists, Ronnie Bullock (Eric Roberts) and Matt Harper (Steve Talley), both of whom not only investigate and discover evidence to reopen the case, but also receive death threats by bigoted locals.



The opportunity cost of budget busters

Most of us have heard the often-repeated phrase regarding money—“It’s not how much you make but what you do with what you make that matters.” All of us who are of sound mind and who are able-bodied workers have the opportunity to amass a sizable nest egg by the time we retire. Yet 96 percent of Americans age 65 and older retire or die BROKE and 85 percent of Americans have a true net worth that equates to less than a measly $250. These gut wrenching statistics include people of all income levels. It amazes me that most of us will retire or die broke when you consider the African-American woman who washed clothes by hand for a living, earning a very modest income who somehow some way managed to save hundreds of thousands of dollars. This woman who had no children and no heirs decided to award college scholarships to aspiring students of various Black colleges.


Magic says he wants to restore Dodger pride

by Greg Beacham LOS ANGELES (AP)—Opening day at Dodger Stadium is uncommonly important in Southern California, standing for generations as a daylong celebration of the franchise that put Los Angeles on the national sports map back in 1958. It’s also among the few team traditions that didn’t lose luster during Frank McCourt’s rocky ownership tenure. INCOMING AND OUTGOING OWNERS—Former Lakers star Magic Johnson, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt watch the Dodgers play the against the San Diego Padres on opening day for the two baseball teams on April 5, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) The Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against Pittsburgh on Tuesday is doubly special this year: Their venerable ballpark is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and a guy named Magic just bought the team. Magic Johnson says the new Dodgers ownership group wants to restore pride in one of baseball’s most storied clubs.



:10 “My main man” Zek…Zik­…Zeke…Zik-way…whatever, anyway like I said my main man told me to get back to talking about sports and get off my soap box. Ok, alright! But one last box to soap. Everybody reading this the push is still on. Let’s do the right thing and restore self respect to the minds of our young men and get those pants pulled up. It’s not a style…it’s a disgrace! And oh yeah “Zik” you’re now in “The Locker Room.” BILL NEAL