Daily Archive: October 19, 2012


Mother pleas for info in son’s death

It was on Oct. 13, 2008, that Sheryl Jackson’s life was turned upside down. It was that day, during the afternoon, that her son, Antwann Jackson, then 21, of Penn Hills, was riding down Race Street, in Homewood, on his bicycle, when a gray Jeep Cherokee containing four males, opened fire on her son, hitting him multiple times. It is believed that he was targeted. Antwann Jackson was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. HEARTBROKEN—The family of Antwann Jackson, who was tragically killed on Oct. 13, 2008, on Race Street, in Homewood, and the P.A.C.T. Initiative held a vigil for their loved one on Oct. 13 at the location of his shooting. From left: Aniya Cephas, Antwann Jackson’s mother, Sheryl Jackson, Kayla Cephas, Juanita Talliferro, Nadia Dazmore and Karen Sparrow. (Photos by J.L. Martello) Now four years later, Jackson is still feeling the pain of losing her youngest son and still has no answers as to who did this and why.


Matt Smith makes his case for Pennsylvania senator spot

For the past six years, Pa. State House Rep. Matt Smith has served the 42nd legislative district of Allegheny County. Now the Bethel Park native finds himself in the middle of a contentious race for the State Senate where he will challenge Republican candidate D. Raja. MATT SMITH “I’ve always been a big believer in investments — strong strategic investments in education and infrastructure. And that’s where I think my opponent’s priorities differ,” Smith said.


University of Texas’ history of racism

(NNPA)—The affirmative action program at the University of Texas now under review by the United States Supreme Court should not be looked at in isolation. As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote in Grutter V. Bollinger, an affirmative action case involving the University of Michigan, “context matters when reviewing race-based governmental action under the Equal Protection Clause.”An amici curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief filed by the Advancement Project, an equal opportunity advocacy group, in support of the University of Texas provides excellent context of how the issue of race has played out in Texas and the University of Texas for decades.


Supreme Court considers limiting affirmative action

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – With one supporter of affirmative action retired and another declining to participate because of a conflict of interest, the concept of affirmative action is barely hanging on by a thread in the United States Supreme Court as justices prepare to rule in a case that involved a White woman suing the University of Texas because race was a minor factor in the admissions process. VETERANS OF THE STRUGGLE—Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, and Rev. Al Sharpton, right, speak to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Oct. 10. The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions. The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Oral arguments, which usually last an hour, were extended by 19 minutes as the court examined whether the University of Texas violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment in considering an applicant’s race as one of many factors in its admissions decisions. The ruling is not expected to be handed down until next summer.



Americans still tell the same lies

I have often been described as an equal opportunity critic so I will open this column with some of the perpetual lies we tell on each other. You have heard Black people say, “I will not allow a Black mechanic to work on my car, nor will I use a Black attorney because they are not competent.”


Republicans tied to voter fraud

(NNPA)—What is happening to the Republican National Committee in the state of Florida and in other important swing states concerning the issues of voter fraud and voter suppression is like a glaring, unexpected climax of a Shakespearean drama. For the past four years, the RNC has labored tirelessly and in some instances mysteriously to raise the issue of voter fraud in the national political debate. In addition, it has been leading the charge in many state legislatures to enact unprecedented voter suppression laws allegedly as a necessary remedy to protect the public from the cruelty of voter manipulation and mischief. But now the RNC itself stands naked and exposed for being the real culprit of substantial voter fraud combined with systematic voter suppression.


Is Obama being bullied?

A “power politics” move is currently at play that could set the stage for the end of the world. What is your perspective on whether Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon? Or, are Americans, President Barack Obama, and the Western world being bum rushed into military adventurism? Do you understand that the fate of the species is at stake?


Kendrick did not go far enough

Dear Editor: The article “Pittsburgh Blacks most docile in America?” is right on. But Mr. Kendrick did not go far enough. Pittsburgh Black people take too much crap and will not challenge that White man, and especially when it comes to their children.


Cover To Cover…‘Clearly Invisible’

Nothing in life is ever as it seems. The package of potato chips feels full, but you find twelve chips inside when you open it up. It appears that you’ve got plenty of money for vacation, then you actually get there. The party sure seemed fun, until the next morning. Your new co-worker was nice, before his first temper tantrum. Things—and sometimes people—can be something they’re not. They “pass” for various reasons and in the new book “Clearly Invisible” by Marcia Alesan Dawkins, you’ll find out why it happens and how multiracialism will change that.


Workshop gives Black poets a voice

Thanks to a grant from the Aims C. and Betty Lee Coney Memorial Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, emerging African-American poets in the Pittsburgh area finally have a chance to have their writing voices heard. “We’ve had a relationship with the Pittsburgh Foundation for two years and our organization has roots in Pittsburgh. There’s a demand in Pittsburgh for what we do,” said Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. Executive Director Alison Meyers.