Daily Archive: March 13, 2013

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Metro

Community Calendar 3-13-13

Project Prom ShopMARCH 13—The Allegheny County Department of Human Services will host the Project Prom Shop from 3-7 p.m. at the Century III Mall, 3075 Clairton Rd., West Mifflin. The shop will make free prom dresses available to eligible high school girls. The shop will be open through March 14 from 3-7 p.m. and March 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 412-350-3428 or visit http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/projectprom.Arts & Health AwarenessMARCH 14—ACH Clear Pathways will host its Arts & Health Awareness United Way Funding Campaign from 6-8 p.m. at Savoy Lounge, 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. The theme is “Physical Hearts of the Arts.” The evening will include guest speaker from the American Heart Association and Artists of the ACH Clear Pathways Organization, along with health information. For more information, visit http://www.achclearpathways.org.Women’s History Panel DiscussionMARCH 14—The Senator John Heinz History Center will host a Panel Discussion on the Women’s Liberation Movement in honor of Women’s History Month at 6 p.m. at the 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. The panel, “Sisterhood in Pittsburgh: Women’s Liberation from the 1960s to Today,” will be moderated by Patricia Ulbrich and include Alma Speed Fox, Molly Rush, Sister Patricia McCann and Jeanne Clark. For more information, visit http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org.

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Opinion

Guest editorial… Race-baiting at Philly Magazine

Philadelphia Magazine should be ashamed for this month’s outrageous cover story “Being White in Philly.”The March issue of Philadelphia Magazine has an article by writer-at-large Robert Huber that purports to be a candid discussion about race in Philadelphia.It is not. This is not brave journalism. It does not advance conversation on race. It perpetuates stereotypes.This is poor journalism, filled with race-baiting and fear-mongering from a city magazine that appears to target White suburban readers. African-Americans who make up 43 percent of the population are largely invisible from its pages with the exception of crime stories and articles on corrupt African-American politicians. There are also no African-Americans on staff writing full time for the publication.The recurring theme of the cover story is that White people are afraid to talk about race because they are afraid how Black people will respond. Where is the evidence for this claim? None is given. To say that African-Americans can not talk about race without getting upset is in itself racist. What African-Americans are members of any group should not tolerate is someone or in this case a magazine making racist comments.The “Being White in Philly,” article fails journalistically on many levels.The writer repeatedly uses quotes that aren’t on the record. His sources are anonymous. Anonymous people are quoted making unchallenged racists remarks.An exchange between a White Russian woman and the writer is a typical representation of the race-baiting throughout the article.“Blacks use skin color as an excuse,” she says. “Discrimination is an excuse, instead of moving forward…It’s a shame—you pay taxes, they’re not doing anything except sitting on porches smoking pot…why do you support them when they won’t work, just making babies and smoking pot?”

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Opinion

Keep Section 5 of Voting Rights Act

MARC MORIAL (NNPA)—“I risked my life defending that right. If we are ever to actualize the true meaning of equality, effective measures such as the Voting Rights Act are still a necessary requirement of democracy.”—Georgia U.S. Rep. John LewisIn commemoration of the 48th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” John Lewis, Vice President Joe Biden and a coalition of citizens and civil rights advocates, including representatives of the National Urban League, re-enacted the March 7, 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march that was halted on the Edmund Pettus bridge by Alabama state troopers wielding billy clubs and tear gas. Bloody Sunday led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, outlawing discriminatory voting tactics that had routinely denied the right to vote to millions of African Americans, especially in the South.Although an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority of Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act in 2006 for 25 more years, Shelby County v. Holder argued before the Supreme Court last week, threatens the very heart of the law and challenges the constitutionality of the critical pre-clearance provision, known as Section 5.