Daily Archive: May 10, 2013



Charles Ramsey’s turbulent 15 minutes of fame

Charles Ramsey speaks to media near the home where missing women were rescued in Cleveland. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Scott Shaw/File) by David BauderNEW YORK (AP) — Helping to free three women from nearly a decade in captivity would seem to be enough. Neighbor Charles Ramsey has also become a star, offering moments of levity in an unspeakably horrible story, free publicity for a restaurant chain and unexpected lessons in race relations.



We’re obsessed when it’s White women in trouble

by Lisa Bloom (CNN) — Our country is obsessed with the perils of attractive young White women, as this week’s trio of high profile crime stories about Amanda Knox, Jodi Arias and the Cleveland kidnapping victims demonstrates. We don’t see breathless coverage of the disproportionately large number of African-American men tried for crimes in our system. We see almost no coverage of missing boys, or missing children of color, or crimes against nonwhites.



Republicans face future shock

WILLIAM REED (NNPA)—“Brighter days are ahead.” And “The check is being put in the mail.” That is what the Republicans seem to be saying after they released their “Growth and Opportunity Project” report in March. Six months after Republicans took a drubbing in the 2012 elections, GOP National Committee Chair Reince Priebus announced a $10 million outreach program to seek more minorities as members. The Republican National Committee provides national leadership for the Party. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, coordinating fundraising and election strategy. The problem for Priebus and the party is that the RNC is often viewed as “an old White guy’s club” that is unsympathetic to the needs of Blacks and minorities.



FAME increases academic opportunity

CONSTANCE F. HORTON executive director of FAME On April 25, the Fund for Advancement of Minorities Through Education held its 15th Annual Luncheon “Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow.” The organization provides scholarships for African-Americans students to attend private high schools. “It’s so exciting to see so many old faces in the room, friends of the organization who were here at the inception of this organization and have supported its growth,” said Constance Horton, FAME executive director. “When we began there was just one student at each school, but through collaboration with those schools, we’re now able to provide scholarships to 68 students.”



Letting go—but staying connected

CURTIS WRIGHT (Wagner College News Service) In the next few months, many American families will undergo a challenging rite of passage: sending a student off to college for the first time. The biggest part of this challenge, three Wagner College administrators say, is letting go.