When President Obama was elected, many people thought it was a major milestone for overcoming racism in America; however the president believed otherwise. “What I always try to transmit to my kids is that issues of race, discrimination, tragic history of slavery and Jim Crow, all those things are real … they didn’t stop overnight. Certainly not just when I was elected. I remember people talking about how somehow this was going to solve all our racial problems. I wasn’t one of those who subscribed to that notion,” he said during a recent interview with TIME. He also shared that if we were to overcome racism overnight, its lasting impact would still have an effect on underprivileged people of color: “If we could decide tomorrow that there was no discrimination, that we had some new drug that everybody took and suddenly nobody would be racially prejudiced, we still have a whole bunch of really poor kids who need help.” Read more.
Baltimore Ravens’ Tray Walker Critically Injured in Motorcycle Accident
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker is in critical condition following a motorcycle accident in Miami on Thursday night. According to reports, Walker’s motorcycle collided with an SUV at Northwest 21st Avenue and Northwest 75th Street. The 23-year-old was reportedly riding the bike without a helmet or headlights, and was wearing dark clothing. The woman who was driving the SUV was unharmed. Prayers poured in from his teammates via Twitter. “This is devastating news. Our prayers and hopes are with Tray and his family tonight,” said Coach John Harbaugh in a statement. Walker, who hails from Miami, was drafted in the fourth round last year by the Baltimore Ravens. Read more.
President Obama Sends Letter to Cuba Via First Direct Mail Flight in 50 Years
Cuba and the U.S. are continuing to take steps forward in restoring their relationship. On Wednesday, direct mail service between the two countries began for the first time in almost 50 years. Amongst the letters that were shipped from the U.S. to Cuba was one penned by President Obama. The letter was written for 76-year-old Cuban native Ileana Yarza, who wrote to the president back in February. In her letter, she invited President Obama to her house for a cup of Cuban coffee and expressed her admiration for him. “I hope this note — which will reach you by way of the first direct mail flight between the United States and Cuba in over 50 years — serves as a reminder of a bright new chapter in the relationship between our two nations,” wrote President Obama in his response. “I am looking forward to visiting Havana to foster this relationship and highlight our shared values — and, hopefully, I will have time to enjoy a cup of Cuban coffee.” Cubans are excited about his upcoming visit to Havana. For decades, revolutionary Che Guevara has been the face of change in the country, but images of Barack Obama are now popping up. Read more.
Bernie Sanders Won’t Call for a Recount in Missouri Primary
After presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the Missouri Democratic primary by a slight margin, many people thought that Bernie Sanders would call for a recount. Sanders said that he will refrain from doing so since it would not affect the amount of delegates who were awarded. He said he would “prefer to save the taxpayers of Missouri more money.” Under a Missouri state law, he could have asked for a recount because he lost by less than half of one percent. Clinton led Sanders 49.61 percent to 49.37 percent. Her win in Missouri means she prevailed in all of Tuesday’s polls. She will get two extra delegates for coming out victorious statewide. Read more.
Baltimore Looks to Overcome Housing Discrimination
The city of Baltimore is looking to overcome housing discrimination against people of color. Local officials will implement new changes that will no longer shut out low-income Black families from predominately White neighborhoods. For years, many White landlords created racial lines by refusing to let Section 8 residents rent their property. Baltimore will allocate $30 million in funds for developers to build 1,000 homes in wealthy neighborhoods for low-income African-American families in Baltimore County. “Opening up opportunities throughout the county for low-income families to live, work and go to school are the first important steps in creating a more inclusive Baltimore County,” said Tony Fugett, president of the Baltimore County NAACP. “While only a beginning, it is our hope that this agreement marks a turning of the page from a long history of segregation and exclusion.” Read more.
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