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Black Kids Get Less Pain Medication Than White Kids in ER

Black Kids Get Less Pain Medication Than White Kids in ER

by Maggie Fox, NBC News Black children with acute appendicitis -- a clearly painful emergency -- are less likely than white children to get painkillers in the emergency room, researchers reported Monday. And nearly as troubling, only about half of any of the kids got painkillers, even though they're strongly recommended in cases of [...]

Alfred Delano Flowers: Quit acting like a Bitch, Bitch!

Alfred Delano Flowers: Quit acting like a Bitch, Bitch!

The photo above is the text message sent by Mr. Flowers to OBN publisher Don Allen. By Quinton Webb, Staff Writer – Our Black News Minneapolis, Minn. - On Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2:33 pm, the Our Black News business line received a text from our old friend Al Flowers. The text was rather abusive and much different than words used on his [...]

How Do Teachers’ Unions Affect Public School Outcomes?

How Do Teachers’ Unions Affect Public School Outcomes?

By ANDREW J. COULSON (Originally published Sept. 2012) That’s a question I was asked this morning by a reporter. Interesting as it seems, it misses the real impact that teachers unions have on American education: protecting the public school monopoly from private sector competition. Average compensation for public school teachers is [...]

Dear White People

Dear White People

By Ryan Douglas (Nevermore), Guest Contributor - OurBlackNews.com Dear self-deprecating white people, For the love of all that is pure and holy, please, cut that shit out. First off, I can do bad all by myself. So, when I break the law by willfully committing crimes and get arrested, thus becoming another “black man” statistic, I am to [...]

A Child’s success is a Contract with Mom: Killing the Achievement Gap

A Child’s success is a Contract with Mom: Killing the Achievement Gap

Recorded results have shown that Collective Impact Groups have stalled in helping children of color achieve and maintain success in the public school system. A new delivery tool is here and today I introduce the foundation and rationale on why "Mom" is so important in making sure we pay attention to doing first-things-first and bringing the [...]

Why Collective Impact Organizations continue to fail minority children in education

Why Collective Impact Organizations continue to fail minority children in education

At this point in the Twin Cities, the only stakeholder that really matters is the slayer holding the hammer and wooden stake above the hearts of poor and black learners while intellectuals continue to meet, socialize and one-up each other. By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News Collective Impact should be a commitment of a group of [...]

Forget about ‘fixing’ black kids: What If we fixed white liberals instead?

Forget about ‘fixing’ black kids: What If we fixed white liberals instead?

Lynnell Mickelsen is a long-time progressive activist who lives in Minneapolis and blogs about education at putkidsfirstmn.org. By Lynnell Mickelsen | Originally published in MinnPost on 02/23/15 Here’s a modest education proposal for my fellow white people, especially my fellow lefties in Minneapolis: What if we stopped talking about [...]

Why the United States’ Inequality Problem Is About a Lot More Than Money

Why the United States’ Inequality Problem Is About a Lot More Than Money

 By David Cay Johnston, AlterNet | Op-Ed Inequality is about much more than the growing chasm of income and wealth between those at the very top and everyone else in America. It's also about education, environmental hazards, health and health care, incarceration, law enforcement, wage theft and policies that interfere with family life over [...]

Why all preschool children must be ready-to-read by Kindergarten

Why all preschool children must be ready-to-read by Kindergarten

To succeed you must read. (photo: Henry's Freedom Box - Black History Month books for kids) Okay, I will play the central negative (devil’s advocate) and say if the Minneapolis /St. Paul Public Schools are spending over $20,000 per student in a classroom of 25, should parents and caregivers have their preschooler’s ready-to-read? If our [...]

African Americans: American Society and Cultural Diversity

African Americans: American Society and Cultural Diversity

Our Black News Academic Press 2015 When is the last time you saw a black boy scout? #somethingisverywrong African Americans have lived here since they were transported by slave ships hundreds of years ago (McKnown-Johnsons & Rhodes, 2010, p. 109). Back in the 1910 – 1920s, many of the African Americans lived in the South but migrated [...]

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