Monday, February 25, 2013

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New Law Disallows Companies from Excluding Felons from the Hiring Pool
February 25, 2013 | Filed under: BizTechNews,Breakthroughs,legal | Posted by: bowatkin

New equality guidelines issued by the federal government could force employers to hire more workers with criminal backgrounds.

Companies are warned about rejecting minority applicants who have committed a felony or other offense by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in their guidelines.

The EEOC advise to companies who have a policy that excludes people for employment based on criminal records is to get rid of or change the policy.   The changes are being applauded by those who’ve noted that in many cases, a felony conviction becomes a life sentence, increasing crime due to the inability of convicted felons to find jobs or support their families after a period of incarceration.

Civil rights laws already prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants who are from different ethnic backgrounds but have matching criminal histories, according to the EEOC.

The latest guidelines from the EEOC were given because there was concern that employers might be declining job applicants from minority groups, such as African Americans or Hispanics, because there are a larger number of these minority groups being arrested for crimes.

“There is no Federal law that clearly prohibits an employer from asking about arrest and conviction records,” the EEOC’s website states.

“However, using such records as an absolute measure to prevent an individual from being hired could limit the employment opportunities of some protected groups and thus cannot be used in this way.”

The agency’s commissioners approved the report in a 4-1 vote in April 2012.

Commissioner of the EEOC, Constance Barker, who was the only one voting against the new guidelines, said “The only real impact the new guidance will have will be to scare business owners from ever conducting criminal background checks.”

Commissioner Barker was nominated by President Barack H. Obama to serve a second term to expire on July 1, 2016. The nomination to the second term was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on September 26, 2011.

She added that the EEOC’s major shift in guidance from the past 22 years had “far exceeded its authority as a regulatory commission.”

Studies published by the University of Chicago Legal Forum and the Journal of Law and Economics show businesses are much less likely to hire minority applicants when background checks are banned.  This problem is part of what many experts believe to have led to astronomical unemployment rates in the African American community.  Black men, who are most impacted by laws that led to mass incarceration, typically have the highest unemployment rate among all Americans.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

 History We Need To Know

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Your Black History: The Life, Rise, & Fall Of Malcolm X


imagesBy Victor Trammell
On this day 48 years ago, life ended for one of the most profound civil rights figures in American history.
At Manhattan, New York’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was delivering a speech to an enthusiastic crowd. In the middle of the ceremony, three gunmen rushed onstage and pumped 15 bullets into the body of Malcolm X.
Moments later at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Malcolm X was pronounced dead on arrival. He was 39-years-old. For today’s edition of Your Black History, honors the legacy of a martyr for the justice of black Americans.
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Louise Little was a homemaker who took care of Malcolm and his seven other siblings. His father, Earl Little was an outspoken Baptist minister. Rev. Earl Little was also a staunch supporter of Marcus Garvey, a prominent Black Nationalist leader.
Early in his life, Malcolm X saw the ubiquitous evil of racism firsthand. The noble civil rights activities of Malcolm’s father made him a target of the Black Legion. The Black Legion is a treacherous splinter group of the Ku Klux Klan. Their tactics were known to be less organized, yet more ferocious than the tactics of the Klan.
Due to violent terrorists acts perpetrated against his family by the Black Legion, Rev. Earl Little had to move his wife and children to different homes twice before his son Malcolm’s fourth birthday. By 1929, the Little household was living in Lansing, Michigan. However, the family’s efforts to escape the wrath of the Black Legion were unsuccessful. Eventually the Little’s family home in Lansing was burned completely to the ground.
Rev. Earl Little refused to allow the Black Legion to break his enduring spirit of activism. He continued to fight the good fight of speaking out against the deplorable institution of Jim Crow and the terrorist acts of white hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan. However, the Black Legion would subsequently have Rev. Little within its deadly grasp.
Two years after Rev. Little’s family home was burned down, members of the Black Legion kidnapped Earl Little, beat him, strapped him to train tracks, and left him to die. He was later run over by a passing train. Police in Lansing, Michigan scantily investigated the case and ruled Rev. Little’s death as an accident. At a young age, the seeds of black nationalism and resentment against the white-dominated establishment were being planted in Malcolm.

The death of Malcolm X’s father at the hands of white supremacists destroyed his family. Shortly after his father’s death, Malcolm’s mother suffered a nervous breakdown so severe that she was committed to a mental institution. Malcolm and his seven siblings were all scattered across the country in various foster homes.
Malcolm was relocated to the east coast where he attended public school. He was a bright student but eventually dropped out of high school. He began a life of petty crime with a friend named Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis. In 1946, Malcolm and his partner-in-crime were sentenced to 10 years in prison for burglary.
When Malcolm was paroled from prison in 1952, he joined the Nation of Islam (NOI) at the behest of his brother, Reginald. The NOI was led by Elijah Muhammad, a former Baptist minister. Muhammad preached a message of self-reliance for black people and the firm resistance against the white-dominated establishment in America.
Malcolm dropped Little as his surname and went by X to signify his lost tribal name. He quickly rose to the top of the ranks inside the NOI and became one of the organization’s leading spokesman. His message of complete separation from whites put him at odds with other black leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, most notably Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Muslim faith requires subscribers to attend a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The one-time pilgrimage to the birthplace of Islam is expected of Muslims who are financially fit to do so. Malcolm X went to Mecca for his pilgrimage after breaking away from the NOI due to his disillusionment with the organization’s leader, Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm’s move toward establishing his own movement would seal his fate.
The NOI was infiltrated by the FBI, which was a mission by the bureau’s COINTELPRO operation to destabilize black nationalism in America. Malcolm X’s assassins (Talmadge Hayer, Norman Butler, and Thomas Johnson) were all members of the NOI. Malcolm X’s funeral and internment ceremony was held in Harlem, New York on February 27, 1965.
Forty-eight years later, Malcolm’s X message is still relevant due to the awful trend of black-on-black crime in urban cities across America. Below is one of his most memorable quotes:
“There can be no black and white unity until there is first some black unity. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”

Will Herman Cain Ever Learn???????????????????????

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Herman Cain Says Obama Won Because America Has a “Severe Ignorance Problem”


During an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, failed presidential candidate and Fox News contributor Herman Cain threw fresh meat toHerman Cain2 Fox’s right wing base, asserting that Obama voters are ignorant. In Cain’s mind, President Obama won reelection because voters were just too stupid to know any better. Cain even took it a step further, saying that America’s choice of Obama is indicative of a “severe ignorance problem.”

O’Reilly scoffed at the notion. “Oh come on,” he said. “You think after that long, long campaign that you and all the other Republican hopefuls engaged in, and that [former Republican presidential candidate Mitt] Romney has a billion dollars to spend on his advertising, and you’re still telling me that the American people are misled? I mean, how dumb are we?”

“Yes Bill,” Cain replied. “We are that dumb. Keep in mind, not everybody. Remember, he got 51 percent of the popular vote. So when you say all of America, no… We have a severe ignorance problem with the people who are so mesmerized by his popularity that they are not looking at the facts.”

“Martin Luther King Jr. said 50 years ago in 1963 something that is so appropriate to today,” he concluded. “There is nothing more dangerous than serious ignorance, and that’s what we have and he gets away with it with the help of establishment media.”

This is really the worst sort of playing to the base because it only serves to inflame both sides of the political spectrum, and does nothing to advance any authentic policy discussion. Throw away conversations like these are the real reason why conservatives are so comfortable with calling liberals Libtards, and why some liberals waste no time mocking conservatives as Tea Baggers. And all Cain is doing here is adding his own personal pound of animosity to that horde mentality. It’s anti-intellectual, but it makes for good TeeVee and the folks on right eat it up. And isn’t that what political punditry is really all about?