The time for a global conversation about Black Lives Matter is now. What began as a Google document on July 7, “Letters for Black Lives” has evolved into a full-fledged movement that takes the Black Lives Matter movement a step further. Letters for Black Lives centers around a crowd-sourced written letter from second-generation Asian-Americans to their families and respective communities. The letter describes why black lives matter, too, touting itself as “an open letter project on anti-Blackness.” The letter came to be after New York-based ethnographer Christina Xu sent out a call to action on Twitter. Xu said she saw “how Asian Americans had reacted negatively to previous police shootings of black […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
That old saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions should be the epitaph for the Minority Venture Partnership, an unsuccessful program run by the defunct Philadelphia Commercial Development Corp. that failed miserably to deliver on its promise to create jobs. MVP was created in 1993 using $1.5 million in state money and $500,000 from PNC Bank. Gov. Robert Casey and Mayor Ed Rendell said another $8 million would be raised for the fund within a year, but that never happened. It took 10 years before the agency eventually made $1.25 million in loans, but it was repaid only $225,000. That dashed hopes of using repaid debts […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Freedmen’s Bureau Project is helping African-Americans reconnect with their Civil War-era ancestors. Join us in restoring thousands of records and linking millions of families. #DiscoverFreedmen Source: Juneteenth: Discover Your Roots Using Freedmen’s Bureau RecordsContinue Reading... No Comments.
Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage? Source: 40 Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today—What the U.S. Really Owes Black America by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn and Jeff Neumann — YES! MagazineContinue Reading... No Comments.