LISTEN TO SHARON DAVIES COMMENTARY ON WOSU’S ALL SIDES “. . . the hands of none of us are clean if we bend not our energies to righting these great wrongs.” –W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk The nation’s focus on the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri confers yet another opportunity … Continue reading »
There is an education crisis in our country that is reaching a dangerous peak. Growing poverty, attacks on the integrity of public education, calls for public funding of privately owned charters, a gridlocked federal government, and entrenched racial disparities guarantee that the Next Big Neglect will be in education. To understand the crisis we’re facing, look at the racial disparities in educational outcomes:
Discussion of the George Zimmerman verdict has been rampant in both the public and private spheres since jurors rendered the divisive decision in mid-July. Zimmerman’s acquittal of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked conversations on a plethora of sensitive topics, including Stand Your Ground laws, the current status of race relations in the United States, and what it means to live at the precarious identity intersection of being Black and male in a society that asserts itself to be “post-racial” despite ample evidence to the contrary.
Responding to complaints that he is not an American citizen and therefore should not have performed “God Bless America” at the MLB All Star Game, Marc Anthony reminded viewers of the TODAY Show that he is indeed a proud American of Puerto Rican descent, and, to accent his point about “Americaness,” he reminded us that the song he performed was written by Irving Berlin, a Russian Jewish immigrant. This situation is emblematic of the ignorance that always accompanies bigotry, but, more importantly, it leads us into a conversation about who qualifies as a member of the American family, who is a true citizen—who “belongs.”
By Sharon Davies, Executive Director, published in the Columbus Dispatch, It is almost impossible to fathom what constituents were being represented when the House voted to unhitch the nation’s food stamp program (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) from the farm bill, undoing the compromise that has long ensured the passage of both pieces of legislation. … Continue reading »