City of Parma and Newly Mayor Tyrus Bird

http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2015/04/missouri_officers_city_officials_resign_after_black_female_mayor_elected.html

1.5 Million Missing Black Men and My Disappointment In Michael Eric Dyson

In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing.

They are missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars. Remarkably, black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million, according to anUpshot analysis. For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99, nearly parity.

African-American men have long been more likely to be locked up and more likely to die young, but the scale of the combined toll is nonetheless jarring. It is a measure of the deep disparities that continue to afflict black men — disparities being debated after a recent spate of killings by the police — and the gender gap is itself a further cause of social ills, leaving many communities without enough men to be fathers and husbands.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/20/upshot/missing-black-men.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0

http://newsone.com/3109431/1-and-half-million-black-men-missing/

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/drug-war-primary-reason-there-are-15-million-missing-black-men

http://newsone.com/3109431/1-and-half-million-black-men-missing/

The Influential Few and Public Opinion

Crony Capitalism: Is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state interventionism.

Oligarchy: a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution. “the ruling oligarchy of military men around the president” a country governed by an oligarchy. “the English aristocratic oligarchy of the 19th century” government by oligarchy.

In addition, most of this started before president Obama; about 99% of this.

Albert Einstein and Civil Rights

Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science, was also a passionate, committed anti-racist and stood for and with some of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.

In addition to developing the general theory of relativity, his mass-energy equivalence formula (better known as E = mc2), and positioning his thoughts into one of the pillars of modern physics, Einstein was also the winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.

It is his history within the African-American community that has not had much exposure in the soon-to-be 60 years since his passing. What has been revealed has come courtesy of Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor’s incredible book Einstein on Race and Racism (Rutgers University Press, 2006).

Throughout the 154-page recounting of Einstein’s life and legacy within the civil rights movement, readers are impressed to learn that he not only stood against racism, but delivered speeches and supported initiatives for education and against lynching.

Einstein’s efforts were routinely ignored by the mainstream press, which only highlighted his activities that weren’t geared toward an anti-racist agenda, as his collaborations with the likes of Paul Robeson,Lincoln University, and Marian Anderson are oftentimes overlooked.

Einstein Felt Blacks Were Treated The Way Jews Were In Germany

According to Jerome and Taylor, the mutual pens behind Einstein on Race and Racism, “Einstein realized that African-Americans in Princeton, N.J., were treated like Jews in Germany.” Einstein’s response to the blatant racism and segregation was to cultivate meaningful relationships within the town’s African-American community. In the book, elder blacks who still live in the town recall Einstein as a “white-haired, disheveled figure” who casually and calmly rolled through their streets, oftentimes stopping to strike up conversation with the locals, and handing out sweets to their children. Einstein lived in Princeton from 1933 until his death in 1955.

The writer William Faulkner once said, “History isn’t just a reflection of what was it’s also a reflection of what is.”

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/34617/20150224/black-history-month-6-ways-albert-einstein-supported-civil-rights.htm

http://www.inquisitr.com/1923798/why-is-albert-einsteins-history-with-the-african-american-civil-rights-movement-forgotten/

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/einstein.asp

Top 10 African Empires

You can find most of these empires on Sincere Ignorance within the Ancient History section.

The distortion of African history

The Global Drought and the Battle Against Climate Change

climate-change

Water, the universal solvent, provides the chemical base from which all life on Earth is derived. It is believed that our primordial soup started in the Earth’s warm oceans three and a half billion years ago. Though the Earth’s surface is over 75% covered with water (which perhaps means we should call our planet Aqua rather than Terra) only 4% of all the water on this Earth is fit for consumption by living things. And most of that free water is bound up as ice at the poles of the planet. We must all share that remaining 1% which can be found in all rivers, lakes and streams.

http://www.examiner.com/article/no-blood-for-water

A day after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered drought-stricken cities to restrict water use for the first time in state history, Pierce College announced a plan to reflower its historic farm.

But if new rows of avocado, citrus and grapes should ever reach fruition next to fresh fields of hay and beefed up livestock, a new Pierce College Farm would be greener than green, officials say, saving every drop of irrigation water.

“We are going to maximize conservation, because we are concerned about water use,” said Leland “Dr. Cows” Shapiro, chairman of the Agriculture Department, which he has served since 1968. “We plan to use the most advanced conservation systems.

http://www.cadrought.com/

April 7, 2015 – With April snow measured at its lowest level on record, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced that Californians in cities and towns reduced their water consumption by just 2.8 percent in February. This dismal conservation rate is the lowest monthly figure since the State Water Board began tracking the data in July 2014. Today’s announcement comes just days after the State Water Board delivered a second notice to water rights holders – including those with senior water rights – of coming curtailments of their surface water supplies.

http://ca.gov/drought/

Ferguson Triples Black Political Representation

Quota-Based Policing Lingers

In New York City, police rarely talk on the record at all, especially about a touchy subject like quotas. But Officer Adhyl Polanco is an exception.

“The culture is, you’re not working unless you are writing summonses or arresting people,” says Polanco.

One of the dirty secrets in law enforcement that no one likes to talk about is quotas. Police departments routinely deny requiring officers to deliver a set number of tickets or arrests. But critics say that kind of numbers-based policing is real, and corrodes the community’s relationship with the police.

http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=395061810&m=397450765&t=audio

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/04/395061810/despite-laws-and-lawsuits-quota-based-policing-lingers

Ancient Africa A History Denied

One correction; there is written history in Eastern and Northern Africa.

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