It was 1978 when Dr. Diana Pearce, who is currently the director of the University of Washington’s Center for Women’s Welfare, coined the phrase “the feminization of poverty” in a famous essay that still reverberates nearly 40 years later. In this essay, titled “The Feminization of Poverty: Women, Work and Welfare,” Pearce writes “Poverty is rapidly becoming a female … [Read more...]
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Dear editor: African American health, law and educational leaders are calling on President Barack Obama to direct the FDA to remove menthol tobacco products from stores nationwide. Menthol cigarettes kill tens of thousands of Americans every year, a vastly disproportionate number of them are Black. On Sept. 13, members of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership … [Read more...]
If frustration with Booker T. Washington’s accommodationist or gradualist approach to attacking racism resulted in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the strategy failed in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Anyone familiar with St. Cloud’s (“white Cloud’s”) history knows effective but infrequent punishments for racism were imposed before Somali … [Read more...]
Can St. Cloud and the Twin Cities heal? Hostility and uneasiness between Muslims and the Christian population of St. Cloud, Minnesota, are well known and documented. In fact, Ethiopian students at St. Cloud State University were the first to bring attention to the problems of religion and race in St. Cloud. As its Somali community grew, tensions increased dangerously, leading … [Read more...]
Many have attempted to frame the stabbing incident at the Crossroad Mall in St. Cloud that involved a Somali assailant as an Islamic terrorist attack. This perverted framing is a deceptive maneuver to direct our attention away from systemic racism in St. Cloud. The City of St. Cloud, historically a very conservative White town, has only recently become home to a significant … [Read more...]