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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 29, 2011 / 27 Sivan, 5771

Rising independent black public figures

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In what the media is touting as a historic event, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. of New Orleans was recently elected as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, one of the highest positions held by a black in that organization ("Southern Baptists Approve Steps Aimed at Diversity," The New York Times, June 15).

But much more prejudicially commonplace, as noted in a Human Rights Watch report cited by the ACLU, is that, since the nation's so-called war on drugs began in 1971, "The racial disparities are staggering: despite the fact that whites engage in drug offenses at a higher rate than African-Americans, African-Americans are incarcerated for drug offenses at a rate that is 10 times greater than that of whites" ("Drug Bust," The New York Times, June 11).

And while more Northern blacks are returning to their Southern roots for economic reasons, Candace Wilkins of Queens, N.Y., will be moving to Charlotte, N.C., because a white police officer in her neighborhood threw her against a car as she was trying to help a black neighbor who was being questioned forcefully by cops. She was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct ("For New Life, Blacks in City Head to South," The New York Times, June 21).

Said Wilkins: "My grandmother's generation left the South and came to the North to escape segregation and racism. Now, I am going back because New York has become like the old South in its racial attitudes."

Far from entirely, but Jim Crow flourishes in New York.

Meanwhile, a dynamic movement of independent black public figures, some of them already in or seeking political office, is entering the national consciousness. Consider Herman Cain, scoring well in polls of presidential candidates: "I label myself: American black conservative," he recently said. "Deal with it."

How can he say this at this time of a black president? Answers Cain:

"Every time somebody disagrees with the president, one of his surrogates want(s) to play the race card. Well, if the policies aren't working, that's not racial, that's just simply a failed policy" ("Herman Cain campaigns in black and white," Politico.com, June 18).

Last fall, while Tim Scott of South Carolina was successfully campaigning to become the first black Republican congressman from the Deep South in more than a century (ABC News, June 23), he unabashedly "told a mixed group of students at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, 'I was flunking out of high school. I failed geography, civics, Spanish and English'" ("Black Republicans offer hope after Barack Obama's failures on race," The Telegraph, Oct. 9, 2010).

But he persevered, saying during his campaign about our present first black president's eminent health program:

"Obamacare's an atrocity around the necks of average Americans." He added: "The election wasn't so much about what Obama brought to the table. People voted for him because they wanted to feel good about themselves, that they weren't racist."

Endorsed by tea partiers, Scott said whenever race comes into the conversation, he reminds people that he's "been black for a long time." He wants to be judged on his character and policies rather than the color of his skin. "At Fort Dorchester, encouragingly enough, not one pupil asked Scott about race or why a black man would be a Republican."

Scott told those students that he had been born into poverty, and "my dad was gone by the time I was 7." And the students saw that he was running for the Congress of the United States, his own man.

Also among these black strikingly independent Republicans (but not party-line Republicans) is a man I hope will eventually run for president so that I may vote for him: Rep. Allen West of Florida. The first black Republican congressman from Florida since Josiah T. Walls in 1876, West says -- and proves: "I'm not a career politician. I'm just being myself."

In his 20 years of active duty (including tours in Iraq), rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, he says of his Democratic rivals: "A black conservative from the inner city and retired military veteran is something that causes them concerns. I'm not (what they regard as) the typical victim."

On June 20, the Miami Herald reported that "Allen West didn't come to Washington to fit in with (the) crowd" -- as he demonstrates to both parties.

If West, 50, decides to run for the presidency, he will repeat his criticism of Obama for essentially going to war in Libya without consulting Congress.

Said West: "President Barack Obama is in violation of the law -- plain and simple -- and he must be held accountable. ... The very foundation of our republic lies on the system of checks and balances, and as a member of the United States Congress, I have a constitutional obligation to ensure this system is upheld."

I may ultimately have some disagreements with a President West, but I'll sure know wholly who he is. He'll not be leading from behind.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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