- Created on 06 December 2013
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As the world continues to learn the news of Nelson Mandela's passing, reactions praising South Africa's former President are flooding Twitter feeds, Facebook statuses and broadcast airwaves.
Roland Martin, host and managing editor of NewsOne Now, had this to say about the great world leader:
"In a world where we slap the hero label on just about anyone, Nelson Mandela was a true, real-life hero.
"In a world where we call our sports stars warriors, Nelson Mandela was a real warrior.
"Everyone, no matter your color or nationality, should be thanking the Good Lord that a Nelson Mandela was placed on this earth to show the world what true, moral leadership looks like.
He is a giant among giants. A king among kings. We will miss him dearly. His death saddens us all, but it's also a celebration of a man who lived a full life."
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- Created on 04 December 2013
Some school districts are moving away from their zero tolerance policies in discipline because they aren't effective. High dropout and arrest rates, combined with low grades, have too often been the result. Florida's Broward County has decided to back off of their zero tolerance policies. This is because the sixth largest school district in the nation has seen an increase in suspensions and expulsions since adopting them in the early '90s. It appears that the biggest infractions against the students are minor ones, such as graffiti spraying or marijuana possession.
Following in Florida's footsteps are Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, and Baltimore, who are all reexamining their policies. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about the shift.
"The bottom line is we're trying to put common sense back in discipline," she observed. "What we know is too many young people are being pushed out of school and off of an academic track — and onto a track to prison — through zero tolerance. They're not only being suspended, but also arrested. It used to be a trip to the principal's office. Now it's a trip to a jail cell.
"At the end of the day," she continued, "when you suspend a young person, they're more likely to fail. They're more likely to drop out...the best place for a young person to be is in a classroom, learning."
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- Created on 03 December 2013
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On this day in 1847, freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass started a newspaper called The North Star.
Douglass launched the paper following his return from Europe. He fled there to avoid being recaptured following the fame he gained as a runaway slave after publishing his autobiography. His supporters in Britain raised the money to purchase his freedom legally and in 1847 he returned to the United States as a legally free man.
The North Star's motto was: "Right is of no Sex - Truth is of no Color - God is the Father of us all, and we are all brethren." The abolitionist paper based out of Rochester NY, grew to become one of the most influential black anti-slavery papers published during that era. The paper is reported as having over 4,000 readers, both in the United States and abroad in Europe, in addition to the West Indies.
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- Created on 02 December 2013
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Should mothers be encouraging their sons to get a woman to text consent before they engage in sexual intercourse? Sounds extreme, but not for Roxanne Jones, a former executive at ESPN, who says such motherly advice can potentially help save her son from a false rape accusation. In an op-ed published on CNN, Jones encourages other moms to follow her lead, arguing, in part, that sex has evolved over the years to such a degree that parents "still fail to discuss sex and evolving sexual mores frankly with our sons and daughters, all this freedom has led to confusion about the ever-changing rules of engagement when it comes to sex."
To be sure, she makes it clear in her piece that "no" means "no" and that no woman asks to be rape. However, Jones highlights statistics from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism which reveal that about 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. Such circumstances further complicates the meaning of consent, Jones argues.
So, in order to remove any doubt about consent, Jones recommends the following:
Never have sex with a girl unless she's sent you a text that proves the sexual relationship is consensual beforehand. And it's a good idea to even follow up any sexual encounter with a tasteful text message saying how you both enjoyed being with one another — even if you never plan on hooking up again.
Crazy, I know, but I've actually been encouraging my son and his friends to use sexting — minus the lewd photos — to protect themselves from being wrongly accused of rape. Because just as damning text messages and Facebook posts helped convict the high-schoolers in Steubenville of rape, technology can also be used to prove innocence.
How to protect yourself from false rape allegations is a constant conversation among professional athletes. I've covered many rape cases over my career, including those of Kobe Bryant, the Duke lacrosse team, and many others that never made the headlines. Sports agents and athletes have tried everything from openly or secretly recording their sexual encounters, which is illegal in some states, to asking all women they have sex with to sign a pre-consent form. And though the public may scoff at stories of athletes who frequent strip clubs or solicit prostitutes, many athletes say they do this to avoid unwarranted sex assault charges.
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