Polite On Society Week In Review: 11/27-12/3

Greetings folks! Another eventful week in the news. More political fall out, a major bankruptcy, mayors running off at the mouth, and much more. There was not a shortage of happenings this week, so lets get right to it. Bloomberg’s Army NYC Mayor Bloomberg has been flippant lately. In an interview this week, the mayor answered speculations about a future White House bid by noting the perks that come with being the head elected official of this city. In addition to noting the United Nations as an international draw, the mayor referred to the NYPD as his own army. “I...

Urban League Tackles Youth Violence in Harlem At Schomburg

Violence amongst the youth is a major issue in the Harlem community. In a backdrop of what in so many cases are senseless tragedies, it seems like at times the only answers that come forth are heavier police presence, which doesn’t always address the core issues with the youth. There are multi-layered reasons as to why youth in Harlem feel dejected and without hope. This was the pressing concern of yesterday’s meeting, sponsored by the New York Urban League. Titled Law and Disorder: Developing Partnerships for Peace, this gathering of community activists, law enforcement officials, and civic leaders impressed upon...

R.I.P. Patrice O’Neal

Good evening folks. I am sure that many of you have heard by now that comedian Patrice O’Neal has passed away. Man, I really did not want to put up another post about a Black man passing in the early 40’s (one this month already was too much) Its just sad. Here is a funny clip from his stand up.

Internet Lockdown: SOPA Threatens Online Civil Liberties

The internet may change as we know it, and not for better if a proposed bill becomes law. The Stop Online Piracy Act or (SOPA) Bill is a sweeping proposal that gives companies the right to shut down or sue any website that it feels have infringed upon any copyrighted material. Scores of sites that are now legal could become illegal at the stroke of a pen. At a time where digital dissent is the means by which ideas spread, people should see the wider implications of this proposed law. These powers are a bit too broad to be aimed...

Philosophy of Poverty: New Census Figures Show Shifting Markers of American Want

The definition of poverty is shifting, according to a recent New York Times article. In a recent piece titled “Voices of The Near Poor”┬ánew figures point out that 1 out of every 3 Americans are either poor or “Near Poor” The latter term is used to denote the predicament that an increasing number of people find themselves in nowadays, encapsulated by the well known phrase “one paycheck away.” The charts show that the picture is indeed worse than many experts have imagined. After this study which finally has caught up to the long existing ┬áreality, we can now be rid...