A Conservative View on Affirmative Action

Editor’s Note: This piece is a contribution by writer Marge Thompson. The purpose of it is to get a conversation going about Affirmative Action and what it means in this era. If any writer wants to respond to this in full, please contact me so I can run your counter piece. We are doing a little “Opposing Sides” thing here this week at Polite On Society. -M.P. This article was provided by Marge Thompson and was originally published at Eat Your Serial Oh boy, you’re going to hate me. When the term “affirmative action” was thrown around I knew that...

Phoenix Forum Hosts Panel Discussion on Post-Blackness

Today is the last day of Black History Month 2013, and it ended with a plethora of events in Harlem. One of them was the panel discussion on the concept of “post-Blackness” held. This panel was the second event of the year for the Phoenix Forum, and it went extremely well. It was a pleasure to serve as moderator for the event. Our featured panelists were Nicholle LaVann, an award winning filmmaker, Ali McBride, an activist and motivational speaker, and scholar Guesnerth Perea. This was a lively discussion, and many things came up. From definitions of African American, to media...

Knowing Your Rights As a Voter: Interview with June Moses

This election cycle, the issue of voter suppression has come to the front. So called “anti-voter fraud” laws have been springing up around the country, with Republicans enacting measures to challenge people’s rights. A few political observers have noted that this is deliberately done to discourage Black and Latino voters. While there are efforts by civil rights organizations all around the country to counteract this, it is important for all of us to be knowledgeable about voting rights. To help us understand the process, Polite On Society reached out to Harlem activist June Moses. To hear the interview, please click...

Seeking Success for the African-American Male in Education

Editors Note: The education of Black men is an ongoing issue in the Black community. The post below is a guest post from writer Sally Cliff on the perceptions of African-American males students in education and some solutions to them as well. -M.P. Seeking Success for the African-American Male in Education By Sally Cliff The issue of African-American education has always been a hot one, and different opinions have been advanced at different times on how to further education in this segment of the society. It is very common to hear of the black male being spoken of as a...

Oprah Responds to Twitter Critic; Raises Issue Of Giving Back

The concept of giving back is a thing that is often discussed within the Black community. Our community has many achievers and well accomplished people. Oprah Winfrey is one of them. Recently, there was somewhat of a controversy recently on Twitter when a user by the name of AWALK called out Oprah for not doing enough for those in the ghetto. This is a common thing, where many call on those who have more, to do more. What happened next was unexpected. Oprah Winfrey, who has a track record of giving money to Black colleges, was having none of it....