Wanted: Teaching Diversity

MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE 

MASTER’S PROGRAM DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP OFFER

Scholarships will be awarded each year to new applicants from culturally diverse backgrounds. These scholarships are intended to support the changing school population needs.

One-third (1/3rd) tuition discount (does not include fees) will be awarded for all courses in a master’s degree program:

 Early Childhood

 Childhood

 Literacy

 Physical Education

 Secondary Education

 Special Education

 TESOL

 Art/Music

 Educational Leadership

 Educational Studies

Application Process

 Applicants should submit a letter requesting consideration for a diversity scholarship, explaining why they would be an appropriate choice

 Two letters of support should be included regarding the applicant’s potential contributions to K-12 education

 A completed financial need form (FAFSA) should be attached to the letter of application

Selection Criteria

Representative of diverse cultural background

Documentation of financial need

Evidence of teaching potential (recommendations)

Scholarship may not be combined with any other institutionally funded scholarships

Receipt of the award is contingent upon full acceptance into the master’s degree program. Students must have at least a six -credit course load per semester and maintain a B or better in coursework. Failure to meet any of these requirements will disqualify the teacher candidate’s scholarship award.

Contact

Megan Macedonia

Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

School of Education

Manhattanville College

2900 Purchase Street

Purchase, NY  10577

Tel:  914-323-3150

Fax:  914-694-1732

E-mail: megan.macedonia@mville.edu

“Signed…An Educated Brother!”

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A Lawsuit Filed For Fair Media Representation

“Founded in 1993 by Byron Allen, Entertainment Studios is the largest independent producer/distributor of television programming, with seven 24/7 HD networks and a library of over 5,000 hours of original content.”  

National Association of African-American Owned Media, a California limited liability company; and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc., a California corporation,

Plaintiffs,

v.

Comcast Corporation, a Pennsylvania corporation; Time Warner Cable Inc., a Delaware corporation; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a New York corporation; National Urban League, Inc., a New York corporation; Al Sharpton, an individual; National Action Network, Inc., a New York corporation; Meredith Attwell Baker, an individual; and DOES 1 through 10, inclusive,

Defendants.

View the entire complaint at

http://www.naaaom.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Comcast-Sharpton-Complaint.pdf

“Signed…An Educated Brother!”

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Who’s Accountable for Ferguson’s Crimes? No One, It Seems

Here’s another reminder that “personal responsibility” is a principle relevant only to the poor and the black.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In the wake of the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly had some advice for black America: “Don’t abandon your children. Don’t get pregnant at 14. Don’t allow your neighborhoods to deteriorate into free-fire zones. That’s what the African-American community should have on their T-shirts.” (That’s either a very big garment or very small lettering.)

Whenever black kids get shot, black parents get lectured about personal responsibility. If you raised your kids better, goes the conservative logic, we wouldn’t have to shoot them. Arguments about systemic discrimination and racist legacies are derided as liberal excuses for bad behavior. Neither history nor economics nor politics made Mike Brown grab Darren Wilson’s gun—that was his choice. Individuals, we are told, are responsible for their own actions and must be held accountable for them.

The vehemence with which this principle is held is eclipsed only by the speed with which it is abandoned when it becomes inconvenient. Discussions about choices and accountability change tenor when we shift from talking about the black and the poor to the powerful and well-connected.

The release of the Senate’s torture report in December revealed far more extensive and brutal interrogation techniques than had been admitted previously, and it also confirmed that the CIA had lied to Congress, the White House and the media. This didn’t happen by itself. To take just one example, someone or some persons had to purée a mixture of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts and raisins; pour it into a tube; forcibly bend Majid Khan over; shove the tube up his anus and then “let gravity do the work.” And then they lied about it. The report showed without question that American interrogators were operating outside both domestic and international law. And yet none have been arrested and charged, let alone prosecuted.

Similarly, millions of Americans and many foreign leaders were spied upon by the NSA. A federal judge has ruled such actions unconstitutional. But metadata does not collect itself; instead, its collection was both ordered and executed by people who then lied about it until they were exposed. Not a single person has been held responsible. I have yet to hear Bill O’Reilly custom-design a T-shirt for those people.

Indeed, the only known arrests in these cases have been of those who exposed the crimes. Edward Snowden is on the run; Chelsea Manning—the source for WikiLeaks, which showed the US military killing innocents and laughing about it—is in jail; John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on waterboarding, is out of jail but still under house arrest. The crime, it seems, is not to break the law but to report the infraction.

The point here is not to demand the slaughter of a scapegoat. All of the incidents above were underpinned by shortcomings that are fundamentally systemic and must be addressed. But it is difficult to see how that can happen in the future if nobody pays a penalty now for past wrongdoing. The moral hazard in failing to hold people to account is self-evident: it sets a bad example. Black kids aren’t the only ones who need role models.

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But then the Manichaean reasoning of the right was always bogus. Holding people responsible for their actions does not contradict the notion that those actions have a context—just because we have free will, it does not follow that we have free rein. So when the left argues that problems are structural, we do not mean that individuals should not be held to account, but that without also holding accountable the institutions that made their actions possible, one merely changes the players, not the game.

Which brings us back to those Bill O’Reilly T-shirts. The federal investigations into Ferguson lay bare a corrupt, racist kleptocracy in which police harassed African-Americans with impunity, stuffing the city’s coffers with their money and its jails with their bodies. But when officials or their friends broke the law, they had no problem pardoning themselves. “Don’t steal, cheat, harass or discriminate”: that’s what these white people should have on their T-shirts.

This was the system that killed Mike Brown and produced his killer. The Justice Department found no evidence to prosecute Darren Wilson, but ample evidence to incriminate the Ferguson police and the broader criminal-justice system. As of this writing, the county clerk has been fired, the city manager has “parted ways,” and two police officers, the municipal judge and the chief of police have resigned. Wilson, it appears, was the only incorruptible man in the city. Nobody has been charged. The law apparently does not apply to them.

“Where all are guilty, no one is,” argued the political theorist Hannah Arendt. “Confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.”

Welcome to Ferguson, where Mike Brown allegedly stole cigarillos and is dead, while the members of the white power structure stole an entire civic apparatus and the constitutional rights of black residents but remain at their desks.

This article is part of The Nation’s 150th Anniversary Special Issue. Read the full issue, with articles by James Baldwin, Barbara Ehrenreich, Toni Morrison, Howard Zinn and many more, here.

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Creflo Dollar Disables Web Page Asking For $65M Private Jet

“The problem with the Black church is there are no Black theologians.”  Dr. James Cone

Financial News  03/14/2015

Georgia megapastor Creflo Dollar has been under fire recently for going above and beyond in his requests for financial benefits to his ministry.   Most paraishioners are accustomed to the pastor reaching out for a few dollars here and there, but the world was shocked by his most recent request.

Dollar recently asked his members to give him $65 million dollars so he could buy one of the fanciest and most expensive private jets known to man.

“Sow your love gift of any amount” is what Dollar said, pleading with his members to help him to purchase the G650 private jet that he and his wife Taffi would use to travel the world.  The two are the leaders of World Changers Interational Church in College Park, Ga.

The current plane being used by the ministry is apparently unacceptable for use.  It was bought in 1999, built in 1984 and has flown over four million miles.  They claim that the plane is no longer safe.  They could have a point, since another prominent pastor, Dr. Myles Munroe, died last year after his private jet went down during landing.

“(W)e are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace,” the ministry’s website said.

The exact asking price for the jet is $67,950,000.  The plane isn’t brand new, however.  It’s already had 625 landings since mid-December.  The plane holds 18 passengers and can take off with a maximum weight of 99,600 pounds.

“We are believing for 200,000 people to give contributions of 300 US dollars or more to turn this dream into a reality,” the website once said.

But after days of public criticism, the church changed what it was asking for from members and instead simply stated that “Your love gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated.”

Here’s what the church spokesperson says about the change in text:

“The ministry operates on the goodness of its followers and has always been a donor based organization. Every gift given is heartfelt and appreciated, and people who wish will give at the level comfortable to their situation and ability.”

But even after changing the text on the page, the organization went a step further and took the entire page down completely.

So, the major question is whether or not a pastor has the right to ask his followers to help him make purchases that might further increase the quality of his/her work.  If Dollar’s members are glad to give the money, does that make them foolish, or could they be giving him the money for a reason?

In the video below, Finance PhD Dr Boyce Watkins gives a perspective on Pastor Dollar’s financial request. You can watch the video below:

“Signed…An Educated Brother!”

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A Black History Month Rewind: Capitalism & Slavery-“An Unlikely Pair”…Really?!?

http://video.pbs.org/program/slavery-another-name/ 

At the end of a recent Black History Month event one participant took great pains to make the point that connecting capitalism and slavery was incorrect due to “the greatness of entrepreneurship, capitalist in building America” and “an unlikely (match-up) pair” even in the age of Reconstruction and the “eighty plus years following the Emancipation Proclamation”.  He went on to suggest [addressing the young people] having a “better, broader working knowledge and understanding of capitalism before attempting to make that type of correlation” .

Really?  Maybe that capitalist needs to get a better, broader knowledge of slavery.  Unfortunately due to time constraints (and the fact I was inside a house of worship) this analysis was the last impression left on the wonderful young people that attended this particular gathering and I didn’t have opportunity to counter.  If I had I would have started with the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition:

Capitalism: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

I also would have mentioned

“Indeed, in the late 1850s, the merchant capitalists of New Orleans were already (“notoriously,” as the British ambassador put it) involved in the slave trade.  In 1857 and 1858, somewhere between fifteen and twenty-eight ships either owned or outfitted in New Orleans were identified or interdicted as they attempted to carry slaves from West Africa to the Americas, principally to Cuba, but also to Brazil.”  Chapter 14: The Ignominious Effort to Reopen the Slave Trade, River of Dark Dreams-Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom, 2013, Walter Johnson

“African slavery lacked two elements that made American slavery the most cruel form of slavery in history: the frenzy for limitless profit that comes from capitalistic agriculture; the reduction of the slave to less than human status by the use of racial hatred, with that relentless clarity based on color, where white was master, black was slave.” Chapter 2: Drawing the Color Line, A People’s History of the United States, 2003, Howard Zinn

“In assembling the ship’s various and expensive cargo to be traded on the coast of Africa, merchant-capitalists mobilized the energies of manufacturers and workers in Britain, America, Europe, the Caribbean, and India to produce textiles, metalwares, guns, rum, and other items.  In building the ship, the merchant-capitalist called upon the shipwright and a small army of artisans, from woodworkers to sailmakers.  Strong-backed dockworkers helped to load the cargo into the hold of the vessel, and of course a captain and crew would sail it around the Atlantic.”  Epilogue: Endless Passage, The Slave Ship-A Human History, 2007, Marcus Rediker

In addition

“Whether a president owned slaves  seems to have determined his policy toward the second independent nation in the hemisphere.  George Washington did, so his administration loaned hundreds of thousands of dollars to the French planters in Haiti to help them suppress their slaves.”  Chapter 5: “Gone With the Wind”: The Invisibility of Racism in American History Textbooks, Lies My Teacher Told Me-Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, 2007, James W. Loewen

“In July 1679 Robert Livingston married the wealthy heiress and widow Alida Schuyler Van Renesselaer.  The couple acquired 160,000 acres of land near the village of Hudson and began investing in slaving voyages.  Their first venture—the 1690 journey of the Margiet—traded slaves, sugar, and tobacco between Madagascar, Barbados, and Virginia.  They bought interests in four additional ships, three with Peter Schuyler, Alida’s brother.  The Livingston children then married and maneuvered their way to greater wealth, consolidating about a million acres of land in two generations.  The second generation’s Philip Livingston and his wife, Catrina Van Brugh, sent their sons—Peter, John, Philip, and William—to Yale College to prepare them to manage the web of commercial sites and relationships in the Mid-Atlantic, New England, the West Indies, Europe, and Africa that formed Livingston Manor.”  Part 1: Slavery and the Rise of the American College, Chapter 2: “Bonfires of the Negros”, Ebony & Ivy-Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, 2013, Craig Steven Wilder

Finally

“…in 1750, London declared the trade to Africa to be even more free and open, which sent a cascade of Africans across the Atlantic to the mainland, with wide consequences hardly envisioned at the time.  This enormous influx of Africans laid the foundation for the concomitant growth of capitalism.”  Introduction, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America, 2014, Gerald Horne

“Signed…An Educated Brother!”

 

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*SAVE THE DATE* Friday, April 17th

NEW ROCHELLE
UNITED METHODIST MEN
PRESENTS
“An Evening of Outreach & Understanding”

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HOW SPECIAL IS IT?
A Panel Discussion

Friday, April 17th
6:00pm
New Rochelle United Methodist Church
1200 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804

WEBSITE
http://www.gcumm.org/groups/NRUMM
RSVP by April 10th
EdG2553@gmail.com

 “Signed…An Educated Brother!”

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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money

CNBC Reporting February 17th

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More Money Please! Record Amount of PE Funds Hit Market

Investors have more private equity funds than ever to choose from, but their money is likely to flow to a small group of huge managers.

An all-time high of 2,209 private equity funds is seeking $811 billion from investors, according to Palico, an online private equity marketplace. The previous record was 2,043 funds seeking $787 billion in February 2014. The record for the amount sought is $884 billion at the beginning of 2009, when 1,590 funds were in the market.

The largest PE funds raising money today, according to Palico listings, are: Blackstone Capital Partners VII (seeking $16 billion); Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII ($13 billion); Oaktree Opportunities Fund X ($10 billion); TPG Partners VII ($10 billion); Lexington Capital Partners VIII ($8 billion); Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund VI ($7.5 billion).

After several years of high returns flowing back to investors, pensions, family offices and others are hungry for more. About $61 billion in capital has been committed to private equity funds through the first half of the first quarter of 2015, 73 percent more than the amount raised in the same period last year, according to Palico.

Money may be coming in, but not everyone is getting it. (My emphasis)

“The paradox … is that while investors are investing large amounts, they are investing with fewer managers, leaving those in the most competitive and crowded sectors fighting for commitments,” said Palico founder and CEO Antoine Drean.

North American PE funds are attracting the most capital.

PE managers focusing on the U.S. and Canada have 835 funds raising money today, 37.8 percent of the market, according to Palico. U.S. and Canadian-focused managers account for a much larger 58.9 percent of the capital raised so far in 2015, an indication of the popularity of investing in the region and the large size of the funds from it.

European funds are second, with 27.3 percent of funds in the market and 22.6 percent of capital raised. Asia-Pacific is third, with 437 funds seeking capital, about 19.8 percent of the global total.

Source: Palico

The most common fund strategy offered is venture capital, which invests smaller amounts of money in promising, early stage businesses. Second are buyout funds, the best-known style of PE investing where companies are bought entirely and then theoretically improved to be resold or taken public at a profit. Third are so-called real asset funds, those focused on ownership of tangible things like housing, fossil fuels, metals and infrastructure.

Palico notes that the high degree of commitments to the strategy reflects rising demand for energy-focused funds given the rapid decline in oil prices. Existing energy PE funds were hit with losses last year, but managers including Carlyle Group and Blackstone Group see major opportunity in the relatively low cost of companies, and many of whom may need financial assistance.

“Signed…An Educated Brother!”

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