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What Happened to the African-American Middle Class?

Posted on January 26th, 2012 by Alley Pezanoski-Browne 2 Comments

By Nathan Jones… Millions of Americans have endured financial catastrophes in the recession since December 2007. Many in the middle class are disillusioned by the illusive “American Dream”. However, the situation seems to be unbearably dire within the African-American community, specifically. Is the African-American middle class experiencing a “recession” or “depression” and if so, is it over?


What Are You Going to Be for Halloween – Black?

Posted on October 28th, 2011 by Alley Pezanoski-Browne 4 Comments

Students at Ohio University have launched a campaign to build awareness and create discussion about racially offensive Halloween costumes – “We’re a culture, not a costume”. What do you think? Is it offensive to dress as a racial or ethnic group for Halloween?


Re-thinking school suspensions: Are we too strict?

Posted on October 5th, 2011 by Alley Pezanoski-Browne 1 Comment

This video describes a report released in July that questions whether increased suspensions and expulsions are causing the right impact in Texas Public schools. Another graph shows the increasing differences in how children of various races and ethnicities are treated for the same classroom offenses. Are we being too strict?


Just think about media representations of black youth

Posted on August 1st, 2011 by Alley Pezanoski-Browne 2 Comments

Watch this video in its entirety to see how a CBS news station in Chicago spins the innocent comment of a 4 year-old. How often do you think that the media plants seeds of stereotypes in our heads?