The Issue: Abortion is believed to have “infected” many African-American communities decreasing about 1/3 of our current population. Being a minority race, this controversial subject brings about a great argument. Texas abortion restrictions are on the verge of closing abortion clinics. Many women who are asked their views on abortion choose the liberalist standpoint of pro-choice, and disagree strongly with the government regulating/restricting what goes on with their bodies.
The Issue: In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has recently ruled DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, as unconstitutional. What does this mean for same sex couples? They are being granted federal benefits in states that recognize their marriages. This ruling is relevant in states who acknowledge same sex marriages, but unfortunately does not extend to all 50 states. President Barack Obama is currently working to expand these rights across state lines.
The Issue: There is a lot of talk surrounding popular R&B singer Miguel's possible lawsuit. During the live performance of his hit single "Adorn," at the Billboard Awards on May 19, Miguel leaped from one platform to another landing on several unsuspecting fans. As seen after the show, Miguel appeared backstage with one of the fans who Miguel’s leg had fallen on, to issue her an apology and an interview. A month after the incident, that fan, 21-year old Khyati Shah, claims to have been experiencing cognitive difficulties and is considering a lawsuit. Miguel's representative says, "A number of attempts were made to reach Khyati and her lawyer after the performance to see how she was doing and whether any assistance could be offered.” However, there appears that there was never any communication.
Sources state that Miguel rehearsed the leap before the show, and the producers gave him to right away to proceed with the action.
Issue: The Dean of Hampton University’s Business School, a historically black school, has banned MBA students from wearing cornrows or dreadlocks on the basis that individuals with cornrows and dreadlocks are not ‘businesslike,’ and the strict hair policy will help students land jobs.
Issue: In an effort to explain his stance on abortion, Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, said that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy. Akin, a six-term member of Congress who is backed by Tea Party conservatives, made it clear that his opposition to the practice was nearly absolute, even in instances of rape. “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape.
Issue: Although he predicted it would not happen, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it would be “wise” for President Obama to take Vice President Joe Biden off the Democratic presidential ticket and replace him with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think it might be wise to do that but it’s not going to happen obviously, for a whole variety of reasons,” McCain said in an interview on Fox News. McCain had some harsh words ready for Biden, saying that the vice president “continues to say things that are unacceptable in American politics,” and specifically referenced Biden’s remarks in Danville, Virginia, where Biden said to the crowd, “look at their budget, and what they are proposing.
Issue: Gabby Douglas now has an individual all-around gold medal in women’s Olympic gymnastics to go with the team gold she won with her U.S. teammates. The 16-year-old Douglas becomes the 4th American gymnast and first African-American gymnast to win the Olympic all-around competition, but she also stands out because of her race.
Issue: According to data collected by a Republican New Hampshire state legislator, Kindergarten is a major driver of crime. Bob Kingsbury, 86, recently claimed that analyses he’s been carrying out since 1996 show that communities in his state that have kindergarten programs have up to 400% more crime than localities whose classrooms are free of finger-painting 5-year-olds. Pointing to his hometown of Laconia, the largest of 10 communities in Belknap County, the legislator noted that it has the only kindergarten program in the county and the most crime, including most or all of the county’s rapes, robberies, assaults and murders.
Issue: The first black head football coach at Vanderbilt University, James Franklin, said during a radio interview that one of the first things he does when looking at prospective hires is size up their wives. “I’ve been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I’ve seen his wife. If she looks the part, and she’s a D-I recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal.” He said his ideology comes from the movie “Moneyball,” in which a scout quips, “Ugly girlfriend means no confidence,” and Franklin thinks there’s something to that.
Issue: Single-sex classes began proliferating after the U.S. Education Department relaxed restrictions in 2006. With research showing boys, particularly minority boys, were graduating at lower rates than girls and faring worse on tests, schools were paying attention. In 2002, only about a dozen schools were separating the sexes, according to the National Association for Single Sex Public Education. Now, an estimated 500 public schools across the country offer some all-boy and all-girl classrooms.