port of harlem magazine

July 28 - August 10, 2011


America and the World Struggles
with Tolerance

Michelle Bachman | Clybourne Park | Texas Execution | Ghana

michele bachmanThe original “Marriage Vow,” signed by Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum implies that family life was potentially better for enslaved African children during the slavery era. In addition to being anti-Black, the pledge also singles out gays and Muslims.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to so sign the document. "Mitt Romney strongly supports traditional marriage but he felt this pledge contained references and provisions that were undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign," said Romney’s campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

In Washington, the Woolly Mammoth Theater brought back the provocative Clybourne Park. The hilarious satire takes a look at a neighborhood as it turns from Black to White in 1959 to White again in 2009.

The wonderfully woven story has characters in the second half (during the comeback of Whites to urban America) conversationally referring to characters in the earlier (1950s) era. During the first half, Blacks moving into Clybourne Park sets up discussion on race, war, the physically challenged and the mentally challenged. An offensive joke sets off laughter on sexism, racism, homophobia, and sexual violence in the second.

Like a typical Tyler Perry movie, Clybourne Park was comical, but with substance. However, while Port of Harlem Book Reviewer Ida Jones found the play insightful, she wanted an authentic Black voices.

mark anthony stromanIn Texas, the state executed Mark Anthony Stroman (left) for a murder he once said was fueled by "patriotism," but which the state argued was motivated by pure hatred. After the 911 attacks, the admitted White supremacist killed an Indian man. His target were people whom he perceived were of Middle Eastern background in revenge and retaliation for the worst domestic terror incident in U.S. history. He also killed a Pakistani man and seriously wounded a Bangladeshi man.

Meanwhile, in Ghana, The Western Region Minister Paul Evans Aidoo has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the region.

And on the midst of budget battles, U.S. Congressman Rep. King (R-NY) held his third hearing July 27 on what he calls the radicalization of Muslims in America while in Norway the local authorities has described mass killer Anders Behring Breivik as a Christian extremist who belonged to an anti-immigration party and opposed multi-culturalism, Islam and the "cultural Marxists" of the establishment.

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Coretta Scott King


Teaching Tolerance
The Jewish Post | January 22, 2004

"We can also help by increasing support for educational programs that teach respect for different races, religions and cultures to young people. We must develop new and more creative ways to better educate all children and inoculate them against the toxic viruses of racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism, xenophobia and all forms of bigotry."


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"The Problem We Live With"
Hangs in the White House

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Norman Rockwell's classic 1963 painting "The Problem We Live With" is on display just outside the oval office. President Obama requested the painting be displayed in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ruby Bridges' history-changing walk to school in 1961.

Bridges is portrayed in the painting being protected by US Marshals amid a backdrop of racist graffiti as she integrated a New Orleans elementary school. For the entire school year, she became the school’s only pupil after Whites refused to send their children to the school.

The painting will be on view at the White House until October 31. It will then head to Dayton, Ohio as part of the American Chronicle's traveling exhibit.

Photo: President Barack Obama, Ruby Bridges, and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum view Rockwell’s "The Problem We All Live With,” hanging in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office, July 15, 2011. Bridges is the girl portrayed in the painting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Whites Still Rules the
Evening News Says the NAACP

Currently, there are no African American hosts or anchors on any national news show, cable or broadcast network, from the hours of 5p-11p observes the NAACP as CNN announced their new schedule. The National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is especially troubled because these prime time slots are among the most influential in daily news. “The NAACP Hollywood Bureau will be setting up meetings with the presidents of the news divisions to address this issue,” stated NAACP Hollywood Bureau Executive Director Vic Bulluck.

Prime time hosts in cable often have the most latitude to express their opinions, and evening news anchors are traditionally seen as the most credible voices in weekday news broadcasts. CNN, Bloomberg News, CNBC, FOX News and MSNBC have shows scheduled every hour to discuss world news, financial news and political news, and occasionally have African American commentators, but not one show in prime timcarole simpsone is headlined or anchored by an African American.

Earlier this year, former ABC news anchor Carol Simpson (right) took issue with CNN on its equal opportunity practices, while on CNN.


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New Mayors Have
Urban League Ties

Alvin Brown, Jacksonville, Florida’s first African American mayor, and Michael Hancock, Denver’s second Black mayor, have strong Urban League roots and both have made job creation in their cities job number one.

Brown is a former president of the Greater Washington Urban League Guild. Hancock credits his background as the former President of the Denver Urban League and his two-terms as President of the Denver City Council with inspiring his run for City Hall.

How to Help East Africa / Thanks for Helping Browder

East Africa is experiencing what U.S. State Department officials say is quickly becoming one of the worst humanitarian crises in decades. Read more and donate at ABC News.

We achieved our goal of raising $240 for the ASA Restoration Project. Thanks to K. Howell, who joined Port of Harlem publisher Wayne Young, for helping us become victorious.
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Maternal Mortality Rates Increases for African-American Women

High rates of obesity, high blood pressure and inadequate prenatal care cause death from childbirth more often for African-Americans in the United States than for Whites and other ethnic groups. Nationally, Blacks have a four-times greater risk of pregnancy-related death than Whites—a rate of 36.1 per 100,000 live births compared with 9.6 for Whites and 8.5 for Hispanics, according to a 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The problem is particularly acute in New York City, where Blacks are nearly eight times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than Whites, and in California where pregnant Blacks are four times as likely to die of childbirth.

kerry m lewisDr. Kerry M. Lewis (left) , chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University’s College of Medicine and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, says the mortality rate reflects lack of access to specialized health care that integrates comprehensive skills and technology. Too often, he says, patients are treated by family practitioners, nurse midwives, general obstetricians and gynecologists instead of specialists trained in high-risk pregnancies and medical problems that can cause complications during birth.

Obesity and hypertension are the major contributors to the Black maternal mortality rate, leading to death from strokes, renal failure and other complications associated with obesity, Lewis says. To a lesser extent, sickle-cell disease, a genetic disorder more common in people of color, also causes complications, he adds.

Lewis, who also chairs the District of Columbia section of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, says the increase in C-sections has compounded the problem because they can lead to hemorrhage, infections and pulmonary embolisms, or blood clots in the lungs. One-third of the births in the United States are now by C-section compared with 20 percent a decade ago.

Summer Time Children’s Reading


Bella and Harry
Two dogs visit Venice, Italy and help small children discover another land, its food, geography and culture in a very fun way.

African Thought of It
A very basic book covering what Africans have invented including coffee, The Great Zimbabwe Wall, soul and samba music. However, I was very disappointed that the authors did not include inventions that people seldom attribute to Africans such as Southern American porches and architecture columns.

How Back-Back Got His Name
The book shares a very interesting tale in which children can learn various life lessons. Though the authors’ main objective was to teach tolerance, I was reminded most about respecting all of the Earth’s creatures.

grandma's giftGrandma’s Gift
Diversity starts at home and this book is a great story about the relationship between a young man and his grandmother. You can use the story to introduce English-speaking African-Americans to our Spanish-speaking African-American cousins. We featured author Eric Velasquez in the November 2010 - April 2011 print issue of Port Of Harlem. Most people know Velasquez as an illustrator and we featured the book Our Children Can Soar, in which he has an illustration, in Snippets


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Things to Do

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