[col. writ. 4/28/14] ©’14 Mumia Abu-Jamal
A billionaire basketball owner blurts out words in anger to his girlfriend about her suspected dalliances with Black athletes, and the world goes wild.
It becomes Top Story on the national newsfeed, and, surprisingly, even the story of the downed jet in Malaysia takes second fiddle.
Similarly, the nation’s highest court rules that states may use referendums to strike down affirmative action educational programs – and not violate the Constitution.
The story makes midday news, and leads on several network newscasts, but by the next day its old news.
Which story will affect the greatest number of Black lives? The anguished insecurities of a rich old guy, trying to exert control over his beautiful young lover? Or the tortured reasoning’s of a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, essentially opening the door to the death throes of affirmative…
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