Ruben Navarrette: For Latinos, Obama Offers a Left Behind Feeling – Cabinet positions are only one example of where Latinos in the United States get the short end of the stick. They’re shortchanged by the school system, treated as scapegoats in the immigration debate, ethnically profiled by law enforcement officers, deported in record numbers by the Obama administration, written off by Republicans, neglected by Democrats, ignored by Hollywood, left out of the media, [and] overlooked in a black-and-white paradigm…
Thomas Sowell: Gifted Hands – A remarkable book titled Gifted Hands tells the personal story of Benjamin Carson, a black kid from the Detroit ghetto who went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon. Fortunately for him, his mother, whose own education went no further than the third grade, insisted that he was smart. She cut off the television set and made him and his brother hit the books–books that she herself could scarcely read.
Jorge Bonilla: The GOP “Autopsy” Misses the Point – The GOP’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” is intended to be a launching point from which the Republican party can bounce back from November’s disastrous results while staving off demographic oblivion. Unfortunately, it reads more like CPAC’s tone-hectoring.
Carl Tate: Blast from the Past – RNC chairman Reince Preibus unveiled his “Growth and Opportunity Project” report. What Chairman Preibus doesn’t seem to understand is that African-Americans, Hispanics, hell everyone, will only vote for someone if they know he or she cares about the issues most important to them. Politics is of the heart as well as of the mind. Many people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. That’s…the main reason why there aren’t many brown and black faces in Republican crowds.
Duke Machado: Enter Julian Castro, the Next “Great Hope” – With renewed political capital, and the fact Texas will soon become a Hispanic majority state, Democrats feel empowered to tackle the state of Texas, using one of the Liberal Hispanic community’s very own, Julian Castro to accomplish their task. San Antonio will once again be a rally point, where Republicans must unite to defeat Julian Castro, the iconic embodiment of the future of the Democrat Party.
Armstrong Williams: You Won’t Believe Our Government Waste – It’s time we demand greater accountability. While both parties are out there pointing fingers at each other, we need to point fingers at them. You don’t need to raise taxes or furlough employees, you simply need to look at yourselves and look at your pet agencies to see where pennies amounting to billions of dollars can be saved.
A.J. Delgado: Latinos Shine at CPAC But Immigration Reform Remains Unclear – This year’s CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, featured a healthy array of Latino speakers and panelists: Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz (who delivered the keynote address), Congressman Raul Labrador, Dan Garza of LIBRE Initiative, Mario Lopez of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, and several other notable Latino conservatives. The event itself is organized by a Latino, the American Conservative Union’s chairman, Al Cardenas.
Andrew Simon: CPAC 2013: Exceptionalism, Economics, and Empowerment – While there were no shortage of speakers and presentations emphasizing a focus on conservative social policy, the real stars of the show were those that were able to articulate visions of the party focusing on American Exceptionalism, sound fiscal policy, strategies to empower social mobility.
Harry Jackson: Conflicting Shades of Brown: Minority Clash – Unless you read the Los Angeles Times, you probably have not heard much about the Latino-on-black violence that has been plaguing southern California on and off for many years. Few have heard of this Latino-on-black crime wave because it doesn’t fit the narrative that many in the media perpetuate. Media elitists would have us to believe that aristocratic whites are relentlessly oppressing all racial minorities and causing all of their woes.
Ken Blackwell: Jimmy Carter’s Libel Israel Week – Some politically correct colleges in America and Western Europe observe something they call “Israel Apartheid Week.” It’s another opportunity to libel Israel for building a defensive perimeter to keep out Arab suicide bombers. These misguided young people who libel the only democracy in the Mideast look to former President Jimmy Carter for their inspiration. Carter was the most prominent person in the world to apply the hated term apartheid to Israel’s purely defensive barrier.
More Thomas Sowell: Intellectuals and Race: Part 4 – Among the many irrational ideas about racial and ethnic groups that have polarized societies over the centuries and around the world, few have been more irrational and counterproductive than the current dogmas of multiculturalism. Intellectuals who imagine that they are helping racial or ethnic groups that lag behind by redefining their lags out of existence with multicultural rhetoric are in fact leading them into a blind alley.
Lauren Enriquez: Ryan Bomberger and His Radiance Foundation – Ryan Bomberger is a gentle but imposing presence. From his crazy-curly hair to his vivacious personality, he knows how to capture the hearts and minds of America. This personal dynamism has fueled the success of his family’s grassroots organization, the Radiance Foundation, which has taken pro-life America by storm since its foundation in 2009.
Anthony Bradley: Education Inequality is Family Inequality – Of course gifted programs in New York City are primarily comprised of Asian and white students. Of course attempts to socially engineer gifted programs have failed. What else would we expect in a world where the most important predictor of education success and achievement is the structure of the family? The moral of the actual story is simply this: if we want more diversity in gifted programs, marriage rates among black parents will need to increase (and that’s a moral problem).
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