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Schools Chancellor: Suit Will Have 'Chilling Effect' on Admissions, Leave Thousands in Limbo

Friday, June 03, 2011

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said as many as 70,000 students could be in limbo about what schools they'll attend this fall because of a lawsuit filed by the NAACP and the teachers union.

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Breitbart on ACORN, Sherrod, and 'Gotcha' Journalism

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I guarantee you this: they had—Media Matters, ACORN, the mainstream media—everyone had the full context and no way to explain away the behavior. They had to try and deflect on us that James created a series of videos that included music, an intro sequence where he is dressed as extravagant looking pimp, but what you'll see in those selectively edited ones, they don't distort the reality of what happened.

Andrew Breitbart, conservative media critic and author of Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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NAACP Accuses Tea Party of Harboring Racists

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The NAACP and the Tea Party are feuding again. The civil rights organization has released a report called "Tea Party Nationalism" that has renewed accusations that the Tea Party groups “have given platform to anti-Semites, racists and bigots.” Tea Partiers are again disputing that claim.

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The Takeaway

Tea Party Still Looking for Unified Voice

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In Mason City, Iowa, a roadside billboard juxtaposed the images of President Obama, Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin in an attempt to draw links between what the North Iowa Tea Party believed to be similarities in the socialist agendas of the three leaders. The image drew scathing criticism from across the political spectrum, and the party asked for the billboard to be covered with a public service announcement yesterday.

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The Takeaway

Analyzing National Unemployment

Friday, March 05, 2010

Friend of the show Lakshan Achuthan joins us to tell a tale of two economic Americas. Contrary to popular belief, the current recession has not been all that bad for many Americans. Unfortunately, the other 40 percent of unemployed fall into what Lakshman calls the "long term unemployed;" and he adds that their plight may not be over any time soon.

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Ninth Circuit Court: Convicted Felons Can Still Vote

Thursday, January 07, 2010

A federal court in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle has overturned a Washington state law that said convicted felons had no right to vote. The case turned on questions of racial bias in Washington's justice and penal systems, and could have wide-reaching implications for other laws involving prisoners.  To unpack the decision, we're joined by Dale Ho, assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which has been working on this case for the past 6 years.

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[Web Special] NAACP Women Made History in Tennessee

Friday, July 17, 2009

To commemorate the NAACP's Centennial, we take you to Franklin County, a rural area of 40,000 people in the southern part of Middle Tennessee. In 1958, two black women — Mrs. Johnnie Fowler, and Mickey Marlow — and one white man — Scott Bates — formed the area's first branch of the NAACP, the "Franklin County Branch." It's one of the few branches nationwide where female activists, and not men, led the town's desegregation efforts. One woman is still alive to tell the story of their struggle: Ms. Sarah Staten.

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100 Years of the NAACP

Friday, July 17, 2009

Check out our coverage of the NAACP's centennial.

WNYC has gone to the archives and pulled out some remarkable sound and pictures from the NAACP's 100-year history, including:

  • Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939
  • Audio from NAACP leaders in the 30's and 40's.
  • President Harry Truman addressing the NAACP in 1947
  • A slideshow of historic pictures
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Rebooting the NAACP for the 21st Century

Friday, July 17, 2009

Yesterday the NAACP wrapped up its Centennial Convention. The Takeaway has been covering the convention all week, from DJ Spooky’s artistic take on the African-America experience to President Obama’s address last night. Today, as part of the “after the party” conversation, we are joined by John McWhorter to look at the relevance of the 100-year old institution and the challenges it faces in taking on 21st century discrimination. John McWhorter is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Adjunct Professor at Columbia, his latest book is Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English.

 

"The funding that Barack Obama is giving to community colleges, that is race-targeted legislation in its way. And I think that's wonderful. And I think we lose sight of that if, say, the NAACP continues to focus on discrimination as the main meal."
—John McWhorter on President Obama's address to the NAACP

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The Legacy: Reactions to Obama's NAACP Speech

Friday, July 17, 2009

As the NAACP wrapped up the celebration of its 100-year history, President Barack Obama stopped by to address the crowd. Joining us with their reactions to the president's speech and the legacy of the NAACP are Geraldine Sam, the first African-American female mayor of LaMarque, Texas, Reihan Salam, a fellow at the New American Foundation, and Farai Chideya, friend of The Takeaway.

 

"This is exactly what he's going to be remembered for in 20 or 30 years: His ability to communicate with his community in a very frank and open and tough-minded way."
—Reihan Salam on Barack Obama's speech to the NAACP

If you missed President Obama's speech, you can watch it in its entirety below.

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President Obama Addresses the NAACP

Friday, July 17, 2009

Last night the first African-American President of the United States, Barack Obama, addressed the NAACP convention. His speech was a poignant capstone for the organization's hundred-year history. Farai Chideya, guest host of The Takeaway, hosted a special broadcast from the anniversary. She was joined by Patrik Henry Bass, Takeaway contributor and editor at Essence magazine, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, an associate professor of politics and African American studies at Princeton University, and Michael Meyers the president and executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition.

(Click through for the full advance transcript of President Obama's speech

 

 

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WNYC News

Obama Gives Boost to NJ Gov

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Gatekeepers managed the list for the fundraiser held behind the scenes at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. About 200 top Democrats got past the person with the clipboard to spend some time with President Barack Obama and ...

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Peniel Joseph on the Relevance of the NAACP

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Peniel Joseph, associate professor of African American Studies and History at Brandeis University, contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and the author of the forthcoming From Black Power to Barack Obama talks about the relevance of the NAACP in ...

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The NAACP's Legal Legacy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today the NAACP wraps up its convention celebrating its 100-year anniversary. For a look at what the group's future fights for civil rights should be and how their past accomplishments shaped the nation, we are joined by Lani Gunier. Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is also the first and only tenured black female professor at Harvard Law School.

We’ve been covering the NAACP’s centennial convention all week. Tomorrow we wrap up the conversation with linguist John McWhorter. We’ll look at his vision for keeping the NAACP relevant in the 21st Century.

Click through for a transcript of our conversation with Lani Guinier

Read about what was life was like for black Americans in 1909.

 

 

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WNYC News

The Takeaway: The NAACP's Legal Legacy

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Today the NAACP wraps up its convention celebrating its 100-year anniversary. For a look at what the group's future fights for civil rights should be and how their past accomplishments shaped the nation, we are joined by Lani Gunier. Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard ...

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Advancing the NAACP into the 21st Century

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In its 100th Anniversary Celebration, some African-American bloggers question how the group is reaching out to a new generation in the digital age.

>>Jack and Jill Politics

>>The Root’s Buzz

>>The Black Retort

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WNYC News

Jody Avirgan Talks to Guests at the NAACP Convention

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Producer Jody Avirgan speaks with guests at the NAACP centennial convention in midtown, including U.S. Rep. John Conyers.
More on The Brian Lehrer Show>>

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The Takeaway talks to President of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

NAACP Benjamin Jealous, photo: Jeffrey Macmillan

NAACP Benjamin Jealous, photo: Jeffrey Macmillan

This week the NAACP kicked off a six-day convention celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Even with Barack Obama as our first African American president, the NAACP sees its work as ...

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Benjamin Jealous and the Next Generation at the NAACP

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This week the NAACP kicked off a six-day convention celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Even with Barack Obama as our first African American president, the NAACP sees its work as far from finished. Last year, Benjamin Jealous, then 35, became the organization’s youngest president, with a plan to bring the NAACP into the 21st century. Mr. Jealous joins The Takeaway's John Hockenberry and guest-host Farai Chideya to discuss his vision for the NAACP and how he’s taking on the challenges of race relations and equality.

Click through for a transcript of our discussion with Benjamin Jealous.

 

 

"We’re focused not just on full employment, if you will, but also on job quality. Let’s not forget that slavery was a full employment economy."
—NAACP President Ben Jealous on unemployment numbers in the African-American community

Here's Benjamin Jealous' address at the NAACP's Centennial Celebration:

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The Takeaway

The Obama Administration and the Legacy of the NAACP

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This week the NAACP is convening for its centennial celebration in New York City and The Takeaway is talking to leaders from around the country about the future of this 100-year old institution. Van Jones, Special Advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality and author of The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems joins the show to discuss the legacy of the NAACP.

Read about what was life was like for black Americans in 1909.

Click through for a transcript of our conversation with Van Jones

 

 

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