"Afrikans, We must wake up. We have slept too long and retreated far longer than necessary. Parents and grandparents must cease enrolling their children in public schools that are designed to expand criminal institutions that benefit the oppressor's children.... It is time to realistically plant the seed of liberation. Build Our own, for Our own and within Our own. …
Daily Archives: May 7, 2012
Former Osceola County, Fla. teacher Kacy Wilson has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student and sending pornographic photos to the teen, police said on Thursday.
CBS affiliate WKMG reports that the 28-year-old was arrested in Salida, Colo. She was charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors and one count of unlawful transmission of pornography by electronic device.
According to Kissimmee police, officials were made aware in October of a possible relationship between Wilson and a male student at Osceola High School.
Detectives tried to talk to Wilson, but she resigned from her job and moved to Colorado, police said. The teen initially denied the allegations.
In April, however, the teen told school officials about the relationship, saying it occurred the year before. According to police, he also told detectives about inappropriate photos that she recently sent him.
An arrest warrant was obtained for Wilson, who was arrested and will be extradited to Osceola County. She’s being held on $85,000 bond.
According to the Osceola County school district, Williams was hired in Aug. 2009. She resigned this year in January.
School officials said as soon as the district learned of the allegations, they immediately notified the Department of Children and Families, law enforcement and the State Department of Education.
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The C.O.W.S. w/ International Center For Traditional Childbearing on Monday, May 7th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
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The Context of White Supremacy welcomes members of the International Center For Traditional Childbearing [ICTC]. The ICTC is as Black infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding promotion, and midwife training not-for-profit …organization.
Their mission is to increase the number of Black midwives, doulas, and healers to empower families, in order to reduce infant and maternal mortality. The president and CEO, Shafia M. Monroe, as well as other members will join us discuss their current projects and why they’re concerned with the murder of Trayvon Martin.
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preschooler’s homemade lunch replaced with cafeteria “nuggets”: state agent inspects sack lunches, preschoolers purchase cafeteria food instead
A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.
When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.
The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.
“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County.
The girl’s grandmother, who sometimes helps pack her lunch, told Carolina Journal that she is a petite, picky 4-year-old who eats white whole wheat bread and is not big on vegetables.
“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told CJ. “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”
When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste.
“She came home with her whole sandwich I had packed, because she chose to eat the nuggets on the lunch tray, because they put it in front of her,” her mother said. “You’re telling a 4-year-old. ‘oh. your lunch isn’t right,’ and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.”
While the mother and grandmother thought the potato chips and lack of vegetable were what disqualified the lunch, a spokeswoman for the Division of Child Development said that should not have been a problem.
“With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” said Jani Kozlowski, the fiscal and statutory policy manager for the division. “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.” The lunch has to include a fruit or vegetable, but not both, she said.
There are no clear restrictions about what additional items — like potato chips — can be included in preschoolers’ lunch boxes.
“If a parent sends their child with a Coke and a Twinkie, the child care provider is going to need to provide a balanced lunch for the child,” Kozlowski said.
Ultimately, the child care provider can’t take the Coke and Twinkie away from the child, but Kozlowski said she “would think the Pre-K provider would talk with the parent about that not being a healthy choice for their child.”
It is unclear whether the school was allowed to charge for the cafeteria lunches they gave to every preschooler in the class that day.
The state regulation reads:
“Sites must provide breakfast and/or snacks and lunch meeting USDA requirements during the regular school day. The partial/full cost of meals may be charged when families do not qualify for free/reduced price meals.
“When children bring their own food for meals and snacks to the center, if the food does not meet the specified nutritional requirements, the center must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements.”
Still, Kozlowski said, the parents shouldn’t have been charged.
“The school may have interpreted [the rule] to mean they felt like the lunch wasn’t meeting the nutritional requirements and so they wanted the child to have the school lunch and then charged the parent,” she said. “It sounds like maybe a technical assistance need for that school.”
The school principal, Jackie Samuels, said he didn’t “know anything about” parents being charged for the meals that day. “I know they eat in the cafeteria. Whether they pay or not, they eat in the cafeteria.”
Pridgen’s office is looking into the issue.
Sara Burrows is an associate editor of Carolina Journal.
Editor’s note, Feb. 15: The first two paragraphs of this story were updated. Neither DHHS nor school officials would identify the person who inspected the homemade lunches and decided they did not meet USDA guidelines. CJ has made multiple requests to DHHS for clarification. In an email to CJ, department spokeswoman Lori Walston said: “As mentioned in the statement from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued last night, this agency is currently working to determine the specifics of this case.”
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This is the Afrikan Solidarity Pledge that i personally selected from the book “Sankofa: ReAfrikanization and the Art of War” written by Kwame Agyei Akoto and Nana Akua N. Akoto for Our younger Afrikan children to read together at the End of every Katiopa Watoto Shule session and/or tutorial. I suggest this pledge for Afrikan children in between the ages of 2-6. I also have a longer and more detailed one that i created myself for older Afrikan children from 7-12, however for now that one is only in English.
I have also translated the Afrikan Solidarity Pledge below (in a few selected languages that are spoken by Our people worldwide) for Afrikan parents to also use in their home or homeschooling collectives/programs with Our children, nieces, nephews and/or students. I also encourage you all to purchase the book, “ReAfrikanization and the Art of War” here at http://www.afrikandjeli.net/Akoto.html O dabo.
Twi (West Afrikan language spoken by the Akan people of Ghana and Ivory Coast)
Ye fre yan
Yan nim ko.
Yan nnim dwane.
We have been called.
We have answered.
We know how to fight.
We do not know surrender.
We only know victory.
Nous avons été appelés.
Nous avons répondu.
Nous savons comment la combattre.
Nous ne savons pas remise.
Nous ne connaissons que la victoire.
Sabemos como lutar.
Não sabemos a rendição.
Só sabemos a vitória.
Nos han llamado.
Sabemos como luchar.
No sabemos la rendición.
Sólo sabemos la victoria.
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The average time most doctors spend with their patients during each visit is just 20 minutes, according to 2009 estimates by the National Center for Health Statistics. And a survey last year by health care consultant group Press Ganey determined that before patients even get in to see a doctor, they’ve waited an average of 23 minutes.
But while health care professionals have offered advice on how to minimize waits and how to make the most of your one-on-one time with a doctor, few have ever addressed a hurdle that many black patients may face — racial bias.
In a study published in a March issue of the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that two-thirds of doctors harbored "unconscious" racial biases toward patients. When those biases were present, researchers found that doctors tended to dominate conversations with African-American patients, pay less attention to their personal and psychosocial needs and make patients feel less involved in making decisions about their health.
"It’s been really extensively shown that minorities don’t receive the same quality of health care as whites in the United States," said Lisa A. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "I’ve been interested in the extent to which that is accounted for by the fact that a lot of minorities see physicians who are different from them culturally and racially, and that there might be some problems with cultural misunderstandings or miscommunication."
Preliminary research by Cooper and her team confirmed what experts have known for years, but her latest study sought to explain what is driving the biases and the disparity in care that happens as a result. She also said she hoped the study would uncover ways in which doctors and patients can work together to help close the gap in quality of care.
In the study, Cooper first measured doctors’ attitudes about race, which she said may mimic those of the general population. Physicians in the study were asked to complete two versions of the Implicit Association Test (IAT), a computer-based tool that measures how quickly a participant associates good or bad words with people of each race. If an individual associates the good words with a particular race at a faster rate, that person is considered to have a subconscious preference toward the race, Cooper explains. The second version of the IAT asked physicians to assign words to each race that represent medical compliance and reluctance. Researchers also analyzed the audio recordings of doctor-patient visits and issued patients a questionnaire after their appointment.
What the study revealed — that the doctors had a moderate implicit bias against blacks and more strongly associated whites with compliance — was perhaps most surprising to the doctors themselves, who thought they harbored no preference for blacks over whites and had overall positive attitudes about race.
"These doctors work in the inner city [of Baltimore], for the most part, and are interested in providing care to minority and socially disadvantaged patients, so these doctors are not racist," Cooper said. "They’re not people who consciously have negative attitudes towards minorities."
John Hoberman, professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas and author of "Black & Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism," said he disagrees. "Mainstream American medicine has absorbed traditional racial stereotypes about African Americans and produced misguided interpretations of black children, elderly black people, black athletes, black pain thresholds and other aspects of black minds and bodies," he said.
For Hoberman, the medical community is in denial about its biased attitude, and black patients are continuing to pay the price. "The American medical establishment does not readily absorb either historical or current information about medical racism," he said. For this reason, he added, "racial enlightenment will not reach medical schools until the current race-aversive curricula include new historical and sociological perspectives."
Medical school is precisely where another group of John’s Hopkins researchers say subconscious biases toward patients are bred. A study they published last year showed that medical students may actually “learn” to treat nonwhite patients differently than white patients by way of medical school itself.
But regardless of how and why these biases come about, the impact they have on those precious 20 minutes patients get with a doctor is key. Indeed, a recent University of Washington study found that subconscious racial bias influenced the type of pain medication pediatricians chose for hypothetical African-American patients.
When Shenekia Loud sought answers to her son’s illness a few years ago, she said she received little support from the doctors she saw. "He was getting sicker and sicker until he ended up in a DKA state and a coma," she said, explaining that her son had been misdiagnosed for Type 1 diabetes. She said her diligence as a mom and a pre-med student ultimately saved her son’s life.
Loud’s experience with the medical community prompted her to start her own health care concierge company, a group of health care advocates that she said are on hand to explain what a patient is feeling or experiencing when a lack of knowledge or cultural barriers get in the way.
Making doctors aware of their bias is the most effective approach to improving health care, Dr. Cooper said, though she does make the following recommendations for patients:
- Speak up. When presented with the findings of their subconscious racial bias toward patients, many of the doctors in Cooper’s study said they were unaware it had actually dictated the way they acted. Many planned to be more aware about lecturing patients, talking slowly to them or giving little attention to their social and emotional needs. Cooper recommends stepping in when it feels like doctors might be checking out.
- Assume the best. Cooper stresses the word "unconscious" in her research and said that while there was a 15 percent drop in levels of respect when patients experienced bias of some kind, "trust levels and ratings of respect were pretty high across the board." That, she said, might indicate that "unconscious" bias is not the same as ill intent.
more than 1200 dead pelicans wash up on Peru’s beaches weeks after 600 dolphins died in the same waters
The Peruvian government is investigating the deaths of more than 500 pelicans along a 40-mile stretch of the shore between the northern provinces of Lambayeque and Piura
At least 1,200 pelicans and other sea-faring birds have washed up dead on Peru’s northern coastline, just weeks after 600 dolphins died in the same region.
Now, the Peruvian government has issued a health alert, asking people stay off the beaches until scientists can figure out what is causing the massive die-offs.
The Health Ministry recommended stopped short of a ban and called on health officials to use gloves, masks and other protective gear when collecting dead birds.
The peak tourism season around Lima’s Pacific Ocean beaches is over, although many surfers are still venturing into the waters near the capital.
The Agriculture Ministry said preliminary tests on some dead pelicans pointed to malnourishment. Oscar Dominguez, head of the ministry’s health department, said experts had ruled out bird flu.
‘The Health Ministry… calls on the population to abstain from going to the beaches until the health alert is lifted,’ the ministry said in a statement on its website, along with a photograph of a dead pelican.
The ministry said officials had so far checked 18 beaches in and around Lima for dead birds, but gave no details on any findings.
Most of the pelicans appeared to have died on shore over the past few days, officials said
About 600 dolphins were also washed ashore on the same region earlier this year and the cause of their deaths is still being investigated
‘We’re starting from the hypothesis that it’s because the birds are young and unable to find enough food for themselves, and also because the sea temperature has risen and anchovies have moved elsewhere,’ said Deputy Agriculture Minister Juan Rheineck.
A mass pelican death along Peru’s northern coast in 1997 was blamed at the time on a shortage of feeder anchovies due to the El Nino weather phenomenon.
Some were undeterred by the mysterious deaths.
‘We eat fresh fish on the quay of Chorrillos every day, and no fisherman has died yet, so don’t worry, it’s nothing,’ said Gloria Rivera, a seafood restaurant owner.
Scientists have speculated that the dolphins died as a result of sonar testing by fuel companies searching for oil off the shore. Nearly 3,000 dolphins have been found dead so far this year.