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Re: Conservative Idiots

Michael ·
"I wonder how many Black people really give a schit about how they are LOOKED at ..." by Kevin41 "I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious .... when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters ....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here........." by Kevin41 ************************** ".....be it Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, or otherwise..... ..... the...
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Re: Are You Afraid To Die?

FireFly ·
I feel I have so much to do before that happens. Because I'm an atheist, sometimes it's a little scarey not having a 'safety net'. Then I wonder WHY am I here? C'mon, let's not waste time, tell me my 'mission'... LOL. Well, I believe if my good motivations don't outweigh the bad, then maybe I deserve whatever I get. [insert shrug icon]. At the risk of sounding arrogant or corny, I really would like to make a positive difference somehow, somewhere, to someone. I've met people who strike me...
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Re: Are You Afraid To Die?

Empty Purnata ·
Very reasonable expression! Actually about the "saftey net" thing, one of my cousins is also an atheist, but he believes in reincarnation or subconsciousness (he believes that people either either reincarnate or that after death, people remain in a dream-like subconscious state). It's kind of unusual for an atheist to believe in afterlife, but oh well. *shrugs*
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Re: Are You Afraid To Die?

UppityNegress ·
I am a weak atheist and an agnostic (no, they're no mutually exclusive), but I practice taoist philosophy. I don't believe there is an onjective meaning to life, but that doesn't mean life itself is meaningless. Rather, it opens the possibility of the individual creating their own purpose, if they so chose. With the knowledge that all we have is the here and now (although religious taoists may believe in reincarnation), the toaist focuses on experiencing the beauty and goodness of the world,...
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Re: Black Middle Class vs. American Middle Class

Guest ·
MBM: I am really flattered at the being the basis for so many of your posts. I figured that by now you could at least represent my position more correctly. Founding Premise: Some people reside inside of a system that organizes resources and creates wealth. Some people reside outside of such a system. The challenge is to CREATE a system that generates wealth and a high standard of living for the people that are of interest to you balancing this demand with other values that are important to...
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Re: SISTA'S PLEASE READ:

Texas Star ·
Here is my regime: I keep my hair in corn rows for 4 weeks at a time. I have a corporate job, so I just go to the hair store and buy a wig and throw it on top of my braids. I chose this b/c I don't want to add fake hair to my braids, because I read that fake braid hair can cause your real hair to become damaged by cutting the folicles. I don't know if thats true, but I don't want to risk it. And I look really cute with my wig(s) : ) I wash my hair WHILE braided, and sponge dry. I can't wash...
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Re: SISTA'S PLEASE READ:

Rowe ·
Whether you have your hair braided naturally or with synthetic or human hair, you only risk damaging your hair if the hair is not being braided properly . Even someone who braids your hair naturally can damage your hair (and scalp) just by braiding the hair too tightly or too close to the scalp, or by pulling on the scalp. So by avoiding synthetic braids, you are not avoiding hair damage. The important thing to do is to make certain that the person who is braiding your hair is a professional...
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Re: SISTA'S PLEASE READ:

Rowe ·
Though micro and smaller-sized braids may provide a more realistic look, I recommend a medium to large size braiding style, especially if you are planning to keep the braids in your hair for more than two months. I wear micro braids, but I also have my braids redone quite often. It's expensive, but because I prefer very small braids, I can't keep the braids in my hair for too long if I don't want to risk losing my hair. It's also important to get a braiding style that you can wash. Ideally,...
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Re: Black Unity: Moving Beyond The RHETORIC

Empty Purnata ·
NOW THIS IS KEY RIGHT HERE. I'm glad that you posted this, Nmag. Now these are things which harm Black Unity in America more than anything else (I would also add those who view quick monetary gain through illegal activity as "acceptable" to the dis-unity list). For Black Unity to be achieved, we also need more communal ethic with Black Businesses. Many Black Businesses operate just like White Businesses and just do business with whoever the highest bidder is (so in the end, it doesn't help...
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Re: Cathy Freeman goes bush...

FireFly ·
I found this story about the making of the series. Freeman and Mailman go bush Issue 95 By Erin McWhirter, TV Writer NATIONAL, Jan 19, 2005: It takes a lot to make Olympic gold medallist Catherine Freeman cry. Throughout her life the sports star has been through the devastation of losing big races and other personal dramas, but she rarely cries. However, a recent road trip with actress and pal Deborah Mailman changed all that. In an instant, the city slickers who spent seven weeks travelling...
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Re: I finally found the Black women's reply to the "Where is the love?'" from Tampa

FireFly ·
at the risk of a slap, are you looking for the former or the latter of my post?
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Re: I finally found the Black women's reply to the "Where is the love?'" from Tampa

HonestBrother ·
I see your point. I've amended the last post. Sorry.
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Re: Pope: Embryo = "Full and complete human being"

MidLifeMan ·
My opinion on this topic and the related issue of abortion is similar to how Thurgood Marshall looked at capital punishment. If we can not say that we will always be certain that ONLY the guilty are put to death, capital punishment has to great of a legal and moral risk – the death of the innocent. I've read from the "scientific" community various opinions on when a fetus is actual "alive" or a "complete human being". And I found that they are NOT in agreement. With that in mind, it is too...
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Re: 7 Police killed as they root out coca in Colombian park

ricardomath ·
From the Los Angeles Times Afro-Colombians Driven Off Land in Cocaine War By Chris Kraul Times Staff Writer January 4, 2006 PEREIRA, Colombia "” Armando Garces was reluctant to leave his mountain village even after right-wing militia members had gone door to door telling residents they had 48 hours to evacuate, or else. He didn't like being ordered to abandon the only home he had ever known. Then a daylong gun battle erupted between the paramilitary fighters and leftist guerrillas over...
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Re: are parents @ fault for this?

Black Viking ·
I had to vote yes, but I know it's not as simple as that. Rather than assigning blame, parents need to consider who is actually in a position to solve the problem. Parents can point fingers at anyone for there children's ills, and frequently do. I'm not saying that city, state, and even federal agencies shouldn't be involved in curtailing this activity, but they have to very careful about constricting the rights of consenting adults. The simpler and far more effective solution is to...
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Re: The One....

HonestBrother ·
Preacher? Minister? These words have very specific meanings ...But then again aren't we all called to 'ministry'? And to preach through every day acts of 'prophecy'? At the risk of seeming self-important, I've always been drawn to the pursuit of Truth. More generally, to the classical vision of the Good Life - the pursuit of Truth, Beauty, and Justice. The love of Truth led me to the life of a scholar. But with maturity has also come a sense of responsibility to the social world and a...
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Re: The One....

HonestBrother ·
At the risk of sounding grandiose, my "mission" is to contribute towards bringing about a Black cultural renaissance. That's MY thing. Or at least what I'm about can be summarized in those words. It's why I went into education as a profession. Knowledge is indeed power. And it's at the root of a lot of my other endeavors. As a photographer, one thing I'm trying to do is to capture diverse images of African American life. I think it makes a profound difference to the way people see themselves...
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Re: The One....

Khalliqa ·
Grandiose?.... Not at all.... May I ask what type of renaissance? ..... Arguably we've had several.... From what are moving from and what are we moving towards? How do you assess whether the knowledge you disseminate is absorbed properly? How do you assess its qualitative effect? I thought you were a seer.... you are also a storyteller.... beautiful.... May I ask in what area are you seeking talent? A writer..... I am writer.... I appreciate the creative mentality that must go into writing...
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Re: New Black Conservative Website

Nmaginate ·
Ummm... GROWTH FIGURES in the same sectors. Manufacturing, etc. The thing here is the impact on workers; aka "the people." Understand, now?? How about now? QUESTION: How is there "pain" when there is no Net TANGIBLE Loss (i.e. something that can be felt or touched)? How can someone run the risk of being unemployed when NOTHING IS LOST?? Hmmm....
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Re: New Black Conservative Website

Nmaginate ·
And you haven't moved past the MEALY MOUTH. Show some manhood and support your contentions with something other than SHOULD'VE, WOULD'VE, COULD'VE bullshitz and avoiding demonstrating what you claim. DUDE, you said NO TANGIBLE LOSS. There's difference between LOSS and TURNOVER and see if you can explain the "pain."I'll ask you again: How can someone run the risk of being unemployed when NOTHING IS LOST?? Now there you go with that WHITE BOY shit! Here's some advice. When you can...
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Re: New Black Conservative Website

Nmaginate ·
When you can raise intelligent questions and, more, make intelligent statements and, even still more, answer questions intelligently then you can talk. I'll ask you again: How can someone run the risk of being unemployed when NOTHING IS LOST?? Explain the "pain" and stop the Mickey Mouse, MEALY MOUTH BS! Why would actual economist (as opposed to a shade-tree ideologue) talk about present and short-term "PAIN" (while praying for long-term, off in the distance "gain") if there is/was NO NET...
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Re: New Black Conservative Website

Noah The African ·
Here is a real work example of zero sum Toussiant. Who can forget the neocons' claim that under their leadership America creates its own reality? Remember the neocons' Iraq reality--a "cakewalk" war? After three years of combat, thousands of casualties, and cost estimated at over $1 trillion, real reality must still compete with the White House spin machine. One might think that the Iraq experience would restore sober judgement to policymakers. Alas, neocon reality has spread everywhere. It...
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Re: For Black Conservatives

Empty Purnata ·
You know what comes to mind when I think of Black Neocons? STOCKHOLM SYNDROME http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome Black Neocons can quite easily and clearly see that the White Man has/is raping our people (in more ways than just physically). They see the power that the White Establishment has over our people, and they internally conclude that they are inferior. They then conclude that the best way to get out of the situation is not to fight against the System, instead, they seek...
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Re: Cognitive dissonance and the black woman

Huey ·
Wonderful post, Sandye. Many folks can say that some men and women are pursuing those out of one's league. The question is "what" league are we in? Are the leagues measured by height? Body tone? Income? Confidence level? I was friends with many female jocks and cheerleaders because I knew them in my classes. Many of my male friends in college didn't try to talk to them b/c they thought they weren't in they're "league." But they gave me high fives sometimes, thinking I was "macking" them, but...
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Re: State of Black America hosted by Tavis on CSPAN now..

Faheem ·
Let's talk about it while it is happening and while it is fresh on our mind. I am really enjoying this economic panel, we have some brilliant folk up there, although the arguing about the Black church was a bit much, I believe the points being made were on point. So much information has been offered and so many good questions have been asked. a good question about gentrification was raised and that is, is it really gentrification when we are the gentrifiers, pushing our poor family members...
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Re: Cognitive dissonance and the black woman

Rowe ·
I disagree. Natural meat eaters eat flesh raw. Accordingly, natural meat eaters have claws, sharp teeth, sweat through the mouth, have a short intenstine which is two thirds the length of their bodies (humans are 30 ft. long), their jaws move up and down only, and the stomach can digest hair. Humans lack all of these natural meat eating habits and attributes. Furthermore, the human intestinal tract causes meat to stay in the body for up to 3 days. This causes toxins to be aborbed in the body...
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Re: Cognitive dissonance and the black woman

Khalliqa ·
Rowe.... Rowe.... Rowe.... Rowe..... My Sista...... We share soooo much..... I knew there was something about you I liked... Couldn't put my finger on it... Until now.... Just wanted to let you know I think you're right on point.... By the way.... Love your avatar.... Is that a Faith Ringold portrait? UNOI? You have a PM coming..... Peace, Virtue
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Re: Question....

AudioGuy ·
A: To keep the skidmarks off your good clothing!! (Frenchy don't wear no draws y'all!) Q: What is a good way to invest money w/o a great deal of risk?
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Re: Question....

MBM ·
Give it to me. No - the least risky investments are in savings accounts or in government savings bonds etc. Beyond that - if you have time/energy to do LOTS of homework you can sometimes find deals in real estate (i.e. someone trying to prevent a foreclosure or whatever). Q. With there being so much more software available for PC's, is there any real reason to ever change to a Mac?
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Re: College "Education" Is BS

Shango67 ·
Reality is a construct and "mandatory schooling" can be abolished with organization. I, for one, would definitely work toward that goal if it was presented to me. Until then, I agree, reform is all we have. This is problematic in ALL types of schools - not just alternative learning environments. The emphasis on including mental health professionals at any school, traditional or otherwise, is a key component in addressing the issues you raised. Our children come to school with a host of...
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Re: College "Education" Is BS

Rowe ·
Precisely! Most public schools are equipped with special educators, special education paraprofessionals, speech therapists, bilingual educators, and teacher's assistants who are prepared to accommodate the needs of special education students and students who speak English as a second language (ESOL students). It's not as if public schools are completely blind to the diverse needs of its students. However, I do acknowledge the point that you are making. It is true that alternative schools are...
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Re: Illegal Immigration

MBM ·
Again folks, IMO, the PEOPLE are not the proper focal point here. If you are having trouble feeding your family - for whatever reason - then who wouldn't do what it takes to care for them? Those of you who attack these folks coming here - you mean to tell me you would rather your children starve, then take a job that is there waiting for you and allows you to feed them? It is the companies who break the law and hire these undocumented workers - almost always at below minimum (or market) wage...
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Re: Illegal Immigration

kresge ·
But are these people any less exploited in their own countries than they are here. If they had economic/political justice in their own country, I seriously doubt whether they would risk life and limb to get here. The real criminals are the international financial institutions, multinational corporations, and the governments that are complicit with them. I could give a rip about whether they are breaking the law or not. Morally/ethically I do not believe that anyone should be compelled to...
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Re: African American Suicide

Khalliqa ·
It's a natural mistrust from a people who historically have had familial roles fulfill this position.... family.... friends.... no longer exist as sounding boards..... we have professionals we pay to do this.... and even if this wasn't on a large scale.... I now have friends who simply listen and care about me deeply that have helped me far better than the 20 (random number for emphasis)psychologists I have gone through before I was comfortable....... and in a country where most hard working...
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Re: African American Suicide

Frenchy ·
Texas Star and LYNN , my brother killed himself March 28, 2000. It always feels like just yesterday. I've been through the lygin about the cause of death and avoiding the topic and all that. I had a similar experience with the movie "The Sixth Sense." Shortly into the movie a man shoots himself in the head (which is how my brother died). I never made it past that point in the film. I was in college when it happened and when I returned to school I was in a support group led by a chaplain. The...
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Re: List of attributes about me men need to know beforehand. . .

FireFly ·
1. equally silly and serious 2. playful, passionate and compassionate 3. honours and respects her man and demands the same 4. I reject it's men vs women - we're all on the same team 5. sees life as an adventure 6. open to new ideas 7. I'm a people person who also needs space and down-time 8. opinionated but not hard-wired 9. have limited patience with egoists and BS-ists 10. I believe everyone is an artist 11. I celebrate the fact that everyone has a different path and a different style 12.
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Re: Uncle Tom's Cabin

nayo ·
Good one. I found this really bad film version of 'Uncle Tom's cabin; and watched it through it's entirety, and we discovered that it was in fact 'sambo' who was the jerk. I'm also reading 'Slavery Defended', by McKitrick (1963) which presents many of the 'top minds' during slavery who vociferously defended African inferiority and the 'need' and good of slavery. :websource:http://www.ysursa.com/history/Reference%20pages/civil%20war/proslavery_defense.htm Topic: The Proslavery Defense > Q:...
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Re: Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Vox ·
I grew up in a depressed all-black area, and I was never exposed to anything like Jack & Jill. I doubt very seriously that I would ever raise children in an all-white area. However, if I ever did, I think Jack and Jill would be a great opportunity for them. I think anything that instills self-awareness in black children who are otherwise at risk of being disconnected is something I would support. To the extent that they may be somewhat "elitist," who cares? Why would that constitute a ...
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Re: Sistas, what's up with....

Rowe ·
I was raised in a large city, and I guess I would take offense if a southerner assumed that I lacked morals simply because I don't go around cheesing at everyone in sight. I think those from the south should accept that customs will and do change from one location to the next. In the city, especially cities that are wrought with crime, going around smiling and acting silly is a sign of vulnerability. You put yourself at risk when people intending to do you harm suspects that you are "nice"...
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Re: Sistas, what's up with....

Khalliqa ·
Hmmmmmm..... I suppose I would take offense if someone were to assume I lacked morals because they didn't follow my local customs..... however.... I could be mistaken..... but I haven't suggested that (since you quoted me I assume you're referring to my post)... I simply gave an account of a custom I was raised with.... I think that a well rounded individual should accept that customs change..... this is part of exposure to the world..... whether they're from the South.... or from the...
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Re: Sistas, what's up with....

HonestBrother ·
I hear what the ladies are saying.... especially about the safety factor... and I wouldn't want people to do things that might put them at risk... but at the same time, for those of us brothas who are civilized and have no clue about what's going through your mind, the perception is that ya'll are really cold and unapproachable, especially when we get a better reaction from white women....(please note that I said 'perception' as opposed to 'reality' - my comment is not intended as a reproach...
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Re: Why is marriage more serious than having children?

Rowe ·
Frenchy girl, don't you know marriage is for White people! Seriously though, this question is no laughing matter. Some time last year, I started a similar discussion asking readers "Why Are There More Baby-Daddies Than Husbands." The truth is, people are having sex unprotected. They may not want to get married, but they want to have sex. What I fail to understand, however, is never mind getting pregnant, how can people considering the high risk and probability of contracting...
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Re: Illegal Immigration

UppityNegress ·
Because a druver's license is a privelage confered to citizenss and legal residents of a state. Also, a driver's license is a form of identificication that enables a person more leway to move about. For the illegal immigrant who don't have avalid form of identification, how can we license them without a degree of certainity that they aren't using a false or stolen name. Having a valid license just enables them to continue that fraud. But yes, I see your point: if they don't have licenses, we...
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Re: North Carolina Black Woman Raped by White Lacrosse Team

Rowe ·
Yes, I've learned about Finnerty's acts of aggression towards gay men in Georgetown. Doesn't look too good for Finnerty. I really don't think these men are going to get away with this. Things are getting more and more complicated for them. Looking at the news just now, reporters say that the victim's father claims that he had no knowledge of his daughter, a North Carolina State college student and mother of two, being an exotic dancer. Now, here again, why would a young woman risk...
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Re: Why is marriage more serious than having children?

Nikcara ·
This is just a theory, and very general. Marriage is about looking at that person the same way you look at yourself and accepting all the flaws. Marriage is about surrendering the self to consider the impact your actions have on another who is equally as important. Marriage is about the choice of being with a person and always having the choice to walk away, wheather you exercise that choic or not. Marriage is about unconditional voluntary love. You choose your friends and you choose your...
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Re: Why is marriage more serious than having children?

I_am_Mahogany ·
I think we have just been conditioned to believe that it is ok to have children out of wedlock. I believe that for many people, marriage is a risk but having a child without the benefit of marriage is acceptable today.
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Re: Why is marriage more serious than having children?

Khalliqa ·
Can you better define the personal risk of a genetic bond? Meaning explicitly what effect does this have on a person? Is the real personal risk a psychological one? For instance say.... it's more damaging to break a psycho-physiological genetic bond over the damage created from an emotional bond ? Please elaborate.... Peace, Virtue
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Re: Why is marriage more serious than having children?

Nikcara ·
When you have a failed relationship with a love interest how do people normally react? My best friend has been divorced twice, I have another girlfriend who is an attorney whose third divorce, neither looks at thier spouses as the reason for the failure they each blame themselves even when the men were assholes. Why, it was personal, it was a rejection of the indivdual. Guy could be abusive, but she failed to recognize, failed to acknowledge what she saw, she failed. The genetic bond, no...
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Re: Why is marriage more serious than having children?

Khalliqa ·
Thank you for answering.... Much to chew on..... Peace, Virtue
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Re: States Omitting Minorities' Test Scores

Cano ·
I think there are some folks here who suffer from poor reading comprehension themselves. Look at the article once more, and consider the following: Under the law signed by Bush in 2002, all public school students must be proficient in reading and math by 2014, although only children above second grade are required to be tested. That a bad thing? Read on.. Schools receiving federal poverty aid also must demonstrate annually that students in all racial categories are progressing or risk...
 
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