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What’s Inside This Issue? •
More Than Meets The Eye pg. 2
Cover Photo: When The Waters Rise pg.3
Is It Media or Persuasion and Manipulation pg. 4
Patrick A. Sellers Publisher Bobbie Collins Editor-In-Chief Contributors
Katrina 5 Years Later pg. 4 The Do’s and Don'ts With Black Male Teachers pg. 5
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Haiti: More than meets the eye By Jeff White, An Illinois Correspondent In July, I introduced you briefly to Lucner Pierre. Lucner is a man of vision and worthy of a more complete introduction. Born in the small village of Acural Du Nord, Lucner is the middle son of a farming family. His parents pushed their sons toward a complete education all of their lives. Lucner studied for and completed his law degree and began practicing law. Although immersed in a successful law practice Lucner still saw a country that continued to spiral down into despair. After several years of considering ways to improve his country Lucner began formulating a plan that would become his life’s work and indeed his passion. Lucner initially determined that a spiritual change had to take place before the country could change; so, he traveled to the United States and completed a Master in Theology, after which he returned to Haiti and began preaching and starting churches in remote villages. Still, change in Haiti was going to require
more than religion. Change required proper nutrition, shelter, and education. There is no public education in Haiti; therefore, if you don’t have money you don’t get to go to school. Lucner began to open schools in the villages where Churches had been planted. All children were welcome regardless of ability to pay. For the poorest students, a meal would be provided each day. For the orphans, a home would be provided. So far, over 100 schools have been started, many street children are now being educated and housed. To date over 80% of all the students who take the college entrance exams are passing them. Lucner dreams of a revolution in Haiti, but not one born of blood. His dream is change through education. The dream is
multi-generational. The dream is slowly becoming a reality. Jeff White Minister/Elder Freeport church of Christ 815-235-1008
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When The Waters Rise By: Patrick A. Sellers, an Illinois Correspondent
When people are suffering, it is very painful to watch and it is nothing short of immoral to watch and do nothing. The floods that have occurred in Freeport, IL has some local residents asking,” what about us?” As I walked through the flooded streets, saw the looks of despair , of helplessness and hopelessness on the faces of the people who had lost everything.
gear, which raises health concerns for those children.
I can remember growing up, when the flood waters came, we as children got it two folds, our parents and neighbors would tell us, “don’t play in that water.” They were concerned These events really hit home for me, for our health and because I grew up on that very side of well-being, City offitown and it is not uncommon for cials would totally barricade the flooded floods to occur yearly. I can personstreets and help with sand bagging efally tell you that I have never experiforts. Then the medical mobile unit enced a flood of this magnitude in all would come by and my years of child-”Like it or not, this flood affected offer free tetanus hood. us all whether directly or indirectly, to all the families If you would like we are all residents of Freeport, IL. paying special atto see some live tention to the chilfootage of the so that means we are all in this dren. flood, please visit together. -” I did not see any our website at of this and it bothered me and many www.thepopulacenow.com, scroll others. The people directly affected by down to the bottom of the home page the flood felt like they were left out to and view our short documentary of dry by the City and by other local resithe events. dents whom have moved from the area While we were over shooting the to another side of town. I could go on documentary , we experienced in 30 for days blaming City officials, local resiminutes what local residents had dents and businesses, but the fact of been experiencing for days, no clean the matter is it does no one any good. water, no electricity, extreme heat / All the finger pointing, tongue lashings humidity and swarms of mosquitoes. and other negative behaviors only adds We also experienced the grotesque more stress to an already stressful odor of raw sewage in the flood wasituation. ters and with all these thing present, Subsiding Rains it made conditions virtually unbearable. When the rains subsided and the real Life did not stop for local residents; storm began; helping people bounce back from any type of disaster is mind many had to wade through the flood boggling, seeing the devastation that waters to get from one place to the the water has left behind is a humbling next. Cars and trucks splashing about experience. were common sights as locals tried to save what little they could. The most Local residents mobilized to help their alarming sight of all were children fellow Freeportians get basements walking through the water with no cleared and debris removed. Former shoes on and no other protective 3rd ward resident and a longtime friend
of mine Lee Dixon formed a group called Contagious hearts which spearheaded the clean up efforts. The Freeport Area Church Cooperative (F.A.C.C.) played a significant role as well along with community activist Windy Pearson a lot of things finally got done. Ms. Pearson was there from day one and her efforts help to ignite a movement of volunteers that represented a plethora of different ages. These volunteers help with sand bagging and removing the elderly residents from flooded homes. It is people like Windy Pearson, Lee Dixon, Larry Williams, Dean Wright and organizations like the F.A.C.C. Along with businesses like Best Home Hardware and Elite Welding that makes this City so unique. These individuals, organizations and businesses pulled together and helped a community in its time of need. Sellers Media Group and all of its subsidiaries would like to say thank you to: Windy Pearson, Lee Dixon, Larry Williams , Dean Wright and all other volunteers. We would also like to thank F.A.C.C. , Best Home Hardware and Elite Welding for all of their hard work . Thank you all for your compassion, dedication and commitment to our City.
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Is it Media or Persuasion and Manipulation? By Buffy Griffin, A North Carolina Correspondent
More than ever we are seeing shifts in the way media is presented by news stations, commercial ads, entertainment blogs, social networks and the ever growing popularity of video publishing. And with firms and individuals adding to or leaving out a storyline, it's becoming harder to decipher what portion of the media is factual and what part is opinionated. In addition, there are those who deliberately want to mislead the audience by using legal, persuasive techniques to sway or insinuate the meaning of a word or phrase within the story. Let's look at a few ways a story teller can sway it's viewers/listeners. In an article Media Uses Polls To Sway Public Opinion By Gene Labarge On: December 01, 2005 writes “The last presidential election was another example of the media trying to drive opinions via the
polls. You will get polling results by Electoral College in every election. However, in the last election we were hammered with it. The media speculated often on the possibility of one candidate losing the popular vote and winning the Electoral College. The polls actually showed Gore as the more likely to win in that scenario. Oops... So much for polls. Afterwards, the media was there, constantly reminding us that Gore won the popular vote and questioning the Electoral College. Didn't hear many com-
plaints about that before the election. At least the media is consistently hypocritical. (Continued on pg. 8)
Katrina 5 Years Later A Collaborative Article By Bill Quigley Davida Finger and Lance Hill. It will be five years since Katrina on August 29. The impact of Katrina is quite painful for regular people in the area. This article looks at what has happened since Katrina not from the perspective of the higher ups looking down from their offices but from the street level view of the people – a view which looks at the impact on the elderly, the renter, people of color, the disabled, the working and non-working poor. So, while one commentator may happily say that the median income in New Orleans has risen since Katrina, a street level perspective recognizes that is because large numbers of the poorest people have not been able to return.
back, nor have their parents. New Orleans has lost at least 100,000 people. Thousands of elderly and disabled people have not made it back. Affordable housing is not readily available so tens of thousands pay rents that are out of proportion to their wages. Race and gender remain excellent indicators of who is underpaid, who is a renter, who is in public school and who is low income. In short, the challenges facing New Orleans after Katrina are the same ones facing millions of people of color, women, the elderly and disabled and their children across the US. Katrina just made these challenges clearer in New Orleans than in many other places. Here is where we are five years later.
not be clear until official Census Bureau findings are released in November, but it is safe to say that over 100,000 fewer live in the City of New Orleans.
Five years after Katrina, tens of thousands of homes in New Orleans remain vacant or blighted. Tens of thousands of African American children who were in the public schools have not made it
Overall population Five years after Katrina, the most liberal estimates are that 141,000 fewer people live in the metro New Orleans area. The actual population changes will
Displaced People Louisiana residents are located in more than 5,500 cities across the nation, the largest…..
The New Orleans metro area is made up of several parishes, primarily Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany. Orleans had 455,000 people before Katrina, now they have 354,000. Jefferson had 451,000 before Katrina, now they have 443,000. Plaquemines had 28,000 before Katrina, now they have 20,000. St. Bernard had 64,000 before Katrina, now they have 40,000.
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The Doâ€™s and Donâ€™ts With Black Male Teachers By William Vann, A Michigan Correspondent After talking with several black male teachers, I noticed certain themes begin to emerge. Being an educated male is an accomplishment in itself. But holding a down a job as a teacher for several years is an even greater accomplishment and a tremendous responsibility. How do some of these guys do it while standing against racism, and sometimes battling sexism? I interviewed Aaron Rice, a teacher for 6 years and asked him several questions regarding the rewards and challenges of being a black male teacher. He told me that teaching the children was the easiest part; it was the politics that can compromise all the good you do for children. I also spoke with professional educator Dr. Michael Tappler, a former principal who is presently teaching at the college level, about being a black male educator. Michael told me that you must be professional, in every way, at all times, even to dressing the part, while at the mall (in slacks and a polo shirt, for instance). Perception is the key! If you have ever experienced having a black male teacher at your school after years of seeing only black male cafeteria staff or custodians or paraprofessionals, it could be a life-
changing event. Black male teachers are everyday, walking proof that education can lead to better paying jobs and positions considered higher in status. Minority students under the direction of those black male teachers can truly share a perception that they may have never shared before. For example, many minority male students may not have ever had a black male teacher until high school or college and if so, it may have been their physical education teacher. Student, you owe a debt of gratitude to any person who is recruiting black male teachers in your district. Thank them because you don't know what they may have gone through behind the scenes to make it so. Many principals do not want the controversy of having parents complaining about the state and welfare of their child and this may force the district central office employees to work out deals with principals just to get that teacher in. If you have one or two certified black males teacher in a building consider some do's and don'ts 1. Treat the certified black male teacher as an educated person! 2. Never try to pit the black male certified teacher against another black person such as a security guard, the janitor, the cooks or the para-professionals.
3. If you want an intimate relationship with a black male teacher, please show those feelings outside of the workplace. 4. Don't dump all of the most challenging children in the class of the black male teacher. It is unfair to force an educated black man to act as security guard or enforcer, rather than the educator he was trained to be. 5. If you are a parent, address all problems first with your child's black male teacher, in a respectable and polite way. 6. If you are a principal try to team black male teachers with other males who can offer support through their own positive work experiences. Some of these helpful hints can make the black male teaching experience a fruitful one. We all can remember one time in our lives where we just wanted something different. Having a black male teacher can be one of those experiences. As I recall my own experience, my first black male teacher was my gym teacher in High school. And when I arrived at Alabama State University, I had the great (and rare) experience my first semester of having all male, black teachers.
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Katrina 5 Years Later (Continued from page .4) concentrations in Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and San Antonio. A majority of displaced residents are women – 59% compared to 41% men. A third earn less than $20,000 a year. Lost housing More than 1 in 4 residential addresses in New Orleans is vacant or blighted – by far the highest rate in the US. Though the numbers have been reduced somewhat in the last three years, 50,100 residential properties in New Orleans remain blighted or have no structure on them. About 58 percent of city renters and 45 percent of suburban renters pays more than 35 percent of their pre-tax household income for housing. Households should spend less than 30 percent of income on housing. Anything over 30 percent means that housing is not really affordable for that family and they are likely to cut back on other necessities. Over 5000 families are on the waiting list for traditional public housing and another 28,960 families are on the waiting list for housing vouchers – more than double what it was before Katrina and the government destruction of thousands of public housing apartments. Since the post-Katrina bulldozing of several major public housing developments, there has been more than a 75% reduction in the number of public housing apartments available. Rebuilding Under Louisiana’s “Road Home” program to rebuild storm-damaged housing, rebuilding grants for homeowners on average fell about $35,000 short of the money needed to rebuild. The shortfall hit highly flooded, historically African-American communities particularly hard. The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center filed suit in 2008 against state and federal agencies charging that the grant policy was racially discriminatory and that black homeowners received far smaller grants than white homeowners. The judge in that case has opined that “on average, African-American homeowners received awards that fell farther short of the cost of repairing their homes than did white recipients” and while
noting the parties’ commitment to rebuilding New Orleans, found it “regrettable that this effort to do so appears to have proceeded in a manner that disadvantaged AfricanAmerican homeowners who wish to repair their homes.” At least 19,746 applications for rebuilding homes that are eligible for funding have not received any money from the Road Home Program grant program. Economic Health The metro area has 95,000 fewer jobs than before Katrina, down about 16 percent. Black and Latino households earn incomes that are $26,000 (44 percent) and $15,000 (25 percent) lower than whites. White household income is $56,000, Latino household income is $41,000 and African American household income is $35,000 in the metro New Orleans area. New Orleans has a poverty rate of 23 percent more than double the national average of 11%. But because of the loss of people in New Orleans there are now more poor people living in the surrounding suburban parishes than in the city. Within New Orleans the majority of households are lower-income. Public and Private Education The number of students in public schools in New Orleans, which are over 90 percent African American, has declined by 43% since Katrina. But an average increase of 5% a year in enrollment for the last two years (35,976 to 38,051 from 2008-2009 alone) indicates that people whose children attend public schools continue to return as housing and employment opportunities allow. In 2008, 85% of white students in New Orleans attended private schools, one of the highest percentages in a major city in the US. New Orleans now has more charter schools than any other public school system in the country. Of the 89 public schools in New Orleans, 48, more than half, are charter schools. Sixty percent of students now attend privately managed but publicly funded schools. Metro area has recovered 79 percent of public and private school enrollment.
People Receiving Public Assistance Over one-third of Social Security recipients who lived in New Orleans have not returned. There were 74,535 in 2004 and 47,000 in December 2009. Medicaid recipients have declined by 31%: pre-Katrina enrollment in Medicaid in New Orleans was 34,249. December 2009 enrollment was 93,310. Supplemental Security Income recipients are down from pre-Katrina 26,654 to 16,514 – a 38% decline. Public Transportation Total ridership declined down 65.7%. From over 33 million in 2004 to about 13 million projected for 2010. Crime Violent crimes and property crimes have risen in New Orleans since Katrina and remain well above national rates. Oil Damage Speaking of crime, there have been at least 348 intentional fires set in the Gulf of Mexico, controlled burns they call them, since spill. About 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersant have been dumped into the Gulf, over a million on the surface and about 750,000 gallons sub-sea. About 210 million gallons of oil (5 million barrels) were released by the BP spill. About 800,000 barrels were captured by BP – making it by far the largest oil spill into marine waters in world history. Wetland destruction Since 1956, when measurements began, 23 percent of the coastal wetlands have converted to open water. The challenges of post-Katrina New Orleans reflect the problems of many urban and suburban areas of the US – insufficient affordable rents, racially segregated schools with falling populations, great disparities in income by color of households, serious pollution from remote uncaring corporations, and reductions in the public services like transportation. Katrina made these more visible five years ago and continues to make a great illustration of the US failures to treat all citizens with dignity and our failure to achieve our promise of liberty and justice for all.
Is it Media or Persuasion and Manipulation? (Continued from pg. 4) There are other reasons to question the way polls are reported. First of all, should the polls even be considered news at all? When did they become so important? The unreliability of polls caused the media to blow their "projections" in an election for President of the United States of America. I can't believe they still use polls at all after that.â€? Also, in the article Gene poses some questions and thoughts we share...and just like Gene, I too have never been contacted by any pollsters and I also want to know who decides which pollsters to use and wander how honest the pollsters are? Below are a few termed persuasive/ manipulation techniques used to sway an audience. MSN Encarta and Thesaurus used to find and define the following. Equivocation(s) 1. use of ambiguity: the use of vague
or ambiguous and sometimes misleading language. What we ask for is facts: what we get is equivocation or downright lies. 2. ambiguous statement: an expression or statement that is vague or ambiguous and often deliberately misleading Their equivocations could not disguise the fact that corruption was rife in the committee. 3. logic wrong logical conclusion: an invalid conclusion based on statements in which one term has two different meanings Innuendo hint of something improper: an indirect remark or gesture that usually carries a suggestion of impropriety Jargon 1. specialist language: language that is used by a group, profession, or culture,
especially when the words and phrases are not understood or used by other people typesetters' jargon 2. unintelligible language: pretentious or meaningless language ( disapproving ). Cut the jargon and get to your point. Other persuasive and/or manipulation techniques used in conjunction with the terms above are repetition and unidentified sources (used mostly during election times and high profile matters). Often, it is the presentation of news, content selection, amount of emphasizes placed on content (words and images) such as interpretive language, word choices, voice overtones, suggested additional meaning(s) (connotations), emotional appeal (playing on the emotions of the audience) and the like that make us wonder just who's story it is that's being told.