Archive for August 24, 2011
by Miguel Lloyd
Its 2011 and depending on who you ask, minorities and poor people are in the worse shape they have been for over 100 years.
Unemployment is over 15% for minorities, wages are not comparable across the races or genders, and the rich have become the super rich, gladly leaving the rest of the world behind. Right now, it as much a state of class warfare as it is still an issue of racism.
Well if we rewind about 60 years their were civil rights organiztions all over the south fighting for the rights of black people. Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, National Urban League, National Council of Negro Women, Alphas, Omegas, AKAs and of course the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are just a few of the organizations that were instrumental in fighting for the rights that many Americans enjoy today. Civil rights advocates are doing less marching and more tweeting to get their message out. They are lobbying for more jobs in major media to fight for the rights of their constituents. But is it effective? What are the roles of todays minority civic and social organizations? Are they really still working to improve the lives of the people who need them most, or are they just glorified social clubs that do little to serve the communities from which they were born. Are todays civil rights and greek organizations still relevant?
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