Archive for the ‘Race and Ethnicity’ category

Seattle PI: Native American, black kids more likely to end up in foster care

June 26, 2008


Until he was 17, Charles Goodwin spent most of his teen years living with foster families and interacting with caseworkers who never fully understood him for a basic reason: None shared his Native American heritage.

The state removed him from his dysfunctional home and passed him through the child welfare system, where some foster parents referred to him as an “Injun” and disregarded his cultural interests, he said, while the state ignored his requests for a Native American caseworker. MORE…


Seattle PI: Another dead black kid — still no justice

June 26, 2008


There is no justice for Jessie Drungo. He’s dead, got a knife in the chest at 23.

The man authorities said killed him in Kent nearly two years ago now stands cleared of the crime. Last week, King County prosecutors quietly dismissed a second-degree homicide charge against Lonnie Lee Johnson. They couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt whether he or another man stole Drungo’s life in a parking lot melee. READ ON…

Campaign Launched to Promote Black Men and Boys’ Achievement

June 24, 2008


On the heels of a growing body of research revealing that the isolation and negative outcomes for African American men and boys is more extreme than previously acknowledged, the Open Society Institute has launched a campaign to promote Black men and boys’ achievement. For example, more than 50% of all African American boys do not finish high school and a mere 18% of black males aged 18 to 21 are enrolled in college. MORE…

NY Times: Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama

June 24, 2008

By: Andrea Elliot, June 24, 2008

As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help. Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama’s message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims. He volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr. Ellison to cancel the trip because it might stir controversy. MORE…

Two shootings. Six months pass. Zero suspects.

June 19, 2008

By Levi Pulkkinen, P-I Reporter

Six months have passed since two South Seattle teens were gunned down in separate incidents in disparate corners of the city. And police still have no suspects, as witnesses refuse to come forward.

Allen Joplin and De’Che Morrison had much in common. Both were sons of Seattle, students at city schools who had minor scrapes with the law. Both were mourned as children killed before they could correct mistakes made in the arrogance of youth. MORE…