We all know the media reports what America wants to hear, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t events that are underreported. Here’s what you missed, Black America.
1. Emmett Till Memorialized
The memory of 14-year-old Emmett Till, murdered nearly 60 years ago in Mississippi is being revitalized on Capitol Hill with the planting of a sycamore tree. The death of the black teenager was one of the events that inspired the civil rights movement, and more than 50,000 people attended his funeral. Now, he will be forever remembered with the American Sycamore planted on the grounds of the Capitol building, via CBS.
2.“Rules of Engagement” for Ferguson Protesters
Protest leaders have met with police commanders to discuss rules to be followed by
police officers at protests to ensure the safety of the protestors and prevent
civil rights violations. Most of the requests from the protest leaders were denied,
which prompted activist DeRay McKesson to make the statement “justice is blind to
blackness in STL.” Meanwhile, the nation is still waiting to see whether Darren Wilson
will be indicted or not, according to the Huffington Post.
3.Decrease in Black Unemployment Rate
The unemployment rate for African-Americans is almost double that of the national
average — it is a relief to know that the unemployment rate for both is dropping. While
the national rate decreased from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent, the rate for black unemployment has decreased from 10.9 percent to 10.8 percent. Dedrick Asante-Muhammad Sr., the director of the NAACP’s economic department, believes growth in wages would be more beneficial than a decrease in unemployment due to the jobs being filled by blacks.
4.NYPD Rookie Kills Man in “Unfortunate Tragedy”
Just months after the choke-hold death of Eric Garner, the NYPD is under fire again
after an officer, who has been on the job for 18 months, shot and killed a man in a
stairwell in Brooklyn. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has attempted to soothe the
situation with an apology and admits 28-year-old Akai Gurley was completely innocent
and unarmed. The officer will be interviewed by the District attorney’s office, and
internal affairs will be conducting an investigation, via The Root.
5. Obamacare Sign Up Season Begins
Over seven million previously uninsured Americans now have health care under
President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and the second season opened November
15, but there is concern that with the Republicans in control of Congress there will be new legal challenges and opposition. Polls found the American people also have reservations about Obamacare, with 56 percent in favor of repealing the act completely. The Obama administration has stated repeal will not be permitted, reported by News One.