Here’s a look at African American issues and people making headlines throughout the country.
Following last month’s revelation that African Americans are more than four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana-related offenses than Whites in Los Angeles County, the National Black Police Officers’ Association announced that it is endorsing Proposition 19 which would legalize marijuana possession in California for those 21 and over. “When I was a cop in Baltimore, and even before that when I was growing up there, I saw with my own eyes the devastating impact these misguided marijuana laws have on our communities and neighborhoods,” said Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “It’s not just in Baltimore, or in Los Angeles, prohibition takes a toll on people of color across the country.”
Wyclef Jean, the Hip Hop artist who has been shaking things up since he announced his bid to run for president of his poverty stricken home country, Haiti, recently got the news that he will not be able to run because he did not meet the residency requirements of living in the country five consecutive years before running. Jean was initially optimistic about his chances, feeling that being named a roving ambassador by current president Rene Preval would make him eligible to run. The Haiti electoral council felt differently.