Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders is bringing attention to the water crisis that is unfolding in Michigan. Sanders is calling for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to resign after the situation left over 30,000 people in Flint without drinkable tap water and thousands of people sick. “There are no excuses. The governor long ago knew about the lead in Flint’s water. He did nothing. As a result, hundreds of children were poisoned. Thousands may have been exposed to potential brain damage from lead. Gov. Snyder should resign,” said Sanders in a statement. Residents living in Flint have filed a class-action suit against Gov. Snyder, the city, and the state for exposing citizens to water that contained lead. Read more.
REPORT: Education Gap Remains The Same, 50 Years After Civil Rights Act
As the nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. King, we reflect on how far society has come, especially in regards to racial disparities. According to a new study, the racial gap is still prevalent when it comes to education. The data, which was featured in the Coleman report, shows that although the Civil Rights Act was passed over 50 years ago, there is still an achievement gap between students of color and white students. “If we continue to close gaps at the same rate in the future, it will be roughly two and a half centuries before the black-white math gap closes and over one and a half centuries until the reading gap closes,” said Eric A. Hanushek, Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. “If [the Coleman Report] was expected to mobilize the resources of the nation’s schools in pursuit of racial equity, it undoubtedly failed to achieve its objective.” The report also revealed that the gap that existed in the South between black and white students in 1964 is now found across the entire country. Read more.
NBA to Honor MLK’s Legacy
The NBA is using its platform to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The league will host charity events and school visits that will feature discussions about King’s life and what he stood for. TNT’s Inside the NBA reporters will go to King’s hometown of Atlanta to do their show at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, where they will interview Dr. King’s son Martin Luther King III, civil rights activist Andrew Young, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “It’s the legacy of a man who, really, through love and compassion and determination, really changed the world, changed the landscape and helped spark that change that has occurred here in our country,” said former NBA player and sports anchor Grant Hill. “I think it’s really just been his model of leadership, of how to effectively change the world. It’s great that we all, no matter what color your skin is or what your background is, can look back and reflect and appreciate just how important and how valuable he was to modern society.” Read more.
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