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Black Leaders Fight for Census Funds

The nation’s black newspaper executives are asking for $10 million from the U.S. Census Bureau to advertise for the 2010 Census, but the government is reportedly only offering $2.5 million.
NNPA officials told Richard Prince – who writes a diversity column for The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education – that the NNPA would use the $10 million in advertising to encourage African Americans across the country to participate in the 2010 Census.  
Commerce officials said the Census Bureau would take a second look at its $300 million communications campaign to determine if there are ways to make it better. The bureau kicks off its ad campaign next month and will conduct its head count via mail and door-to-door canvassing next spring.
Last month, a coalition of civil rights leaders met with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in an effort to prevent an undercount of African-Americans in the upcoming 2010 Census. In 2000, the Census Bureau said about 4.5 million people were mistakenly overlooked – mostly African Americans and Hispanics.


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  1. In a recent article on the topic, Rev. Sharpton had this to say:

    “Why is it that more than half of all black men in America don’t finish high school? Why is the unemployment rate in powerful cities like New York at 50 percent for Black men? Why did Congress abolish Pell grants for prisoners in 1994 that virtually eliminated all 350-incarceration college programs across the country?

    my question is why isn’t anyone bringing up the fact that a lot of parents aren’t teaching there kids, “black parents”, instead they give there kids video games and tv. I mean, its pretty hard to teach a child to grow up and have a career, when they have a older bro/sis out there selling drugs, and the mom knows and let’s it happen, i think we as black people, negro’s, whatever u want to call urself, should bring more attention to home. i believe there are so many blacks in prision because prision isn’t anywhere to fear……free cable, rect room, phone, three free meals, a place to sleep, no rent, no bills, no collection calls. prision is a vacation for most of these guys, i bet u this, bring back braking bricks, cleaning highways, repairing broken down drug dealer homes. i my self am deeply offended that i have to pay for these thugs to be in prision, and living it up, in a since. true, jobs are hard to find, but, i’m 41 now, and have worked since 18, shoveling shit, drying cars, bagging food, what ever i could do to make a honest dollar. i’m done, HAVE A GREAT DAY

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