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Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about Barack Obama, Donald Trump… and Christopher Abreu.
OK, Trump and Obama you probably know about. But who’s Christopher Abreu? He’s a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, about to graduate this spring with honors. But last week, he wrote an op-ed in the Daily Pennsylvanian newspaper in which he made disturbing allegations about a late night incident on the West Philadelphia campus.
“I was heading home at 2 a.m.,” he wrote, “which meant that students were stumbling out of bars and making their way back home as well.”
He says a drunk student asked, “Where can I get some fried chicken?… You look like someone who knows where you can get fried chicken.”
Abreu writes that he suggested they “try Wawa if you’re hungry.”
The white student yelled out to his friends, “I’m gonna go get some fried chicken! This n—– just told me where it’s at!”
If those words weren’t chilling enough, they remind me of something that one of the school’s most famous alumni, billionaire Donald Trump, who received an undergraduate degree from Penn’s Wharton School in 1968, also said this spring. Continue reading →
(ATLANTA) — Despite having their first black president, Americans are no more certain than before that the country is closer to the racial equality preached by Martin Luther King Jr., a poll shows.
Seventy-seven percent of people interviewed in an AP-GfK poll say there has been significant progress toward King’s dream, about the same as the 75 percent who felt that way in 2006, before Obama was elected. Just over one in five, 22 percent, say they feel there has been “no significant progress” toward that dream. “The exuberance and thrill of seeing an African American elected to the presidency has been tempered by the outrageous claims that we’ve heard about him,” said William Jelani Cobb, a history professor at Rutgers University. Continue reading →