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Chattanooga News Chronicle - September 18, 2015

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) -- In a move symbolic of its commitment of service to humanity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (PBS) International Presi- dent, Jonathan A. Mason, Sr. turned over the keys to office space in the com- munity service organizations headquarters to Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis to serve as the National Mobilization Headquarters for the 20th Anniversary Million Man March. In 1995, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.s international corporate offices served as the official headquarters for the inaugural Million Man March. Twenty years later, Dr. Chavis, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, is proudly returning to 145 Kennedy Street, NW, Washington D.C. (PBS Headquarters) to assist with orga- nizing the historic gathering. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 10, 2015, Justice or Else! The 20th Anniversary Million Man March will focus on justice for indi- viduals of every ethnic background. We are once again proud to announce our commitment to the Million Man March. Twenty years ago, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. stepped forward and offered our headquarters as the staging location for the historic march, said Jona- than A. Mason, Sr. Today, we celebrate the marchs milestones and reinforce our I Am My Brothers Keeper initiative, as we wholeheartedly support the Million Man March 20 years later, Mason enthusiastically added. Since celebrating its centennial in January 2014, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has paid homage to its founders by leading the charge on several national issues. The service based fraternity has been a leader in eradicating hazing among fraternities and sororities; participated in the National Day of Protest in wake of the suspicious killings of young African American males; hosted a Prayer Vigil and Youth Summit in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the Michael Brown killing; issued a statement supporting racial tolerance in the aftermath of the senseless killing of nine congregants at Emanuel AME Church in Charlestown, South Carolina and hosted REAL TALK, a panel dis- cussion which featured some of the nations top thought-leaders on the topic of securing the future for the next generation of boys and men of color. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. remarked, 20 years ago Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. made the historic decision to provide its headquarters building on Kennedy Street NW in Washington, DC as the national office of the Million Man March. We are once again grateful to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity for continuing its national leadership role by providing their resolute sup- port of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March. The best way to celebrate Black history is to make more history. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. members from across the nation will journey to Washington, DC on October 10th to stand together in support of equal justice for all people. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., founded on January 9, 1914 at Howard University, is a global organization with over 450 chapters and 150,000 members. To learn more about PBS, visit www.phibetasigma1914.org

This Statement Can Be Attrib- uted To Flavia Jimenez

WASHINGTON Over Labor Day weekend, Indianapolis police an- nounced two related shootings that targeted the Latino community. While walking home from a grocery store, 14-year-old Brian Zaragoza was shot in the back while suspects yelled anti- Mexican racial slurs at him. Minutes after Zaragoza was shot, an adult and two children in a SUV were shot at near a neighborhood taco stand. In speaking for the organization, Advancement Proj- ect Senior Attorney and Project Director for Immigrant Justice Flavia Jimenez, today released a statement condemning the continuing trend of racially moti- vated hate crimes against Latinos in the United States: In America, all youth should be able to live without fear and the threat of race-based violence. Sadly, reports of explicit racism and violence directed at Latinos are on the rise. Just a few weeks ago, our nation lamented the vio- lent assault on a homeless Boston man who was beaten as his assailants hurled racial epithets. Most recently, a young teen was viciously attacked and shot in the back on his way home from the gro- cery store. Brian Zaragoza was not at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was a victim of a targeted hate crime. As a result of the traumatic assault, Bri- an will live with a bullet lodged in his back for the rest of his life. His attack should provoke widespread outrage and a public rebuke of racially motivated crimes. Like African Americans and other people of color, Latinos in the United States are increasingly falling victim to hate crimes. These crimes are fueled in part by harmful, racist rhetoric. Such rhetoric is not without consequences. Hateful rhetoric whether spewed by conservative politicians like Donald Trump or by assailants is fueled by in- stitutional racism. That children and adults alike are increasingly targeted based on their race and/or perceived immigration status is reprehensible. But we have the power to effect change. We can only do this by refusing to stand in silence. Its time to more strongly con- demn not just hate crimes but the racist rhetoric that fuels them. ### Advancement Project is a multira- cial civil rights organization. Founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999, Advancement Project was cre- ated to develop and inspire communi- ty-based solutions based on the same high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns that produced the landmark civil rights victories of earlier eras. Initially, it was thought that Gray could have died from self-inflicted inju- ries, but an autopsy report revealed that he died of a high-energy injury that did severe damage to his spinal cord.


Shooting of 14-year-old Latino Boy Marks Yet another Racist Hate Crime


Jonathan A. Mason, Sr. (left) and Dr. Benjamin Chavis (right). Ma- son shakes Dr. Chavis hands after presenting him with the keys for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Headquarters, which will serve as the National Mobilization Headquarters for the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March.


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by Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer

Last month, The Huff- ington Post offered this bold headline: There will be more non-white journalists be- cause the public will demand them. But based on an exten- sive study published in the Columbia Journalism Review, apparently no one is demand- ing black journalists; if so, no ones hiring them. According to a newly released American Society of News Editors (ASNE) census, the number of black newsroom employees has increased from fewer than 5 percent to 4.78 percent since 1968. The reason for the dis- crepancy between minor- ity and white newsroom hires isnt that fewer non-white candidates study journalism or apply for positions on the fround floor, as Ben Williams of New York Magazine once speculated. Its that fewer of them get hired, even though they apply at a similar rate to white candidates, the Huff- ington Post noted in its July 24 edition. That story noted the Co- lumbia Journalism Reviews story, which arrived with the headline, Why arent there more minority journalists? The statistics in the story are pretty shocking, leading Alex T. Williams, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, to research rea- sons for the discrepancy. Williams does note that the percentage of minorities employed in daily newspapers (the ASNE looks at black, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and mul- tiracial populations) has in- creased from 3.95 percent in 1978, when the ASNE began conducting the census, to 13.34 percent in 2014. The Radio Television Digital News Association esti- mates that in 2014, minorities made up 13 percent of journal- ists in radio and 22.4 percent of journalists in television. Still, as Williams noted, these figures are a far cry from the 37.4 percent of Americans that are minorities. As the fed- eral Equal Employment Op- portunity Commission point- ed out nearly 50 years ago, unequal employment may lead to unequal coverage, a complaint that persists today. It may also simply be bad business, given the stag- fering purchasing power of minorities, the opportunity to attract more readers, and research that suggests minori- ties may be more interested in local news than Caucasians, Williams said. So why arent there more minority journalists? When BuzzFeed asked Ben Williams, digital edito- rial director of NYMag.com, what would make it easier for him to hire more diverse can- didates, he expressed a com- mon sentiment: there are not enough candidates. Its well-established that, in part due to economic reasons, not enough diverse candidates enter journalism on the ground floor to begin with, he said. So the biggest factor in improving newsroom diver- sity is getting more non-white employees into the profession to begin with. Grady Colleges Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Enrollments collects surveys from at least 458 universities about their college majors. Between 2000 and 2009, Williams research found that minorities accounted for ap- proximately 24.2 percent of journalism or communica- tions majors. While this number is not high, its still not as low as the number of minority jour- nalists working in newsrooms today, he said. Using Grady Colleges Annual Graduate Surveys, I then examined the demo- fraphics of bachelors degree recipients. Between 2004 and 2013, minorities accounted for ap- proximately 21.4 percent of journalism or communications fraduates. Again, while it is not a high number, it doesnt explain the low number of mi- nority journalists, he said.

Blacks in Newsroom at All Time Low

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