Five Bleak Facts on Black Opportunity

by Richard V. Reeves and Edward Rodrigue from Brookings.edu What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of America in 2015 if he’d lived to see his eighty-sixth birthday? No doubt, he’d be pleased by the legal and political advances of black Americans, crowned by the election and re-election of President Obama. But King would be disturbed…

Why Isn’t Sex Education a Part of Common Core?

by ALICE DREGER from Pacific Standard How many times do we have to teach kids to put condoms on bananas before we get to the important stuff? (Photo: Tomnamon/Shutterstock) According to a recent PublicMind poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University, 44 percent of Americans believe that sex education is part of the Common Core curriculum. It’s not.…

How Primetime TV Influences Perceptions of Police

by KATE WHEELING from Pacific Standard Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T in Law and Order: SVU. (Photo: Will Hart/NBC) The majority of Americans learn about the criminal justice system not through personal experience, but via the media. And in the wake of an alarming number ofreports of unarmed black men murdered by police officers, the news has not…