Rann Miller: Fear Of A Black History - Front Runner New Jersey

Since the Florida Board of Education passed new standards for its African American History curriculum, it hasn’t been received well. In a statement, Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP said, “Our children deserve nothing less than truth, justice and the equity our ancestors shed blood, sweat and tears for.” The Florida Education Association called the new standards a “disservice to Florida students” and a “big step backwards.” Vice President Kamala Harris said of the Florida BOE, “They insu

Rann Miller: Rodney Sadler, Job Well Done - Front Runner New Jersey

CAMDEN — Camden, New Jersey made me who I am. One could assume that the forces of poverty, violence and criminality did much for the forging and shaping. But those who immediately trek to that assumption are without an understanding of, and respect for, the governance spaces that not only informed who I would become, but that also give the city its life. My parents heeded the “recommendation” of my grandmother to enroll me at Respond Inc. when I was a kid, where she was the head nurse for all

Rann Miller: The Magic of Thom Bell - Front Runner New Jersey

This holiday season is the first without my father and it’s tough. However, memories of him help keep a smile on my face. I can remember the many car rides we took, whether to school or the barbershop. I am unsure of the experiences of other kids, but my dad didn’t believe in a democracy where controlling the radio was concerned. We listened to what he wanted to list to. I yearned to hear Power 99, meanwhile he played 105.3 WDAS. One of those car rides, while “DAS” was playing, I remember a so

Miller: The College Board’s ‘Unintended’ Consequence

As a current teacher of advanced placement U.S. history, I can honestly attest to the importance of AP courses for students. Not only am I able to offer my students rigorous instruction in the area of U.S. history (teaching them what students don’t traditionally in their history classes), but my students (and all AP students) benefit from the experience of an AP course in other ways. Students who complete the AP exam can receive college credits. Also, taking an AP course looks great on your

Rann Miller: Representation May Just Matter Where NJ’s Police Are Concerned

This month, the NAACP held its annual convention in Atlantic City. The convention was an opportunity for stakeholders in the Black community to discuss the issues impacting our community locally, regionally, and nationally. I personally had an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion involving education. I also got an opportunity to attend a number of different panel discussions, including a discussion on understanding the criminal justice system today.

Rann Miller: Juneteenth Lessons From New Jersey

I had the pleasure of taking part in one of the many Juneteenth celebrations that happened all over the state of New Jersey this month with my family. Although New Jersey is not Texas, Black Jerseyans celebrated as the first Texans did and like other Black folk around the country… we partied. We ate, drank, danced, supported numerous Black venders (selling everything from flavored skin scrubs to flavored sea moss), watched our children play in bouncy houses, playgrounds, on the basketball court

Rann Miller: Camden Now Has an Eastside High School — Now What?

The Camden City School District (CCSD) has changed the name of Woodrow Wilson High School to Eastside High School. The name change will be in effect the 2022-2023 school year. I for one believe that it was good for CCSD to change the name of the school. Regarding the renaming of the school… that’s another thing altogether. Others haven’t held back their approval or disapproval of the name change. Many people have joked about the name, referring to the Eastside High of Newark and Lean on Me fam

Rann Miller: Camden Now Has an Eastside High School — Now What?

The Camden City School District (CCSD) has changed the name of Woodrow Wilson High School to Eastside High School. The name change will be in effect the 2022-2023 school year. I for one believe that it was good for CCSD to change the name of the school. Regarding the renaming of the school… that’s another thing altogether. Others haven’t held back their approval or disapproval of the name change. Many people have joked about the name, referring to the Eastside High of Newark and Lean on Me fam

Miller: America Still America After Ahmaud Arbery, Kyle Rittenhouse Trials

I grew up during a time where course cases on television were must see TV. I am not entirely sure if the trial of the four officers who beat up Rodney King was on television. I was only 8 at the time. But I remember clearly the O.J. Simpson trial on television. It was on all the major networks. I hadn’t seen anything like it on television to that point. Whatever was on the broadcast schedule from 12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST) to 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST) was canceled… on the east coast, that meant no

Rann Miller: Why All the Fuss? Critical Race Theory Witch Hunt Reaches New Lows

Roughly 12 states are working to or have actually band critical race theory from being taught in schools. The reality is that critical race theory isn’t being taught in schools. Critical Race Theory is a concept generally taught in higher education spaces whether it be undergraduate, graduate or law school. The reality is, that conservative politicians can tolerate “learning” Black history, so long as it is without the analysis that comes with critical inquiry. When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis s

Rann Miller: Beware of COINTELPRO 2.0

“Judas and the Black Messiah” detailed William O’Neal’s infiltrating the Chicago Black Panther Party at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. O’Neal’s involvement with the Chicago branch of Panthers led to the murder of party chairman Fred Hampton by the FBI. The FBI’s use of O’Neal was part of the bureau’s operation, Cointelpro or Counterintelligence Program. Cointelpro was a series of covert and illegal activities conducted by the FBI that surveilled, infiltrated and discredited domestic “pol

Rann Miller: The Intersection of Grace and Racism at the Schoolhouse

I recently read a New York Times article about a young man who took to social media to address the video of a white classmate saying the n-word when failed by the educators at his school. Sadly, the experiences of Jimmy Galligan, a biracial teen attending a school in a town named for an ancestor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, are all too common — Black students subject to hearing the n-word spoken with impunity by white students in a school where white people make up the majority

Miller: Rick Brunson’s Return Good for Camden Fans, Community

I love basketball. I love the NBA, no doubt. But I really enjoy high school basketball; South Jersey basketball is the best (I am biased). I am an alumnus of Camden Catholic High School. While I am from Camden, I have no ties to Camden High School other than knowing friends who graduated from there. But I am a fan of South Jersey basketball and I am a fan of greatness. The 2019-2020 Camden High School Panthers Basketball team were great. They were so great that the only thing that could stop

Miller: Holidays Don’t End Police Brutality

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law recognition of Juneteenth as a state holiday. It will mean that state offices will be closed every third Friday in June in recognition. It may appear to be a gesture with little to no cost, but it will cost $3 million a year in overtime costs for essential workers. This law adds to the reforms on behalf of Black lives under Governor Murphy’s watch. Last year, in response to the cutting of Andrew Johnson’s locks for participation in a wrestling

Miller: Confronting the Opportunity Gap in Urban Schools during a Pandemic

The Coronavirus has changed the face of education as we know it. My wife and I looked forward to our daughter sharing with us her adventures from her first day in Kindergarten. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, she’ll begin her adventures learning virtually. My wife and I don’t doubt the efforts of her school to maintain a safe environment where risk of catching is at the forefront of our minds. But our children potentially catching the virus at school is at the front of our minds.

Is Changing a Name Actual Change?

Philip Livingston was a slave trader. However, he is remembered as a founder of Queen’s College in New Jersey. The college was founded in New Brunswick; the middle of the Dutch slaveholding belt stretching from Elizabethtown to Trenton. Henry Rutgers held enslaved persons captive. However, he is remembered as a benevolent patriot by the university that bears his name; formerly Queen’s College. Like most early-American colleges Rutgers depended on the enslaved to build its campuses and serve it

Peaceful Protests Are Subject to Hijacking

Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and other cities across the United States have burned in one way or another; all in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Various political leaders and state actors called violence against state and private property unproductive; the burning of cars, public and private retail buildings as well as looting from private retailers. Juxtaposed to those images was the images of the Camden County Police

Doing Our ‘Heroes’ and Ourselves a Disservice

Both clinical and non-clinical hospital and assisted living staff in hospitals deserve all of our admiration, appreciation and prayers for working each day in challenging conditions amid this pandemic. however, we’re doing them a disservice when we call them heroes. It’s not that the act of working in dangerous conditions, not of their doing, isn’t heroic. But referring to them as heroes ignores their victimization. These folks are victims of leadership at the federal level that is incompetent

War or Crisis? In COVID-19 Crisis, Language Matters

CAMDEN – It’s been said that we’re in a war against COVID-19. Truth is that we’re in a humanitarian crisis. The difference in the determines how people are treated. When declaring a war, we declare an enemy to fight in order to harm. When declaring a humanitarian crisis, we declare an action in order to rescue. The Trump Administration has said we’re in a war against the Coronavirus and framing this pandemic as such is no accident. Evoking the use of the word war is intentional. Politicians of

Keeping the Same Energy When Back in School

The coronavirus has completely thrown the world as we know it upside down. Movie theaters, restaurants and retail stores are closing around the country as governors wrestle with maintaining a level of normalcy while at the same time facilitating social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. School district leaders around the country wrestled with whether or not to close. On the one hand, it makes sense to close schools. Research shows that because schools are large community gathering
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