African Americans suffering under the conservative agenda

Washington, DC –  As people across the country celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Center for American Progress took a look at the state of Black America to see how African Americans fared since conservatives have been in charge of the economy.

African Americans’ median income declined by an average of 1.6 percent per year under the current administration. In 2006, African Americans’ median income was $32,132, which is actually $2,603 lower than their median income of $34,735 (in 2006 dollars) in 2000. This is an annualized average growth rate of -1.6 percent. In contrast, this number increased at an annual average growth rate of 3.2 percent from 1992 to 2000. And African Americans’ median income is still substantially lower than Whites: In 2006, their median income was $32,132, as compared to $52,432 for Whites.

African Americans’ usual median weekly earnings have stagnated under Bush. In 2006, the usual median earnings of African Americans employed full-time was $554.00 per week—$136.00 dollars less than that of white Americans. In 2000, the usual median earnings of African Americans employed full-time was $553.14—in 2006 dollars—meaning that their usual median weekly earnings grew by just $0.86 under the current administration.

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SC Black News endorses Barack Obama

South Carolina’s largest African American newspaper announces their endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Senator Obama’s message has remained consistent throughout this arduous process and throughout his career. His intent to hold the office of President appears to be genuinely selfless and not ego-driven, but driven by the need to bring this country, and the world together. We find him to be the most qualified to lift this country out of the despair and his approach to the political process refreshing and inspiring. Race has little to do with our endorsement. It is the content of the message and the character of the candidates that has moved us in this direction. Senator Clinton and Senator Edwards bring many fresh ideas to the table and we respect their candidacies, but neither brings the kind of hope and vision we feel necessary to navigate our country successfully through the perilous challenges that lie ahead.

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Lloyd picked for chief of SC Law Enforcement Division

COLUMBIA, S.C. (SC Black News)–South Carolina could soon have its first African-American SLED chief.  Reggie Lloyd, a former judge and the current U.S. attorney for South Carolina, was on Friday nominated to lead the agency. The 40-year-old Lloyd would become the first black to hold the post after a state Senate confirmation.

Lloyd was nominated by Gov. Mark Sanford on Friday.

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ACC-connected Tigers acknowledge loss to Auburn as bitter pill to swallow

ATLANTA – On the heels of losing a hard-fought game to Auburn in the 40th renewal of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Clemson personnel—-players and coaches alike—-acknowledged that coming up short is always a bitter pill to swallow.

However, when it was all said and done in the three-point (23-20) overtime loss to the Alabama-based Auburn Tigers, which was the first extra time game, in the history of the former Peach Bowl, the Clemson Tigers left the playing surface of the Georgia Dome Monday night (Dec. 31) with varied other feelings.

Ending its season at 9-4, with the setback to 9-4 Auburn, Clemson is now 15-15 all-time in bowl games, and is currently behind Auburn 33-11-2, in the series count.

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