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Joi Ruth Orr

Entries by Joi Ruth Orr

Education Reform and the Paralysis of Analysis

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 9:32 PM

Many a person and many a poor policy has allowed for and caused our schools to suffer and fail. Yet, it must be noted: School failure does not happen overnight. Forty schools in Philadelphia aren't rendered failing and uninhabitable overnight -- as far as I know, they weren't...

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Mr. Gingrich, the Faith Community Has Occupied Your Campaign

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 11:28 AM

Just a week ago, a small and relatively obscure delegation of seasoned pastors and ministerial students from Delaware released "An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich from the Pastors of Poor Children" because Mr. Gingrich has been stereotyping minority children, and their communities, throughout his presidential campaign as lazy...

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An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich From the Pastors of Poor Children

(155) Comments | Posted January 22, 2012 | 8:19 AM

Mr. Gingrich,

For this you still owe our children an apology:

"Some of the things they could do is work in a library, work in the front office, some of them frankly could be janitorial; what if they clean up the bathrooms, what if they mopped the floors, what if...

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One Womanist's Outlook on 'An Odd Future for Faith in Hip Hop'

(6) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 4:00 PM

I used to love hip-hop.

I don't remember the day I fell out of love, but one day it suddenly didn't matter that I knew who DJ Kool Herc was, or that like some hip-hop griot I could explain how sampling was born, or expound on the anger and...

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