Friday, May 24, 1996

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  • Afrocentricity

    Last week we played an excerpt of a speech by Molefi Asante, a Temple University Professor who developed a concept called Afrocentricity, which challenges Euro-centric public education in America. We received such an overwhelming response to that speech, that we decided to bring you a different excerpt today. Molefi Asante’s ideas are controversial because he raises some fundamental questions about the nature of democracy in a multicultural society. Some academicians have called Asante’s Afrocentric theories mythical nonsense — a recent book by Mary Lefkowitz is called Not Out of Africa — but Asante counters that much of Eurocentric history is based in myth not fact. Molefi Asante is a Professor at Temple University. He’s the co-author of "African Intellectual Heritage", a new collection of essays, praise songs, and speeches written by Africans and African Americans over the centuries.

  • Racism Rears Its Ugly Head In Philadelphia

    Last month, international attention focused on Philadelphia, where a black woman named Bridget Ward was the target of hateful and racist vandalism when she moved with her two children into Bridesburg, an all white neighborhood. Statistics show, however, that hundreds of these incidents take place in Philadelphia each year. KEVIN VAUGHN, Philadelphia Human Relations Commission with Denise Jones, News Director of WRTI in Philadelphia.

  • Burma in Turmoil.

    The Clinton Administration Thursday urged U.S. citizens not to travel to Burma in light the Burmese military’s massive crackdown on democracy activists. In the past few days, the soldiers have rounded up and detained over 200 pro- democracy activists on the eve of a party Congress of the National League for Democracy, the opposition party led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi (Chee). The Congress coincides with the 6th anniversary of a national election that Suu Kyi’s party won by a landslide, but, the junta never allowed the democratically elected party to take power. The U.S. government is considering stronger economic sanctions against Burma, a move supported by the Burmese democracy movement. Excerpt of Dennis Bernstein’s internview with Aung San Su Kyi Zarni, a University of Wisconsin Graduate Student with the Free Burma Coalition, which has been using the internet to coordination national and international grassroots activism and boycotts against the Burmese military regime. Zarni is in Washington D.C. where he and other activists are participating in a fast to draw attention to the plight of members of the Burmese pro-democracy movement.

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