Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

School of Hard Knocks, and Lawlessness.

This , from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, is absolutely incredible: The total at-school crime and theft victimization rates of students ages 12 to 18 declined between 2007 and 2008. The total crime victimization rate of students ages 12 to 18 at school declined from 57 victimizations per 1,000 students in 2007 to 47 victimizations per 1,000 students in 2008. Taken separately, the total victimization rate for theft and other non-violent crimes was 23.5 per 1,000 at school and 21 per 1,000 away from school. The victimization rate for violent crimes was 24 per 1,000 at school and 18.5 per 1,000 away from school. Those are astounding numbers. For comparison's sake, the total victimization rate for violent crimes among adults 20 and older was 15.92 per 1,000. Granted, the rate drops sharply for adults over 34. Still, the rate of victimization among kids is unacceptably high, even when compared to the rate for adults aged 20 to 34, 24.8 crimes per 1,000 adults. Taken together, kids and...

"Our Position Is Thoroughly Identified With the Institution of Slavery."

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, and while some white Southerners have chosen to commemorate it with an acknowledgment that the war was absolutely about slavery, others would rather revel in the fantasy that the "peculiar institution" had nothing to do with it: Jeff Antley , a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Confederate Heritage Trust, is organizing the secession ball in Charleston and a 10-day re-enactment of the Confederate encampment at Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the war were fired on April 12, 1861. He said these events were not about modern politics but were meant to honor those South Carolinians who signed the state’s ordinance of secession on Dec. 20, 1860, when it became the first state to dissolve its union with the United States. [...] “We’re celebrating that those 170 people risked their lives and fortunes to stand for what they believed in, which is self-government,” Mr. Antley said. “Many people in the...

Dominion Over the Earth?

In Genesis 1:28, God -- or at least, the ancient Israelite version -- told the newly created Adam and Eve to establish their reign over the Earth, "God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Fast-forward to the present, and some right-wing evangelical Christians are taking that message very seriously : A who's who of Religious Right leaders have come together for a 12-part series called "Resisting the Green Dragon" which seeks to expose how the environmental movement is out to control the world and destroy Christianity. [...] A twelve minute preview is available here (password: RESIST) but I have edited it down because it is a marvel of delusional right-wing projection with Richard Land saying environmentalists have a long history of believing exaggerations and myths, David Barton saying environmentalists' claims...

The Federal Pay Freeze Is Bizarre, Self-Defeating, and Pointless.

To jump off from Tim 's post , it's worth pointing out just how underpaid federal workers are compared to their private-sector counterparts, especially after President Obama's decision to adopt and reinforce the conservative idea that government workers are way overpaid. As noted by Mike Konczal a few weeks ago, government workers are underpaid compared to their private-sector counterparts, "even when you include benefits and control for everything imaginable." For instance, here is what the gap looks like when you control for education: When you control for experience, gender, race, and total work hours -- along with education -- then government employees are paid 3.74 percent less than their private sector counterparts. Simply put, federal employees aren't making a mint off of their association with the government, and freezing their pay does nothing more than take money out of their pockets and out of the economy. This would be a little more palatable if it came with a policy...

Violence Against Young Women: Still a Problem.

At the risk of getting too bleak today, here's a story that was tucked away on the "Nation" page of The Washington Post 's website: A 20-year-old Pennsylvania college student who vanished last week while on Thanksgiving break in her hometown in suburban Syracuse, N.Y., was killed by her on-again, off-again boyfriend, a prosecutor said Saturday. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said 21-year-old Steven Pieper of Liverpool, N.Y., was arrested on a charge of murder in the death of Jenni-Lyn Watson, a junior dance major at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. [...] Fitzpatrick said Pieper was upset when Watson tried to end their relationship in October. He said investigators think Pieper killed Watson at her parents' house Nov. 19, and her body was "dumped, frankly, like garbage," in the park. Depressingly, this incident fits all the statistics as far as intimate-partner violence is concerned. According to statistics compiled from the CDC, the Department of Justice, and the...

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