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Antonio Moore
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Los Angeles Attorney, UCLA Alumni - Loyola Law Alumni
Los Angeles Attorney, UCLA Alumni - Loyola Law Alumni

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As we enter the last leg of President Obama's second term, and he molds the final parts of his racial legacy with a recent announcement of plans to attack housing segregation. We can now begin to look back and question the actions he has made, evaluating the effects of his policy choices on closing the massive opportunity gap that exist between blacks and whites in America.

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The fanfare around Hillary Clinton's nomination has been at a fervor for months. Unquestionably she stands as the likely next Democratic presidential nominee, and the first woman to have a legitimate shot at the White House. Yet, the question remains: Will Black America turn out in support? Will she have the same support African Americans gave President Barack Obama in 2008 or even in 2012?

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The church shooting in South Carolina brings back memories of some of the worst racially motivated crimes in American history. It forces us to see these are not transracial times.  There is no ability to become a society of postracialism, when acts like this remind us of what racism’s dark past is in America. This is the United States and our culture has a legacy rooted on black oppression, with branches that reach into homes from Ferguson, Missouri, to Charleston, South Carolina. The looming consequence for leaving our history unresolved is the ignored part of the great American story.

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As I pen the history of my own family "Dreams of Moore" a tale of four generations of African American women dating from 1880 to the present. I feel an intimate anger toward the actions of Rachel Dolezal. The attack she made by limiting blackness to a look, commandeered the struggles of a race, and made a mockery of a history.
Our family's women include my great great grandmother Maebelle who escaped from the clutches of a culture of enslavement. Hattie, my great grandmother who dealt with a transition to freedom, in a Mississippi adjusting to life without bondage. Dessie and Sharon, my grandmother and mother, who represented the great migration with moves to New York big city life in the 1960s, and Los Angeles in the 1980s respectively. These women's lives were the great tale of America's social experiment. Struggling with changes in racism, feminism, family structures and more. Their dreams of a brighter future were the projection of possibility. Rachel Dolezal took these, and other stories as her own by claiming to be African American. Her actions were disrespectful to a race of people that overcame so much over the course of our great nation's history.

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Roots Creator and Nick Cannon  #Powerful  
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Good Dinner with the Doctor. #DreBeats
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#AllHipHop "The Conflicted Existence Of African American Men: Rap, Sports, Prison & Unemployment" by Antonio Moore
http://allhiphop.com/2015/04/29/the-conflicted-existence-of-african-american-men-rap-sports-prison-unemployment-antonio-moore/  -- This is the conflicted place where African American men exist, from Baltimore to Ferguson and beyond. This economic trap has created a monster of a problem that is bubbling and will burst upon all of our cities if unresolved... #BaltimoreRiots #BlackLivesMatter
Today no group is more misrepresented in the American conscious than African American males. Their presentation in media is a glamorous image of Grammy Awards and NBA MVP statues. But their reality is one of failure unlike any other subgroup in all of America. Black maleness holds a bastion of unemployed, imprisoned and homeless. Our nation, not only forgot these men, it created their pseudo image as a placeholder for our country’s history. An image that has been painted with a cover of NFL logos and rap stars making millions of dollars. All as an optical illusion to accept our own conscious need to see this failure as personal, and not systemic. #AllHipHop "
The idea that he didn’t try hard enough, is much easier to accept than the reality that no matter how hard he tried his fate was decided once his race and gender were chosen. Unable to shake the shadow that comes when you force-feed a country a false delusion, these young men are now lashing out, in Ferguson, Baltimore and so many other cities. This is the result when you tell a country with the history of ours, “Everything is okay, as long as we have a singular Floyd Mayweather, or the rising of a President Barack Obama.” All the while failing to create systemic answers to the unresolved problems that were created by hundreds of years of oppression...

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Several evaluations of black and white wealth in America have surfaced over the past several months. Some such as the National Urban League's "State of Black of America" have used compiled data to create indexes. Others, like that of the Pew Research Center have used median net worth to show black families in whole are worth far less than white families. Yet, these tools only tell part of the economic story. To truly understand the difference in economic access, you must look at the top of American wealth, and be honest about what you find.
In total, there are just about 120 million American households. So when we talk about the top one percent, we are looking at the top 1.2 million households. Breaking the 120 million homes down by race, according to the U.S. Census, there are nearly 83 million white households, and there are just about 14 million black households.
Here is where the economic picture gets clearer. A few years ago when economic inequality was just becoming a national topic, theGrio supported by MSNBC, wrote a piece titled "Who are the Black 1%". In this article, they showed that nearly 96.1 percent of the 1.2 million households in the top one percent by income were white, a total of about 1,150,000 households. In addition, these families were found to have a median net asset worth of $8.3 million dollars.
In stark contrast, in the same piece black households were shown as a mere 1.4 percent of the top one percent by income, that's only 16,800 homes. In addition, their median net asset worth was just $1.2 million dollars. Using this data as an indicator only about 8,400 of the over 14 million African American households have more than $1.2 million dollars in net assets.

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http://thegrio.com/2015/03/01/incarcerated-black-america-past-present-and-future/ Incarcerated black America: Past, present and future by Antonio Moore MSNBC #TheGrio
For forty years, the United States has hidden the consequence of its dark racial history at the center of the War on Drugs. That historical consequence has now hardened into a box of mass incarceration that has trapped black America. This proverbial box is so full it is now bursting at the seams, and seeping out are the screams of men like Eric Garner and countless others that simply cannot breathe under its pressure. A past riddled with repetitive efforts to create a class-based system divided by color has been recast through a lens of criminalization. The lasting effects of longstanding racially biased policies hidden away in boxes of steel, locked behind prison bars across this nation, are the lives that prove this point.
The faces in large part are black, but just as important are the legacies behind these lives. These prisoners of this war are marked not just because of their dark skin color but also because held within their American familial lineage is a cycle of bondage that has come in several different forms. From an era of inhumane chattel slavery that lasted into the early 20th century to an extensive period that followed during which many African-American men existed in a slave-like status as prison labor during a period of convict leasing, the use of criminality to reform bondage in a more acceptable frame was finally perfected through the War on Drugs.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antonio-moore/the-box-of-mass-incarcera_b_6164542.html John Legend Speaks to the Cracks in the System Caused by Mass #Incarceration by Antonio Moore #huffingtonpost  
In his recent Oscar acceptance speech John Legend gave light to the impact of mass incarceration on America by stating "We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850." By saying this while accepting an Oscar award for the film Selma, he connected mass incarceration to the Civil Rights movement in a single statement, finally allowing the issue of U.S. imprisonment to be seen for its true tragedy.
Through art Legend's words brought politics front and center to the Oscar stage in a way that has been missing from the American dialogue since the days of Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and other activist. To give more context to the gravity of the problem he spoke to, I recently wrote the piece "The Black Male Incarceration Problem Is Real and It's Catastrophic" and stated "there are more African American men incarcerated in the U.S. than the total prison populations in India, Argentina, Canada, Lebanon, Japan, Germany, Finland, Israel and England combined." These 9 countries in total represent over 1.5 billion people, in contrast there are a mere 18.5 million black males in the United States.
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