The Daily Populous

Monday June 8th, 2020 night edition

image for The only way to truly solve the race problem in America is to narrow the wealth gap, black economists say

This stunning wealth gap between the races has persisted, in good times and bad, for the past 70 years.

It did not get better after the civil rights era legislation was passed in the 1960s or during the Obama administration.

“As long as we have racial wealth gap, we’re going to have a problems with race,” said Patrick Mason, an economics professor at Florida State University.

Since the 1960s, the wealth gap has been largely ignored by the economics profession, black economists say.

For years, black economists struggled in the American Economics Association to even study the subject of wealth disparity between the races, black economists said.

Black economists formed their own association, the National Economics Association, in 1969 to study the economic situation of black Americans.

Black economists think that reparations — the direct payment to descendents of former slaves — would narrow the wealth gap. »

Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol pull down and throw statue of 17th-century slave trader into river

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Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol have toppled a statue of a 17th-century slave trader and thrown it in the city’s river.

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Slave trader statue pulled down and thrown in river at Bristol protest 1/16 The Edward Colston statue has been pulled down by Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol. »

Predator Drone Spotted in Minneapolis During George Floyd Protests

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But one was spotting over Minneapolis this week, during the protests and civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.

Predator drones, officially called the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, are often used by the Air Force and CIA, and have been deployed in various U.S. wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to, one such drone was spotted in Minneapolis during the protests. »

Pentagon: 7 in 10 Youths Would Fail to Qualify for Military Service

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Approximately 71% of the 34 million 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. would not qualify for military service because of reasons related to health, physical appearance and educational background, according to the Pentagon.

Only 1% of young people are both “eligible and inclined to have conversation with” the military about possible service, according to the Defense Department.

Approximately 180,000 men and women volunteer for and enter active-duty forces each year, though U.S. military activity in recent years has led to some looser standards for recruitment. »