TBI Gala May 15 Honoring The First Couple of NYC

2014 Annual Celebration & Award Reception

Honoring The Black Institute’s Couple of the Year

Mayor Bill de Blasio & First Lady Chirlane McCray

Also honoring

Ana Castro, Founder L.A.T.I.S.M. (Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media)

Cheryl McKissack, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack

Stephen Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA

Community Resources for Justice

Music by Grammy Winner DJ Hex Hector

Host Committee (In-formation): Stuart Appelbaum RWDSU, Rev. A.R. Bernard, Hector Figueroa 32BJ SEIU, George Gresham 1199SEIU, Ed Lynch UFCW, Bob Master CWA District 1, Mike Mulgrew UFT, Peter Patch & Linda Kane, Larry Park NYSTLA, Eugene Schneur & Mo Vaugh OMNI New York and Doug Wigdor

The Black Institute Board: Selvin Bushay, Stephen Chukwumba, James Heyliger, Vince Morgan, Ademola Oyefeso, Martha Stark, Carmen Wallace and Jacquelyn Williams

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Conservatives In Denial Over Equal Pay Day

Some other things I’ve read this week: Jamelle Bouie’s advice on how to cover race in the age of Obama, Felix Salmon’s examination of the rise of data journalism, and Paul Krugman’s review of an important new book on inequality.

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Equal Pay Day Denial

Melissa FrancisEqual Pay Day was this past Tuesday, with many noting its importance because of the breadth of the gender pay gap. One of the strangest arguments in defense of the gender pay gap was a Fox host arguing that women are better off making less than men: http://mm4a.org/1dP01Rr Related: Fox News on the whole is in denial over the gender pay gap: http://mm4a.org/1edFM06 When cable news discusses the economy, the guests are almost always men: http://mm4a.org/PMQBen

Three Libel Cases

LibelIn general, making a libel case is very difficult due to established legal protections. But today three high pro-file libel cases are working their way the legal system against conservative outlets The Blaze, The New York Post, and National Review: http://mm4a.org/1ssfpYc



BoehlertAppearing on All In With Chris Hayes, Eric Boehlert discussed how conservatives are avoid a factual debate on Obamacare: http://mm4a.org/1eb3bPW


Walter WhiteAn actor who played a character whose life was ruined by sub-par health insurance supports Obamacare. Fox News doesn’t get it. http://mm4a.org/1i9UMcg


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Jim Thorpe’s Remains at Center of Controversy, 57 Years After Death

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Jim Thorpe was born in 1888 on Indian territory in Oklahoma, died in 1953 in Southern California and was buried in a town that changed its name to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. More than half a century later, a controversy rages over whether Jim Thorpe should stay in Pennsylvania, or whether his remains should return to his birthplace.

On Tuesday night HBO‘s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (10 p.m. ET/PT) will air a segment dealing with that controversy, and centering on Jim’s son Jack Thorpe, who’s now in his 70s and wants to see his dad brought back to Oklahoma to be buried, which Jack says is consistent with Native American spiritual beliefs.

Jack is still bitter toward his father’s third wife, who made the decision to take his remains from a burial ceremony in Oklahoma and made a deal with two small towns in Pennsylvania, convincing them to merge, change their name to “Jim Thorpe” and serve as the place to bury him.

“Everybody was highly upset but there was nothing we could do,” Jack Thorpe says of seeing his dad’s body taken from the funeral. “The surviving spouse has legal jurisdiction over the body and she wanted him out of there. It was an insult. You just don’t do things like that.”

But while Jack insists that American Indians believe a person can’t really be at rest unless he’s buried at the place of his birth, Jack doesn’t provide any evidence that his father shared those beliefs. And he certainly doesn’t provide any evidence that his father would have wanted his remains dug up 57 years after he died and moved across the country.

It might seem crazy that a couple of towns (which were previously called Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk) merged and called themselves Jim Thorpe, but in 1953 Jim Thorpe the man had recently been named the greatest athlete of the 20th Century, and his burial site was sure to be a tourist attraction. It was Thorpe’s widow who came up with the idea of convincing the two towns to change their names in exchange for honoring her late husband in that way.

And although Jack Thorpe is still hurt all these years later, one of Jim Thorpe’s grandsons from a different marriage appears on the program and insists that keeping his grandpa’s remains in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, is the best way to honor him. In fact, Jim’s grandson says that it would be sacrilegious to move the remains because the burial ground has been sanctified in an Indian ceremony.

“We believe that ground is sacred, and to remove him from that ground is wrong,” Jim Thorpe’s grandson says.

Jack Thorpe has taken the town of Jim Thorpe to court, and it seems clear that whatever happens, it’s going to result in hurt feelings and added grief to the few remaining people who could call Jim Thorpe a loved one. I don’t see this ending well, and the only thing I could conclude after watching the thought-provoking Real Sports piece is that I hope Jim Thorpe — unlike his descendants — is at peace.