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This week I received a 100 percent rating from the Humane Society, which scores members of Congress on legislative issues related to threatened and endangered species.
It made me think, not for the first time, that if there was an endangered species list for human beings, the top category would be boys and men of color. They are seriously at risk, and in too many communities around our nation, more money is invested in incarcerating young boys than in saving them, and too many schools have become prison pipelines.
North Miami Senior High School student Deandre Chery recalls speaking to inmates at a trip to a prison with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.
“They weren’t necessarily bad people — they made bad choices,” said Chery. “I said that could have been me, one day. I said that won’t be me. I’m going to pursue my life.”
Amid the chatter, shenanigans and silliness that is the Real Housewives TV franchise, comes a moment of real import.
And there’s a Miami-Dade connection.
On Sunday’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, airing at 8 p.m. on Bravo, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, is seen welcoming the cast of the reality show to her Washington, D.C., office to bring attention to the struggle of African-American boys.