Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sign of the times in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• The city’s teachers union in Newark, New Jersey has sparked controversy with a billboard campaign urging citizens to “Stop the killings” (pictured above). The mayor and local businesses want the signs taken down, arguing that the messages hurt business. Newark has a high homicide rate, and the campaign is intended to bring attention to the issue. “I think we have a serious problem,” said the president of the Newark Teachers Union. “It’s about people dying.” In other words, if you try to take down the signs, you might get killed.
• Citigroup is planning to kill about 15,000 jobs, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, Citigroup officials won’t confirm anything. The company’s chairman and chief executive said, “We are going to announce the results of our strategic structural review on or before our earnings announcement on April 16.” Which means 15,000 may have to amend the employment status on their tax forms.
• Eminem and his ex-wife have agreed to stop publicly dissing each other. During a court hearing on Monday, the two decided their verbal feuding could be harmful to their 11-year-old daughter. Look for the ex-Mrs. Mathers to erect billboards soon.