by Thera Martin
SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper owner Sherri Darden assigned me to a very hard task, that of sharing information about Civics in America and what it means. Essentially it is to educate the people of the United States about the rule of law, about the United States Constitution and about the political process and the importance of voting. In short, I think Civics is largely about being a good neighbor and being civil to each other. However in this “Trump Era” in which we are living, it seems that key points in the United States Constitution are being overlooked, or in a sneaky underhanded way, almost being re- written by a president who acts like he’d rather be a King or a Dictator. Thus writing this column about Civics to say the least, is very challenging, when there is such a spirit of disillusionment about the politics of our nation right now.
We witnessed the United States House of Representatives take a vote to Impeach Donald J. Trump at the end of December 2019. Yet in January 2020, we all witnessed the U.S. Senate, who are majority Republicans decline the opportunity to do the right thing and Impeach Trump. They instead gave him an acquittal on all charges of wrong-doing. In the minds of many political watch dog organizations, that aquittal seems to have given number 45 a new and renewed sense of “I’m in charge. I’m the president and I can do anything I want to do.”
If the emotions of the founding fathers of America could be demonstrated from their graves, my best guess is that there is a lot of stumping of feet, anger, and shuddering with dismay at what is unfolding in our nation’s capitol and at the White House.
Some of the very rules upon which this country was built, are being ignored or superceded if you will, by the will of number 45, the current person living in the White House.
To read more "Civics 101" visit SCOOP USA Media, February 21, 2020, page 6
by Thera Martin
Hello SCOOP USA Media Newspaper Readers: This week will be the 3rd edition of Civic’s 101, a new column initiated by Sherri Darden, the Publisher and Owner of the SCOOP community newspaper. What she has acknowledged is that Civics is no longer taught in far too many classrooms across America. Many of our children have no idea what a civics class is, or what it means. In short, it’s about understanding the way in which the politics of America is supposed to work. Thus through this column, it is our intention to share some of the basics about what Civics is, so that all of us can become more responsible citizens living in America.
As it is African American History Month, let’s revisit when people of color, namely African Americans, gained the right to vote and what happened in the aftermath of being told, “You can vote.” Keep in mind, that voting is a basic right supposed to be afforded to every American Citizen , once you turn the age of 18.
Black men were the first given the right to vote, although even after it was announced, they could get lynched, beaten, jailed or intimidated in so many ways that it entirely discouraged them from exercising their right. Black women and all women were given the right to vote years and years later, but for them too, (Black women), even with that so-called “right,” more often than not, we were discouraged from voting.
To read more "Civics 101" visit SCOOP USA Media, February 14, 2020, page 6
by Thera Martin
In a perfect world, an educational column about something like “Civic’s 101 would be done in a very specific order, outlining what Civic’s is, why it’s so critical, etc. In my first column on this subject, published in last week’s edition of the SCOOP, Friday, January 31, 2020, I gave an overview of what “Civic’s” is. I’ll repeat for those of you who may have not read the column last week, just a little bit.
Bottom line, civics is about our government and how we are governed. It’s about our rights as American citizens. We should know our rights, correct? People who come to this country under the title, “foreigner,” and desire to become an American citizen, have to learn about being a citizen of this nation. They have to take some serious civic classes, if you will.
The study of citizenship is called civics. You learn about the importance of things such as voting and paying taxes and why its so important to do both in a Civics class. It’s never too late to educate yourself. Civics Classes can also be rolled up into social studies classes, so in some cases, the name of the course has changed, but the information and education is the same. Learning about civics can teach you about the rights granted to citizens, as well as their /our responsibilities, such as serving on juries and engaging in the political process.
To read more "Civics 101" visit SCOOP USA Media, February 7, 2020, page 7
by Thera Martin
I cannot think of a better time than right now, to kick-off this new column for the SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper, and for our owner and publisher Sherri Darden, the visionary behind this column. When we watch on television every day for the last two weeks a United States Senate trial unfolding that could very well lead to the Impeachment of the President of the United States, Donald John Trump, if we don’t know the rules of our government now, we better start learning. When first asked if I wanted to take a stab at writing this column, I didn’t hesitate because I love a challenge and of course I always want to see the SCOOP USA Media Community Newspaper do well. But at first as I stewed over how this column would unfold and who would be the target of the column, I was thinking about our youth. The reality is that “Civics Classes” and several other critical education courses by and large are not mandatory courses in school anymore, just like home economics and Black History aren’t mandatory classes in the twenty-fist century we live in.
But Civics Classes are so needed. And its not just about educating our youth about Civics. We can all use a refresher course on the subject at hand and that’s what we intend to do with this column. For some of us, this will be like a walk down memory lane. For others of us, this will be a first time lesson. Bottom line it’s about our government and how we are governed. It’s about our rights as American citizens. We should know our rights, correct? For people who come to this country under the title, “foreigner,” but they desire to become an American citizen, they have to learn about being a citizen of this nation. They have to take some serious civic classes, if you will.
To read more "Civics 101" visit SCOOP USA Media, January 31, 2020, page 9