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'Straight outta Compton' and into Princeton
'Straight outta Compton' and into Princeton

Did you hear about the Compton student who graduated from high school at the top of his class last May and starts school this fall at Princeton with a full scholarship? Probably not. That's not the kind of news out of Compton that gets much attention. On the other hand, a recent decision by the school board to allow specially trained officers to carry semiautomatic rifles has made headlines around the country, generating stories on television, public radio and even the Al Jazeera network. Americans seem uninterested in news from Compton that doesn't fit their preconceptions. And the view most people have can be summed up in the lyrics to one of the many rap songs about our...

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