Setting it Straight: Race and Racism, Minority Groups

Reaching back in time to discover and shine a light on events and peoples whose roles in shaping history may be unknown, misunderstood, or misrepresented.
July 29th, 2014
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This July 18, 2014, file photo shows demonstrators with signs on an overpass in Indianapolis, to protest against people who immigrate illegally.
Millions of illegal immigrants may receive work permits, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections. Such a large-scale move on immigration could...
July 23rd, 2014
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An accurate portrayal of American Indian and culture is still lacking in classrooms across America.
Should American Indian history and culture be taught in schools across America? The state school superintendent in North Dakota believes it should be should be taught in that state's classrooms to have "a common understanding of where we came from in order to have vision for the future." State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she wants to replicate curriculum similar to Montana's "...
July 15th, 2014
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This July 8, 1948, file photo shows Alice Coachman of Albany, Ga., clearing the bar at five feet to win the running high jump in the Women's National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Coachman Davis, died early Monday, July 14, 2014, in south Georgia. She was 90.
The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90. Davis' death was confirmed by her daughter, Evelyn Jones. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London with an American and Olympic record of 1.68 meters (5.51 feet), according to USA Track and Field, the American governing body of the sport. Davis was...
June 19th, 2014
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Darrin Gayles became the first openly gay black man to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Two openly gay blacks have been approved by the U.S. Senate to become federal judges. The Senate for the first time confirmed an openly gay black man to a top-level federal judgeship on Tuesday, voting 98-0 to make Darrin Gayles a district court judge in Florida. Senators, by a 52-44 vote, endorsed another of President Barack Obama's nominees, approving Staci Yandle, an openly gay black woman, to...
June 13th, 2014
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Tim Scott had just been elected to a second U.S. House term when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him in 2012 after Jim DeMint resigned. When he took office in early 2013, Scott became the Senate's only black member and the first black senator ever from South Carolina. This November's election is for the two years that remain in DeMint's term.
A black Republican U. S. Senator from South Carolina, should he be elected in the November mid-term election, will most certainly make history, signaling that the south and the country continues to make progress when it comes to race and politics. Having handily beaten his GOP challenger, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is now poised to focus on his general election campaign, one that will likely make...

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