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.
October 16th, 2014
Written by Jesse J Holland in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
In this May 22, 2014 photo, New Jersey Assemblywoman and congressional candidate, Bonnie Watson Coleman, center, D-Trenton, N.J., stands on the floor of the assembly before a session at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency.
More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama's historic presidency. At least 83 black Republicans and Democrats are running for the U.S. House, an all-time high for the modern era, according to political scientist David Bositis, who has tracked...
October 11th, 2014
Written by Larry O’Dell in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal has court ruled.
Congressional districts based on race and partisan politics in Virginia have been rejected by a federal court. Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal court ruled Tuesday. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of judges left the state's congressional districts intact for November's...
October 6th, 2014
Donald Kagan said he forgives now-retired Judge Frank Barbaro (left), who convicted him of murder in a case the judge now admits was tainted by racism.
Was there reverse racism in a murder case conviction, where a white man was found guilty of killing a black man? Donald Kagan had been in prison for murder for more than a decade when doubts about his guilt arose from an uncommon source: the former judge who had convicted him. The reason was more extraordinary still: The now-retired, white jurist felt he had been swayed by bias against Kagan,...
October 3rd, 2014
President Barack Obama, left, points toward a camera with chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, Marty Hinojosa, and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
President Barack Obama will act on immigration by using his presidential powers. Seeking to quell any doubts, he promised Hispanics and immigration activists that it's "not a question of if but when." At the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual gala, Obama warned activists that his eventual actions will spark intense political opposition that could threaten the durability of what he...
September 30th, 2014
Written by Rob Ryser in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Danbury, Connecticut Police Department is making a concerted effort to recruit minorities. Come January 2015, the department will know how successful its efforts have been.
The Danbury police department is determined to reflect the diversity of the city. The city's determination to make its police force reflect the diversity of its population paid off last weekend when 294 men and women showed up to take the police test and 68 percent were minorities. While it's too early to say how many Latino and black applicants will survive testing and interviewing to emerge as...

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