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.
August 18th, 2014
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Sam Perkins, once falsely arrested, turned the experience into a 30-year career as a criminal defense lawyer to help the disenfranchised navigate the justice system.
An attorney, newly elected as the first black president of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, turned a false arrest into a future of helping others navigate an unjust justice system. Sam Perkins credits the start of his nearly 30-year career as a criminal defense attorney to the handful of weeks he spent as a criminal defendant, albeit a wrongly accused one, in the late 1960s...
August 15th, 2014
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In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo a "Zwarte Piet" or "Black Pete", jokes with children after arriving with Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, by steamboat in Hoorn, north-western Netherlands. Amsterdam’s mayor and organizers of a large children’s winter festival have unveiled plans on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 to reform the image of “Black Pete” in order to remove perceived racist elements over a period of years.
The image of Black Pete image as a helper and sidekick of Santa Claus will change after coming under fire in recent years as being racist. Amsterdam's mayor and the organizers of a large children's winter festival have unveiled plans to overhaul the image of "Black Pete" - the sidekick to the Dutch Santa Claus - after protests that the character exhibited racist elements. Mayor Eberhard van der...
August 14th, 2014
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Many Native Americans have made, and continue to make, an appeal for the Washington professional football team to change its name and mascot.
Should the Washington Redskins change their name? In this era of racial and ethnic awareness, and the efforts to be respectful and politically correct, is there any redeeming value to continuing to use a name that many Native Americans consider racist and insensitive? The Redskins nickname and mascot have been up for criticism and debate for decades, but no time has the name "Redskins" received...
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 "...


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