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.
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...
June 5th, 2014
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Black motorists in Missouri were 66 percent more likely than white ones to be stopped based on their proportionate share of the driving-age population last year.
Black motorists are stopped more than whites in Missouri, showing that racial profiling is still prevalent. Attorney General Chris Koster says he is disturbed by new statistics showing that Missouri law enforcement officers have continued to pull over black motorists at a significantly greater rate than white drivers. The report released Friday by Koster's office found that black drivers were 66...
May 21st, 2014
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In this photo taken May 16, 2014, Macklemore of the group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis strikes a pose as he performs "Thrift Shop" to a mob of waving fans during Vivid: Spectacle Opening Night Party at the EMP Museum in Seattle.
Was Macklemore being Anti-Semitic during a recent concert with the costume he wore as he performed his song, "Thrift Shop" or was he ignorant and insensitive? Rapper Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday, saying he didn't mean to mock Jewish people by wearing a costume that some say was anti-Semitic during a performance in Seattle last week. Macklemore wrote that he randomly...
May 15th, 2014
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California's Supreme Court in 1890 denied Hong Yen Chang's application to practice law solely because he was Chinese - a decision still studied in law schools as a 19th century lesson in bigotry.
Discrimination against a Chinese lawyer will be corrected if a group of students and professors are successful with their appeal. The discriminatory act, which occurred in the late 19th century still stands as a testament to the racial prejudice that pervaded, and still pervade, many aspects of American life. California's Supreme Court in 1890 denied Hong Yen Chang's application to practice law...

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