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.
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...
September 16th, 2014
There were black poet during slavery, a time when it was thought that black could not read nor write.
A new book, "Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century" edited by Erika DeSimone and Fidel Louis, fills a gap in the history of black poetry especially during slavery and following emancipation. A work of more than a decade, the project came about as Louis was working on his thesis about the black press and noticed that many if not all of the black...
September 15th, 2014
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Tampa Bay police department, like many in the region, has far fewer black and Hispanic officers than the population they serve.
Diversity is the focus of Tampa Bay area law enforcement agencies in the wake of last month's police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. They are taking a hard look at the makeup of their forces. Most of the region's departments have far fewer black and Hispanic officers than the populations they serve, the Tampa Bay Times reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1rZPrrw). Take the...
September 11th, 2014
Minorities are often discriminated against, albeit unintentionally, in the areas of housing and employment.
Minorities are often discriminated against by prevalent and common business policies and practices, and sometimes it is unintentional. This unintentional discrimination is often referred to as disparate impact. The Supreme Court could decide this month to take up another housing discrimination case that challenges the legal doctrine known as disparate impact. Two previous housing bias cases were...
September 10th, 2014
Written by Will Lester in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Willie Mays was a part of the first generation of black superstars that changed Major League Baseball.
How blacks changed Major League Baseball forever is the focus of a new book by Bill Madden. The book, "1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever" is being released by Da Capo Press. As the pennant races head into the fall stretch, it's worth remembering that 60 years ago the sport of baseball was changed permanently as African-...

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