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.
April 15th, 2014
Written by David Sharpe in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Bud Zumwalt fought racism and sexism in the Navy. He took what he learned during the tumultuous 1960s with him when he became the nation's youngest chief of naval operations, earning a reputation as a reformer who fought racism and sexism and worked to improve the lives of sailors. After retiring, the admiral dedicated his life to ensuring that veterans were compensated for illnesses linked to...
April 10th, 2014
Written by Will Weissert - Associated Press in Setting It Straight with 2 Comments
The Texas Board of Education considered a long-shot proposal Tuesday that would add a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective, listening to dozens of supporters who said such a class is the only way to truly understand a state where Hispanics make up 51 percent of public school students and which was once part of Mexico. During hours of often-heated testimony, some...
April 6th, 2014
Written by Bruce Smith - Associated Press in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
A southern judge was the first in the nation to write that segregated schools are unequal schools after "separate but equal" became law. In a little-known chapter of American history, a federal judge who was the son of a Confederate soldier and presided in the city where the Civil War began was the first judge in the nation to write that segregated schools are unequal schools since separate but...
March 26th, 2014
Written by Karen Matthews in Setting It Straight with 2 Comments
New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday. The report by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles looks at enrollment trends from 1989 to 2010. In New York City, the largest school system in the U.S. with 1.1...
March 20th, 2014
Written by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to twenty-four mostly ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in three of the nation's wars, which had been discriminated against. The government concluded that the honor should have been awarded a long time ago. The servicemen were identified following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients of the...