May 2010

May 28th, 2010
Written by Sticky Wicket in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
burning building viewed from the air
Dear Sticky Wicket,Why do some members of the Black Community destroy their own neighborhoods in response to some racial injustice?~Confused in IdahoDear Confused in Idaho,We saw it in Watts in 1964. We saw in Detroit in 1967. We saw it after the police beat down incident involving Rodney King in 1991. If we didn’t see it in real life, we’ve all seen it on TV: Blacks rioting, looting, and burning...
May 27th, 2010
Written by Caitlin Kelly in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
There is a place where I am literally suspended between my two identities, when I travel north by train from my home near New York City to Toronto, where I grew up. As the carriages rattle across the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, Niagara Falls’ mist clouding the air, I can see Canada’s red maple leaf flag flapping on one riverbank, the Stars and Stripes on another. Whichever direction I travel, I feel...
May 26th, 2010
Written by Jessica Rodriguez in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
stainless steel plane
From the mythical Greeks, Icarus and Daedalus, to Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci, man has been fascinated with the idea of flying. Enea Bossi, through various experiments, was responsible for the world’s first stainless steel airplane.Born March 29, 1888, in Milan, Bossi studied physics and mathematics at the Instituto Technico from which he graduated in 1907, in Lodi, Italy. Bossi’s...
May 25th, 2010
Written by Janice S. Ellis... in Publisher's Note with 0 Comments
Janice S. Ellis in her office
We have become a culture that overlooks one of our most valuable, and available, resources – our senior citizens. The month of May is now designated as “Older Americans Month.” Events are planned to celebrate aging by sharing information on how to optimize health and lead active, more productive lives. I have always had mixed feeling about the need to designate a month for this or that. It...
May 21st, 2010
Written by Aricka Flowers in Stereotypes & Labels with 3 Comments
Oreo cookies
Since its 1912 debut, more than 419 billion Oreos crossed the production line-making it one of America's most beloved snacks. However, the snack with a chocolate outside and white creamy filling, which brings joy to scores of Americans, is also a metaphor with a distinctively negative connotation. The term Oreo is a recognized racial slur toward African-Americans who assimilated into "white...