February 2011

February 25th, 2011
Written by Janice S. Ellis... in Publisher's Note with 0 Comments
One of the most worthwhile things we can do for our future legacy is to rededicate our efforts to build strong family units.Sociologists proclaim that many forces bombard the family unit in contemporary society. Many also readily acknowledge that whatever plagues society in general, whether its economic problems, educational problems, divorce, single parenting, poor housing, etc., the impact on...
February 23rd, 2011
Written by Rita Rizzo in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Why do Italians appear to be prejudiced against Sicilians?~Puzzled in PoughkeepsieDear Puzzled,It is puzzling, isn’t it? Most Americans consider Sicilians to be Italians, so how can prejudice exist between people who live in different regions of the same country? Although this prejudice is considered by many to be more historical than contemporary, you will find that an ample...
February 22nd, 2011
Written by Talia Page in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Why is there a pervasive perception that white parents are more involved in their child’s education than minority parents? Is this an excuse that white America likes to hide behind for generations of educational inequality?~Concerned in ConcordDear Concerned in Concord,As a former teacher at a high school in the South Bronx, New York, I am pleased to report that minority...
February 21st, 2011
Written by Larry Adelman in National Collegiate Dialogue with 53 Comments
Editors Note: James Kenneth Duah-Agyeman, Ph.D., and Diane Swords, of Syracuse University submitted this article. With the amount of materials presented, this article will remain on the conversation for two weeks."By far the best documentary series on race of the last decade."~Troy Duster, president, American Sociological AssociationWe tend to believe that the world’s people come divided into...
February 21st, 2011
Written by Wendy Innes in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
The names Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln are synonymous with abolition and emancipation. However, what few people may know is that these two great American statesmen led remarkably similar lives in their early years, and actually held great respect for one another, even to the point of being characterized as friends.Both Douglass and Lincoln were born poor: Douglass in his grandmother’s...