June 2013

June 29th, 2013
Written by Julie Pace - AP... in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
Barack and Michelle Obama waving from the door of Air Force One
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Inspired by Nelson Mandela's struggles in South Africa, a young Barack Obama joined campus protests in the U.S. against the racist rule that kept Mandela locked away in prison for nearly three decades. Now a historic, barrier-breaking figure himself, President Obama arrived in South Africa Friday to find a country drastically transformed by Mandela's influence - and grappling...
June 28th, 2013
Written by Suzanne Gamboa ... in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
Civl Rights 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Take a glance at the anniversary calendar this year and it's clear that in America, racial progress comes in fits and starts. The Emancipation Proclamation declared the freedom of slaves 150 years ago. Within a decade, a trio of amendments to the Constitution made them citizens. Over the next century, the Supreme Court and Jim Crow segregation in the South snatched those rights...
June 28th, 2013
Written by Russell Roberts in Race Relations with 0 Comments
Washington Redskins logo
Is the United States Congress prepared to legally ban the term, “redskin?” As readers of these web-pages know, USAonRace.com and its sister publications ongoing coverage of this debate about whether the term “redskin” is a racial slur not to be used, such as in the name of the Washington D.C. National Football League team. Some say it’s a harmless term and it’s much ado about nothing. Others...
June 28th, 2013
Written by Russell Roberts in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
President Lincoln
We all think we know how Abraham Lincoln felt about slavery. After all, he’s the one who freed the slaves, so he must have hated it. That’s true, and once Lincoln decided to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery was a goner. But that’s not the whole story. Personally, Lincoln always hated slavery. This likely came from his father, Thomas Lincoln, who had moved his family out of Kentucky...
June 27th, 2013
Written by Russell Roberts in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
book cover of George Washington's War
History is full of irony, but perhaps nothing is more ironic than this simple fact: African-Americans would have fared better in the short term had the American colonies lost the Revolutionary War – the same war that many blacks served in with distinction to win freedom for whites. These pages, previously listed African-Americans in the American Revolution but later ignored them despite their...