October 9th, 2013
Written by D. A. Barber in National Collegiate Dialogue with 2 Comments
The budget impasse and resulting shutdown of the federal government has hit hard to the poorest in US: American Indians who rely on federal trust funds to function. And that means many tribal people may fall victim to more predatory lending, a practice that has already targeted Indian Country during the past few years.
"The immediate shutdown crisis poses very real threats to tribal governments...
October 8th, 2013
Written by Jesse Washington - AP National Writer in National Collegiate Dialogue with 7 Comments
The name of a certain pro football team in Washington, D.C., has inspired protests, hearings, editorials, lawsuits, letters from Congress, even a presidential nudge. Yet behind the headlines, it's unclear how many Native Americans think "Redskins" is a racial slur.
Perhaps this uncertainty shouldn't matter - because the word has an undeniably racist history, or because the team says it uses the...
September 30th, 2013
Written by Francesca Biller in Latest News, National Collegiate Dialogue with 7 Comments
While health care is in need of radical reform for millions of Americans, Blacks have historically suffered disproportionately from poor or non-existent access to even the most primitive of medical care, and it’s not getting better.
Grave numbers show that although African-Americans make up only 13.5 % of the population, when compared to white men, black men are 2.4 times more likely to die from...
September 30th, 2013
Written by D. A. Barber in Latest News, National Collegiate Dialogue with 14 Comments
Apparently the fashion and advertising world didn’t learn anything from the bad press Vogue Magazine received when they ran a photo layout with black face models in April.
Now, Dunkin’ Donuts has apologized and pulled advertising for its campaign in Thailand that shows a black face model offering a chocolate doughnut with the caption: “Break every rule of deliciousness.”
The Thailand Dunkin’...
September 24th, 2013
Written by F. Michael Higginbotham in National Collegiate Dialogue with 2 Comments
The recent Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, invalidating the "pre-clearance" formula of the voting Rights Act – which required states with a history of race discrimination in voting to secure federal approval prior to changing election practices – provides an opportunity for Congress to strengthen protection of minority voting rights.
While discriminatory methods today are far...