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.
September 10th, 2014
Written by Will Lester in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
How blacks changed Major League Baseball forever is the focus of a new book by Bill Madden. The book, "1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever" is being released by Da Capo Press. As the pennant races head into the fall stretch, it's worth remembering that 60 years ago the sport of baseball was changed permanently as African-...
September 10th, 2014
Written by The Associated Press in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Blacks and Hispanics are underrepresented in police departments where they live and where they may make up a large percentage or the majority of residents within that community or urban area. An Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau data and Justice Department figures about law enforcement found that Hispanics are more often underrepresented in police departments around the country than are...
September 4th, 2014
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An Asian-American has been named EEOC chairman by President Barack Obama. Jenny R. Yang has been named as the new chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, becoming the first Asian-American to lead that agency. President Barack Obama announced her elevation from vice chair on Tuesday. Yang has served as vice chair since April. Yang is a longtime civil rights and employment lawyer. She...
August 18th, 2014
Written by Samantha Bryson in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
An attorney, newly elected as the first black president of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, turned a false arrest into a future of helping others navigate an unjust justice system. Sam Perkins credits the start of his nearly 30-year career as a criminal defense attorney to the handful of weeks he spent as a criminal defendant, albeit a wrongly accused one, in the late 1960s...
August 15th, 2014
Written by Toby Sterling - Associated Press in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
The image of Black Pete image as a helper and sidekick of Santa Claus will change after coming under fire in recent years as being racist. Amsterdam's mayor and the organizers of a large children's winter festival have unveiled plans to overhaul the image of "Black Pete" - the sidekick to the Dutch Santa Claus - after protests that the character exhibited racist elements. Mayor Eberhard van der...