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.
June 13th, 2014
Written by Meg Kinnard - Associated Press in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Tim Scott had just been elected to a second U.S. House term when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him in 2012 after Jim DeMint resigned. When he took office in early 2013, Scott became the Senate's only black member and the first black senator ever from South Carolina. This November's election is for the two years that remain in DeMint's term.
A black Republican U. S. Senator from South Carolina, should he be elected in the November mid-term election, will most certainly make history, signaling that the south and the country continues to make progress when it comes to race and politics. Having handily beaten his GOP challenger, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is now poised to focus on his general election campaign, one that will likely make...
May 21st, 2014
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In this photo taken May 16, 2014, Macklemore of the group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis strikes a pose as he performs "Thrift Shop" to a mob of waving fans during Vivid: Spectacle Opening Night Party at the EMP Museum in Seattle.
Was Macklemore being Anti-Semitic during a recent concert with the costume he wore as he performed his song, "Thrift Shop" or was he ignorant and insensitive? Rapper Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday, saying he didn't mean to mock Jewish people by wearing a costume that some say was anti-Semitic during a performance in Seattle last week. Macklemore wrote that he randomly...
May 15th, 2014
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California's Supreme Court in 1890 denied Hong Yen Chang's application to practice law solely because he was Chinese - a decision still studied in law schools as a 19th century lesson in bigotry.
Discrimination against a Chinese lawyer will be corrected if a group of students and professors are successful with their appeal. The discriminatory act, which occurred in the late 19th century still stands as a testament to the racial prejudice that pervaded, and still pervade, many aspects of American life. California's Supreme Court in 1890 denied Hong Yen Chang's application to practice law...
May 6th, 2014
Written by Jesse J Holland in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
African-American journalist Harry S. McAlpin was welcomed by Franklin D. Roosevelt to cover the president's admininistration, but it would be 70 years before the White House Correspondents' Associationt would do the same.
A little over 70 years ago, the White House Correspondents' Association banned Harry McAlpin from the organization for daring to be the black journalist in the Oval Office. Now the WHCA is honoroing him. Harry McAlpin was standing outside the Oval Office, moments away from becoming the first black reporter to attend a presidential news conference, when one of his contemporaries approached with...
April 25th, 2014
Written by Michael Felberbaum in Setting It Straight with 1 Comment
Court-ordered tobacco ads come as a result of cigarette makers lying about the dangers of smoking, according to a brief filed in U.S. District Court.
A recent court decision found tobacco companies are not doing enough to educate black communities about the dangers of tobacco use. The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including media outlets that target more of the black community in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking, according to a brief filed in U.S. District...


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