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.
February 9th, 2011
Written by Randi McCreary in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Italy is synonymous for picturesque landscapes, culinary masterpieces, forward fashion, and a historic regard for tradition. One such tradition that dates back as early as the 1700s is opera.One might regard opera as an experience reserved solely for a particular class or culture. This is only a perception. What I love about music is the freedom of expression, and the realization of like and...
January 24th, 2011
Written by Jodie Blankenship in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
After three years of war between the Union and Confederate states and the latest Union victory, the battle at Antietam — with one portion of the battle referred to as the “slaughter of Bloody Lane” because of the flow of blood down the Maryland country road, the Emancipation Proclamation was delivered on the first day of the New Year of 1863. A New Year’s Resolution superseding all other...
January 5th, 2011
Written by Laura Monroe in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Black author, Marita Golden, established herself in the latter half of the 20th Century as a distinguished writer of both fiction, and nonfiction works. Drawing primarily on her experiences as a Black woman, over the course of her career she explored subjects ranging from the personal to the political, and everything in between.Her work earned much acclaim and recognition, but it is her literary...
December 22nd, 2010
Written by Russell Roberts in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Santa Claus. There is hardly a more All-American image than that of a tall, bewhiskered, overweight Santa, with rosy red cheeks, and a smile playing about his lips. In his red suit trimmed with white and dark boots, Santa’s likeness is instantly recognizable, no matter the setting.What most people don’t know is that much of this All-American image was created by a German artist named Thomas Nast...
December 15th, 2010
Written by Rita Cook in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
One of the most often quoted historical figures, as well as possibly one of the most well known Native American chiefs in American history, is Chief Seattle or (See-atch, the anglicized pronunciation of his name) from the Pacific Northwest Suquamish/Duwamish. Living in the Pacific Northwest area in the late 18th Century, Chief Seattle left modern America with a number of important quotes still...


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