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 24th, 2014
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Commemorative stamp of Charles Alfred Anderson, the head instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Postal Service will issue a stamp next month honoring the head instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military pilots who fought in World War II. The postage commemorating pioneering aviator Charles Alfred Anderson will be unveiled March 13 at a ceremony in Bryn Mawr, the Philadelphia suburb where he grew up. In 1932, Anderson became the first African American to earn a...
February 10th, 2014
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In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 photo, an exhibit at the City/County building in downtown Pittsburgh is highlighting early artists who helped break the comic book color barrier by featuring black characters and a publisher who started to break the comic color barrier in the 1930s and 1940s.
The first black comic book characters are being remembered during Black History Month at an exhibit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Comic books are full of superheroes and a dazzling variety of characters, but in the early days of the industry one thing was conspicuously rare: black characters. Now, an exhibit in Pittsburgh chronicles some early artists and a publisher who started to break the comic...
February 3rd, 2014
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The Illinois State Military Museum will recount the role of black soldiers in the Civil War an World War I.
The service of black soldiers and airmen is being remembered at two museums in recognizing Black History month, one in the state of Illinois the other in the state of Ohio. The first museum, the Illinois State Military Museum, is recognizing Black History Month by telling the stories of African-American soldiers who served during the Civil War and World War I. The soldiers all were members of...
January 31st, 2014
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In 1996, California passed Proposition 209, which banned the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions, as well as state hiring and contracting.
Affirmative action programs which govern California's higher education system will be reconsidered by California voters in the November 2014 election. Under a proposed constitutional amendment that passed the Senate on Thursday, voters would reconsider affirmative action programs at the University of California and California State University systems on the November ballot. SCA5 would remove...
January 24th, 2014
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Police treatment of Latinos in East Haven has been under federal scrutiny since 2009, when the Department of Justice launched a civil rights probe that found a pattern of discrimination and biased policing in the town, which is more than 88 percent white, according to the Census.
The violation of Civil Rights of Latinos, by a police officer, has resulted in the longest sentence to be issued after a federal investigation of racist practices by a mostly white police department. A former East Haven police officer was ordered Thursday to spend five years in prison for violating the civil rights of Latinos, the longest sentence to date stemming from a federal investigation of...


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