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Front Page » Table of Contents » Archive: Equality & Discrimination: April 2009

By Janet Morrison on April 20, 2009

Sometimes I come across things that seem so common sensical, I wonder why we never thought of it before. Mount Holyoke College's new, unique approach to freshman orientation is one.

As some colleges do, Mount Holyoke offers a special orientation program (purely voluntary) to new minority students that allows them to talk about entering a predominantly White college and the issues they may face and allows them to connect with other minority students.

Though helping minority students adjust may seem positive and proactive, what about educating the White students on interacting with students of color? The approach seems to be a little lopsided.

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By Larry James on April 15, 2009

Did you catch Rep. Betty Brown's suggestion during the Elections Committee hearing in the Texas House of Representatives last week?

When confronted with witness testimony on the problems Chinese-American Texans currently face at the polls and the increased difficulties they could expect to encounter under a voter ID law now being debated, Rep. Brown said...

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By Gerald Britt on April 15, 2009

You will do yourself a disservice if you miss The American Experience's special series, "We Shall Remain" on your local PBS station.

This story of the Native Americans and their valiant struggle for survival in our country despite what could only be described as ethnic cleansing at best, an attempted genocide at worst, can only grow in respect for their spirituality, determination and courage.

In this country we have a habit of only wanting to repeat the history that shows a dominant culture in its best light.

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By Tanner Willbanks on April 13, 2009

This Wednesday, April 15th, the city of Lawrence, Kansas, has the honor of hosting Kim Gandy, the president of the National Organization for Women(NOW) as she gives a lecture on the campus of the University of Kansas. The event information is as follows:

Time: 7:30PM
Location: The Dole Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS
Ticket Info: The program is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so do arrive early. The Dole Institute is located on KU’s west campus, next to the Lied Center.

I call this an honor for several reasons.

First, Gandy is a national figure who is sought after for speaking engagements of this type. Having her speak at the University of Kansas, where I happen to be an undergraduate, is a huge honor for the community, in both the sense of the progressive, feminist community, and the actual community of Lawrence.

Second, and most importantly to me, Gandy is the inaugural speaker in the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series, a new annual series established this year in honor of Jana Mackey, a 25-year old KU Law student that was murdered by her ex-boyfriend this past July. But to me, Jana Mackey was, and is, more than that quick bio line, she was one of my oldest friends.

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By Weeden Nichols on April 9, 2009

My spouse and I are faithful supporters of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center. We have stood all our lives against hate, racism, and xenophobia. One of the programs of the Southern Poverty Law Center is Teaching Tolerance – an intervention against the perpetuation of these attitudes. We definitely are not opponents of tolerance; however, I’ve given the matter a good deal of thought, and have decided that tolerance is not enough.

I think it helps to be a layperson with regard to almost any professional area. (I would say that, wouldn’t I, inasmuch as a layperson is what I am?) The advantage is a certain detachment on matters that have become “conventional wisdom” within a professional field.

To a person who has been persecuted, mistreated, and subjected to unjust discrimination due to his or her race, category, or nationality, mere tolerance would be a great relief at first. Before long, though, mere tolerance on the part of others would not be enough. The formerly-persecuted individual would soon crave genuine acceptance. (I wrote recently about genuine acceptance, based upon some knowledge and understanding of the person being accepted, versus the lazy and manipulative “unconditional acceptance” which seeks the cooperation of the person being “accepted” without investment in acquaintance with the person himself/herself. I will not repeat all that here.) When the formerly-persecuted, formerly-merely-tolerated individual is made to believe he/she is truly accepted, that again is a relief. That, again, may not be for long. Soon, many or most will crave to be valued, appreciated, respected, and – Dare I say it? – even loved.

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By Sarah Burris on April 4, 2009

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced legislation yesterday calling for a long-term official Commission on Women. While this might be similar to the President's announcement about his White House council on women and girls, the Commission on Women would be a constant council that would outlast any White House administration. In a recent Politico piece:

Ssome women said the inter-agency council Obama announced March 11 fell short of the full-time office or Cabinet-level influence they had hoped for. Mason offered no criticism of Obama's action, but said it spurred more calls for a broad-ranging national panel.
The Commission would be apprised of a 15 member group including four appointed by the President, three by the Speaker of the House, two by the Minority Leader in the House, three by the Majority Leader of the Senate, and two by the Minority Leader of the Senate.

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By Angelo Lopez on April 4, 2009

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By Janet Morrison on April 2, 2009

It's not hard to figure out that we value the things that we know and are most familiar with. Unfortunately, it has not been until fairly recently that the contributions of people of color have been deemed important.

In 2009 we still live in a segregated society. Sometimes we don't even recognize how segregated we are. Look at your neighborhood. Count the people on your street who don't look like you. Go to church. Count the people at your church who don't look like you. (before you answer that you have diversity in your community or your church, let me clarify. Having one or two families does not count as diversity).

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