1619 Project: Trump says Department of Education will investigate use in schools. In a Sunday morning tweet, the President said the US Department of Education would investigate whether California schools are using the New York Times' "1619 Project" in public school curriculum.
The Pulitzer-Prize winning collection reframes American history around the date of August 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on America's shores. "Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded! " he wrote on Twitter, citing a message from an unverified account saying it was being taught in schools there. The message came after the President on Friday night banned federal agencies from conducting racial sensitivity training related to "white privilege" and "critical race theory. " Untitled. Untitled. The awkward questions about slavery from tourists in US South. It was late in the summer of 1619 that a ship bearing "not any thing but 20 and odd Negroes" docked at the fledgling port of Point Comfort, Virginia.
Those Africans were among the first victims of the American slave trade, 400 years ago. It has been 154 years since Congress abolished slavery. Since that time, only five generations of African Americans have been born free. Forty percent of all the slaves that were brought to America came through Charleston, South Carolina. I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. Up until about a year ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation.
My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves. The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers associated with it— 27 people serving the household alone, outnumbering the home's three white residents by a factor of nine. Yet many guests who visited the house and took the tour reacted with hostility to hearing a presentation that focused more on the slaves than on the owners. He said, "Listen, I just wanted to say that dragging all this slavery stuff up again is bringing down America" Untitled. Robert F.
Smith—the billionaire who pledged during a commencement speech last year to pay off the student debt of the Morehouse College class of 2019—is launching a new initiative to help ease the burden of student loans at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The Student Freedom Initiative, a nonprofit, is aimed at addressing the disproportionate loan burden on Black students and creating more choices for students whose career options or further educational opportunities might be limited by heavy student debt.
Untitled. On Nov. 9, 2016, the morning after our last presidential election, my column began by recalling words from an immigrant, my friend Lesley Goldwasser, who came to America from Zimbabwe in the 1980s.
Surveying our political scene a few years earlier, Lesley had remarked to me: “You Americans kick around your country like it’s a football. But it’s not a football. Untitled. To really change things, you have to lift up and integrate whole communities.
Untitled. Editors’ Note, June 5, 2020: After publication, this essay met strong criticism from many readers (and many Times colleagues), prompting editors to review the piece and the editing process.
Based on that review, we have concluded that the essay fell short of our standards and should not have been published. The basic arguments advanced by Senator Cotton — however objectionable people may find them — represent a newsworthy part of the current debate. But given the life-and-death importance of the topic, the senator’s influential position and the gravity of the steps he advocates, the essay should have undergone the highest level of scrutiny.
Fox News under fire for stock market graphic. Untitled. The past weekend saw the start of an uprising in dozens of American cities, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets for peaceful protests and violent encounters with the police.
The proximate cause was the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed African-American man, by a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. In Minneapolis and other cities, police in riot gear have responded aggressively to protests and looting, pushing and shoving protesters and using an arsenal of crowd-control weaponry. Untitled. Analysis: America can't beat the coronavirus crisis until we fix what really ails us. Fifteen years later, a new disaster, unleashed by a new disease.
Now a desperate cry is coming from every corner of the country. But not everyone is shouting and not everyone is equally desperate. The reason America has struggled to gain control of this new disease can be found at the intersection of politics, money and culture, rooted in two defining traits of our society in the age of coronavirus: extreme political polarization and rising inequality. The former encompasses not just partisanship but also related issues like hostility to the media, science and civil servants; the latter is about the relationship between race and socioeconomic status and access to health care coverage.
Rising inequality The US is one of the most unequal nations in the world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, outranked by only a smattering of countries -- Bulgaria, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica and South Africa. - The Washington Post. - The Washington Post. Kansas City voters choose to remove Martin Luther King Jr.'s name from a historic street. In a special election Tuesday, the measure to change Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. back to The Paseo Boulevard received about 65% of the vote, according to figures released by the city's Board of Election Commissioners. The vote came after months of debate between groups intent on honoring King's legacy and some residents who didn't want to lose their neighborhood's identity. The Paseo, as many locals call it, is one of the oldest boulevards in the city and runs north to south through a predominately African American section of the city.
"We don't mind doing something to honor Dr. Riverfronttimes. Reflection on Lynching Victims Memorial in Alabama. Thousands of students of color attend public schools where no teacher looks like them. When Sha’Diya Tomlin began attending Kirkwood High School three years ago, a white teacher asked her: “How many kids do you have?” The teacher had not only assumed she was a teenage mother, but she had mistaken Sha’Diya for another black student. Sha’Diya has had only one black teacher in high school, a fact that has weighed on her and at times caused her to doubt her self-worth.
How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down - The New York Times. Former Miss Alabama on why she called the Dallas shooter a 'martyr' Kalyn Chapman James posted a Facebook video on Sunday where she told viewers that she didn't feel sad for the officers who lost their lives, and that she's more upset at seeing black men being gunned down by police. Chris Rock on Ferguson, Cosby, and Obama. What’s killing comedy.What’s saving America. Photographs by Martin Schoeller The last time Frank Rich had a conversation with Chris Rock was in early 1996, when they and the 1950s teen heartthrob Pat Boone were thrown together in a New York television studio as panelists on Bill Maher’s old show Politically Incorrect.
This time they had two conversations in a New York hotel lounge as Rock prepared for the release of Top Five, a bittersweet film comedy in which he does triple duty as director, screenwriter, and star. We’ve just come through an election that was a triumph for Fox News and a fiasco for Obama. What do you make of it? How Unions May Target Hispanic Wage Gap to Revive Membership. Where Black Lives Matter Goes from Here. The Man Who Shot Michael Brown. Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old African-American, in Ferguson, Missouri, has been living for several months on a nondescript dead-end street on the outskirts of St. Louis. Obama's 'N' word sparks debate - CNNPolitics.com. On the face of it, President Barack Obama's use of the 'N' word in an interview released Monday seems out of character for a man who has made strenuous efforts to avoid provocative statements on race and to ensure that the color of his own skin does not dominate his presidency.
The White House insists that Obama didn't set out to shock when he told comedian Marc Maron on his podcast that though race relations had improved over his lifetime, the United States was not "cured" of racism. The Senate Votes That Divided Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Hillary Rodham Clinton is a liberal Democrat on domestic matters, and Bernie Sanders is a socialist. Map of Most Common Race.