Analysis: When a White-majority neighborhood wants to divorce its Black city. Buckhead wants to cut out of the Black Mecca.
The combustible, decades-long debate over Buckhead shines a light on a broader racial reality in the US. "Today, you really have two kinds of racial residential segregation," Stephen Menendian, the assistant director and director of research at UC Berkeley's Othering and Belonging Institute and the lead author of a June report on racial residential segregation in the 21st century, told CNN. "Within large cities, you have racially identifiable neighborhoods and schools. Untitled. The town of Harmony, Mississippi, which owes its origins to a small number of formerly enslaved Black people who bought land from former slaveholders after the Civil War, is nestled in Leake County, a perfectly square allotment in the center of the state.
According to local lore, Harmony, which was previously called Galilee, was renamed in the early nineteen-twenties, after a Black resident who had contributed money to help build the town’s school said, upon its completion, “Now let us live and work in harmony.” This story perhaps explains why, nearly four decades later, when a white school board closed the school, it was interpreted as an attack on the heart of the Black community. Untitled. PARENTS ARE outraged by a new curriculum.
Politicians worry that educators are indoctrinating pupils with un-American revisionist history. Progressives argue that this updated version of the curriculum reflects an American reality that should not be hidden from children. Both sides clash at school meetings, teachers are under fire. At issue could be the current controversy over critical race theory in classrooms. Or it could be one of the many skirmishes during the past century over history education, from whether it was pro-British to whether it was pro-Marxist. Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android. Tulsa Race Massacre centennial: Greenwood’s destruction - Washington Post. Sports.
Thousands of retired Black NFL players want to end the race-adjusted system used to determine cognitive decline among claimants in the league's near-billion-dollar concussion settlement, Axios' Jeff Tracy writes.
Why it matters: The test is scored on a curve that assumes Black people's baseline cognitive skills are lower than white people's, meaning Black players must show a larger cognitive decline to qualify for the settlement. The backdrop: In 2013, the NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement in response to a flood of lawsuits from retired players alleging the league concealed what it knew about the dangers of repeated head trauma. The $765 million cap has since been removed, and nearly $848 million has been awarded to 1,256 retired players to date.
How it works: Those who claim their careers led to dementia or similar cognitive diseases are required to undergo medical testing to determine if the extent of cognitive decline makes them eligible for compensation. Untitled. I have never seen the George Floyd video.
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. " Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, instructed heads of federal agencies to dramatically alter racial sensitivity training programs for employees, deeming them "un-American propaganda" in a two-page memo.
Untitled. Untitled. The awkward questions about slavery from tourists in US South. I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. 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. “You think about these students graduating and then plowing so much of their wealth opportunity into supporting this student debt, that’s a travesty in and of itself,” Smith, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, said Tuesday during a TIME100 Talks discussion with Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal. “I think it’s important that we do these things at scale and en masse because that’s how you lift up entire communities,” he says.
Untitled. 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.
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. In Louisville, a black restaurant owner was shot dead, under circumstances that remain unclear; in Brooklyn, social media captured an incident in which police officers drove into a crowd of protesters. 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 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. Riverfronttimes.
Reflection on Lynching Victims Memorial in Alabama. My wife and granddaughter and I were among the hundreds of people in Montgomery this past week for the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the revelatory monument to the more than 4,000 African Americans lynched between 1877 and 1950. The monument, sited on Montgomery’s highest hill, consists of 800 weathered steel columns, each suspended from the ceiling of an open-air pavilion and each labeled with the name of a county where lynchings occurred and the names (where known) of those who were killed.
As you make your way through the memorial the floor slopes down and the columns are suspended above, like bodies hung. It is a sacred space. 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?” 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. 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.
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