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Series | The Resegregation of America's Schools, Part 2: Melissa

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  • In Tuscaloosa (AL) today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.
  • Series | The Resegregation of America's Schools, Part 1: James

Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica

Series%20%7C%20Segregation%20Now%20Pt%201-%20James.jpg Friday, April 28, 2014 | Melissa Dent, James' first child, was born in 1969, around the time the National Education Association and the Department of Justice persuaded a federal court to force Tuscaloosa to comply with a statewide desegregation order. As she began to toddle and then run around, revealing herself to be an athlete, like her father, the South was quickly changing: by the early '70s, more than 90 percent of black children were attending desegregated schools.

 

Even so, Melissa Dent began her education at the same all-black elementary school that her father had attended. In 1975, the Department of Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund hauled the district back into court, not long before a federal agency placed the Tuscaloosa system on its list of the nation's worst civil-rights offenders. The case landed on the docket of Judge Frank McFadden, a Yale Law–educated former Wall Street attorney born in Oxford, Mississippi.

 

Nikole Hannah-Jones joined ProPublica in late 2011 and covers civil rights with a focus on segregation and discrimination in housing and schools. Her 2012 coverage of federal failures to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act won several awards, including Columbia University’s Tobenkin Award for distinguished coverage of racial or religious discrimination.

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Series | The Resegregation of America's Schools, Part 1: James, Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica

  • In Tuscaloosa (AL) today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.
  • Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

 

 

The Problem of Race in America, June 28, 2014

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  • Politicians -- Democrats, Republicans, the Tea Party -- manipulate deep prejudice to rouse hostility against minorities and the government, by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. 
  • Part 1- The Racism Behind Boehner's Threats to Sue Obama
  • Part 2- Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart.

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1- The Racism Behind Boehner's Threats to Sue Obama

This new attack by Boehner on Obama's legitimacy as president is nothing more than an extension of the earlier Republican Birther attack.

Thom Hartmann, AlterNet 

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June 28, 2014  |  First, the Republicans were gleeful that the Democratic Party had nominated a black man who's middle name was Hussein to run for president. They figured beating him would be a cakewalk, and didn't even get too upset when John McCain picked a fringe politician from Alaska as his running mate.

After all, Obama was black and his middle name was Hussein – how could they lose even if their nominee was an elderly crank and their vice presidential nominee was a former sports reporter on local television?

Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

 

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Part 2- Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported

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The GOP has a serious problem with racism, and corporate media are often loath to point fingers too directly at elite American institutions such as one of the two major political parties.

Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

 

Steve Rendall, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

 

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June 27, 2014 | Evidence that racism is thriving in the US arrives on a regular basis. There are the ongoing stories of institutional racism that media often fail to frame as being about racism are there: underfunded schools, drug wars, sentencing differentials, stop and frisk, lending disparities–the list goes on and on.

 

There are also the episodic stories that media are usually more comfortable with–because they're shorter,  come with names attached, can be treated as isolated incidents and often leave the reader or viewer with a feeling that the problem is at least being addressed.  But even these stories, depending on who the bigots are, often go begging in corporate media newsrooms.

 

Senior Media Analyst and Co-producer of CounterSpin Steve Rendall  is FAIR's senior analyst. He is co-host of CounterSpin, FAIR's national radio show. His work has received awards from Project Censored, and has won the praise of noted journalists such as Les Payne, Molly Ivins and Garry Wills. 

 

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

 

 

 

Ruby Dee, a Ringing Voice for Civil Rights, Onstage and Off, Dies at 91

“You can only appreciate freedom,” she said … , “when you find yourself in a position to fight for someone else’s freedom and not worry about your own.”

Bruce Weber, New York (NY) Times

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June 12, 2014 | Ruby Dee, one of the most enduring actresses of theater and film, whose public profile and activist passions made her, along with her husband, Ossie Davis, a leading advocate for civil rights both in show business and in the wider world, died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.

Her daughter Nora Davis Day confirmed the death.

Bruce Weber: I write obituaries for the New York Times and I'm the author of Life Is A Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America

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Chester Nez, last of the original Navajo 'Code Talkers,' dead at 93

Altogether, before war's end, 421 Navajo warriors enlisted in the Marines and learned how to give Japanese intelligence headaches. Without them, their commanders and other officers have said, American casualties in battles for Japanese-held islands would have been far more ghastly than they were.

Meteor Blades, Daily Kos

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Jun 04, 2014 | In Navajo tradition, when someone dies, it is said that he or she has "walked on." Wednesday, Chester Nez, last of the famed Navajo code talkers, walked on. He had turned 93 in January and was living in Albuquerque. He was 21 when he joined the Marines in World War II. He had been specially recruited.

Felicia Fonseca writes:

Of the 250 Navajos who showed up at Fort Defiance—then a U.S. Army base—29 were selected to join the first all-Native American unit of Marines. They were inducted in May 1942. Nez became part of the 382nd Platoon.

Using Navajo words for red soil, war chief, clan, braided hair, beads, ant and hummingbird, for example, they came up with a glossary of more than 200 terms that later was expanded and an alphabet.

Meteor Blades (Timothy Lange) is a member of the Daily Kos staff.

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