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Race & Ethnicity

Series | The Resegregation of America's Schools, Part 1: James

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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.
  • Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica

Series%20%7C%20Segregation%20Now%20Pt%201-%20James.jpgThursday, April 127, 2014 | Though James Dent Could Watch Central High School's homecoming parade from the porch of his faded-white bungalow, it had been years since he'd bothered. But last fall, Dent's oldest granddaughter, D'Leisha, was vying for homecoming queen, and he knew she'd be poking up through the sunroof of her mother's car, hand cupped in a beauty-pageant wave, looking for him.

So, at about 4:30 in the afternoon on October 18, Dent, age 64, made his way off the porch and to the curb along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the West End of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Soon he could hear the first rumblings of the band.

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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Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
  • Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

GOP Racism

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  • Race has moved to the front-burner of political news lately.
    • Part 1: Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist
    • Part 2: You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism
    • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist

  • "To a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate." --Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also suggested this past week that racism was a factor in the Republican party's opposition to immigration reform.
  • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One

Christina Wilkie, Huffington Post

display_600/image.JPG In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Credit: AP / J. Scott Applewhite) 

April 13, 2014 | "Not all" Republicans are racist, said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday, but "to a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."

Israel's comment was in response to a question from CNN's Candy Crowley, who asked the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder this week. In a speech to a civil rights group, Holder questioned his treatment by Republican lawmakers at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, and implied that race may have played a role. 

covers/pdp/9780199964277 Christina Wilkie is a political reporter at Huffington Post based in Washington D.C., where she covers lobbying, special interests, and the Beltway influence game. 

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Part 2: You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism

Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right.

Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

04.14.14 | Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.

I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.

The Daily Beast special correspondent Michael Tomasky is also editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

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Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers and Company

  • Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. 
  • The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part II

Glen Ford on Racism in the American Media

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  • The Real News Network (TRNN) hosts a discussion on the film ‘Shadows of Liberty.’
  • After pledging transparency, PBS hides details of new deal with billionaire owner of NewsHour

Rise Up Times 

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Fake%20Media.jpg March 31, 2014 | "Shadows of Liberty" presents the extraordinary truth behind the US media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. 

The film takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global media conglomerates exercise extraordinary political, social, and economic power. The overwhelming collective power of these firms raises troubling questions about democracy.

Further Information on "Shadow of Liberty"… 

Glen Ford is a distinguished radio-show host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. In 1987, Ford launched Rap It Up, the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop music show, broadcast on 65 radio stations. Ford co-founded the Black Commentator in 2002 and in 2006 he launched the Black Agenda Report

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  • The major difference this time is that this new story of secrecy isn’t about who funds the journalism on the NewsHour. It is about who actually owns the NewsHour.
  • Officials refuse to provide evidence of guarantees for editorial independence.
  • Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division
  • What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

 

It's the Racism, Stupid: Meet the Press's Epic NCAA Fail

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  • It is March Madness, after all, when the NCAA makes 90% of its billion-dollar budget. As the business of college football and basketball expands, and as more and more players find themselves used up and spit out with neither compensation nor education to show for their time, this is the moment to talk about the future of the so-called "student-athlete."
  • How the NCAA Endangers Women

Dave Zirin, TheNation.com

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Reggie Love, Mark Emmert and Arne Duncan debate the paying of student-athletes on NBC's Meet the Press. (Courtesy of NBC News)

March 23, 2014 | I will say this for the much-maligned David Gregory era of Meet the Press: the weekly program, with the tenacity of a twitter-troll, remains pugnaciously beltway-centric in its perspective. This was seen in Sunday's "debate" about the state of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Their timing was certainly spot-on. It is March Madness, after all, when the NCAA makes 90% of its billion-dollar budget. As the business of college football and basketball expands, and as more and more players find themselves used up and spit out with neither compensation nor education to show for their time, this is the moment to talk about the future of the so-called "student-athlete."

To discuss this issue, Gregory secured three people for the Meet the Press table, including NCAA President Mark Emmert. That's good start! Mark Emmert, is a man who makes a $2 million annual salary defending the status quo. The people Emmert could have been in discussion with is tantalizing. Maybe we would see civil rights author Taylor Branch, whose piece on the NCAA rocked the sports world. Perhaps one of the other guests would be New York Times columnist William Rhoden, whose book $40 Million Slaves examined the social position of African-American athletes. Or we could get USA Today's Christine Brennan, who has written extensively about equity for women in college athletics.

Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports correspondent, is the author, most recently, of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN, and Democracy Now! 

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How the NCAA Endangers Women, Jessica Luther, Atlantic

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  • 'We Felt Like We Were Above the Law'
  • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

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