February is Black History Month, and was first officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976, only 41 years ago. The purpose of Black History Month is to recognize black achievements and celebrate trailblazer who overcame major obstacles. The United States still lives under a very dark history because of slavery and the slave trade. On paper, America stood for freedom. But that freedom was denied to black America. White America, lived in a privileged world that denied human rights to others who look different.
As we enter the final days of the Obama administration, the uncertainty and controversy over our President-elect only becomes more of a reality. The final speeches from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are in the books.
2015 was a big year for African-American student protesters. There were both large and small student protests throughout the year. Students at the University of Missouri, New York University, Ithaca College, Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, the University of North Carolina, and more, got together at their respective universities to protest different culturally offensive events, and materials.
The hallways of Harvard Law School are lined with portraits of every tenured professor in the history of the university.
These portraits that normally provide such pride and hope for young African-American students, have been hatefully defaced by a single strip of black tape crossing out the face of each African-American professor shown on the walls.
Amid a wave of student and faculty protests over racial tensions that all but paralyzed its flagship campus here, the president of the University of Missouri system resigned Monday, urging everyone involved to “use my resignation to heal and start talking again.”
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There is a reason the world places such strong emphasis on reading. Reading lets the human mind explore places, worlds, ideas that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. It fosters imagination and empathy, and even helps develop deeper analytical thinking and social skills in a world that is constantly diversifying. For this, diversity in literature is vital and We Need Diverse Books is exactly the kind of non-profit organization to promote the agenda.
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Toy companies have made efforts to represent people from all around the globe but few have address diversity in family units. MyFamilyBuilders is a new toy company that is looking to address not only families from around the world but kids can build multi-racial families, or with two moms, or two dads and so on. They are currently looking for funding via Kickstarter. Click here to see/contribute to their campaign.
As the first day of school approaches for most students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, The Los Angeles Times breaks down some interesting statistics. One fact is that nearly 3/4 of the students in the LAUSD are Latino but the same can’t be said of its teaching staff. Click here to see more.
A recent study on the racial makeup of students who were accepted into New York City’s elite specialized high schools showed that 5% of students offered seats for next fall are black, 7% Hispanic, 28% white and 52% Asian. New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says she will continue to review ideas on how to increase diversity at this level of education but also admits, “at the end of the day, however, the best way to increase diversity at these schools is to ensure that every student goes to a great elementary and middle school.” Is this enough? Click here to read more.
Statistics indicate that it may be more difficult to make a living as an artist if you are a person of color. We say the heck with stats and pursue your dreams, but it doesn’t hurt to arm yourself with info to help you get there. Click here to read more.