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May 29th, 2014
thesmithian

In…Detroit in the 1940s, with its free-spending, predominantly white working class, and its bone-chilling winters, bowling provided a year-round getaway from war work, a way to recreate and socialize right in the neighborhood. But it was a segregated oasis, one that barred black Detroiters from almost all the best lanes. And with trainloads of black Southerners coming to town seeking newfound prosperity and social equality, the game of ten-pin began to symbolize equality in a way that’s hard to understand today.

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May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

…the Census Bureau has already declared Milwaukee the most racially segregated metro in the country—yes, even more than Detroit or Chicago—and…it’s in the running for most politically segregated as well.

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…the Census Bureau has already declared Milwaukee the most racially segregated metro in the country—yes, even more than Detroit or Chicago—and…it’s in the running for most politically segregated as well.

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April 19th, 2014
thesmithian

To speak of diversity, in light of this country’s history of racial recidivism, is to focus on bringing ethnic variety to largely white institutions, rather than dismantling the structures that made them so white to begin with. And so, sixty years after Brown, it is clear that the notion of segregation as a discrete phenomenon, an evil that could be flipped, like a switch, from on to off, by judicial edict, was deeply naïve…For the tragedy of this moment is not that black students still go to overwhelmingly black schools, long after segregation was banished by law, but that they do so for so many of the same reasons as in the days before Brown.

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To speak of diversity, in light of this country’s history of racial recidivism, is to focus on bringing ethnic variety to largely white institutions, rather than dismantling the structures that made them so white to begin with. And so, sixty years after Brown, it is clear that the notion of segregation as a discrete phenomenon, an evil that could be flipped, like a switch, from on to off, by judicial edict, was deeply naïve…For the tragedy of this moment is not that black students still go to overwhelmingly black schools, long after segregation was banished by law, but that they do so for so many of the same reasons as in the days before Brown.

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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

'We've persuaded ourselves that residential isolation of low-income black children is only de facto—the accident of economic circumstance, personal preference, and private discrimination. Unless we relearn how residential segregation is de jure—racially motivated public policy—we can't remedy school segregation that flows from neighborhood isolation.'

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February 20th, 2014
thesmithian

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas…Whenever he opens his mouth about race, he displays a surprising myopia for a 65-year-old African American man who was raised in the Deep South during a segregated era.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas…Whenever he opens his mouth about race, he displays a surprising myopia for a 65-year-old African American man who was raised in the Deep South during a segregated era.

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January 28th, 2014
thesmithian

On Jan 28 1963…Harvey Gantt enrolled at Clemson College, becoming the first African American accepted to a white school in South Carolina.

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January 13th, 2014
thesmithian
This legacy of segregation still hovers over the black consumer’s relationship with Hollywood. People are quick to tell us not to take award-show snubs personally. They insist that awards are empty honors bestowed by folks who have little stake in the emotional response films evoke in their viewers. During awards season, ‘Stop waiting for the white man’s validation’ is a common refrain in some black circles. But that’s easier said than done when we know just how long we’ve been padding Tinseltown’s coffers with our hard-earned cash, even when we had to subject ourselves to skulking into theaters through service entrances to see films where people who looked like us were rarely featured at all.
November 21st, 2013
thesmithian

…it’s more challenging for Americans to take uncomplicated pleasure in watching young men, many of whom grew up in poverty, play a sport they‘re not sure they want their own sons to pursue. It has been the American way to tolerate our moral misgivings about the public institutions that define us, from Southern segregation to drunk driving. Then, sometimes abruptly, the queasy reservations veer into disgust and rejection.

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November 2nd, 2013
thesmithian
…the United States has large-scale changes in the composition of our population and we need to take them seriously to address the problems of segregation.
October 24th, 2013
thesmithian

'Research on segregation tends to focus on where people live, as in their actual homes. But such residence-based study undervalues the segregation that happens outside the home. Interactions that carry real social weight tend to happen when we’re working, shopping, playing sports or going for a meal…'

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September 27th, 2013
thesmithian

"This is the first book," Freedman [says], "to look at the long history of rape throughout the United States, from the colonial period to the present, and to place politics at the center of the story."

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"This is the first book," Freedman [says], "to look at the long history of rape throughout the United States, from the colonial period to the present, and to place politics at the center of the story."

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September 25th, 2013
thesmithian

…Evers was a WWII Army veteran and fought in the Battle of Normandy…he earned his…degree and became a civil rights activist…Floyd McKissick was also a WWII Army veteran…After the War, he graduated from Morehouse and later became the first African American student at the UNC at Chapel Hill’s Law School. In ‘66, McKissick became the leader of CORE. Two African American members of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Conyers and Charles Rangel, are Korean War veterans. Conyers has been…representing a district in Detroit and serves on the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties…Rangel, a native New Yorker…received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star…The U.S. military, and specifically our nation’s involvement in the Korean War, was the beginning of the end of institutionalized segregation in America…

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September 14th, 2013
thesmithian
Are we really not going to talk about the black girl?

Alpha Gamma Delta member Melanie Gotz during her chapter’s sorority recruitment

August 28th, 2013
thesmithian

'Merrill Lynch has agreed to pay $160m to settle a class-action race discrimination lawsuit brought by a longtime US employee…More than 1,200 current and former Merrill Lynch employees could be eligible to take part in the settlement…one of the largest sums obtained from an employer in a race bias lawsuit…'

Lead plaintiff George McReynolds, a black broker who has worked for Merrill Lynch for 30 years, sued his employer, saying it had a segregated workforce, including policies that steered black brokers into clerical positions and reassigned their accounts to white workers.

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