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racism

Recently Noted – “Making Affirmative Action White Again”

Ira Katznelson (see my earlier post “Affirmative Action for Whites – began in the 1930s“) wrote a brief opinion piece in the 8/13/2017 NYTimes, “Making Affirmative Action White Again” (“Who Really Got Hand Outs” in the paper edition) that encapsulates the real history of affirmative action for whites. It reminds --->> read more -->>
books

Creating Segregated America in the 20th Century – Government in Action

Creating Segregated America in the 20th Century – Government in Action Today, more than 50 years after the much lauded 1960s era Civil Rights Acts legislated the end of segregation in housing and education, this country is as segregated as ever. The official explanation is that this is de facto --->> read more -->>
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Slavery in Hudson and Columbia Cty NY

It is doubtless a fact that most Northerners, including the writer, think that slavery in America was a Southern problem. In the North slavery was an occasional institution, or so we think. A week ago on Thursday 6/8/17 I attended a program at the library, “Abolition and Women’s Rights in --->> read more -->>
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politics

Gay Marriage – how did this transformation occur?

Yesterday’s defacto legalization of gay marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court  is a wonderful development. It appears certain that this non action by the court will cascade to all fifty states fairly quickly. This raises the question of why American public opinion has changed so radically in the last 15 --->> read more -->>
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The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson’s book, The Warmth of Other Suns – the epic story of America’s great migration, creates  whole new planes of awareness of our history. This book startled me to a new understanding of how encompassing and pervasive the Jim Crow laws and social rules of the South really were. --->> read more -->>