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Promises Made and Finally Kept in Oklahoma

Promises Made and Finally Kept in Oklahoma

by Phyllis Raybin Emert The treatment of Native Americans since America’s founding has been riddled with betrayal and broken promises. In July 2020, with a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court held the U.S. to at least one of the promises it made to Native American...

More Than Meets the Eye in Cross-Racial IDs

More Than Meets the Eye in Cross-Racial IDs

by Michael Barbella Eyewitness testimony was often thought of as the best evidence in a criminal trial. Today, experts are learning it’s not so reliable, especially when the witness and the suspect are of different races. The concept is called cross-race effect, and...

Teaching Social Studies Without Bias

Teaching Social Studies Without Bias

by Maria Wood The material being taught in social studies class and how educators go about teaching it is currently a hot debate. Many scholars believe students aren’t getting a full and accurate picture of our nation’s history and fear that slavery in particular is...

Court Decisions Preserve DACA For Now

Court Decisions Preserve DACA For Now

by Maria Wood In 1875 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the regulation of immigration is a federal responsibility and in the 1880s Congress passed its first piece of immigration legislation, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The...

LGBTQ Community Makes Strides with Recent Ruling

LGBTQ Community Makes Strides with Recent Ruling

by Phyllis Raybin Emert LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning) rights in the United States have advanced over the past decades. Members of the LGBTQ community, however, still face discrimination that others do not. A recent U.S. Supreme Court...

Redlining Making a Comeback, But in Reverse

Redlining Making a Comeback, But in Reverse

by Michael Barbella There was a time in our nation’s history when it was hard for people of color, particularly African Americans, to buy homes. Mortgage lenders subjected minorities to the discriminatory, unethical and illegal practice of redlining, effectively...

Reform Efforts to Police the Police

Reform Efforts to Police the Police

by Michael Barbella Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Philando Castile. You may recognize the names. They have two things in common—all were killed at the hands of the police and they are all African American. Many more names could be added to the list....

White Supremacy Rises Across the Nation

White Supremacy Rises Across the Nation

by Jodi L. Miller The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) defines white supremacy as a term that characterizes an ideology, which goes beyond racism or bigotry. This ideology seems to be on the rise. Time Magazine reported that in June 2020 alone Facebook removed 190...

History Tells Us that Protests Can Bring Change

History Tells Us that Protests Can Bring Change

by Maria Wood The killing of George Floyd during an arrest by Minneapolis police in May 2020 ignited protests across the nation calling for police reform and an end to systemic racism. According to data from Civis Analytics, a data science firm, as many as 26 million...

Famous Protests That Made a Difference

Famous Protests That Made a Difference

The right to protest has deep roots in our nation. The United States was founded on it, and Americans hold the right dear. As the accompanying article mentioned, the Black Lives Matter protests have been the largest in our country’s history, with more than 1,300...