Unfortunately, both state and federal agencies have neglected to establish consistent standards for interpreters, allowing unlicensed and uncertified individuals to do great disservice to deaf citizens.
There's a question that's floating around social media that goes, "How did asking white people to pass background checks to buy a gun become more offensive than asking minorities to provide photo ID to vote?"
Unfortunately, we're a punitive culture, repeatedly enacting legislation based on emotion rather than reason, and turning a blind eye toward the reality that punishment alone rarely works to alter another's behavior (GTMO, anyone?). We love heroes and we love villains -- and we are rarely right about either.
At nine I realized it was a grave injustice for Nelson Mandela to be locked in prison for 27 years since he advocated for all who inhabited the land that his ancestors lived for centuries have the freedom and democracy that everyone deserves in their home country.
"I'm so sorry." Let me start with these three words. We've all been in this situation. Someone suffers a tragic loss, hardship, difficulty. In this m...
Now, as the music and story of John Wizards gets passed around the music world, this South African band will take their sound global.
School is the great equalizer, a place where those willing to work with concerted effort can realize hopes and dreams. Yet because of residential segregation and income inequality, school as "place" is at times a proxy for racism and classism.
As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and continue to mourn for Nelson Mandela this month, I'm reminded of the power of patience.
As the United States debates its global role in the post-Iraq and post-Afghanistan era and as new calls are made to narrow the wealth gap in the country it is important to revisit the ideas of the real Martin Luther King.
While the booing incident at Mandela's memorial service was not exactly a turning point for South Africa -- almost no one expects the ANC to lose in the upcoming elections -- it did expose the rest of the world to the souring state of South African politics in the most unflattering manner possible.
It is July 4, 1993 and I want to set down what happened today so I don't forget it. I went to the luncheon given for the President of the ANC and the President of South Africa by the City of Philadelphia at the Convention Center.
Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.
Chadwick brilliantly paints the struggle for freedom by black South Africans against the backdrop of the sweeping mountainous and beach terrains of South Africa while managing to stay away from hero worship in the film.
His commitment as a leader to South Africa's children was the extension of a principle that has governed leaders of traditional communities for generations: If the children are well, then all of us are well.
This past year taught me so much about the gospel and caused me to go deeper into my faith. As this new year begins, here are five spiritual resolutions I learned from last year.
A global icon, a legend, an inspiration. How do you make a movie about such a man? The first answer, looking back, is: slowly. We didn't know at the beginning that it would take the rest of Mandela's life, and that within days of the release of the finished film he would be dead.