Almost fifty years later historians and scholars look at the Kerner Commission Report as another reminder of how much is still unchanged and needs changing to make the promises of American democracy work for all. Division is not inevitable. When will we hear and heed and act?
Hardly any politician does not extol his or her commitment to unifying the country while lamenting, sometimes in extraordinarily harsh language, the divisive nature of his or her opponent.
For those of you filling out your systemic racism bingo cards, you've already got one point.
I can never ever understand what it is like to be black in America, can never know what it's like to be discriminated against or abused or pulled over and hassled, maybe even killed, just because of the color of my skin.
The killing will stop when segregation becomes a distant memory rather than a living fact.
The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."
The response to the conviction of rapist Brock Turner has spread across the internet like wildfire, and I have to commend the media and blogosphere ...
Even as there are numerous advantages in having as diverse a classrooms, for some learners benefit from culturally affirming environments and being surrounded by others who look like them.
Even in diverse schools we still have a long way to go to reduce the achievement gap and make sure upper level classes are as diverse as the larger school. However, research shows that having diverse schools in the first place is the only way to get there.
Can we all just take a deep breath? I'm speaking to many Democratic voters as well as the bulk of the mainstream media here, just to clarify. Because far too many seem to currently be going off the deep end. But from where I sit, this is an overreaction to a very short-term situation.
The problem is not new, but it has gone underground. After the wars over bussing in the 1970s and '80s, concern for school desegregation has been replaced with vague commitments to improve the schools attended by minority students.
Somehow, the seemingly simple act of selecting the best school district in which to live and educate your children merits considerably more examination when you're black.
As a child I hated not being allowed into the segregated library in my hometown. But I am honored and grateful that today the Marlboro County Public Library -- the Marian Wright Edelman Library in Bennettsville, SC -- provides a panoply of early childhood and adult literacy programs.
A Bloomberg report on Amazon Prime's delivery services showed that, in 27 metropolitan areas, same-day delivery is not an option for members living in some of the poorer and minority-concentrated, segregated neighborhoods.
Elections are inherently divisive, with deep contention portending for November, but ruptured personal relationships aren't the predestined outcome of differing political views. While the ballot box garners attention, groundwork for unification starts in our local communities.
I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.