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Separate but Equal

Schools With Large Concentrations of Poverty Can Be High-Performing, But Not Because They Concentrate Poverty

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.29.2017 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I recently learned that my work has been used as justification by school officials who advocate deliberately concentrating poverty in a few schools. ...

Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.21.2017 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This sort of inaction by lawmakers makes it increasingly unsafe and difficult for our transgender denizens.

I Question Whether We Have Learned 'Citizenship' in Our Generation

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.19.2016 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

The story of the Groveland Four troubles me for many reasons, including Groveland's proximity to UCF. Groveland and the Groveland Four are neither geographically nor temporally close to UCF. This case provides rich material upon which to reflect and ponder racial injustice in its many forms.

Live, Learn -- and Let Live

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

It is a fact that the story of America cannot be truthfully told without the story of people of African descent. If we are going to close the gap and confront racism, we need to learn and understand others' history and way of life.

'Will You Pairy Me?'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Utah State Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City) is proposing innovative legislation in his state: "I have come up with a word we probably can use and see if the courts will accept. ... [T]he same-sex legal relationship between partners is called pairage. The legal relationship between opposite sex partners is called marriage." Mr. Powell is really onto something here.

SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Manners Matter

Soul Dancer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Soul Dancer

As an out gay monk, reverend and private-practice counselor/social worker, I daily witness the impact of Windsor v. United States.

On Brown's Birthday, A Return to the Table of Brotherhood

Becky O’Neill | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
Becky O’Neill

Sixty years later, we must ask the question: Does the pursuit of school integration have a place on our 21st century agenda? For many, the short answer is no.

Gay Monk's Open Letter to the Supreme Court of the United States

Soul Dancer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Soul Dancer

As we approach the Supreme Court of the Unites States (SCOTUS) one-year anniversary of Windsor v. United States ruling, do we celebrate or mourn this ...

U.S. Racial Gap Widens, Prospects for Reconciliation dim

David Briggs | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a "separate but equal" doctrine that reinforced segregation, almost a quarter of Americans say it is okay to have a nation where the races are separate as long as they have equal opportunities.

Daddy and Me, Trayvon and 'The Talk'

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Roger Witherspoon

The Talk isn't about teaching black boys how to act or, more precisely, how to grovel before whites with guns. The purpose of The Talk is to lift a veil of innocence from the eyes of black boys so they can recognize a danger when it appears.

The NYC DOE Needs an A-Team

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

The way to make genuine change in a system that is failing hundreds of thousands of children is to revitalize the weakest schools.

Three Lessons From Brown v. Board Of Education

Eva Paterson | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Eva Paterson

As we mark the 57th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, we want to highlight three lessons we have learned from this monumental and hard-fought victory.

When 'Failing' Schools Close and Whiter, Brighter Schools Open

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

The matter of school closings is complex and polarizing. Evidence suggests the only solution to the problem of "failing" (DOE speak for "black and Latino") schools is to open new, small schools.

How Separate Might Yet Be Made Equal at Millennium High School in Brooklyn

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

The co-location of Millennium Brooklyn in the John Jay building is insult heaped onto years of cumulative injury. Prejudice is never more pernicious than when it imperils the education of children.

Separate but Equal: Gen. Conway's Housing Project and the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell

Ian Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Moss

General James Conway's comments last week are illustrative of a push to create a second-class status for gay troops once DADT is repealed.

The Last Legitimate Bastion of "Separate but Equal"

Andrei Markovits | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrei Markovits

Title IX's empowering legacy is nothing short of transformative, indeed revolutionary. And yet, its empowering legacy merely aspired to a situation of "separate but equal" in the culturally crucial world of sports.

Do We Want to Be Right, or Have Rights?

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

What makes civil unions at present unequal is not their separateness but the host of federal benefits conferred by marriage that even the best state domestic partnerships can't accord.

Obama's Marriage Position Sounds Eerily Familiar

Lane Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lane Hudson

Same rights, different name. Same rights, different vehicle. Same rights, delivered in a different way. Same rights, but....

Premature Emancipation? A Pragmatist's View of the Gay Marriage Struggle

Gary Cohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Cohan

Civil rights are not won in the war zone of national elections or State referenda but, rather, in a series of small but important evolutionary steps.