Good Readin’

I have read some interesting, encouraging and thought-provoking articles in the past couple week’s edition’s of Rise Up and the Root I also tagged on in from Diversity Inc.) I thought I would pass them on to ya’ll

College Kumbaya

At my private, predominantly white high school, I was one of eight African-American students in my graduating class. After that, the idea of being in an all-black academic setting seemed overwhelming. I would have to go from one end of the racial spectrum to the other, and after four years of all-white, all the time, I was tired of extremes.

Is Bobby Jindal Indian Enough?

. . . the more press Jindal gets, the more he becomes the subject of fierce debate among Indian Americans questioning if he’s “Indian enough.” Politics aside, the dialogue sounds an awful lot like the growing pains the black community struggled with for generations and still struggles with in many ways. In Indian communities around the country, the pressing questions bubble quickly to the surface. Is it enough to have “one of our own” in a position of power?

What’s Wrong With The A Word?

Articulate. On its own, the word means nothing more than its Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of “divided into syllables,” or “words meaningfully arranged” or “able to speak.” But when the word is used to describe a black person, it tends to carry an entirely different connotation.

The Housing Crisis: Blacks & Latinos Targeted

Imagine receiving a call from a mortgage company promising you a lower monthly mortgage payment if you refinance. But you may need to pay a slightly higher amount for a few months prior to the lower rate taking effect.

Sounds good, right?

That’s what millions of Americans thought too–especially Black and Latino homeowners, many of whom were first-time buyers.

A True Compassionate Conservative

On Feb. 8, 1942, two months and a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 13-year-old Herbert Inouye, his mother, his brother and three others shoved as much of their lives as they could into a car, a truck and a pick-up and left their homes in Los Angeles. The county sheriff had quietly warned them they needed to get out of California as quickly as possible. There were rumors of camps being built. Soon Japanese-Americans like them would be rounded up and sent to live behind barbed wire.

On the Edge

A thick red Oriental rug lies on the living floor of Ernestine Slaughter’s row house on the corner of St. Mary’s and Tessier streets in Baltimore. Carved elephants and figurines from Africa line the windowsills. Eighty-two year old Slaughter, a retired high school teacher, answers the door wearing an apron printed with images of children in greens, reds and purples. Some of the children have brown faces and black hair, some white faces and blonde hair.

These will be a little more difficult to find because they are only available in PDF format. In order to find them you must open the file and then find the individual article.

Group 1 –

Racism and Mental Health: Is race a factor is the diagnoses and treatment of mental illness

Comedy Connection: Muslim Comics Build Bridges with Laughter

Recognizing the “American in African American”

Veiling – This was a humbling article that takes the differences we have in our cultures and unites the similarities that are present in those differences. This is a great read.

Group 2 –

Going Green: An inner-city community gets a fresh look at produce

Walking a Fine Line: Being bi-racial is sometimes a delicate balancing act

What are you? Racial identity is a complex mix of influences and chokes

No Jews Allowed: My first encounter with anti-Semitism

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