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Segregation 'Spite Wall' in Baltimore Torn Down

It was in place near historically Black university for more than 80 years

(Newser) - A so-called "spite wall" built to hold back the Black students of Baltimore's Morgan State University has finally been torn down after standing for 81 years—more than twice as long as the Berlin Wall. University president David Wilson watched a portion come down on Tuesday, WBAL reports....

Man Who Wouldn't Leave Train Car in 1892 Is Up for a Pardon
A Historical Wrong
Is Righted in Louisiana

A Historical Wrong Is Righted in Louisiana

Homer Plessy, who wouldn't leave whites-only train car in 1892, is pardoned

(Newser) - Update: Homer Plessy has been pardoned almost 130 years after he was arrested for violating a racist law in Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the formal pardon near the site where the Black man bought a ticket for a whites-only train car in 1892, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports....

Trump's Promise to Suburbanites Decried as Racist
Trump's Promise
to Suburbanites
Decried as Racist
the rundown

Trump's Promise to Suburbanites Decried as Racist

President says he'll protect them from low-income housing

(Newser) - Reaction was pouring in after President Trump on Wednesday promised those "living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream" that he would protect them from low-income housing being built in their neighborhoods. He first made the vow in a tweet , which he followed up with remarks during a visit to Texas. "...

Princeton to Pull President's Name From Policy School

Woodrow Wilson barred black students and spoke approvingly of the KKK

(Newser) - Princeton University has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name. University president Christopher Eisgruber said in a letter to the school...

Biden: 'Apologize for What?'
Biden: 'Apologize for What?'

Biden: 'Apologize for What?'

He says he 'detested' segregationist senators

(Newser) - Joe Biden is sticking to his guns amid heavy criticism for his remarks about working with Southern segregationist senators . Asked Wednesday if he was planning to apologize for his comments on the "civility" involved in working with the racist Democratic senators in the '70s and '80s, Biden...

Women Enter 1K-Year-Old Building for First Time

Mosque's wooden carvings, architecture have long enchanted its male worshippers

(Newser) - For the first time in its 1,000-year history, one of India's oldest mosques opened its doors to women. Thousands of Muslim women flocked to the religious site in Kerala on Sunday, reports the Times of India , making their way into the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid to view its historic...

Black Student Has to Change Schools Because of His Race

Thanks to a decades-old anti-segregation ruling

(Newser) - A black third-grader is being booted from his St. Louis school over the wording of a 30-year-old Missouri desegregation ruling, Fox News reports. Edmund Lee's family is moving from St. Louis to a new school district in the suburbs, but Lee wanted to stay at the Gateway Science Academy...

New Texas Texts: Slavery Was 'Side Issue' of Civil War

It was mainly states' rights that was war's impetus, per state education standards

(Newser) - About 5 million Texas schoolchildren will get their hands on brand-new social studies textbooks when school starts up again, the Houston Chronicle reports—textbooks that USA Today says are "misleading, racially prejudiced, and, at times, flat-out false." The beef with the new primers: They're in keeping with...

75% of White People Have Zero Minority Friends

Average white person with 100 friends has 1 black friend, survey notes

(Newser) - Three-quarters of white Americans lack any minority friends, a survey finds: Their social networks, according to the Public Religion Research Institute, are "entirely white." The average white person with 100 friends, meanwhile, would have a single black friend, a single Latino friend, one Asian friend, and one mixed-race...

Community Colleges Are a Segregated Mess
Community Colleges Are
a Segregated Mess

Community Colleges Are a Segregated Mess

Hamilton Nolan: Racial inequality is rampant, and we need to fix it

(Newser) - America's community colleges have big problems with segregation and racial inequality, according to two new studies noted by Inside Higher Ed . Consider that mostly white colleges average 85 students per staff, but mostly black ones average nearly 300. Think of it this way, suggests Hamilton Nolan at Gawker : These...

Georgia Teens Look to Dump Segregated Proms

 Georgia Teens 
 Look to Dump 
 Segregated Proms 

Georgia Teens Look to Dump Segregated Proms

Embarrassed students organize integrated dance

(Newser) - We're now well into 2013—but don't tell that to the citizens of Rochelle, Ga., who prefer to party like it's 1949 at racially segregated proms and homecoming dances. Four students at Wilcox County High School are now attempting to fight back against their town's "...

Strom Thurmond's Secret Daughter Dead at 87

Segregationist never publicly acknowledged mixed-race daughter

(Newser) - Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the mixed-race daughter of arch-segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond, has died at the age of 87. Her mother was a 16-year-old maid working for the Thurmond family in South Carolina when she was impregnated by the man who went on to serve 48 years in the Senate, where...

CNN Host Tricks Opponent of Women in Combat

... into agreeing with segregationist text

(Newser) - CNN host Soledad O'Brien pulled a fast one on noted gender equality foe Kingsley Browne, tricking the professor and author into agreeing with a 1941 quote supporting racial segregation in the military, in a clip spotted by Think Progress . The quote was:

Alabama Student Who Defied Segregation Dies

James Hood was one of two to stand up to George Wallace in 1963

(Newser) - One of the first black students who enrolled at the University of Alabama a half-century ago in defiance of racial segregation has died. James Hood of Gadsden was 70. Then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace made his infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" in a failed effort to prevent Hood and...

At La. School Reunion, a Party for 'White Grads Only'

But organizers say invitation wording is a mistake

(Newser) - The St. Martinville Senior High School Class of 1973 has somehow been holding segregated reunions for almost 40 years now, with black alums attending one event and white alums another. This year was originally to be the same way, until organizers ultimately decided to integrate. But the invite for the...

Gay Rights Group: NC Bill Just Like Segregation

Ads run as North Carolina considers gay marriage amendment

(Newser) - North Carolina already refuses to recognize same-sex unions, but a new amendment could go further, making sure that only traditional marriages are recognized—and a gay rights group is running a fairly shocking ad campaign against it. Images that recall segregation, like one featuring separate water fountains for straight and...

All-White Urban Neighborhoods 'Effectively Extinct'

But Manhattan Institute report finds that racial inequality persists

(Newser) - As America prepares to celebrate Black History Month, revelations both encouraging and discouraging from the Manhattan Institute: A report released yesterday finds that the segregation of blacks in America's cities has hit its lowest point since 1910, thanks in part to the rise of black suburbanization, changes in the...

Don't Forget: Women Made 'Red Tails' Possible
Don't Forget: Women Made 'Red Tails' Possible 
Skip Gates

Don't Forget: Women Made 'Red Tails' Possible

Skip Gates on how activist, pilot, first lady made Tuskegee Airmen possible

(Newser) - George Lucas' Red Tails is a "very important film," reminding us of the "often overlooked role of African Americans in World War II," Henry Louis "Skip" Gates writes in the Root . But what you sadly won't see in the movie are the three women...

Israeli Women Refuse to Move to the Back of the Bus

Women defiant as ultra-Orthodox men try to impose religious views

(Newser) - Calling Rosa Parks. Israeli women are refusing to move to the back of the bus despite pressure from Orthodox Jews who believe in the segregation of the sexes. An 18-year-old female soldier recently boarded a Jerusalem bus and was ordered by an ultra-Orthodox man to the back. "I said...

'White Only' Pool Sign Just 'Historical,' Landlord Says

Outraged tenant files civil rights complaint

(Newser) - An Ohio landlord says the "White Only" sign in front of a pool at a duplex she owns was just an antique, but a former tenant says her views on race also appear to be from 1930s Alabama. "We invited my daughter, who is African-American, to visit and...

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