October 1, 2004 In the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, commentator and Chicago educator Ray -- sometimes Raymundo -- Salazar speaks to the pride he feels for his roots, his Spanish language, and his own name, which itself sometimes fosters confusion.
October 1, 2004 Hundreds in New York City plan to attend weekend ceremonies commemorating the contributions of enslaved Africans to the birth of the United States. There is still controversy surrounding a site where as many as 20,000 African men, women and children were laid to rest in the 1700s. Hear NPR's Allison Keyes.
October 1, 2004 Following up a segment in which we debated the importance of a report on widespread racial profiling, NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), chief sponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2004.
September 30, 2004 NPR's Michelle Kelemen reports on a recent visit by the head of USAID, America's international aid agency, to the Darfur region of Sudan. Andrew Natsios predicts that the crisis will continue, in part because of the Sudanese government's complicity in ethnic violence.
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September 30, 2004 The Senate Indian Affairs Committee grilled a lobbyist, who, with his business partner, collected millions of dollars in fees from tribes operating casinos. Jack Abramoff, who has close ties to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination as senators read back e-mails where Abramoff made insulting and racist remarks about Native Americans. NPR's John Ydstie reports.
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September 28, 2004 Latin jazz pianist and bandleader Eddie Palmieri chats with NPR's Tony Cox about his long career, his most recent album, Ritmo Caliente, and why he wanted to play the piano.
September 28, 2004 Students can now apply to 33 historically black colleges or universities by using one application and paying one fee. The so-called "Black College Common Application" is the brainchild of Robert Mason, president of E.D.U, Inc. He speaks with NPR's Tavis Smiley. Also weighing in is Cheryl Mason, director of guidance for the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts.
September 28, 2004 Commentator Kimberle Williams Crenshaw recently spent time in Brazil, Latin America's largest country and home to 80 million people of African descent. She marveled at the nation's rich cultural tapestry, but she also observed color-based discrimination. In part two of her commentary, Crenshaw explores the myth of racial democracy in Brazil.
September 28, 2004 In Atlanta, 14 percent of African-American men cannot vote because they are imprisoned, on probation or on parole, according to a new study. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Ryan King of the Sentencing Project and with Carl Route of the National Association of Previous Prisoners.
September 28, 2004 Residents of historic Deerfield, Mass., are deciding whether to revise a series of 200-year-old monuments that refer to Native Americans who raided their community as "savages." Some want to make the language less offensive; others argue the monuments themselves are historically important. Pippin Ross reports.
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September 27, 2004 Essayist Joseph C. Phillips says an overhauling of our current Social Security system can be of enormous benefit for African Americans aiming at those twilight years.
September 24, 2004 Commentator Kimberle Williams Crenshaw spent some time recently in Latin America's largest country, Brazil. She danced and marveled at the country's rich cultural tapestry, but she also observed color-based discrimination. In the first of two reports, NPR's Tavis Smiley and Crenshaw explore the "myth of racial democracy" in Brazil.
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September 23, 2004 Commentator John McWhorter just started reading New Yorker magazine. He was surprised to find that most of the cartoons depict white New Yorkers while modern day Manhattan is a place full of people of color.
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September 22, 2004 Two new studies show that state laws that prevent felons from voting are having a dramatic effect on voting in minority areas. In Atlanta, Ga., one out of every seven black men cannot vote due to felony convictions. Josh Levs reports.
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September 22, 2004 A "white power" group will set up a booth at the Mississippi State Fair next month so that visitors can shake hands with a key suspect in the Ku Klux Klan's 1964 murders of three civil rights workers. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with the Nationalist Movement's Richard Barrett, who's arranging for fair-goers to meet the now-infamous "preacher" Edgar Ray Killen. Smiley also gets reaction from Leroy Clemons, the co-chair of a multi-racial group hoping to find justice in Philadelphia, Miss. where the murders occurred.
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