Race Ethnicity & Culture

2:29am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

Six Words: Ask Who I Am, Not What

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 7:46 am

A submission to the Race Card Project, which asks people to describe their experience with race in six words.
Cliff Owen AP

This month NPR begins a series of occasional conversations about The Race Card Project, where people can submit their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Thousands of people have shared their six-word stories and every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into the trove of six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.

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11:24am

Mon February 25, 2013
The Two-Way

No More 'Negro' For Census Bureau Forms And Surveys

Question 9 on the first page of the 2010 Census form. After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in its surveys. Instead of the term, which was popularized during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use "black" or "African-American."
Carolyn Kaster AP

The Census Bureau announced Monday that it would drop the word "Negro" from its forms, after some described it as offensive. According to the Associated Press, the term will be replaced next year by black or African-American. From the AP:

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7:40am

Mon February 18, 2013
Series: Losing Ground

Proposal At The Capitol To Create Commision On Racial And Ethnic Inequality

Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Denver and Rep. Angela Williams, D-Thorton, plan to introduce a measure which would create a commission to take a detailed look at specific areas where racial and ethnic minorities lag in Colorado
Joe Mahoney The I-News Network

Two Colorado lawmakers plan to push for a comprehensive examination of racial and ethnic inequality in the state as a precursor to future legislation aimed at closing some of the gaps that separate Latinos and African-Americans from whites.

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2:45pm

Sat February 16, 2013
The Spotlight

Say it Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity

Malcolm X at a 1964 press conference
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division ID cph.3c11166

The sound of James Brown’s raw and soulful voice rumbles through the speaker, carrying on it the words “Say it Loud!” The call & response is followed by the roaring audience: “I’m Black and I’m proud!”

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3:41pm

Sun February 10, 2013
The Two-Way

California State University Seeks Black Students From The Pews

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 12:25 pm

Students stand in the back row of a filled chemistry class at the California State University East Bay in Hayward, Calif., in September 2009. Officials from the Cal State system are seeking new prospective African-American students in church pews.
Eric Risberg AP

At church on Sundays, African-American students are hearing a possibly unexpected pitch alongside the familiar sermon: Come to Cal State University.

Officials from the California State University system have been pioneering a program of seeking new prospective African-American students in church pews — a program that's serving as a model for similar efforts elsewhere.

Blacks make up about 6.6 percent of California's population, according to 2011 census data. Jorge Haynes, a Cal State spokesman, said the university system's African-American population is 5 percent.

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