Mixing It Up

A closer look at cultural diversity

Trial for black woman in Jewish cemetery begins

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The trial has started regarding the black woman buried in a Jewish cemetery in Colchester, Conn. WFSB reported. A 72-year-old Jewish white woman filed a lawsuit against the Congregation Ahavath Achim Cemetery because it allowed a non-Jewish black woman to be buried there. The black woman is buried in the interfaith section of the cemetery. But […] [Read More]
Categories: General

See you soon Danbury!

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Last week was my last week at The News-Times in Danbury. I am now a reporter for The Connecticut Post in Bridgeport. However, despite my move, this blog will still be available to you on both the News-Times and Connecticut Post websites. You can also visit directly at http://blog.ctnews.com/mixingitup. I love new beginnings, but I don’t like […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Things to Do

My brush with a Civil Rights pioneer

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I met Andrew Young, a former politician and Civil Rights activist, at the Georgia Aquarium Thursday. He was on a panel with other public figures, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, photographer Anne Geddes, and CDC official Anne Schuchat. They were discussing their views on vaccinations. He was kind enough to take a picture with me, […] [Read More]

Thousands seek justice for Trayvon Martin

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Nearly 600,000 people across the country have signed a petition for justice regarding the killing of Trayvon Martin. About three weeks ago Trayvon Martin, 17, was returning to his dad’s fiancee’s house in Sanford, Florida, after buying Skittles and iced tea at a nearby store, several media outlets reported.  It was the last trip he would […] [Read More]

Did you learn anything during Black History Month?

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A friend just emailed the video below to me. I was disappointed when I heard these college students’ responses, but then again after watching Jay Leno’s show and seeing that people don’t even know who the vice-president is, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Hopefully you learned something during Black History Month and know the […] [Read More]

Indian boarding schools brainwashed students

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I just learned about this award-winning documentary, “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School.” I haven’t watched it yet, so I don’t know if it’s good, but it sounds interesting. Here is a description: “‘Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School’ uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy which took Indian children […] [Read More]

NAACP Image Awards Celebrity Sightings

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I went to a viewing event for the NAACP Image Awards in Newark at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Friday. At the event, Roslyn Brock, the NAACP chairman, and A. Barry Rand, the CEO of AARP, presented Cathy Hughes with the 2012 Chairman’s Award. Cathy Hughes is the first and only African-American woman […] [Read More]

Was Planned Parenthood’s founder a racist?

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Yes. Planned Parenthood confirmed today that the organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, made very racist statements. Many sources say that Sanger said white people were superior to people of other races and that she supported abortions on black people in order to eliminate “socially undesirable people.” Sanger worked with black doctors, nurses, clergy, journalists and other […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Please don’t let him be Black…

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When I hear that a suicide bomber, a serial killer, or a home invader has committed one of their heinous crimes, sometimes I think to myself, “I hope they weren’t Black.” It’s not that their Blackness would make the crime any less horrible, but Black people have enough negative stereotypes associated with them, and we […] [Read More]
Categories: General, Race Relations

East Haven Mayor’s newest comments on Latinos

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Matt DeRienzo, the editor of the Journal Register, highlights some more interesting comments from East Haven Mayor Joseph Matruo, Jr. in a column today. When asked why he picked a Puerto Rican man to serve as the only Latino on an advisory board after the arrest of four town officers by the FBI last week […] [Read More]
Categories: General