Mixing It Up

A closer look at cultural diversity

Intermarriages are on the rise

Back in the 1970s, Gladys Cooper only knew of one interracial couple living in Greater Danbury, now she sees many more, she said recently. Cooper, Danbury’s Board of Education chairman, told me this when I was interviewed her for an article I wrote regarding race relations in 1960s, 70s, and 80s in Danbury. Now, more […] [Read More]

Did you learn anything during Black History Month?

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

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]

ESPN writer fired for racist headline

After the New York Knicks lost a basketball game to the New Orleans Hornets Friday night, an ESPN writer titled his story “Chink in the Armor.” Chink is a derogatory word used for Asians. The writer was making fun of Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American player who has led the Knicks to multiple wins in the […] [Read More]

Lack of diversity on Main Street Partnership

People have been asking me why there aren’t any African-Americans on the Main Street Partnership in Danbury, CT. So I gave Mayor Mark Boughton a call to get the answer. Boughton said he didn’t really look at skin color when appointing people to the group, which is responsible for planning the revitalization of the city. […] [Read More]

Hanes ordered to pay $650K in discrimination case

An African-American man recently won $650,000 in a racial discrimination case against Hanes. Yunusa Kenchi, a former employee of the popular underwear company, experienced racial discrimination several times in the 1.5 years that he worked there, said Patrick Boyd, of The Boyd Law Group, PLLC. In one event, someone walked up to Kenchi in his New York […] [Read More]

Should there be a White History Month?

Is there a need for a White History Month? The purpose of Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage month is not to exclude anyone, but to celebrate those who have been excluded historically. White Americans have not historically been excluded – but have been doing the exluding. (i.e. Whites only admission at public locations, Jim Crow […] [Read More]

Please don’t let him be Black…

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