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Race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and beyond. Seeking inclusion for every identity in the Americas.
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Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple With Racial Tension

Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple With Racial Tension | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Racial tensions are playing out in new ways on college campuses nationwide, like the University of Michigan, which has seen a sharp decline in black undergraduate enrollment.
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Gangs from Central America on the rise in Mexico: Report

Gangs from Central America on the rise in Mexico: Report | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
A new report out of Mexico details the growing links between Central American Maras and the nation's main criminal groups, highlighting more cross-border gang activity.
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Should Felons Lose the Right to Vote?

Should Felons Lose the Right to Vote? | The Colors of America | Scoop.it

"Is citizenship a luxury when poverty itself is treated as a crime?"

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This article raises a lot of troubling questions without easy answers.

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The Real Duck Dynasty Scandal: Phil Robertson's Comments on Race

The Real Duck Dynasty Scandal: Phil Robertson's Comments on Race | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
His comments about gays are offensive, but his vision of the Jim Crow South is shocking—and his conservative defenders and liberal assailants are mostly ignoring it.
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I don't watch the show, but this analysis is worth reading regardless.

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Do Indians Make Better Cowboys Than Cowboys?

Do Indians Make Better Cowboys Than Cowboys? | The Colors of America | Scoop.it

"Cowboys are the coolest, Indian cowboys especially,” said Freddy Heathershaw, a former judge for INFR from South Dakota. “They are the coolest mother*ckers goin’ down the road, man.”

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When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools

When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Many parents of color send their children to exclusive, predominantly-white schools in an attempt to give their kids a "ticket to upward mobility." But these well-resourced institutions can fall short at nurturing minority students emotionally and...
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"If I was white I'd be better off." And other startling reactions for kids who must navigate the complex cultural transition of attending an elite private school. What do parents and the schools need to do in order to nurture their students?

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Native American travels across U.S. photographing citizens of tribal nations

Native American travels across U.S. photographing citizens of tribal nations | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
She sleeps on couches, dines with strangers and lives out of her car. Still, Matika Wilbur does it for the art and for the people. Wilbur is Native American.
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Native Author Gyasi Ross Talks Cultural Preservation - COLORLINES

Native Author Gyasi Ross Talks Cultural Preservation - COLORLINES | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
The author of “How to Say I Love You in Indian” also shares his vision for Natives’ future
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Literature is a door into other cultures, and this is one I want to walk through. Sounds like a great read!

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Alabama Agrees To Permanently Gut Immigration Law

Alabama Agrees To Permanently Gut Immigration Law | The Colors of America | Scoop.it

"Widely considered the toughest immigration law in the U.S. when it took effect in 2011, the measure known as HB 56 was challenged soon after it was approved. Its opponents included the U.S. Justice Department, a coalition of civil rights groups, and religious groups."

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White Flight's Surprising 'Silver Lining'

White Flight's Surprising 'Silver Lining' | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
The historic exodus of whites from American cities helped boost black homeownership nationwide.
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Something I had never considered...

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A Traditional Wedding Brings The Polish Highlands To Chicago

A Traditional Wedding Brings The Polish Highlands To Chicago | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
As the festivities began, the bride's anxious father made room for horses and wooden carriages.
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The Changing Face of America

The Changing Face of America | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
We’ve become a country where race is no longer so black or white.

Via Dianne Hofner Saphiere
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Celebrating who we REALLY are.

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Dianne Hofner Saphiere's curator insight, September 26, 2013 3:57 PM

About time race is more publicly acknowledged as bogus. Ethnicity and race-related cultures, yes. Biological race, come on.... Interesting article by Nat Geo.

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'Mixed Kids Are Always So Beautiful'

'Mixed Kids Are Always So Beautiful' | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
I don’t want my daughters to believe that it is their white half that makes them attractive, or that they owe anyone an answer to the question “What are you, exactly?”
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This isn't happening to me ... yet. One day, we'll have kids.

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Law Enforcement Agencies Vary On Tracking Race In Traffic Stops

Law Enforcement Agencies Vary On Tracking Race In Traffic Stops | The Colors of America | Scoop.it

"The Phoenix Police Department is one of the top ten departments that does not have a policy to track the race of the people they stop."

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Why Teachers of Color Quit

Why Teachers of Color Quit | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Low pay and high stress drive black and Latino teachers to leave the profession at higher rates than their white peers.
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Entertainment Industry Mourns Loss Of Groundbreaking Native American Comedian

Entertainment Industry Mourns Loss Of Groundbreaking Native American Comedian | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Charlie Hill, a pioneering Native American comedian, died on Dec. 30.
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School Leaders Try To Do More With Less

School Leaders Try To Do More With Less | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Poor students now make up a majority of kids in public schools in the west. That’s according to a recent study from the Southern Education Foundation.
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The Cost Of Tradition: Holding On To Quinceañeras In The US

The Cost Of Tradition: Holding On To Quinceañeras In The US | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
‪Waves of Latino immigrants have introduced the quinceañera or "Sweet 15" into the American mainstream. It's often a glitzy affair with rituals to mark a girls transition into womanhood.
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Sexism a problem in Silicon Valley, critics say

Sexism a problem in Silicon Valley, critics say | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — Speaking before a gathering of women in technology, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recalled an uncomfortable exchange with two men on a different stage discussing the scarcity of women in the industry.
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Silicon Valley's problems with gender equality matter because it presents itself as a paragon of progressive values, meritocracy, and egalitarianism that the rest of the country should model. So what's not working?

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Who Belongs to the Lower Middle Class, and Why Does It Matter?

Who Belongs to the Lower Middle Class, and Why Does It Matter? | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Five charts that help to reframe how we think about the people who access government benefits.
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According to these parameters, me and many people I know either are, or have been, or will be in the lower middle class. So who are we talking about? And what does it mean for policy?

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Indigenous women in Latin America remain invisible to society, warns UN

Indigenous women in Latin America remain invisible to society, warns UN | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Urgent action needed to close 'unacceptable gaps' in access to work and education across Latin America and Caribbean
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One Roof, Many Generations: Redefining The Single-Family Home

One Roof, Many Generations: Redefining The Single-Family Home | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
A post-recession demand for bigger houses is partly due to boomerang kids and aging parents.
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I'm including this article because it highlights the trend of the multigenerational household. I wish it had taken a more inclusive and comprehensive look at how changing demographics and priorities are fueling this change (multigenerational living has remained common outside of European America, for example). It's hardly just a fad for the elite.

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How Columbus Sailed Into U.S. History, Thanks To Italians

How Columbus Sailed Into U.S. History, Thanks To Italians | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Christopher Columbus became the face of a celebration of Italian heritage, amid discrimination.
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A story of contested identity and history.

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Where Even the Middle Class Can't Afford to Live Any More

Where Even the Middle Class Can't Afford to Live Any More | The Colors of America | Scoop.it
Some startling math from the country's most expensive cities.
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On Miley Cyrus, Ratchet Culture and Accessorizing With Black People

A lesson from Miley Cyrus's new video: If you want to look "cool" and "edgy" and "tough," just steal the styles and dance moves of black people.
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This article really made me think, and I'd like to know what my colleague's reactions are, too.

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