What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was a prisoner of war | History the Slaveholders Wanted Us to Forget | Teaching Civics | Are you sick?

excerpt: That same year, the Department of Justice slapped the Trump Organization with a major discrimination suit for violating the Fair Housing Act.

“The Government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color,”’ according to the New York Times. “It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.”

Trump at first resisted signing a consent decree, according to the Times.

He hired his friend, Roy Cohn, the lawyer and former right-hand man to U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. “Mr. Trump said he would not sign such a decree because it would be unfair to his other tenants,” the Times reported. “He also said that if he allowed welfare clients into his apartments … there would be a massive fleeing from the city of not only our tenants but the communities as a whole.”

But ultimately the company came to terms with the government. Trump would weather the scandal, of course, and go on to build his fortune to its present day tally of $4 billion.

Source: What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was a prisoner of war – The Washington Post



Kozol has long warned us about what’s lost when opportunities for learning mutual understanding disappear through resegregation. By most measures, our public schools today are more racially segregated than they were shortly after Brown v. Board of Education was decided, according to the Century Foundation, and white children are growing up in incredibly homogeneous environments: The average white kid goes to a school where 77 percent of students are white, and she is less likely than a student of color to interact with students from different racial or ethnic backgrounds.

READ: Why Teaching Civics in America’s Classrooms Must Be a Trump-Era Priority | Mother Jones



How to read the news –> Some teachers and schools are adding lessons on news literacy to students’ civics lessons, and one state might even make it a standard part of the grade 7 through 12 curriculum. “It hasn’t been a difficult topic to teach in terms of material because there’s so much going on out there,” Pat Winters Lauro, a professor at New Jersey’s Kean University, tells the AP, “but it’s difficult in terms of politics because we have such a divided country and the students are divided, too, on their beliefs. I’m afraid sometimes that they think I’m being political when really I’m just talking about journalistic standards for facts and verification, and they look at it like ‘Oh, you’re anti-this or -that.’”

No worries if you’re not in school. We also have a series, written by news literacy expert Michael Spikes, to help you make sense of the news.

Trump’s Use of “Pocahontas” blatant act of racism

Published February 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – The following statement was released by a newly formed group called Indigenous Women Rise following President Trump referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas during a meeting at the White House last Thursday:
President Trump recently resurrected his racist ‘nickname’ for Senator Elizabeth Warren, referring to her as “Pocahontas”.  Reducing Native and Indigenous women and girls to one word, one name – Pocahontas – is a blatant act of racism. Reducing any group of people to a single descriptor deploys a racist trope that creates a subhuman mindset toward them, making it easy to dismiss their rights and voice.
As Indigenous women, we understand the harms of a colonial legacy that perpetuates and normalizes racism directed at Native and Indigenous women and girls. Indigenous communities have been historically stricken with harmful stereotypes, often reducing us to subhuman caricatures. However, as Indigenous Women we Rise to say, “Enough is enough!”
These stereotypes make it easy for the government and people to overlook when our women and girls start to go missing. They make it easy to overlook when our youth suicide rates are some of the highest in the nation. An international study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) shows that Indigenous girls, adolescents and young women face a higher prevalence of violence, labor exploitation, and harassment, and are more vulnerable to sexual violence than any other group of women. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime while more than 1 in 3 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in the past year. In Canada, Indigenous women are almost three times more likely to be killed by a stranger than non-Indigenous women. Suicide is the second leading cause of death and 2.5 times the national rate for American Indian/Alaskan Native youth in the 15-24 age group.
In January of 2017, the Indigenous Women Rise (IWR) collective was formed. We are made up of strong Indigenous women leaders from across the United States who stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, our families and our communities. We are women who have real names, history and an ancestry in this land that deserves respect. The IWR collective marched together in the Women’s March on D.C. We marched to raise awareness of violence against the earth, access to health care, and violence against women. We joined together to show the world that we are still here, still resilient, and still strong.

President Trump’s bullying and name-calling of Senator Elizabeth Warren is deplorable and we demand an apology to Native and Indigenous Peoples.      


READ: Indigenous Women Rise: In Response to Trump’s Use of “Pocahontas” – Native News Online