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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
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Richard Thompson Ford (“Moving Beyond Civil Rights,” Op-Ed, Oct. 28) asserts that “civil rights have barely made a dent in today’s most severe and persistent social injustices” and suggests that part of the problem is an inordinate focus on “individual injuries.” Although Mr. Ford rightly addresses the importance of tackling racial inequality, he articulates an artificially narrow view of the possibilities of civil rights litigation.
LaShonn Tomlinson always had dreams of becoming a Chicago firefighter, but while working at Amtrak's Union Station storage yard, those dreams often passed him by.
"For years, I would see the new candidates running down Canal Street, and I'd be wondering when it would be my turn," said Tomlinson, 38. "But I never got the call."
The call finally came Tuesday morning for Tomlinson and other hopefuls who, nearly two decades after suing the city for bias, have another shot at becoming firefighters.
Yesterday was the official dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial here in Washington. Some of you may have snuck away from this conference to be there. I was there. It was inspiring because the moral commitment of the civil rights movement is now center stage in at least part of our national culture. But it was also challenging because we have a long way to go. We are, I hope, past the absurd claim that we are
ABIGAIL FISHER, a white student, says she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race. She sued in Federal District Court in Austin, causing Judge Sam Sparks to spend time trying to make sense of a 2003 Supreme Court decision allowing racial preferences in higher education. “I’ve read it till I’m blue in the face,” Judge Sparks said in an early hearing in Ms.
Jacqueline A. Berrien has been the chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) since April 2010. A Harvard Law School graduate, Berrien practiced civil rights law for many years, assisted underrepresented groups as a program officer for the Ford Foundation, and came to the EEOC from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she served as associate director-counsel.