We are in the year 2013 and it has now been the first time an integrated prom took place in a high school in Wilcox County. One wonders why this was not possible sooner after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Have a look at the following report from NBC:
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Thank you in advance and I am looking forward to the next intriguing discussion.
Under apartheid, racial zone plans were installed by the white elites, which segregated the city. The Group Areas Act, as an example for a new policy the white elite introduced, was “designed to minimalize interracial contact” (Simon 191). This led to an artificial division between the work place and the labourer’s households. What also stands out is the stratification of races and classes in such an apartheid city: The wealthy white elite lives furthest away from the poor black people. In between, as a kind of buffer, live the Indians and the Coloureds (see Davies’ apartheid city model).
Consequently, the transport system were in need of a reform because of these changed new premises. In the apartheid city there was a duplication of the transport system: There were buses for the Europeans and buses that served the areas in the outskirts. In general, “[t]he poorest in the city travel the farthest to work” (Brookfield and Tatham 63).Continue Reading
Aljazeera stated at 02-04-2013 that from September 2013 boys and girls from the fourth grade on will be separated, in private as well as public schools. Gaza’s Hamas-controlled parliament has passed a law requiring separate classes for these groups.
As Aljazeera’s article states:
The newly approved education law also forbids the “receipt of gifts or aid aimed at normalising (relations) with the Zionist occupation (Israel).” The law, which also bars male teachers from teaching in girls’ schools, will go into effect at the start of the new school year in September (Aljazeera; 02-04-2013).
The question remains if this is purely a religious policy, or if political thoughts are behind this policy. Especially when taking into account that accepting gifts “aimed at normalising (relations) with the Zionist occupation” are also forbidden. This article of the law compromises way more than religious segregation between boys and girls. Therefore, can we question this education law as being a political tool? Here Western cries for a separation between ‘church and state’ are obvious. Is such a ‘rule’ i.e. separating religion for political decisions feasible in Gaza?Continue Reading
The American civil rights movement, which mainly took place in the 1950s and 1960s, is considered to be a social movement which fought “against racial segregation and discrimination in the southern United States” (“American”). Thus, they tackled social, economic and political issues. According to Gregory et al, a social movement consists outside of a “formal state or economic spheres” (695), which would fit this description. Important figures in the African American fight for more freedom are, for example, Martin Luther King, Jr., W. E. B. Du Bois, Malcom X and Rosa Parks.Continue Reading
At Pepperdine University, Dr. Terrence Roberts is asked what he thinks about the concern that there is resegregation in US schools. Roberts replies that “schools have never stopped being segregated.” He later also mentions people who want to become colourblind and utters: “What I would hope is that you would see me as I am without judgement, without feeling the need to disable yourself so that you could deal with me.”
Israel tries to fortify their borders with a concrete wall that should keep terrorists out. However, as I already argued in the post “Peace Line in Belfast Divides the City”, walls provide only a short-term answer and cannot replace peace negotiations.
And there is yet another problem: Can such a physical barrier really hinder terrorist attacks in the time of modern warfare?
Men and women are still treated differently within Europe. The European Commission wants to draw attention to the fact that women work 59 days ‘for free’, when compared to salaries men get paid. These 59 ‘free’ days add up to a 16.2% pay gap between the genders, according to the European Commission.
The EU has made it its mission to enhance the position of women when it comes to work, salaries and their overall position on the European labour market. Of course, numbers vary according to country, but the general tendency is alarming. Just as the new regulation on the amount of women that have to be part of company boards. As my previous post on ‘Women on boards!’ illustrated. As the European Commission posts in its press release:Continue Reading
The gap between the rich and the poor in South Africa is widening – is this the beginning of a new apartheid? Or is it not something new because it has always been there? Or is it ANC’s fault? Follow this intriguing discussion about the post-apartheid era in South Africa:
Bottom line: New apartheid “continue[s] to exclude not only the minority of the white but also the majority of the blacks, who are living in these shanty towns. [...] We are now facing the class question” (S’Bu Zikode, President of the shack dwellers movement).
As a blogger it is always important to know what your target audience is. In our case, we have to be aware of what keywords, which are related to segregation/discrimination/apartheid, lead from the search engine to our website. For that reason, an analysis with Google Insight has been conducted, which is for free, but nevertheless provides us with intriguing insights. For example, consider the graph below which shows at what point of time someone was searching for “segregation”: