Posts tagged with "Civil Rights"

How Executive Orders Work

By Dave Roos

On February 19, 1942, two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. In this one-page decree, the president used his authority as the commander-in-chief to authorize the U.S. military to “exclude” 122,000 Japanese Americans — more than half of them U.S. citizens — from their homes and businesses and relocate them to isolated and desolate internment camps

. A month later, Congress passed Public Law 503, making it a federal offense to disobey the president’s executive order. Continue reading

Five myths about Brown v. Board of Education

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By Imani Perry

Imani Perry, the author of “More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States,” is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University.

In the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education opinion, the Supreme Court declared that state laws requiring segregation in public schools were unconstitutional. But change didn’t come easily, nor are schools all that integrated today. Sixty years after Brown, let’s examine some myths about the landmark court decision.

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60 Years Later, Reflections On Brown vs. Board of Education

“Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers in order to recount it.” — Gabriel García Márquez

I was born at the end of the great depression during Jim Crow and came of age in Baltimore during the Civil Rights Movement.

Throughout my childhood, everything was segregated, but as a little girl I didn’t realize there was anything inherently wrong with this system. Continue reading