Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Dr. Elwood Watson
September 10, 2010
For anyone who thought the election of Barack Obama ushered in an era of post-racial harmony, several events that have transpired over the past few months should assuage any doubts of such a notion. Here are a few of the incidents:
Shirley Sherrod, a 62-year-old Black woman with a long history of civil rights activism, was falsely accused of racial bias by right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart and is forced to resign from her position as Georgia state director of rural development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson is caught (for a second time) spewing racist language to his wife including the word ‘nigger’.
A brawl between several Black and White men at a state fair in Iowa City, Iowa was believed to have racial overtones.
Talk show host Laura Schlessinger, in a conversation with a Black female caller, launches into verbal tirade repeating the word ‘nigger’ multiple times.
Fox News host Glenn Beck leads a march in the nation’s capital in an effort “to reclaim the civil rights movement.
Michael Enright, a 21-year-old White college student, is charged with stabbing Ahmed Sharif, a New York cab driver and 43-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant.
A number of right-wing organizations have drummed up perverse propaganda in an effort to convince Americans that Obama is not a Christian.
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