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As for affirmative action and quotas, I do not see where those would help the majority of the Dalits. A few maybe, but large numbers of them, no. Affirmative action in place to remedy racism is fine, but, most Dalits, like most Black Americans, will in the end have to make it on their own. As for quotas, which the Dalits have had for over 50 years in university seats, government jobs, and elected office—these can afford some elevation for them, but, that goes mainly for government entities. How will they fare with the private sector concerning quotas?
As for the light-skin/dark-skin issue, especially where Mr. Prasad “proudly points out” in reference to his light-skinned wife, there is still a long road to travel where light vs. dark is concerned among the dark people of India, a hold over from the days of colonialism.
I do agree with him on education. Though the caste system has been a system in place for generations, education will open many doors for the Dalits, especially for their children.
Educating their children will give the Dalits a leg up in improving their present status. Yes, it will take a while to raise themselves to a better station in life, since their children will need elementary/secondary education, as well as college/university-type education.
The more the children learn that will help them to take care of themselves, the more they will be able to help and care for their parents.
Cattle may be taken from the family by drought, floods, or disease, jewelry may be lost or stolen—but, an education is something that will last a lifetime.
Education is a precious gem, and once obtained, no one can take it from you.
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Notice the two deck railing planters, with the plants still in them, remain on the deck of the 2nd floor (three stories above ground level).
Surge (storm tide, technically) here in eastern Pascagoula reached 16-18 feet, and there would have been waves on top of the surge at a location on the waterfront such as this one. The sheetrock has been pulled away from the studs about four feet up on the 1st floor; this likely tallies with the height of the surge.
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So, Obama chooses a white man as his running mate.
McCain chooses a white woman for his running mate.
We’ll see how this works out between now and November 4, 2008.
From the Civil Rights Memorial
Southern Poverty Law Center
On the Civil Rights Memorial are inscribed the names of individuals who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom during the modern civil rights movement 1954 to 1968. Between the first and last entries is a space that represents civil rights heroes who died before or after this period and others whose stories were not known when the Memorial was created. The martyrs include those who were targeted for death because of their civil rights activities; those who were random victims of vigilantes determined to halt the movement; and those who, in the sacrifice of their own lives, brought a new awareness of the struggle to people all over the world.
May 7, 1955 Belzoni, Mississippi
REV. GEORGE WESLEY LEE, an NAACP leader and one of the first black people registered to vote in Humphreys County, used his pulpit and his printing press to urge others to vote. White officials offered Lee protection on the condition he remove his name from the list of registered voters and end his voter registration efforts, but Lee refused and was murdered.
August 13, 1955 Brookhaven, Mississippi
LAMAR SMITH was shot dead on the courthouse lawn by a white man in broad daylight while dozens of people watched. The killer was never indicted because no one would admit they saw a white man shoot a black man. Smith had organized blacks to vote in a recent election.
August 28, 1955 Money, Mississippi
EMMETT LOUIS TILL, a 14-year-old boy on vacation from Chicago, reportedly flirted with a white woman in a store. That night, two men took Till from his bed, beat him, shot him, and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. An all-white jury found the men innocent of murder.
October 22, 1955 Mayflower, Texas
JOHN EARL REESE, 16, was dancing in a cafe when white men fired shots into the windows. Reese was killed and two others were wounded. The shootings were part of an attempt by whites to terrorize blacks into giving up plans for a new school.
January 23, 1957 Montgomery, Alabama
WILLIE EDWARDS JR., a truck driver, was on his way to work when he was stopped by four Klansmen. The men thought Edwards was another man who they believed was dating a white woman. They forced Edwards at gunpoint to jump off a bridge into the Alabama River. Edwards’ body was found three months later.
April 25, 1959 Poplarville, Mississippi
MACK CHARLES PARKER, 23, was accused of raping a white woman. Three days before hls case was set for trial, a masked mob took him from his jail cell/ beat him, shot him, and threw him in the Pearl River.
September 25, 1961 Liberty, Mississippi
HERBERT LEE, who worked with civil rights leader Bob Moses to help register black voters, was killed bya state legislator who claimed self-defense and was never arrested. Louis Allen, a black man who witnessed the murder, was later also killed.
April 23, 1963 Attalla, Alabama
WILLIAM LEWIS MOORE, a postman from Baltimore and CORE activist, was shot and killed during a one-man march against segregation. Moore had planned to deliver a letter to the governor of Mississippi urging an end to intolerance.
June 12, 1963 Jackson, Mississippi
MEDGAR EVERS, who directed naacp operations in Mississippi, was leading a campaign for integration in Jackson when he was shot and killed by a sniper at his home.
September 15th, 1963 Birmingham Alabama
ADDlE MAE COLLINS, DENISE McNAIR, CAROLE ROBERTSON and CYNTHIA WESLEY were getting ready for church services when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing all four of the school- age girls. The church had been a center for civil rights meetings and marches.
September 15, 1963 Birmingham, Alabama
VIRGIL LAMAR WARE, 13, was riding on the handlebars of his brother’s bicycle when he was fatally shot by white teen-agers. The white youths had come from a segregationist rally held in the aftermath of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.
January 31, 1964 Liberty, Mississippi
LOUIS ALLEN, who witnessed the murder of civil rights worker Herbert Lee, endured years of threats, jailings and harassment. He was making final arrange- ments to move North on the day he was killed.
March 23, 1964 Jacksonville, Florida
JOHNNIE MAE CHAPPELL, who cleaned houses to help support her family, was shot by four white men as she searched for a lost wallet along a roadside. The murder occurred during an outbreak of racial violence in downtown Jacksonville. Her story was not known when the Memorial was dedicated.
Apri17, 1964 Cleveland, Ohio
REV. BRUCE KLUNDER was among civil rights activists who protested the building of a segregated school by placing their bodies in the way of construction equipment. Klunder was crushed to death when a bulldozer backed over him.
May 2, 1964 Meadville, Mississippi
HENRY HEZEKIAH DEE and CHARLES EDDIE MOORE were killed by Klansmen who believed the two were part of a plot to arm blacks in the area. (There was no such plot.) Their bodies were found during a massive search for the missing civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.
June 21, 1964 Philadelphia, Mississippi
JAMES EARL CHANEY, ANDREW GOODMAN, and MICHAEL HENRY SCHWERNER, young civil rights workers, were arrested bya deputy sheriff and then released into the hands of Klansmen who had plotted their murders. They were shot, and their bodies were buried in an earthen dam.
July 11, 1964 Colbert, Georgia
Lt. Col. LEMUEL PENN, a Washington, D.C., educator, was driving home from U.S. Army Reserves training when he was shot and killed by Klansmen in a passing car.
February 26, 1965 Marion, Alabama
JIMMIE LEE JACKSON was beaten and shot by state troopers as he tried to protect his grandfather and mother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death led to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.
March 11, 1965 Selma, Alabama
REV. JAMES REEB, a Unitarian minister from Boston, was among many white clergymen who joined the Selma marchers after the attack by state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Reeb was beaten to death by white men while he walked down a Selma street.
March 25, 1965 Selma Highway, Alabama
VIOLA GREGG LlUZZO, a housewife and mother from Detroit, drove alone to Alabama to help with the Selma march after seeing televised reports of the attack at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She was driving marchers back to Selma from Montgomery when she was shot and killed bya Klansmen in a passing car.
June 2, 1965 Bogalusa, Louisiana
ONEAL MOORE was one of two black deputies hired by white officials in an attempt to appease civil rights demands. Moore and his partner Creed Rogers were on patrol when they were blasted with gunfire from a passing car. Moore was killed and Rogers was wounded.
July 18, 1965 Anniston, Alabama
WILLIE BREWSTER was on his way home from work when he was shot and killed by white men. The men belonged to the National States Rights Party, a violent neo-Nazi group whose members had been involved in church bombings and murders of blacks.
August 20,1965 Hayneville, Alabama
JONATHAN MYRICK DANIELS, an Episcopal Seminary student in Boston, had come to Alabama to help with black voter registration in Lowndes County. He was arrested at a demonstration, jailed in Hayneville and then suddenly released. Moments after his release, he was shot to death bya deputy sheriff.
January 3,1966 Tuskegee, Alabama
SAMUEL LEAMON YOUNGE JR., a student civil rights activist, was fatally shot by a white gas station owner following an argument over segregated rest rooms.
January 10, 1966 Hattiesburg, Mississippi
VERNON FERDINAND DAHMER, a wealthy businessman, offered to pay poll taxes for those who couldn’t afford the fee required to vote. The night after a radio station broadcasted Dahmer’s offer, his home was firebombed. Dahmer died later from severe burns.
July 10, 1966 Natchez, Mississippi
BEN CHESTER WHITE, who had worked most of his life as a caretaker on a plantation, had no involvement in civil rights work. He was murdered by Klans- men who thought they could divert attention from a civil rights march by killing a black person.
July 30, 1966 Bogalusa, Louisiana
CLARENCE TRIGGS was a bricklayer who had attended civil rights meetings sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). He was found dead on a roadside, shot through the head.
February 27, 1967 Natchez, Mississippi
WHARLEST JACKSON, the treasurer of his local NAACP chapter, was one of many blacks who received threatening Klan notices at his job. After Jackson was promoted to a position previously reserved for whites, a bomb was planted in his car. It exploded minutes after he left work one day, killing him instantly.
May 12, 1967 Jackson, Mississippi
BENJAMIN BROWN, a former civil rights organizer, was watching a student protest from the sidelines when he was hit by stray gunshots from police who fired into the crowd.
February 8, 1968 Orangeburg, South Carolina
SAMUEL EPHESIANS HAMMOND JR., DELANO HERMAN MIDDLETON and HENRY EZEKIAL SMITH were shot and killed by police who fired on student demonstrators at the South Carolina State College campus.
April 4, 1968 Memphis, Tennessee
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., a Baptist minister, was a major architect of the civil rights movement. He led and inspired major non- violent desegregation campaigns, including those in Montgomery and Birmingham. He won the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated as he prepared to lead a demonstration in Memphis.
Oh, I am sure you forgot the countless women in the movement who are always rendered invisible when people invoke the words, “Civil Rights Movement”:
_Ella Baker was a charismatic labor organizer and longtime leader i the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She believed the movement put too much emphasis on leaders,and she gave agency to the many young black college students to organize, rally and create their own agendas to address how they would bring about change in the Civil Rights Movement.
These young people’s oganization, under Ella’s direction and wonderful leadership,became known as S.N.C.C…..Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. From the untiring efforts of these young people, sprange the fabled Freedom Riders and Sit-in Movement (Lunch counters).
_Septima Poinsette Clark, often called the “Queen Mother” of the Civil Rights Movement, was an educator and N.A.A.C.P. activist decades before the nation’s attention was turned to racial equality.
Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi sharecropper, was beaten and jailed in 1962 for trying to register to vote. She co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and gave a fiery speech at the 1964 Democratic Natioal Convention.
_Vivian M alone Jones, defied segregationist George Curley Wallace to enroll in the University of Alabama in 1963 and later worked for in the civil rights dividion of the U.S. Justice Department.
But, most women in the movement were not well-known, or acknowledged_then or now.
Most were “volunteers”_ women in the churches who cooked the meals and made sure all the preparations were made, women who cleaned up after the rallies and got ready for the next one. Women who were sincerely interested in making a difference—-women who were not looking for the publicity of it. Women who made a true difference that did not always come with a flourish of fanfare, but, sublime, and reserved dignity, all along knowing that what they did was right, and that what they did was for the greater good of all Americans.
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In March, the state Supreme Court listened to their arguments and those from state attorneys who say Robert Henderson should have been fired. The high court then said it wanted more information before making a decision, and asked the two sides to appear again.
This time the lawyers will focus on four key questions related to courts oversight of arbitration decisions. The hearing is Sept. 3.
“Courts have the authority — and obligation — to scrutinize contracts and arbitration awards for compliance with public policy,” Assistant Attorney General Tom Stine wrote in his brief filed in the case.
He was responding to the court’s question of whether courts have limited powers to review collective bargaining agreements involving government employers.
Henderson’s attorney, Vincent Valentino of York, argues that arbitrators, not judges, have the final say.
“An arbitrator’s decision must be upheld unless the arbitrator has exceeded his authority or engaged in fraud or dishonesty,” Valentino wrote in the legal argument he submitted to the state Supreme Court.
Henderson was dismissed in early 2006 after patrol officials discovered he had joined a racist group and posted messages on its Web site.
Henderson, who was a trooper for 18 years, told an investigator he joined the Knights Party — which has described itself as the most active Klan organization in the United States — in June 2004 to vent his frustrations about his separation with his wife, who left him for a Hispanic man.
He posted four messages to the Knights’ web site, according to the investigator’s report.
Arbitrator Paul Caffera later overturned Henderson’s firing. He said Henderson was entitled to his First Amendment rights of free speech and that the state violated the state troopers‘ contract, in part when it fired Henderson “because of his association with the Knights Party … and the Ku Klux Klan.”
Caffera ordered the patrol to reinstate Henderson within 60 days and pay him his back wages.
But the state appealed that decision and won in Lancaster County District Court, where a judge ruled Henderson violated the state’s public policy against discrimination.
Henderson then appealed that decision to the state Supreme Court.
One of the four questions the high court has asked the two sides to answer is what importance Henderson’s former role as a trooper has in deciding if a so-called “public policy exception” can be used by courts to decide whether an arbitrator’s ruling can be overturned.
Stine argues that because of troopers’ high public profile and power over the public they have special responsibility to act in a way that garners respect and support from residents.
“While in the unique capacity,” as a trooper, “he intentionally joined an organization with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and took the following personal pledge: I pledge my loyalty I will work for the preservation and protection of the white race,” Stine wrote in his brief.
The effectiveness of law enforcement, “depends…on the respect and trust of the community and on the perception in the community that it enforces the law fairly, evenhandedly and without bias.”
Valentino agreed that officers are in a position of power and must be held to a higher moral standard than other professions.
“But the arbitrator’s award in this case allows reassignment of Henderson to a position which does not involve contact with the public.”
SOURCE: Sioux City Journal: http://www.siouxcityjournal.com