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Archive for the 'Minority Report' Category

Mon, March 29th, 2010
Minority Report: Some Hispanics Avoid the Census Count
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

While in a public library this week, I saw a representative of the US Census Bureau manning a desk set up as a questionnaire assistance center to make sure everyone had received and returned the census form and to answer any questions. The neighborhood was one with a very racially and ethnically mixed population. I […]


Mon, March 22nd, 2010
Minority Report: Black Church Women and Other Ordinary People
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

In my twenties, not long out of college, I was approached by a middle-aged black woman about joining the National Council of Negro Women. Proud of myself as a young black woman, I wasn’t interested in joining a group of middle-aged Negro women. I’d forgotten that particular bit of callowness until I read Jesus, Jobs, […]


Mon, March 8th, 2010
Minority Report: Unbreaking Public Education
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

Is there anyting more frustrating and heartbreaking that what seems to be happening to public schools? Education — standardized testing, school reform, teacher training — these are all things I’ve followed with a passion beyond that of a book reviewer and concerned citizen, but the zeal of a parent with children in the “system.” The […]


Wed, March 3rd, 2010
Minority Report: The Post Race Debate
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

In celebration of Black History Month, last week the University of Illinois at Chicago sponsored a seminar on the topic: “Post Racial Society.” The question: in the wake of the election of President Barack Obama, have we in the United States entered a post-racial society? Absolutely not, came the resounding answer from the panel, nearly […]


Wed, February 24th, 2010
Minority Report: Secrets of the Noble Servant
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

The noble black woman servant who saves the dysfunctional white family is an iconic figure in American culture. It often brings to mind the 1988 movie Clara’s Heart, starring Whoopi Goldberg, with Kathleen Quinlan as the affluent but neglectful mother and Neil Patrick Harris as the emotionally needy son. What I really love about this […]


Mon, February 8th, 2010
Minority Report: A Legacy of Contributions and Abuses
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot chronicles the amazing story of the medical breakthroughs gained from a black woman’s cell line. I heard Skloot last week on NPR’s Fresh Air where she told host Terry Gross that in 1951 Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer. A doctor at Johns Hopkins […]


Thu, January 21st, 2010
Minority Report: Library is the New Cool
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I was thrilled to read the review of This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson and see how the image of librarians may be shifting into cool. Anybody who loves books and libraries doesn’t need to be convinced that librarians are cool. I particularly hope the news […]


Thu, January 14th, 2010
Minority Report: Reid and Race – A Teachable Moment?
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

I wouldn’t even attempt to parse the political motives behind the flap over whether Senator Harry Reid (D, NV) should resign his seat because of his alleged comment that Barack Obama was a strong candidate to be the nation’s first black president because he is fair-skinned and speaks well, all reported in Game Change, by […]





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