"But now a new study has found that there is one big realm in which black Americans have made major progress: happiness.
"White Americans don’t report being any more satisfied with their lives than they did in the 1970s, various surveys show. Black Americans do, and significantly so."
"Yet no immigrant group had as profound an impact on the U.S. in the hundred years following the Civil War as the millions of African Americans who fled to the North and West — first in a trickle and swelling, in the years after World War I, to a roaring river of humanity. By the time this movement abated in the 1970s, more than half the South's black population had resettled outside the old Confederacy.
"And, as Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson makes clear in her new, improbably page-turning account of that Great Migration, the black citizens who crossed the Mason-Dixon Line to reach their new homes bore many striking similarities to those who crossed the Atlantic Ocean."
"If the fierceness of the battle is not unusual — fights over affirmative action are a staple on campuses — what is surprising is the group waging it: Italian-Americans.
"Of all the universities and colleges that offer protections for minorities, CUNY appears to be the only one that has declared Italian-Americans an official affirmative action category in employment, promising special efforts to recruit, hire and promote them, according to national higher-education groups."
"An international human rights group urged India last week to ban a “degrading and unscientific” test commonly performed on rape victims to see if they have previous sexual experience."
"That photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.? He took it. The well-known image of black sanitation workers carrying “I Am a Man” signs in Memphis? His. He was the only photojournalist to document the entire trial in the murder of Emmett Till, and he was there in Room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel, Dr. King’s room, on the night he was assassinated.
"But now an unsettling asterisk must be added to the legacy of Ernest C. Withers, one of the most celebrated photographers of the civil rights era: He was a paid F.B.I. informer."
As reader Ami states: "[This article is] just in general so full of fail with the racism and classism of who counts as this default 'mainstream' Canadian they keep referring to and conflating all PoC in Toronto together." –AP
"They take public transit. They like to bargain. They don’t have a lot to spend. And they prefer brands they recognize from home.
"Say hello to ethnic shoppers, a group that leaves many mainstream retailers scratching their heads, according to a report by a leading financial analyst."
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