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Voting Rights Factsheet 2019

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Voting Rights Factsheet used in the 2019 General Assembly

A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving for Educators and Families

Compiled by Border Crossers

Please visit this great list compiled by Border Crossers that is A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving for Educators and Families that has lots of great resources for a wide range of entry levels.

"Dressing up" for Halloween

Originally Published in Full Circle: A Journal for Teachers Implementing Indian Education For All_Written by Wendy Warren

Madison County member Wendy Warren writes about ways educators can do better when teaching about Native peoples. This article also address cultural appropriation at Halloween.

"As I thought about the things I have learned that have convinced me that I would never again consider dressing a child in an "Indian costume" for Halloween, I realized that there were probably many other things I have done in my teaching career that were equally embarrassing. Some of the first that come to mind are some of the "Indian art" activities I found in activity books that I used in an honest attempt to teach about Indian cultures. Now I know enough to understand that some of them were quite disrespectuful, in that they trivalized things that were quite important - even sacred- in some Indian cultures. But how can a non-Indian teacher come to know what things are sacred and what are not?"

Teaching the Truth Is Not Easy

Originally published by Phi Delta Kappa International, Inc., written by Bobby Starnes

This linked article is written by Madison County member Bobby Starnes about how the history of Native American's are taught in our schools and why we should, and can, do better. 

"Teaching the truth is not easy. Maybe it raises too many questions about our national character. Maybe it depresses us to learn about historical injustices. Maybe it’s too raw for the squeamish or those who can feel proud to be American only if our nation is pure and perfect. So, okay, if you can’t, don’t teach the truth. Let it sit silently on the bookshelves and in other safe places. Don’t talk about it. Let it go unsaid. I don’t like it, and I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I do understand it.

But here’s what I don’t understand — really, sincerely, I don’t understand. Why do we feel compelled to teach the lies?"

Health disparities, race and asthma

American Journal of Public Health, Nandita Bhan, Ichiro Kawachi, Maria M. Glymour and S. V. Subramanian

This study looked at the prevalence of asthma across different racial groups in the US, and how those trends have changed over time. It confirms that African Americans are more likely to have asthma than white people in the US, while Hispanics have lower asthma rates than whites. It also found that while low economic status is associated with higher rates of asthma, racial differences persist even after accounting for income and education.