Posts tagged Texas.
The University of Texas at Austin will make race-related news Oct. 10 when the Supreme Court hears arguments about theconstitutionality of its affirmative action policy. But this week, reports of possible hate crimes on campus have put the school’s students of color in the spotlight in a way that’s alarming regardless of one’s views about the value of a diverse campus and whether race should be considered in admissions.
Tuesday evening, UT students marched in protest of what they say are racially motivated “bleach bomb” attacks, in which balloons full of bleach are hurled at black, Latino and Asian members of the college community. (Read More)
See also Sweatt v. Painter (1950)
The case involved a black man, Heman Marion Sweatt, who was refused admission to the School of Law of the University of Texas, whose president was Theophilus Painter, on the grounds that the Texas State Constitution prohibited integrated education. At the time, no law school in Texas would admit black students, or, in the language of the time, “Negro” students.
The state district court in Travis County, instead of granting the plaintiff a writ of mandamus, continued the case for six months. This allowed the state time to create a law school only for black students, which it established in Houston, Texas, rather than in Austin. The ‘separate’ law school and the college became today’s Texas Southern University; the law school is known as the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Reblogging because my parents actually went to TSU… And this explains a lot…
In other news I’ve had friends who got rolled up on by campus safety WHILE DOING LAUNDRY in their own dorm because the student that called didn’t think he belonged. Me and my friend who work at the info desk of the STUDENT CENTER are always asked “are you a student here?” despite the name plate that says my name and class year right on top of the table.
Historically white colleges (which is a phrase we don’t use that is a perfect descriptor of a LOT of schools out there, we should make that a thing btw) have a great way of reminding you the most people still don’t think students of color REALLY belong…
Part of a Doonesbury comic strip about a piece of Texas abortion legislation signed into law by Rick Perry in May of 2010. Several US newspapers, like the Kansas City Star, are refusing to run the comic at all, while others are putting it in the editorial page instead of the comics page. This portion does not show all of the cartoon, which includes the woman being asked: “Do your parents know you’re a slut?” The cartoon ends with a nurse preparing the transvaginal ultrasound, saying “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”
In an email with the Guardian, cartoonist Garry Trudeau wrote in regards to the last piece of the cartoon: “That falls within the legal definition of rape. Coercion need not be physically violent to meet the threshold. Many people here are now referring to trans-vaginal sonograms as ‘state rape’. That seems about right to me”
GOP Rep. Wayne Christian when asked about his support for abortion restriction and regulations, and whether they’re “a war on birth control.”
“Someone firebombed a Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, late Tuesday night. Because it was so late, no one was hurt. The clinic doesn’t provide abortions, but there had been protesters there earlier that day anyway. You might’ve read about the news on Twitter or on a liberal blog. Probably not in a newspaper or on a cable new channel. Definitely not at any right-wing blogs. Which is a bit odd, actually, considering how much attention terrorist attacks generally get in this country. Oh, sorry, how much attention possible Islamic terrorist attacks get.”
Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451