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Student Sues School District, Claiming Her Race Kept Her From Being Sole Valedictorian

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Did an Arkansas school deny Kymberly Wimberly from serving as sole valedictorian because she is black?
Her rhyming name may sound a bit silly, but Wimberly, 18, is serious in her lawsuit against McGehee School D...
Lawsuit says black student was co-valedictorian even though she had highest GPA in the class.

Should Race Be a Factor In Adoptions?

Madonna speaks to her adopted daughter Mercy James during the brick-laying ceremony at the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Malawi, which is the native land of her two adopted children. Credit: Amos Gumulira, AFP/Getty Images
November is Nat...

Mother Mistaken for the Nanny of Her Mixed-Race Daughter

Nandini D'Souza and her daughter Asha. Credit: Tina Tyrell, Harper's Bazaar
When Indian-American writer Nandini D'Souza found out she was pregnant, she wondered what kind of personality her child would have. She also wondered what her child wou...

Black Boys Less Likely To Be Adopted, Study Shows

Adoptive parents prefer white or Hispanic girls over African-American boys, a new study reveals. Researchers at the Centre for Economic Policy Research found that the probability that a non-African-American child will attract an adoptive parent ...

Teen Birth Rates Increase in 26 States

Thought teen pregnancy was a thing of the past? Well, if the well-publicized "celebrity" teen pregnancies that went down in 2008 didn't convince you, take a look at this. Turns out Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin are way more representative o...

Teacher Binds Girls' Hands and Feet to Teach About Slavery

I'm all for a hands-on teaching experience. I think kids can get so much more from touching, experimenting, and doing than they can from books and lectures. But when a hands-on moment humiliates a child, it's taking things way too far. A seventh-g...

Child's school enrollment isn't black or white

Vanessa Lovelace and her son Lenny were both excited about enrolling him in his new school in Kenosha, Wisconsin until it came to actually filling out the enrollment forms. In the section where it asked what race/ethnic group the child belonged to, n...

Teen mauled by bear in Alaskan bike race

This chilling incident luckily had a (mostly) happy ending. A fourteen-year-old girl was attacked by a bear during a bike race in Alaska but was saved by her 911 phone call. The teenager, who remains unnamed as of press-time, was participating in a...

Considering race in adoption: Does it matter?

When considering adoption, how much thought or emphasis is placed on race? Well, that may have very much to do with the family planning on doing the adopting. To the adoption agencies who are supposed to be color blind because of a federal law, how...

Winning the pinewood derby

One of the aspects of scouting that I'd heard about and would have really liked to have tried was the pinewood derby, a race using home-built, miniature, wooden racecars. I always thought it would be cool to carve a car and add wheels, basically maki...

My son, the alien

Does your child look like you? It's fairly common to hear someone tell a parent how their child looks like them or to point out the obvious resemblance. However, have you ever had someone ask you if your child was yours or if he was adopted? At fi...

Fiftieth anniversary of the Little Rock Nine

Fifty years ago, nine very brave children went to school. What made those nine different from every other student at Little Rock Central High was a minor physical characteristic -- the color of their skin. In the wake of a Supreme Court decision decl...

Student barred from school due to skin colour

Even though I'm a voraciously left-leaning person, I've not a big fan of most forms of affirmative action. In most cases, I believe, let the best/most talented person win: no matter if he is a she or is purple, black, or has twelve fingers. And when ...

Free book: How to be an anti-racist parent

A couple of years ago, Jared was playing with his Fisher-Price Little People (the old ones) and became upset when he couldn't find one of them. I asked him what he was looking for and he said "the black man! I can't find the black man!" Naturally, I ...

Critical Conversations: Race Relations

When I was in high school, one of my best friends (as in hung out with, slept over with, started businesses with, got in trouble with) happened to be black. We never noticed a difference, especially in our school where the student population included...

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