No country is immune from the complications that come with a large exodus or emigration across their boarders. Paul Collier looks at some of these complications in his new book, "Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century." Along the way, he argues that limiting immigration might be beneficial to the countries that welcome immigrants, the countries that lose their citizens to emigration, and to immigrants themselves.
This week the Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Fisher vs. UT-Austin that throws the future of affirmative action policies into question. William Darity Jr., Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University and Co-Director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, discusses the origins of affirmative action in America and where it stands today. Then Peter Schmidt, senior writer covering affirmative action at The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action, talks about the methods public and private colleges and universities are using to increase diversity on campus. Plus: Your calls on how your life story intersects with affirmative action policies.
New York has more foreign-born residents than any other city in the world: more than L.A. or Hong Kong, and two-and-a-half times as many as London. But in this latest episode of Micropolis, we consider what's lost when people of different cultures and belief systems try to co-exist. In other words, what's the downside of diversity?
Hear the story of Mariely Garcia, a high school senior who is leaving the city this fall to attend a small private college in Maine, all expenses paid.
In the past several months, President Obama has been making a quiet push to change the face of the nation's judicial system with a slow and steady stream of diverse nominees for federal courts. In Florida, he's nominated the first openly gay black man to serve on federal district court. In New York, he nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And in DC, he's nominated the first South Asian to sit on the US Court of Appeals. Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund explains what hurdles these candidates may face and what potential these nominations represent.
An author said families in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods are grappling with the "Diverse Schools Dilemma," and changing public schools in the process.
A recent legal complaint charges that the city’s admissions policy to specialized high schools excludes black and Latino students, particularly at Stuyvesant and Bronx Science. What’s it like to attend the specialized high school with the highest percentage of black and Latino students? Students from Brooklyn Latin tell us.
Most of us have seen those brochures, featuring four to seven kids of various skin tones on the cover. But what goes into making them? Are the kids real, or just models? And is the diversity depicted in them reflective of a college's reality or a college's dream reality?
The CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools explains why she is opening schools in more affluent and whiter neighborhoods in the city than where she started her charter school network. The answer is not for the fun of controversy and heated public hearings.
The borough of Queens is probably the most diverse place on earth, in terms of the amount of languages spoken and the sheer diversity of immigrants living there. “1001 Voices: A Symphony for Queens” is Frank London’s mammoth piece for orchestra, ethnic instruments, actors, visual projections, and a 190-piece choir; the work examines our changing ideas of migration and home. The composer joins us along with the writer and actor Judith Sloan to talk about their collaboration.
President Barack Obama’s team is reportedly on the hunt to hire more African-Americans, a search that has stirred a debate among black Democrats about Obama’s record on diversity and its implications for his reelection. Joining us is Jonathan Allen, Politico Senior Washington Correspondent.
Richard Alba, distinguished professor of sociology at CUNY and acting director of the Center for Urban Research discusses a new study on segregation in New York City and what it means to our understanding of diversity. Alba is the author of The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective, edited with Mary Waters, and Blurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America. And Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology and the director of Race Scholars at Rice University, explains why Houston was recently declared the most diverse city but also a still segregated city.
The head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to use the agency's clout as landlord to get more dock workers of color hired.
Patrick Foye said, "I regret having to say it, but the docks at our ports on both the New York and New Jersey side appear to be one of the last bastions in the region of what can only be described as deliberate racial and gender discrimination."
He said that dock workers are approximately 85 percent white and over 90 percent male, citing statistics from the Waterfront Commission. "This is not acceptable," Foye told union members and academics gathered for an NYU event about low pay rates for airport workers Wednesday.
Foye also called the racial and gender homogeneity of dock workers, "inexcusable inertia with respect to fair and diverse hiring." The PA head, who is took his post in November, promised strong action. The Port Authority owns the docks and leases the property to freight shipping and other companies.
"I intend to use every tool at our disposal," he said, "including leases with new customers, lease extensions and modifications with our existing customers, and most importantly, conditioning the Port Authority's future investments of billions of dollars in improvements on first reaching acceptable, concrete and enforceable, diversity hiring plans."
The International Longshoremen's Association, the union representing workers at the port of New York and New Jersey, controls hiring for new dock workers. At hearings last year, the ILA argued that they could not find sufficient non-white candidates for stevedore positions. The ILA did not return TN's requests for comment.
In 1961, Ezra Jack Keats wrote and illustrated his first children’s book. It was called "The Snowy Day" and it told the story of Peter, a young, African-American boy in Brooklyn, enjoying the season's first snowfall. The book was immediately popular. Prior to its publication, no other mainstream children’s book had featured a black hero in a non-caricatured way.
Two former teachers who formed a charter elementary school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, say they learned some lessons about what makes a strong school community, especially when they tried, unsuccessfully, to add a middle school last spring.