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Read and talk about educational documentary, six-lesson teacher's guide, etc., concerning racial issues in the usa :)
educational documentary :)
As someone who cares deeply about racial justice, you know that progress doesn't come easily. That's particularly true in Charleston, Mississippi, a little town in the Delta where each year parents organized separate high school proms for white and black students.
Tonight, the moving story of Charleston's first integrated prom, held just last year, is chronicled in the new documentary Prom Night in Mississippi, which premieres on HBO at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Our Teaching Tolerance program worked with HBO and director-producer Paul Saltzman to create a six-lesson teacher's guide
that educators can use with the documentary to teach students about crossing social boundaries.
Actor Morgan Freeman, a Charleston native, agreed to pay for the prom — on one condition: that both black and white students be allowed to attend. He made the same offer 10 years ago and was rejected. Even last year, several white parents organized a "whites only" prom.
We are extremely proud of this opportunity to help teachers highlight the important lessons of this documentary. The film bears witness to the courageous acts undertaken by young people to resist and overcome long-held racist beliefs in their community.
The film will be shown on various HBO channels through August 24. Please check your local listings. I hope you have the opportunity to watch.
Director, Teaching Tolerance
Southern Poverty Law Center
US troops on neo-Nazi site :)
We have uncovered new evidence that racial extremists are infiltrating the U.S. military and have asked Congress today to launch an immediate investigation to ensure that our armed forces are not inadvertently training future domestic terrorists.
In recent months, our investigators have found dozens of personal profiles of individuals listing "military" as their occupation on a neo-Nazi, Facebook-type website. One person, apparently serving in Afghanistan, lists The Turner Diaries as his favorite book. That's the book by neo-Nazi leader William Pierce that served as the blueprint for the Oklahoma City bombing by Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh.
We've been warning the Pentagon about the danger of extremists in the military for more than two decades. In 2008, the FBI issued a report indicating that the problem may have worsened. Unfortunately, the Pentagon has not taken forceful action.
Indeed, the Pentagon appears to consider homosexuals more of a threat to the good order of the military than neo-Nazis who reject our Constitution's most cherished principles. While the military has discharged more than 12,500 service members because of their alleged homosexuality since 1994, it has refused to adopt a true "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to extremists in the military.
The overwhelming majority of our courageous men and women in uniform reject extremism and are dedicated to our nation's highest ideals. We owe it to them — and to the American public — to ensure that the ranks are as free of extremists as possible.
Please stand with us on this crucial issue and contact your congresspersons. We recommend sending a personal letter or calling the offices of your U.S. Senator
Thank you for your support.
J. Richard Cohen
President, Southern Poverty Law Center
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