Despite his past, Carson may become America’s ‘dismantler-in-chief’

Noliwe Rooks, associate professor in the Department of Africana Studies studies race-based inequality, economics and education. Rooks comments on President-elect Trump’s pick for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Biography: http://africana.cornell.edu/noliwe-rooks   Rooks says: “Ben Carson grew up in public housing, arguably his only qualification for his new cabinet post. Should he decide […]

Harriet Tubman on $20 bill signifies victory for African and Native Americans

Ed Baptist, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and author of the book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” says replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is particularly significant because of his unbridled imperialism that impacted both […]

Government decisions in Flint’s water crisis guided by disregard for class and color

Noliwe Rooks, associate professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, says that – like in the case of Love Canal in the 1970s –  color clearly played a role in the government’s handling of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Bio: http://www.asrc.cornell.edu/people/rooks.cfm Rooks says: “It will […]

Taylor Bell’s rap song is poetry, not crime

The case of Taylor Bell, a Mississippi high school student disciplined for posting online a rap song about sexual misconduct of the school’s coaches has drawn national attention. This week a number of high profile hip-hop artists – including Killer Mike, Big Boi and T.I. – signed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hear the […]