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Basic Black: A Look at Secure Communities; Race in the Classroom

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 18, 2012)

The Secure Communities program is now officially in place in Massachusetts, despite objections from many state officials, including Governor Deval Patrick. Under Secure Communities, fingerprints from local jails are matched against a federal immigration database; Immigration and Customs Enforcement then the local jail detain people they think are here illegally. Supporters of the program see it as a tool in the fight against crime while opponents charge that the program encourages ethnic profiling.

Later in the show, we turn the discussion to race in education. In Boston, three City Councillors are pushing for more teachers of color and the integration of black and Latino studies into the curriculum. Basic Black poses the question: does the race of a teacher matter in learning the fundamentals? On a national level, last week there was a huge controversy about an article written in the Chronicle of Higher Education which advocated for elimination of Black Studies as a course of study in colleges and universities; the author described black studies as "left-wing victimization clap-trap." 6,500 petition signatures later, the author was fired. But what were the real lessons of this episode?

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Basic Black Live: Higher Ed and Higher Aspirations

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

June 14, 2013

This week on Basic Black we look at issues in higher education including:
- Affirmative action hangs in the balance at the US Supreme Court - what's at stake?
- What happens when the financial demands of the for-profit college industry intersects the goals African American struggle for education?
- How diverse is the leadership in the halls of the Ivy League?



(Photo:  People supporting the University of Texas rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions. The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) more

Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: What's next for affirmative action?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

After the broadcast, the panelists discuss what equal opportunity and diversity in higher education might look like in the absence of affirmative action.


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Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


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Basic Black After the Broadcast: For-profit colleges... who wins, who loses?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education


June 14, 2013

After the broadcast, the panel turned the discussion towars the topic of for-profit colleges.  Students of color are enrolling in for-profit colleges at a rate several times that of white students; many are foregoing the option of community college, even though it's a less expensive option.  The resulting debt incurred by these students can be crippling.  Why are for-profit colleges attracting students of color in such large numbers?

LISTEN: A report from the WGBH News Higher Education desk: Students Brace for Corinthian Shutdown

 

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Revisiting Race at Emerson College

Black Boston | Education | Politics

Black Perspectives Now contributor Talia Whyte visits her alma mater to investigate the climate of race relations on campus.
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