skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Some South Dakota farmers are unhappy with industrial ag getting conservation funds; Texas judge allows abortion in Cox case; Native tribes express concern over Nevada's clean energy projects.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Colorado Supreme Court weighs barring Trump from office, Georgia Republicans may be defying a federal judge with a Congressional map splitting a Black majority district and fake electors in Wisconsin finally agree Biden won there in 2020.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Texas welcomes more visitors near Big Bend but locals worry the water won't last, those dependent on Colorado's Dolores River fear the same but have found common ground solutions, and a new film highlights historical healthcare challenges in rural Appalachia.

Civil Rights Groups: Racism Needs to be Part of the Debate

play audio
Play

Monday, September 14, 2009   

WASHINGTON - Civil rights groups charge that a campaign of racism and fear lies at the heart of current political commentary aimed at the nation's first African-American President and two advisers who are also African-American.

Malkia Cyril is the executive director and founder of the Center for Media Justice. She says more and more of the targets of these attacks seem to be people of color.

"Using race-baiting and racism as a way to weaken public conversation on critical issues is in fact a cowardly act."

She says civil rights groups are organizing a campaign to fight against commentary they see as racist.

"We need to tell the truth and to tell it in such a way that inspires people and reminds them that this country has the potential to be something great and beautiful."

Cyril adds that civil rights groups will refocus the nation away from name-calling and anger, and toward discussing the crucial issues before the American people.

"And we plan on doing that by doing every thing we can to pivot away from this poison public debate and onto the critical justice issues that are at hand."

Cyril says the extreme right uses racism to undermine real debate on crucial issues like health care and climate change. The President's African-American green jobs adviser stepped down recently, citing what he called a smear campaign against him. Cyril says the right's next target is an African-American who is an associate general counsel at the Federal Communications Commission - Mark Lloyd. Lloyd is in charge of diversity programs at the FCC. Civil rights groups are particularly concerned about attacks on Lloyd, because they view diversity in media ownership as an important component in the effort to battle institutional racism.

For more information: colorofchange.org




get more stories like this via email

more stories
More than 2,000 patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities have received dental care in group home day center settings across North Carolina, according to Access Dental. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

Most people probably never give a second thought to their visits to the dentist, but not everyone can navigate this process with ease. People with …


Social Issues

play sound

Christmas is a little more than two weeks away, and toy drives around the country are in full swing. A North Dakota organizer shares some things to …

Social Issues

play sound

A federal judge in Nevada has dealt three tribal nations a legal setback in their efforts to stop what could be the construction of the country's larg…


A study on earth.org reveals a 6 1/2-foot artificial Christmas tree would have to be used for at least 12 years for it to be more ecofriendly than a real Christmas tree. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Hoosiers could get their holiday trees from any of about 200 tree farms in the state, according to the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association…

Social Issues

play sound

Reports from the Insurance Commissioner's office and the state Attorney General reveal an analysis of what they call "the true costs of health care" i…

Environment

play sound

Connecticut lawmakers are reluctant to approve new emission standards that would require 90% cleaner emissions from internal-combustion engines and re…

Environment

play sound

While lawmakers and environmental groups strive to lower vehicle emissions and the nation's carbon footprint, many truckers see unrealistic …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021