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Lack of Teacher Diversity Hurts Our Students

The lack of teacher diversity in the Kern High School District hurts all of our students. It is hurting students of color who often have teachers who do not understand their life experiences, and it is hurting our white students who leave high school unprepared for the diverse university and work environments of California. Put simply, we cannot succeed as a school district that promotes success for all students until we hire and retain more teachers of color.

COMMENTARY: Another Case of Alzheimer’s

The implications of the increase in Alzheimer’s patients goes far beyond the personal loss and sadness experienced by families. We are talking about immense healthcare costs. As I have witnessed in my extended family, an individual who is otherwise healthy can suffer a long and slow decline that can be not only emotionally intolerable for all involved but immensely expensive, sometimes to the point of personal bankruptcy.

Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington

The lack of teacher diversity in the Kern High School District hurts all of our students. It is hurting students of color who often have teachers who do not understand their life experiences, and it is hurting our white students who leave high school unprepared for the diverse university and work environments of California. Put simply, we cannot succeed as a school district that promotes success for all students until we hire and retain more teachers of color.

Waters: Buying A Car Should Be Fair, Transparent and Free of Discrimination

“Buying a car is a significant purchase for many Americans and should be a fair and transparent transaction, free of discrimination. Unfortunately, this is not the case for persons of color. The National Fair Housing Alliance, in a test of auto lending discrimination, found that nearly two-thirds of minority loan applicants received higher cost financing options from automobile dealers than less qualified white applicants.

COMMENTARY: Killing Whales…Again?

“What is the Japanese whaling industry thinking? What could they possibly be thinking that would justify moving against another species? We have seen the impact of the conscious human destruction of various species—the buffalo being a profound example—and we know that once a species is gone, there is no bringing it back. There is no ‘oops, sorry’ moment.”

Congress Traveling the Country to Hear Evidence of Voting Rights Violations

Some of the violations that have been reported include closed polling places, new limitations on voter registration and removal of names from voter lists. The Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act while acknowledging the persistence of voter discrimination. Following the Court’s decision, which, as a practical matter, eliminated preclearance requirements under the Voting Rights Act, hundreds of voting rights violations have been reported. 

Q&A: CSUB Professor Talks About Social Justice

Ivy Cargile is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University, Bakersfield. Her research focus is in American political behavior. She researches elite and voter behavior with an emphasis on the Latino community. She is interested in how Latino voters are influenced across various domains, such as candidate evaluations, public opinion about issues important to the community, and the context in which political learning occurs.