Yearly Archives: 2020

What is the meaning of Kwanzaa? It has 7

When the Bias Busters class that published “100 Questions and Answers About African Americans,” it encountered questions about Kwanzaa. Here is how that went in our guide: What is Kwanzaa? Kwanzaa is a celebration of African heritage and principles. It … Continue reading

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Bias Busters enjoys good allies

The Michigan State University School of Journalism is proud to have its Bias Busters series recognized by Read the Spirit, the online magazine arm of Front Edge Publishing, our publisher. That team has supported Bias Busters since we started this … Continue reading

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Faith, race and politics clash

Associated Press reporter Elana Schor reported on weekend violence at four Washington, D.C., churches: the attacks “raised questions among some clergy and churchgoers about why more fellow Christians were not speaking out against the incidents.” The damage accompanied rallies by … Continue reading

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Indian mascots, teaching moments

In July, the National Football League’s Washington, D.C., team said it would retire its mascot name, the Redskins. A new name will be announced at a later date. This week, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team made a similar announcement about … Continue reading

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Blueberries and cherries

Red states, blue states, how did we get to this divide and at what cost? Cultural strategist Philippa P.B. Hughes looked at who she was spending her time with and did not like what she saw. Or what she didn’t … Continue reading

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Hanukkah is light in a dark year

Hanukkah, a communal celebration of the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem, is getting a reboot in this year of the coronavirus. The eight-day holiday, Dec. 10-18 on this year’s Gregorian calendar, is traditionally a time to be together, eat, … Continue reading

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Bodhi day will enlighten you

It is not your imagination. The end of the Gregorian calendar that predominates in the United States really is crowded with religious holidays. There is one December holiday, Bodhi Day, which consistently falls on Dec. 8 and might have escaped … Continue reading

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Books, like minds, work best when open

A big shoutout to Dr. Sook Wilkinson and the book she created with Victor Jew, “Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest.” It is one of 15 featured in Bridge Michigan’s “15 anti-racist Michigan books to get you through … Continue reading

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Could you pass new citizenship test?

It just got harder to become a U.S. citizen. On Dec. 1, the testing requirement went from 12 correct answers to 20 questions from the previous six out of 10 in a 128-item questu=ion bank. There are also some tricky … Continue reading

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New international student enrollment drops 43%

Enrollment of international students at U.S. colleges and universities, which has been declining since 2016, fell off a cliff in 2020. According to an Institute of International Education report, the number of new international students fell 43% as thousands deferred … Continue reading

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