Kelly Fischer faced discrimination in New Orleans when she tried to find a school for her blind, autistic son. She became a plaintiff in an SPLC suit filed to ensure the city’s public schools comply with federal law by providing students with disabilities the educational services they need.
The SPLC has obtained exclusive audio of an Arizona legislator mocking Latinos and other minorities with racially charged jokes at a recent roast of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the Western Conservative Conference.
As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer decides this week whether to veto a bill allowing business owners to deny service to LGBT customers because of their own religious beliefs, I’m reminded of an earlier era when a similar form of discrimination was rampant.
A ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upholds California’s ban on conversion therapy for minors, a discredited practice that claims to “cure” people of being gay, is another sign of the collapse of the conversion therapy industry.
There was a line in President Obama’s State of the Union address that particularly resonated with me: “Opportunity is who we are.” The question is whether we’ll provide that opportunity to the millions of immigrants who are living and working in the shadows in our country.
The law is touted as a way to provide “school choice,” but in reality it discriminates against many impoverished families that don’t have the means to send children to distant public schools or expensive private academies.
Amid growing income and wealth disparity in our country, we should rededicate ourselves to Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of economic justice and to helping those who are falling through the cracks in society.
Finally, our politicians are waking up to the fact that our children need a helping hand, not a pair of handcuffs. They’ve recognized the devastating consequences of the lunacy that has gripped our schools: the idea that children should be tossed out of school and, quite often, into jail for typical adolescent misbehavior.
Not only did the star of Duck Dynasty say offensive things about LGBT people, his remarks about “singing and happy” African-American farmworkers in the Jim Crow South represent historical revisionism that should be denounced.
As the holidays approach, many of us will take time to reflect upon the past year – to think about the moments that have shaped our lives and the people who’ve crossed our paths and shared our experiences.