Deborah Barfield Berry USA TODAY Published 6:47 AM EST Feb 4, 2019 WASHINGTON – In the wake of a firestorm surrounding Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, civil rights leaders and political experts expect others will also be called to task for racially insensitive actions from their past – but they noted the controversy shows how far the nation has to go to heal its thorny history on race relations. “We still have much work to do. We are far from the concept of a post-racial society," said Derrick Johnson, president of the national NAACP. “Individuals and political parties have used race as a tool. The overarching question for us as a nation is: When are we going to address it – the issue of intolerance and racism and not seek to sweep it under a rug that can never cover it up?” Johnson, along with other civil rights leaders and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, have been quick to call for Northam, a Democrat, to … [Read more...] about Northam: Scandal shows how far race relations have to go, experts say
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RTÉ cameraman Gay O’Brien’s 60-seconds clip of the launch of the police riot in Duke Street in Derry on October 5, 1968 went around the world. It led the news not only in Ireland and Britain but in the US, Australia and many points in between.The march was a moment of global significance, an integral element of something huge that was happening all over world.Everywhere you looked, there was tumult and war. Villages huddled in the hills and jungles of south east Asia were aflame, drenched in Napalm from US ‘planes. Martin Luther King was murdered in Atlanta in April. Fighting flared as young African Americans erupted from the ghettoes. Students in France occupied the Sorbonne the following month and tore up cobble-stones to fight the paramilitary police. The people of Prague rose up in August against invasion by the Soviet Union. In September, Chicago mayor Richard Daley had called in 25,000 city, State and federal officers to batter anti-war … [Read more...] about Eamonn McCann: Look at how far we have come
Cast your mind back 10 years. Survey the political scene. What can you see? The Labour Party has been in power for 11 years. And it seems to be winning the big argument. The new leaders of the Conservative Party, David Cameron and George Osborne, have stopped calling for tax cuts and are instead pledging to match Labour’s public service spending plans. “Sharing the proceeds of growth” is the mantra. Survey the economic scene. What’s going on there? Well, there’s much talk on the business pages of newspapers of a somewhat mysterious “credit crunch”. Northern Rock went under the year before. House prices are down. The stock market is looking a bit sickly. The economy seems to be slowing. Yet a recession warning by the chancellor, Alistair Darling, is viciously stamped on by aides of the prime minister, Gordon Brown. After all, the Treasury is projecting GDP growth only to dip slightly before rapidly bouncing back. The … [Read more...] about Financial crisis 10 years on: Have we seen any true reform?
IN a world full of uncertainties, few people doubt that Michael D. Higgins will be re-elected as President of Ireland on October 26. The only safer bet around is that when he addresses the Civil Righ[...] This story is for Premium subscribers only Registered users get 5 regular articles & 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Deaglán de Bréadún: Derry Civil Rights ‘Festival’ shows how far we have come
Belfast-born TV journalist Denis Tuohy recalls how he was banned by BBC from reporting civil rights movement in Northern Ireland BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, Belfast-born TV journalist Denis Tuohy recalls how the broadcaster's attempts to silence him backfired spectacularly. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/belfastborn-tv-journalist-denis-tuohy-recalls-how-he-was-banned-by-bbc-from-reporting-civil-rights-movement-in-northern-ireland-37283328.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/article37283324.ece/c95d0/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-09-05_opi_43833238_I1.JPG Email Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, Belfast-born TV journalist Denis Tuohy recalls how the broadcaster's attempts to silence him backfired spectacularly. Television viewers in Britain were astounded by what they saw happening in part of the United Kingdom on … [Read more...] about Belfast-born TV journalist Denis Tuohy recalls how he was banned by BBC from reporting civil rights movement in Northern Ireland