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FACING DISABILITY ON TV

It is parents who can’t face disability on TV Complaints that the children’s presenter Cerrie Burnell is ‘scaring children’ reveal an alarming prejudice towards disability … from adults Nine official complaints have so far been lodged with the BBC – plus many more blog postings – about 29-year-old children’s television presenter Cerrie Burnell, who was born with only one hand. Parents have complained that they cannot let their children watch her because the sight will “possibly cause sleep problems”, that she is scaring toddlers, and that they are being forced to discuss the issue of disability with their offspring before...

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CELEBRATING INTELLIGENT WOMEN

The University Challenge sensation Gail Trimble is not the first intelligent woman to face prejudice and slander Some men define themselves by which part of the female anatomy they prefer: breasts, legs, arse, etc. Personally, I’m more a brains and face kind of guy. I’ve always been attracted to intelligent women with beautiful facial features, and my wife ticks those boxes for me. Gail Trimble, the grand boffin of University Challenge who seemed to have a Google implant in her brain, has ventured into relatively uncharted territory for brainy women: she has become a media sensation. Not only have her...

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ENIGMATIC OR ENRICHED?

Heritage I prefer to use the term “Mixed Heritage” to describe myself. There is actually only one human race and we are all part of it, “mixed race” may imply that there are many races within the one human race and to me that also implies and reinforces the implied hierarchy. I have heritages from several parts of the human race none is more important than the other, they all just contribute to who I am. Language is extremely powerful and it is the societal context in which I live that makes it more comfortable for others to describe me...

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APPARENTLY, I’M NOT BRITISH

According to the Daily Mail, even second- and third-generation children born in the UK are not truly ‘British’ In another lifetime, a few years ago, when I used to run messageboards primarily populated by British Asians, we were occasionally invaded by National Front and BNP trolls. They told us to “go back to your own country”, and we retorted that we were born here and had as much right to call ourselves British as they did. Their retort almost inevitably was: “Just because a dog is born in a stable doesn’t make it a horse”. But who really takes lessons...

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CIVIL RIGHTS TIMELINE

January is Civil Rights Month in the USA so Diverse presents the Civil Rights Timeline. 1954 May 17 The Supreme Court rules on the landmark case Brownv. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans., unanimously agreeing that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The ruling paves the way for large-scale desegregation. The decision overturns the 1896Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that sanctioned “separate but equal” segregation of the races, ruling that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” It is a victory for NAACP attorney Thurgood Marshall, who will later return to the Supreme Court as the USA’s first black justice. 1955 Aug Fourteen-year-old...

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OBAMA’S SPEECH – AN ANALYSIS

YES WE CAN!! More prose than poetry means: it’s time to get down to work. A presidential inaugural address can be pitched either to the ages, replete with eternal verities, or to the particular moment, cataloguing the challenges of the day, but rarely to both. I think most of us expected the former from Barack Hussein Obama, whose most stirring oratories have certainly sung with ageless poetry. This speech had those moments, to be sure, and Obama from time to time reached back to Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and even to Paul the Apostle. But what was surprising was how...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA INAUGURATION – REPORT

Obama inauguration: We will remake America, vows President Obama America’s first black president promises to roll back Bush years and restore nation’s moral standing Barack Hussein Obama, the US president, ushered in a new era of Democratic rule today with a promise to begin rolling back the Bush years and restore the nation’s moral standing in the world. The 44th president, speaking in front of the biggest inauguration crowd in US history, said: “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America.” An estimated 2 million people, wrapped up against the...

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA – FULL INAUGURATION SPEECH

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of...

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JAN 19, 2009 – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. In 2009 Martin Luther King Day falls on January 19th. But who is Martin Luther King Jr? Biography of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) Born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the eldest son of Martin Luther King, Sr., pastor and civil rights leader, and Alberta Williams King, whose father was the...

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HISTORY LINKS KING HOLIDAY, OBAMA INAUGURATION

Martin Luther King’s flame has always burned brightest in Atlanta, but in a real sense, the torch is being passed to Washington, D.C., with his birthday and holiday taking on dual meaning for many Americans because it falls on the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration. While Georgia’s capital has traditionally been the place for the most high-profile observance that day, this year it will share the spotlight with the nation’s capital. But the shift from King’s hometown does nothing to diminish the excitement of the moment, said William Jelani Cobb, an American history professor at Atlanta’s Spelman College. “That we...