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In 1959, a white journalist traveled the Deep South posing as a black man. The conditions horrified him.

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In 1959, Texas journalist John Howard Griffin darkened his skin and lived for six weeks as a black man in the segregated South. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe his harrowing story and what it showed about the true state of race relations in America. John Howard Griffin (June 16, 1920 – September 9, 1980) was an American journalist and author, much of whose writing was about racial equality. He is best known for darkening his skin and journeying through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to experience segregation in the Deep South in 1959. He wrote…read more

Teacher Certification SNAFU: Judge Rules NYS Exams are Racially Biased

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Alan Singer Social studies educator, Hofstra University, SNAFU: An acronym dating from World War II. Situation Normal, All F*cked Up. I have been a teacher and teacher educator for over forty years. One of the things I learned is that some people should not be teachers. They may lack empathy for young people, be impatient, have trouble connecting with other people, have too many biases of their own, be unwilling to put in the hard work to master the craft, or have their own emotional problems or academic issues. I…read more

What It’s Like as a ‘Girl’ in the Lab

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IT’S 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and I’m still in the lab. Earlier in the day, as I was looking through old data, I unexpectedly found the answer to a question that I’d been trying to address for a year. It was one of those rare “eureka” moments in science. But it’s not as though in an instant a spotlight fell on the pictures of cells I’d been staring at, clearing up all mystery. No, this is the beginning of a new mystery, and I have to repeat months…read more