Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) August, 2002 / Vol. 8, No. 4

FAIR HOUSING NEWS

A newsletter about fair housing, community development, and neighborhood quality of life


SUMMER GREETINGS!

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IN THE NEWS

Is a New "White Flight" Occurring? Analysts Dispute Census Segregation Findings. William Frey (a University of Michigan demographer), in the June, 2002 American Demographics, found a white flight accelerating to outer suburbs and, regionally, to the "new, whiter" Sunbelt; causes identified are the high cost of urban living and an attracting suburban lifestyle. Frey believes the migration's intensity will exceed the postwar wave, and result in a wider regional separation between mostly-suburban whites and mostly-urban blacks. Oppositionally, Howard University sociologist Roderick Harrison points out racial segregation is actually decreasing, with notable exceptions. (American Demographics, June, 2002: 20-24.

$135,040 Awarded African-American Family & Real Estate Agent in Mississippi Racial Intimidation Case. A HUD Administrative Law Judge ordered a Mississippi man to pay because he made violent threats and told the couple he and his neighbors did not want blacks in their neighborhood. (Fair Housing Advocate, July, 2002:1-2)


DID YOU KNOW?

The Baltimore Branch of the NAACP Will Hold the Freedom Fund Banquet on October 9, 2002. The theme is Embracing Our Heritage. The Second Annual Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award will be given to outstanding business and professional leaders.

The GBCHRB Has Revised its Fair Housing Informational Brochures to Include Sexual Orientation as a Protected Class. Contact the GBCHRB at 410-453-9500 or mail@gbchrb.org for free copies of brochures.

TV Worth Watching!?! Local! Community, Improvements, Housing, Neighborhoods, Living, People, Rights! The GBCHRB's Neighborhood Beat is on various cable-TV stations. The 30-minute interview show runs on Channel 21 & 8 in Baltimore City, 99 in Anne Arundel County, 71 in Baltimore County, 3 in Carroll, and 3 & 7 in Harford! Call us at 410-453-9500 or the stations for the show's days and times!

INTERESTING BOOKS

American Nightmare: History of Jim Crow. by Jerrold M. Packard. 304 pp. St. Martin's Press, 2002. $24.95. This is a history of how U.S. legal statutes were partially generated by, and in turn bolstered, racist social conditions and entrenched customs. By 1670, laws were in place that consigned African-Americans to slavery. Individual incidents are fascinating, such as Teddy Roosevelt's landmark White House dinner with Booker T. Washington which was a casual invitation, not a planned political move.

Getting Right With God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995 (Religion and American Culture. by Mark Newman. University of Alabama, 2001. 336 pp. $39.95. Historians have usually noted that Southern Baptists in America opposed integration and racial equality. Newman challenges the idea that Southern Baptists were monolithic in their racial views demonstrating several factions existing within the Convention during the Civil Rights movement.

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. by Paul Kivel. New Society, 2002. 271 pp. $17.95. Speaking as a white to fellow whites, Kivel shares stories, suggestions, advice, exercises and approaches for working together to fight racism. He discusses the issues of affirmative action, immigration, institutional racism, anti-Semitism, humor, political correctness and the meaning of whiteness; covered are the different forms of racial injustice faced by Latinos, Asian Americans, African Americans, Native-Americans, and Jews. Uprooting Racism has been revised and expanded to help white people understand racism. This new edition explores how entrenched racism has been revealed in the new economy, voting, anti-Arab prejudice, and health care policy.

The Unsteady March: The Rise and Decline of Racial Equality in America. by Philip A. Klinkner & Rogers M. Smith. University of Chicago, 2002. $20. This examination of the years after the Civil Rights movement finds that anti-black backlash has reversed some of the strides toward equality. To correct the slide, Klinkner & Smith recommend enforcing civil rights legislation, economic equality, and reform of the criminal justice system. They also advocate re-institution of the draft and a universal national service program.

Not Yet Published:

Separate But Equal: Life Under Segregation in Greenville, Mississippi. by Henry C. Anderson & Clifton L. Taubert. 160 pp. Public Affairs Press, October, 2002. $35. This is a book of 95 rediscovered photographs documenting a proud community of middle-class Southern blacks at the dawn of the civil rights movement - a community of prosperous, optimistic black Southerners who considered themselves first-class Americans despite living in a deeply segregated world.

The Many Costs of Racism. by Joe R. Feagin, Karyn D. McKinney, and Patricia Olivia Covarrubias. Rowman & Littlefield, December, 2002. $26.95. This is a vivid and startling account of the mental and physical health effects of racism. Drawing on studies, it portrays the damage done to individuals, families, and communities by stress from workplace discrimination. It shows the strong connection between discrimination and health problems, describing these as "costs" above and beyond the economic trials of discrimination.

REST IN PEACE

Kevin R. Connor, Community Affairs Specialist, 42. We note with sadness the passing of Kevin, who worked in the Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices, from auto accident injuries. Adrienne Jones, director of the Office, commented, "Kevin's smile would brighten our office each time he walked through the door." (Baltimore Sun, June 20, 2002:6B)

Justin Dart, Jr., Disability Rights Activist, 71. Dart, among the fathers of the Americans with Disabilities Act, was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1998. He also served as the chair of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in the Reagan administration. (Baltimore Sun, June 24, 2002:6B)

William F. Gibson, Civil Rights Leader, 69. Originally a dentist, Gibson worked for voter registration and economic empowerment as a Greenville, South Carolina, NAACP branch president, state president, and succeeded Margaret Bush-Wilson as National Chairman of the NAACP from 1985 to 1995.



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