How Does the Language We Use Legitimize (or Delegitimize)?

This interesting article looks at the language we use about history — especially that of the Civil War (or should it be called War of Rebellion):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/we-legitimize-so-called-confederacy-vocabulary-thats-problem-180964830/

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150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre/NPR

“This wasn’t just an event in history; it wasn’t something that just happened and is over. The things that could bring about an atrocity of this magnitude — those were human things, and that potential is still in people.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/12/15/370182656/150-years-later-a-formal-apology-for-the-sand-creek-massacre?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2041

63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project

“The “I, Too, Am Harvard” photo campaign explores the diverse experience that black students at Harvard have to face.”

This happens everywhere, but these students share their experiences and their messages to others:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/21-black-harvard-students-share-their-experiences-through-a

Racism and Sexism Online: University of Illinois Chancellor Responds to Hate Comments

When the Chancellor of the University of Illinois didn’t cancel classes due to weather, some people took to the Internet, with racist and sexists comments. How she responded is the real story!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/university-of-illinois-chancellor-responds-to-hate-comments

Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot By ALISON SMALE/NYTimes

Germany’s changing demographics due to immigration, especially of Muslim Turks, present problems and opportunities. This article examines the addition of lessons in Islam in the public education system in response to those changes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/world/europe/germany-adds-lessons-in-islam-to-better-blend-its-melting-pot.html?_r=0