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Michele Wallace "crossing the finish line" A black man was about to win the new york marathon. In every single camera view the man was alone he was definitely gonna win. However the commentators kept on saying he wouldn't win even if he was a mile ahead. As he crossed the finish line the cameras left him and never came back. Second and third place runner ups were given the play by play by the commentators as they crossed, but the black man didn't. showed that winning is in the eyes of the camera not the beholder (propoganda).gave accounts that the media was heavily populated with racist innuendos. Newspapers magazines everything.

"no room in the inn" William bennet (secretary of education) argues that racism and sexism should be excluded from studying western civilaztion. Implying that nothing in history was sexist or racist. Author Realized this issue when carl rowan had to explain to a panel of white journalists why supreme court justice thurgood marshall had said that Reagan was a racist.

"ohh no, no,no ,no they all insisted. Reagan is not racist no not racist no no they all chanted."there's no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism" "cultural detention centers" Minorities should have equal opportunities to advance on the socio-economic ladder. We are all victims of western civilization everyone is affected however minorities have it worse. We need to change the way minorities lack access to the primary means of social communication at every level from mass media to publishing. Boundaries have to be broken and education is a means to an end education needs to be opened up as well.

"rainbow coalition of the mind" Oklahoma has a large American Indian population and hardly anyone knows about it because it was suppressed information that was excluded from history textbooks. Actually you guys should read this yourself its pretty instresting and its not to long Rainbow Coalition ofthe Mind But now I know an Indian chief-Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma-whose struggle is also a struggle with language and representation. The Cherokee are also invisible to most Americans, even to most Oklahomans, even to most blacks. I've become fascinated by the unwillingness of "American history" to include Oklahoma in its big picture. It's like one of those nuclear dump sites, some place nobody wants to know anything about.

Perhaps it remains this frightening unknown quantity because its population didn't whiten until the 1920s. Years after all the unwanted Native Americans in the Southeast were rounded up and herded to the "Indian Territory," most notably in the Trail of Tears--ex-slaves began to rally there as well because of the rumors that black men were prosperous in the territory--the possibility of Oklahoma entering the union as an Indian or black state was seriously considered.

Native Americans wanted to call the Indian state Sequoyah, after the man who had invented the Cherokee alphabet. He thought the one great advantage whites had over his people was writing. So he set about improving the odds. I don't want to romanticize Cherokee development-the alphabet didn't save them from the hypocrisy of whites. But what strikes me as important about the Cherokees, and all Native American groups, is that they have a different historical relationship to the question of race, and demonstrate another paradigm of assimilation without success. The useful thing might be to make comparisons, to dislodge the phantom fears, to find out what's really there. I can't think why the one thing both American Studies at Yale and at SUNY-Buffalo have in common is a total lack of interest in such questions. Of course, we all contribute to the dichotomizing of black and white that allows the media to trivialize the Jackson campaign, and which erases again and again American cultural diversity. But I feel as though Sequoyah is a state of mind, the predisposition to regard the United States as a function of American pluralism, a rainbow coalition of great expectations, impossible to meet solely with classical solutions