Special Education: The Frontier of Continued Racial Segregation

by Kristina Rochester There is an emerging trend of disproportionality in the statistical representation of African-American and Hispanic students in special education programs. (http://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2011/10/13/01disproportion.h05.html.) This trend represents one of the greatest threats to educational equality in America as it is a new frontier for segregation. African-American and Hispanic students are not only placed at a…

Racism and Rape

by Catherine Polta Rape laws started off as property laws, and the harm was to the man who had an interest in his wife, daughter, or slave. As a consequence of this legal framing, a woman could not be raped by a man who had a property interest in her because the man essentially owned…

The Dim Future of the Voting Rights Act

by Noah Matthew Rich For decades, the Voting Rights Act was hailed as one of the most successful pieces of civil rights litigation in history. Several months ago, the key piece of the Act—Section 5—was under attack. Noah Matthew Rich, Note, The Viability of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 5 Geo. J. L.…

Drug Testing and Public Assistance

by Katherine McInnis In 1988 the Drug Free Workplace Act was passed, requiring urine tests for every employee working for a federal grantee. Isabel MacDonald, The GOP’s Drug-testing Dragnet: How the Republicans and industry profiteers are targeting high school students, welfare applicants, and the unemployed, THE NATION, (Sept. 26, 2013 9:04 AM), http://www.thenation.com/article/173654/gops-drug-testing-dragnet?page=0,3. Although Republicans…