Category Archives: Diversity and Race

Running with Muhammad Ali

I used to live in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, which is right on Lake Michigan. One early chilly, windy Sunday morning I was running south along Lake Shore Drive. LSD was to my right and I noticed occasional … Continue reading

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University of Ill. Censure: Kirstein Quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Ed.

AAUP Censures U. of Illinois and 3 Other Colleges, Vows to Fight On in Wisconsin By Peter Schmidt Washington The American Association of University Professors voted overwhelmingly at its annual conference here on Saturday to censure the University of Illinois … Continue reading

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Kirstein Remarks at Steven Salaita Columbia College Appearance

Carolina Sánchez – Columbia College Chronicle: Steven Salaita speaking, Iymen Chehade and Peter N. Kirstein Steven Salaita Panel, Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine: October 8, 2014 Columbia College Chicago. This is a link to a post on the event on the American Association … Continue reading

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CNN Cites Illinois AAUP Committee A Report on Salaita Case

CNN has cited Illinois Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure report on the Salaita case.  Peter N. Kirstein is the committee’s  chair and contact person for any information concerning our report. kirstein@sxu.edu (CNN) — A pro-Palestinian college professor’s tenure offer … Continue reading

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Kirstein Interviewed on WILL: NPR/PBS at University of Illinois

On August 7 Jim Meadows a reporter at WILL Radio in Urbana interviewed me by telephone on the Professor Salaita appointment travesty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The station is part of NPR and also includes a television station. This is … Continue reading

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Illinois Committee A E-mail to U of I Chancellor re Salaita Debacle

From: Kirstein, Peter N. Sent: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:22 AM To: pmwise@illinois.edu Cc: Subject: Illinois Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure Statement of Salaita Firing Chancellor Phyllis Wise​                               … Continue reading

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Dr King, Claudette Colvin, Montgomery and Boycotts

The boycott movement was a key aspect of the Civil Rights Movement. In particular the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, made possible by the courage of Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks, who refused to surrender their seats to white males, was … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism is a Racist, Imperialistic Canard

The notion of American exceptionalism is a disgrace. The nation is the only industrialised nation that does not construe health care as a right. The pusillanimous Obamacare maze, while certainly a progressive step toward socialism, is still placing too many … Continue reading

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DePaul University Philosophy, The New York Times Article Applies to You!

The New York Times has published an article on the sexual harassment case of University of Miami philosopher Colin McGinn. Professor McGinn was forced to resign his tenured position because of sexual harassment complaints by a first-year graduate student. In … Continue reading

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Racist Jury and Racist Killing of Trayvon Martin in Roberts’s Court America

Trayvon Martin was killed by a racist, George Zimmerman. Simply put, had he been white, he would not have been stereotyped as an “asshole” or a “fucking punk.”  An all white jury, or close to it (83.3% white) without apparently … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel Rejects Supporters of Mr Trayvon Martin Statement

Dear Friend, The Orlando Sentinel has refused to publish the “We Say No More!” statement, as a paid ad on the grounds that it’s “inflammatory” and “is more of an opinion rather than a substantiated fact and therefore are unable … Continue reading

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Pictures at an Exhibition: well not Mussorgsky but Half Marathon With Racial Overtones

These are images of a very tired person running the First Midwest (banks are good for something I guess) Half-Marathon in Palos Heights, Ill. on May 5, 2013. It’s a 13.1 mile jaunt! I returned early from St Louis from a Mary … Continue reading

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Western Historical Quarterly and Kirstein Review on Mexican Labour in the U.S.

I will be reviewing Jeffrey Marcos Garcilazo, Traqueros: Mexican Railroad Workers in the United States (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2012). It will appear in the Western Historical Quarterly, the preeminent journal in American history on the western historical experience. … Continue reading

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President Obama 2013 Inaugural Breaks New Ground

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; … Continue reading

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Statement in Support of Trayvon Martin appears in Florida Star: Join us!

This is the text of statement that appears on p. A-3 in the Florida Star. The “We Say NO MORE” statement on Trayvon Martin is now running in the weekly African American owned newspaper out of Jacksonville, with readers in northern Florida and southen … Continue reading

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Presidents’ Day is Racialism Day: Mt Rushmore honours Slaveowners!

Presidents’ Day should be abolished. It is unseemly to celebrate evil especially if Presidents’ Day has morphed from Washington’s Birthday to a full-court press in honour of these men. It is well to remember how evil so many were. Eight of the twelve slave-owning … Continue reading

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Cardinals Win 2011 World Series: The Greatest Organisation in US Sports’ History

In this improbable dream, the beloved, adored and historically glorious St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series. They did not do it with swagger. They did not do it with high-fives and gloating when a fellow athlete sustained a concussion … Continue reading

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Dr Martin Luther King’s Home, Church and University in Close Proximity

While Dr Martin Luther King Jr was born about 250 years after Bach, they share a curious commonality. Bach apparently spent his life around Thuringia and apparently never went further north than Hamburg or east of Dresden: later to be … Continue reading

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King Center Peace Pledge

Make Dr King’s Dream Come True I pledge to honor Martin Luther King’s, Jr’s life and non-violent work by helping to make this world a better, more just place for all people. I will: Respect all people. Live a life … Continue reading

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Ku Klux Klan, Stone Mountain and Me

I went to the top of Stone Mountain east of Atlanta, Georgia where the infamous William Simmons reestablished the KKK in 1915. “Inspired” by the cinematic evil masterpiece, The Birth of a Nation, Simmons lead a g roup of fellow … Continue reading

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Dr Martin Luther King, Jr: America’s Greatest Historic Figure and Dr Howard Zinn

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965: “How Long, Not Long” address. The previous year he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Three years later he was assassinated in a country that immorally and … Continue reading

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Understanding Rand Paul and the Civil Rights Act of 1875

Kentucky Republican Senate primary winner Rand Paul has stated that he does not support repeal of  the Civil Rights Act of 1964 but disagreed with one of its eleven titles that required desegregation of privately owned accommodations. While he claimed … Continue reading

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Seattle, Gay Pride Parade and Coming Out Straight in Teaching

I have been touring the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian province of British Columbia. I happened to be in Seattle on Sunday, June 28, a day of Gay Pride parades across the country commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall gay-bar resistance … Continue reading

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Kirstein Remarks on Gaza Panel

These are my remaks for Chicago Gaza Panel, February 26, 2009. Spanish philosopher Miguel Unamuno, during the Spanish Civil War, declared in 1936, “Sometimes to be Silent is to Lie.” He directed this remark on his campus of the University … Continue reading

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“Senator” Roland Burris and My Car

Governor Rod Blagojevich has apppointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to Barack Obama’s vacated senate seat on December 30, 2008. A couple of weeks ago I took my car in for service at a dealership on 159th Street in Orland Park, … Continue reading

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Daughters of Bilitis Women Founders Marry in San Francisco: A Teachable Moment

Jim Wilson/The New York Times Del Martin, seated, and Phyllis Lyon were the first same-sex couple in San Francisco to exchange wedding vows on Monday, June 17, 2008. Mayor Gavin Newsom, left, presided. I am pretty sure these elderly women … Continue reading

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Senator Barack Obama on Dr King’s 40th Anniversary of His Assassination

Senator Obama’s full remarks follow as prepared for delivery. Remarks for Senator Barack Obama Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fort Wayne, Indiana April 4, 2008   Assassinated April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee As Mike Mike [Riley, Indiana Campaign Chairperson … Continue reading

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Professor Kirstein Remarks at Women and Gender Studies Symposium

Panel Presentation: Women and Gender Symposium, St Xavier University, January 26, 2008, Chicago, Illinois Spanish philosopher Miguel Unamuno said, “At times, to be Silent is to Lie.” In higher education self-censorship may sometimes be construed in that manner. For example, … Continue reading

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Dr King’s March on Washington, Bob Dylan and Senator Obama Sermon

The Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr at March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Here he delivered his “I Have A Dream” oration. At the march, Bob Dylan sung “Only A Pawn In Their Game” (link to verse and audio … Continue reading

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Senator Hillary Clinton’s Revisionist History

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in addition to her misreading of the role of Dr King’s prominence in the civil rights movement, demonstrated additional partisan and revisionist history that is inaccurate. Revisionist history is the motive force behind historiography but it can … Continue reading

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Are President Clinton and Senator Clinton Racists?

Much has been made of recent comments directed at the Obama campaign by President Bill  and Senator Hillary Clinton. The House majority whip and highest ranking African-American in Congress, Democratic Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, is contemplating an Obama … Continue reading

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Racist University of Illinois to Capitulate to Glorious N.C.A.A.: Eliminate Chief Illiniwek Disgrace

The University of Illinois since 1926 has had a mascot named "Chief Illiniwek." This racist, mocking symbol of "redmen" was paraded at half-time during football and basketball games. A white-male student would run around barefoot–let's go native and mock those … Continue reading

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St Xavier University Should be Commended for Canceling Classes on Martin Luther King Jr Day

Saint Xavier University has canceled classes on Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr’s National Holiday. For years professors tried to get some type of formal acknowledgement of this holiday from the university. Finally the administration of President Judith Dwyer had … Continue reading

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Ban Homophobic Military From University Recruiting (Revised)

http://www.aaup.org/newsroom/Solomonpr.htm The American Association of University Professors has endorsed Stanford Law Professor Kathleen Sullivan’s argument against the Solomon Amendment, that can sanction entire colleges and universities who refuse to acquiesce in the anti-American, homophobic practices of the U. S. military … Continue reading

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Was Chief Justice William Rehnquist a Racist?

Chief Justice Rehnquist was a law clerk to Supreme Court justice, Robert H. Jackson. Justice Jackson also was the chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials and according to historian David Irving, Nuremberg: The Last Battle, the … Continue reading

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