Blood Quantum Laws in the US
Blood Quantum Laws is a term that describes legislation enacted in the US to define membership in Native American / Indigenous tribes or nations. “Blood quantum” refers to describing the degree of ancestry for an individual of a specific racial or ethnic group, for instance, 1/2 Salish tribe. Its use started in 1705 when Virginia adopted laws which limited colonial civil rights of Native Americans and persons of half or more Native American ancestry.My Introducion To Bigotry And Discrimination
As a nine year old boy I saw a famous man of God demonstrate bigotry and discrimination. It was a disturbing education.History of Focus Groups
The origin of focus groups dates to about 50 years ago, and it traces its origins to World War II like many modern innovations. The focus groups were first created in the Office of Social Research in the United States, associate director, the sociologist Robert Merton. The same term was coined by psychologist and marketing expert, Ernest Dichter.A War That Counts Homelessness and Poverty in the United States
There are many who are well aware that a preponderance of privation in our country represents a societal illness becoming more and more difficult to ignore. In a way, the great ‘State of Homeless’ represents a completely separate state; think of it as the fifty-first state, the boundaries of which extend westward beyond the State of California, eastward beyond the shores of the Atlantic ocean, as far north as the Arctic circle, and as far south as the earth’s equator. It is a landless state, seamlessly woven throughout all states; one of desperation, poverty, and hunger with a population estimated roughly the same as the state of Connecticut’s 3.5 million people. At any given time, slightly over ten percent of our population is homeless. And it grows.The Social Promise and How to Make It Work
This articles looks at the social contract, or promise, that exists between a government and its people. With examples from our times and from history, the articles shows how trust and confidence are lost with any breech of the social contract. In particularly, this essay uses Joan Wolf’s book Daughter of the Red Deer to illustrate the plight of women who are not allowed to hunt and who thus cannot survive when ostrucized from the tribe where they have toiled at women’s work and tended children. Tje essay looks at the ill health of the social contract between the US and its citizens–and suggests what we can do to heal that promise.