Thursday Quick Takes

An anniversary and reminder of oppression, both foreign and domestic, and contrasting news on our struggles for equality are all in this week’s edition of quick takes.

Legacy Of Soviet Occupation

On this day in 1961, while the city sleeps, Soviet-backed East German soldiers begin erecting a wall in Berlin, to divide east from west. What would become the Berlin Wall made solid what had been for 15 years a geopolitical split within Germany’s capital. Transit between communist East Berlin and their neighbors in West Berlin was now strictly verboten.

A generation later, Presidents Reagan and Bush forced an end to the Cold War. Despite opposition to Reagan’s candid talk on the ‘Evil Empire’ that Soviet dictatorship had created, Reagan rebuilt the military yet also offered to negotiate to move toward true and verifiable disarmament. The result was that the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunified after more than four decades.

Former Slave Market To Be Moved

As the country struggles with how to learn from its past,

Louisville, the original state capital of Georgia has voted to move a former market where enslaved people were sold, away from the center of town. The structure, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the only one of its kind still standing in the state.

A special committee recommended moving it to a museum and the city council voted to approve the recommendation. May it become a memorial, much like the concentration camps in Germany, of the evil potential of man’s inhumanity to man and a visible reminder to always fight to make sure such a thing cannot happen again.

Yale Univ. Discriminates In Admissions, Charges the Dept. of Justice

Yale University’s undergraduate admissions process “illegally discriminates” against White and Asian students, the Department of Justice said Thursday.

A two year investigation led the DOJ to conclude that race is the determining factor in hundreds of admission decisions a year. The DOJ has asked Yale for a plan to more narrowly focus its diversity efforts to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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