This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 9, 2017 for week ending Aug. 18, 2017


"Racial diversity is just one aspect of what a university is considering. It is not the only factor that is determinative of what decisions are made with respect to offers of admission."

–Brenda Shum, director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on the Department of Justice's unprecedented agenda to investigate and sue universities that "discriminate" against white applicants.

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Trump Department of Justice Prepares to Sue Universities Over "Discrimination" Against White Applicants

MP3 Interview with Brenda Shum, director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, conducted by Scott Harris


News reports indicate that the Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources within the Department of Justice civil rights division to launch investigations and possibly initiate lawsuits against universities over affirmative action admissions policies that they determine discriminate against white applicants.  Story continues

Community Stands in Solidarity with Guatemalan Immigrant Under Deportation Order

MP3 Special report with supporters of Guatemalan immigrant Nury Chavarria spoke at a New Haven, Connecticut rally on July 23, recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus


Norwalk, Connecticut resident Nury Chavarria fled violence in Guatemala 24 years ago and has been living and working in Connecticut ever since. She has four children, including one with cerebral palsy. After being arrested on a minor traffic violation, she checked in with immigration officials every year and was allowed to remain in the country.  Story continues

'Jim Crow' State Law and Rise in Hate Crimes Provokes NAACP to Issue Missouri Travel Advisory

MP3 Interview with Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington bureau and senior vice president for advocacy and policy, conducted by Scott Harris


For the first time in its 108-year history, the NAACP has issued a travel advisory for a U.S. state. On Aug. 2, the civil rights group’s national board adopted a travel advisory for Missouri that had earlier been approved by the state chapter. The advisory calls on people of color to exercise extreme caution when traveling in Missouri due to an increase in hate crimes and discrimination, as well as a Jim Crow-era law recently signed by the state’s Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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