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Monday, August 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Diversity poised to alter Indiana’s landscape"

Here are some quotes from Maureen Hayden's column Sunday in the New Albany News and Tribune:

During the war that brought an end to slavery, Indiana mustered a massive number of volunteers — about 210,000 men — to serve in the Union forces. That’s easier to acknowledge and celebrate than the fact that racial segregation remained a critical part of our identity for decades after.

During the 1920s, the most powerful Ku Klux Klan organization in the nation was in Indiana. The Grand Dragon moved the white supremacist organization’s national headquarters to Indianapolis in 1922, the same year that Klansmen in the Indiana General Assembly passed a bill that created “Klan Day” at the Indiana State Fair, complete with a nighttime cross burning. By 1924, a Klan-backed slate of candidates had taken control of the Indiana General Assembly and the governor’s office and had set their sights on the state’s congressional delegation.

The organization based on the premise that native-born whites were superior in character to all other races started to lose its popularity only after its Grand Dragon was convicted of raping and murdering a young white woman. * * *

Consider this: Within a decade, the majority of people under 18 in the U.S. will be minorities. Like the rest of the nation, Indiana is on trend toward greater diversity as the numbers of blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other minorities are rising at a faster pace than whites. New census data released earlier this year showed the trend may accelerate in the years to come as the most racially and ethnically diverse age-group — Hoosiers under 5 — grow up.

It’s up to us to decide: Will we see diversity as a threat to our seemingly secure world? Or embrace it as a strength?

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 26, 2013 08:45 AM
Posted to Indiana Government