This week’s meeting will be an in-depth discussion about Haiti, its history and its social importance as the first black republic. So my question is, what have you been taught about Haiti and how has that formed your opinion about the history of the nation?

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Thanks everyone for coming out to our meeting co-hosted with ASA. Here is a question: in the census this year, what box or boxes will you be checking for your racial and ethnic identity and why? Here are the choices:
White
Black, African American, or Negro
American Indian or Alaskan Native
Asian (Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, Samoan, other Pacific Islander)
Some other race

Thanks everyone for coming out to our meeting on “Homophobia in the Black Community.” Here are some links to what was talked about last night.

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121485018
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uganda_Anti-Homosexuality_Bill

Introduction of gay tolerance into California curriculum:
http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/archive/2009/05/27/california-school-district-approves-so-called-gay-curriculum.aspx

A few interesting articles on the gay marriage debate:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1957505,00.html
http://www.newsweek.com/id/230316?obref=obinsite
http://www.newsweek.com/id/229957
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/fashion/21kids.html

Link to the Maryland Human Rights Campaign page:
http://www.hrc.org/your_community/3062.htm

Hope you enjoyed your snow days and have a great week back in school.

Hello readers, I hope you had a great winter break and are enjoying your first few days of Black History Month. As a side note, I hope you all check out the new website for this year’s BHM events at http://ww2.jhu.edu/bsu/bhm/. An interesting thing for all Baltimoreans to know is that Sheila Dixon will be resigning as mayor of the city tomorrow. What are your thoughts of this scandal and her time as mayor?

The BSU in collaboration with the Society of Black Alumni are currently contemplating restarting a mentoring program in which each BSU member may be paired with an alumni for career advising. If you are interested in participating, contact the BSU e-mail address at bsu@jhu.edu.

December 1st as you all know is World AIDS Day. And as much as I think it is important to have a day worldwide to acknowledge this epidemic, it doesn’t seem to be changing how people with AIDS are being seen or slowing down the infection rates. If I had the ability to, I would erase every misinformed statement from the Pope to the everyday person that this is an illness that is preventable and is not (nor HIV) a death sentence, which Magic Johnson so easily shows. Real Talk. In this day and age, why should such misinformation continue?

Just a quick update: The Admissions Chair elections will occur on November 29.

New Stories today:
The Senate passed a motion to start debate on the health care bill Saturday, with all 39 votes for a filibuster cast by Republicans.

The IAAF’s investigation is complete and Caster Semenya will keep her gold medal from August’s world championships in Berlin.

West Africa will be the site of one of the biggest efforts to eradicate yellow fever. The goal is to immunize an estimated 12 million from the disease.

The long anticipated vote in Sudan will be postponed until Saturday to allow unregistered citizens in Darfur and residents in Kenya to vote.

From the E-board of the BSU, we would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving break!

On a lighter note, I saw this very interesting picture of the former Dominican baseball player. This to me brought up the phenomenon of “passing”, when persons of African (or Indian) descent try to fit a European standard of beauty by using their lighter complexions or try to obtain such skin tone or do so for an oppurtunity at a better life. But this man is a multimillionaire and a national figure in his country. The photo is at http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-08-sammy-sosa-nov08,0,7519658.story. Though there may be other factors to his use of this face cream, what do you all think of this?

Thank you everyone for coming out to our meeting last night. I think it was successful in engaging debate about the lack of males in the BSU, especially in the current sophomore and freshman classes. From the experience of many males, the numbers are there but for some reason they do not present themselves as male members in our organization. A question: How can we not only persuade males to come to the BSU but get them interested in becoming members and possibly seek leadership in the organization. I wonder if we may see a predominately female E-Board in future classes.

The October 2009 issue of Perspectives and previous issues can be found at the JHU BSU website at http://www.jhu.edu/bsu at the Perspectives page.

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