Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park was once the site of the founding of the second Ku Klux Klan (in 1915) and is now home to the controversial rock relief depicting three Confederate leaders: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The massive Mount Rushmore-style tribute is known to have attracted white supremacists across the nation, while sparking rage among many who believe the park should be a memorial to the Civil War, not just the Confederacy.
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January 19th marks the 207th birthday of one of the most recognized names in the history of American literature. His name is synonymous with dark poetry and tales of murder and suspense, but many elements of his own life contain their fair share of mystery and surprise, as these intriguing Edgar Allan Poe facts show:
52 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his way to Oslo, Norway, where he would receive a Nobel Peace Prize. At this point in his career, King — whose legacy we celebrate today — had already led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight against segregation, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama and the “March on Washington,” where King delivered his timeless “I Have a Dream” speech.
While comparatively lesser known, King’s words in Oslo bear repeating. Some of the troubling themes King recounts — threats to voting rights, terror in houses of worship, interminable war and limits to economic opportunity — persist today. Many of his words, such as the fact that “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace…[and] the foundation of such a method is love,” still go unheeded.
You can read the entirety of King’s Nobel acceptance speech here.
This week in tech: Apple stays white, Netflix disappoints millions, Silicon Valley is exacerbating income inequality, and the tech industry is starting to see the red.
Apple Board Rejects Racial Diversity Hiring Proposal
Fifteen of the 18 people that make up Apple’s executive team are white men. The same goes for five of the eight people that make up the company’s board of directors. Sadly, this is not at all unusual among America’s corporate giants today. However, what is more unusual is that Apple has now gone on the record as suggesting that they have no problem with this lack of diversity and will make no conscious efforts to change it.
A recent Apple shareholder proposal called for a new recruitment policy to increase the presence of women and minorities among Apple’s white male-dominated upper echelon. And the board of directors rejected it. Their response called the proposal “unduly burdensome” and “not necessary.”
Granted, when Apple released its last diversity report in August (which showed very minimal change in female and minority hiring from 2014 to 2015), CEO Tim Cook wrote, about diversity at Apple, “we know there is a lot more work to be done.” We’ll see if the backlash the company is receiving over this recent proposal’s rejecection inspires any such work. Read more at the Independent.