Posts Tagged ‘Civil Rights’

The Spirit of ’61

Former minister and Stockyards bookstore owner Robert Platt remembers helping Texas Tech accept African-Americans.
Jeff Prince @jeffroprince
Another summer is winding down –– number 87 for Robert Platt. Seasons come and go rather uneventfully these days. Platt retired as a college professor about 25 years ago, and he then spent 16 years owning and operating the ...


Banking on the Poor

A Dallas nonprofit’s legal battles could change affordable housing programs nationwide.
Gayle Reaves
In the early 1980s, Dallas civil rights attorney Mike Daniel and his law partner Betsy Julian were fighting to desegregate public housing in East Texas. At The Dallas Morning News, two reporters read the horror stories about pu...


Lives and Love on the Line

Fort Worth cops are getting national notice for a public service announcement in which they, as TIME put it, “argue in favor of same-sex marriage.” No arguing actually occurs. Three police officers merely support a fourth ...


The Trans Frontier

Transgender folks want to be more than the T in LGBT.
Last June Time featured a statuesque TV star on its cover. The appearance of an attractive celebrity on a magazine was nothing new, of course, but this particular actress –– Laverne Cox from the acclaimed Netflix prison dra...


Trusting Gunslingers

The “Mayor of the North Side,” Steve Murrin, might be the face of the Stockyards, but he doesn’t hold as much influence as he once did. The longtime Stockyards property owner and former Fort Worth City Council member star...


Curing Gayness

Want an e-mail box filled with hate letters and calls at all hours of the night? Then suggest to the GOP that their platform should include reparative therapy, a technique of counseling people to no longer identify themselves a...

Southern Baptists: Still Wacky

Jimmy Fowler
If you want to know why so many young adults view organized religion with great skepticism, look no further than the monumental strangeness of this week’s Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans. A quick history lesson: Sh...


Dying for Change

Cowtown is “ground zero” in the fight to end bullying of gay teens
Andrew Mclemore | Photos by Chase Martinez
As he choked down handfuls of aspirin in the stall of a Fort Worth high school bathroom, 16-year-old Caleb felt precisely nothing. Beaten by bullies and betrayed by close friends, persecuted by family members and disappointed w...

Civil Rights Lawsuit Postponed for Another Day

  Last night the Fort Worth ISD voted 5-4 to table the latest redistricting plan that would have weakened minority voting strength in probably three of four minority-majority districts, according to opponents. (See Civil Right...

Office of Civil Rights Clears FWISD

There’s little doubt that the Fort Worth ISD needed some good news to offset a couple of bouts of negative publicity over the past few months, first with its finance department’s embarrassing admission that the district ove...