Since the Spanish Inquisition of the 16th century, the ideology of racial division has been used to explain fundamental differences in how different groups behave and has been the justification for conquering or enslaving peoples.
The idea of biological races has been thoroughly debunked in science, but in cultures across the globe these faux-theorems have manifested themselves in segregation, oppression, and genocide.
Here in the United States, we have seen these ideas well into the 20th century, with the use of Jim Crow laws and eugenics.
A day that was to see paeans sung to the economic development of the East Side, with the opening of Alamo Brewing Company’s new facility under the Hays Street Bridge, turned into an angry earful.
A small, but vocal group of people stood atop the bridge and only stopped chanting and yelling during the Pledge of Allegiance, and when State Rep. Mike Villarreal spoke. They continued to express their anger during the prayer and when speakers, including State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Mayor Ivy Taylor, took the podium.
The city of San Antonio has seen an influx of retail outlets downtown in formerly vacant storefronts. 21 of the Pop Up Shops kicked off on December 2nd, giving vendors rent free space through the holidays. The goal is to take advantage of the increased holiday foot traffic downtown, including people touring the annual lights, while making the downtown more active with offerings. The shops are scheduled to last until December 30th.
The birth rate to teens aged 15-19 in Bexar County is 46 percent lower than it was in 2000, but it was still 51 percent higher than the national average in 2013. Last year there were 2,558 births a decline from the year before. Each year the area's numbers slowly are chipped away at through programs and services like Project Worth.
A homeless shelter for LGBT youth is nearly ready and was slated to open downtown this November. However, city zoning issues have forced it to push back matters to next year.
Around 40 percent of the country’s 1.6 million homeless youth identify as being LGBT, according to a 2012 Williams Institute study. The Thrive Youth Center, which is in the process of becoming a nonprofit, is aiming to open the city’s first shelter for LGBT Youth; specifically between the ages of 17 to 24.