We expect our government to mitigate racially-based discrimination by passing and enforcing laws to prohibit it. Sometimes our elected leaders do an admirable job in that arena, but sometimes government itself is a leading proponent of societal prejudice.

Red bullet The U.S. government grants seven-year tax holidays to immigrants.*

Red bullet African-Americans are entitled to a $5,000 slavery reparation tax credit.*

Red bullet The U.S. government assigns Social Security numbers on the basis of race, a practice which permits employers to prescreen applicants to weed out those of color.*

Red bullet George W. Bush "refused to sell his home to blacks."*

Red bullet The United States Postal Service is discontinuing the Black Heritage series of stamps and destroying the remaining stock.*

Green bullet The state of Missouri named a stretch of highway adopted by the Ku Klux Klan the "Rosa Parks Highway."*

Green bullet No Fear, Inc., a popular retailer, is being confused with the National Organization for European American Rights (N.O.F.E.A.R.), a white supremacist organization.*

Red bullet Congress will be voting on a bill that would prohibit the use of affirmative action measures in admissions procedures at any colleges and universities that receive federal funding.*

Red bullet Fourteen black colleges are about to be closed.*

Red bullet The voting rights of black American citizens will expire in 2007.*

Red bullet The Missouri state government issued "nigger hunting" licenses in 1995.