Tag: Discrimination

Star Economist at Harvard Faces Sexual Harassment Complaints

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Before he turned 40, Roland G. Fryer Jr. had earned tenure at Harvard, received a MacArthur “genius” grant and won the most prestigious award for young American economists. He stoked a national debate by concluding that police officers show no bias in the shootings of black men. […]

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Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Criticism Over Homophobic Tweets

Days after it was announced that Kevin Hart would host the 2019 Academy Awards, backlash over some of his past comments prompted him to respond to his critics on Instagram. Then on Friday, he announced that he was not going to host the event. Mr. Hart was in trouble because […]

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In the Latest Example of White Women Not Minding Their Damn Business, ‘Target Tammy’ Makes Her Auspicious Debut

Screenshot: @HollaBlackGirl (Twitter) I don’t know if you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting a black person, but outside of ensuring that we remain moisturized at all times, one of our favorite pastimes is discussing black movies. Over drinks and raucous laughter, you might catch us deconstructing the elevator stare […]

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Lawmakers Call for House to Investigate XPO After Workers’ Miscarriages

Ninety-seven members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday called for a congressional investigation into working conditions at XPO Logistics, which operates a Memphis warehouse that several women said was rife with pregnancy discrimination. The letter, sent to the top two members of the House Committee on Education and the […]

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Yes, Jury Selection Is As Racist As You Think. Now We Have Proof

Race, as a matter of constitutional principle, cannot factor into the selection of jurors for criminal trials. But in the American justice system, anyone with a bit of common sense and a view from the back of the courtroom knows the colorblind ideal isn’t true in practice. Racial bias largely […]

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Kansas Recalls License Plates Offensive to Japanese-Americans

Ever since the first laws requiring license plates were approved in the early 1900s, states have been vigilant over what they say. Most, if not all, states keep a blacklist of words or acronyms that may embarrass or offend other motorists, like ASS, XXX or WTF. Mostly, these lists apply […]

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A Mall Shooting, a Black Man’s Death, and a Debate Over Race and Gun Rights

HOOVER, Ala. — After gunshots rang out in a cavernous suburban shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, Ashlyn McMillan encountered a man she considered a hero. He directed frantic shoppers to safety, hand on his gun to defend against a looming threat. “Get down,” Ms. McMillan recalled him saying. “Go in […]

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The Long Shadow of ‘Help Wanted — Female’

Fifty years ago this week, this newspaper, after much prodding from protesters, effectively dropped “Help Wanted — Female” and “Help Wanted — Male” from its classified ads and went to just plain old “Help Wanted.” At the time, I thought this would be a game changer for women, and of […]

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White Kansas Official Resigns After Uproar Over ‘Master Race’ Remarks

A white county commissioner in Kansas resigned on Tuesday after an outcry over his use of the term “master race” in a discussion with a black consultant at a public meeting last week. The commissioner, Louis Klemp of Leavenworth County, made the comments to Triveece Penelton, who works for an […]

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It Isn’t an Easy Time to Be a British Muslim. Cricket Helps.

The threat of anti-Muslim bigotry in Britain has been growing, and some politicians from the governing Conservative Party have been encouraging it. In a newspaper column in August, Boris Johnson, the former Conservative foreign secretary — who is chummy with Steve Bannon and fancies himself an upper-class English version of […]

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Mississippi Senator’s ‘Public Hanging’ Remark Draws Backlash Before Runoff

With her arm around a cattle rancher, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Republican of Mississippi, drew laughter and applause at a recent campaign event when she gushed about how highly she thought of him: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” But beyond the small […]

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The Complicated DNA of ‘God Bless America’

American Jews on edge from the Pittsburgh temple murders and the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States might — or might not — want to recall an even more anxious time: the dark autumn of 1938. Then, as the Nazis began to overrun Europe and the maniacal […]

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Devah Pager, Who Documented Race Bias in Job Market, Dies at 46

Devah Pager, a Harvard sociologist best known for rigorously measuring and documenting racial discrimination in the labor market and in the criminal justice system, died on Nov. 2 at her home in Cambridge, Mass. She was 46. Michael Shohl, her husband, said the cause was pancreatic cancer. In her seminal […]

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Justice Ginsburg Leaves Hospital After Treatment for Broken Ribs

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital on Friday after treatment for three broken ribs sustained in a fall at her office Wednesday evening. “She is doing well and plans to work from home today,” said Kathleen Arberg, a spokeswoman for the court. If history is any guide, […]

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Spotify sued over gender discrimination by former sales executive

Unequal treatment of female employees has been problematic at many major tech companies, and it seems like Spotify is no exception. Variety reports that Hong Perez, a former sales executive at the company, has sued Spotify over alleged gender discrimination and defamation. Perez filed suit in the New York Supreme Court on Tuesday, pointing out […]

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The Supreme Court Ought to Back Off

Of course, the court sometimes must act decisively to protect rights. By design, the unelected, largely unaccountable Supreme Court serves as a bulwark against tyrannical majorities. The First Amendment’s guarantee of free expression envisions the protection of repugnant views. And few legislators are apt to defend the rights of criminal […]

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Racist Robocalls Target Andrew Gillum, Democratic Nominee for Florida Governor

Racist robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum, the first black nominee for Florida governor from a major party, have been placed to residents from an out-of-state white supremacist entity. Mr. Gillum, 39, the Tallahassee mayor and a progressive candidate who won an upset victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, will face […]

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A Leader in the War on Poverty Opens a New Front: Pollution

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. GREENSBORO, N.C. — The air in the Shiloh Baptist Church was thick with the heat of human bodies. The crowd, a mix of black and white faces, filled the pews in what was ostensibly the […]

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Women Say They Were Denied Jobs Because They Had ‘Ghetto’ Names

ST. LOUIS (CBS Local) – Several women are claiming they were discriminated against after receiving an email informing them they weren’t qualified to work at a Missouri company because they had “ghetto” names. Hermeisha Robinson and Dorneshia Zachery both received a rejection letter from St. Louis’ Mantality Health. The letter specifically mentioned that the women would not […]

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