Tag: Discrimination

2 Men Detained in Jussie Smollett Case Are Released by Police

The two brothers arrested in connection with the reported attack on the “Empire” star Jussie Smollett were released without being charged on Friday, a police spokesman said. They are no longer considered potential suspects. “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in […]

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Women Sue Yale Over a Fraternity Culture They Say Enables Harassment

Three Yale students who claim they were groped at fraternity parties have filed a class-action lawsuit against the university, arguing the school has fostered an environment where alcohol-fueled gatherings at off-campus fraternity houses dictate the undergraduate social scene. While the New Haven, Conn., university presents itself as a campus where […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, […]

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‘Homosexual Community’ Controls City Council, One Member Says. He’s Resisting Calls to Resign.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] As a New York State senator, Rubén Díaz Sr. once sued to stop a high school for gay and transgender students from opening. Several years later, in 2011, Mr. Díaz held a rally to […]

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If Justin Fairfax Is Forced Out in Virginia, Who’s Next in Line?

Coalescing scandals have engulfed Virginia’s leaders, plunging the state into political free fall. First, Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire for a racist yearbook photo, which he acknowledged and then denied appearing in. He also admitted to wearing blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson in the 1980s. Then Lt. […]

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Virginia Is in Turmoil. Here’s a Breakdown of Seven Days of Scandal.

For Virginia’s top state officials, it was a week of chaos. There was an apology, a reversal and an admission about blackface. A sexual assault allegation was made, and an emphatic denial was made in response. Then came another admission about blackface. Last week, the clouds began to gather over […]

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Past Tense: Why Won’t Blackface Go Away? It’s Part of America’s Troubled Cultural Legacy

He keeps showing up, like some slightly bemused and maniacal houseguest, usually intending to get a laugh but instead taking America back into a wicked time warp. The man in blackface stands there, frozen. The photo of him starts to ricochet around our race-haunted land. The outcry begins anew. We […]

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Virginia Republican Was Top Editor of Yearbook That Included Blackface Photos and Racist Slurs

Thomas K. Norment Jr., the powerful Republican majority leader in the Virginia Senate, was a top editor of a 1968 college yearbook that included several photographs of students in blackface as well as racist slurs. Mr. Norment, 72, a longtime fixture and political broker in the State Legislature, is the […]

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Gucci and Adidas Apologize and Drop Products Called Racist

Less than a week into Black History Month, in two episodes of retail déjà vu, Adidas and Gucci have apologized and pulled products criticized as racist. The offending Gucci item was an $890 black-knit women’s balaclava that could be pulled up over the lower half of the wearer’s face. The […]

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Blackface Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Over the last month, we’ve learned just how much racism is too much to sustain a career in American politics. It took almost 16 years for House Republicans to reprimand Steve King of Iowa for his frequent expressions of explicit racism, stripping him of his committee assignments. The catalyst? An […]

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San Francisco Eatery’s Owner Apologizes for Banning MAGA Hat Customers

The owner of a San Francisco-area eatery is apologizing for stating that he would ban customers sporting “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hats inside his restaurant. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, who is a chef-partner at Wursthall restaurant in San Mateo, penned a post on Medium Friday apologizing to staff and business partners for his “reckless” public statement. […]

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From Celebrated to Vilified, House’s Muslim Women Absorb Blows Over Israel

WASHINGTON — Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were hailed as symbols of diversity when they were sworn in last month as the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, Ms. Tlaib in her mother’s hand-embroidered Palestinian thobe, Ms. Omar in a tradition-shattering hijab. Four […]

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‘Everyone Was Taught to Be Accepting.’ Readers Share Stories of Their Christian Educations

In the polarized United States, where clashing religious and ideological views unfold daily on social media and television and radio talk shows, the Twitter hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools ignited a firestorm. Its creator, Chris Stroop, a former evangelical Christian, urged those who had attended Christian schools to use it and “tell how […]

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Elite Law Firm’s All-White Partner Class Stirs Debate on Diversity

The post appeared on LinkedIn in early December: Paul, Weiss, one of the country’s most prominent and profitable law firms, said it was “pleased to announce” its new partner class. In the image, 12 lawyers looked out at the world, grinning. What followed, however, was nothing to smile about. In […]

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May the Best Woman Win

The February before the 2016 election, Dan Cassino, a political scientist at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and some of his colleagues tried to measure how threats to traditional masculinity affected male voting behavior. They polled 694 registered voters in New Jersey about their support for various candidates. Half of the respondents […]

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Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, […]

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The Heartbreak of the 2019 Women’s March

This year’s Women’s March, set to happen on Saturday in cities across the country, has become extraordinarily messy. In 2017, the marches that took place in Washington and nationwide — the largest protests in American history — were radiant symbols of hope and resistance at a bleak, terrifying historical juncture. […]

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Sanders Meets With Former Staff Members, Seeking to Quell Anxiety Over Sexism

WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders met on Wednesday with former staff members who conveyed their dismay over the mistreatment of women during his 2016 campaign, in an effort to calm the unrest over sexism that is overshadowing his possible 2020 bid. Mr. Sanders met with roughly two dozen former workers […]

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Travel Tips: Finding Open-Minded Health Care Abroad

Lola Méndez is no stranger to new experiences. Ms. Méndez, 29, an American freelance travel writer, has explored 56 countries, documenting her adventures on her blog. She has visited ancient tombs in Vietnam and trekked across mountains in Chiang Mai, Thailand. While working as an English teacher in Spain in […]

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