Tag: Discrimination

Nikki Haley’s Confederate Flag Comments Spark Backlash

Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, came under criticism on Friday after she told a conservative radio host that the Confederate flag symbolized “service, sacrifice and heritage” for some people in her state until Dylann S. Roof “hijacked” it. Mr. Roof, the avowed white supremacist who killed nine black parishioners when he opened fire […]

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N.Y.P.D. Targeted Blacks and Hispanics in the Subways, Officers Say

At a police station tucked into an end-of-the-line subway terminal in South Brooklyn, the new commander instructed officers to think of white and Asian people as “soft targets” and urged them to instead go after blacks and Latinos for minor offenses like jumping the turnstile, a half-dozen officers said in sworn statements. “You are stopping […]

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Gov. Northam Plans to Purge Racist Language From Virginia Law

A task force assembled by Gov. Ralph Northam to help purge discriminatory and racist language still on the books in Virginia has recommended repealing almost 100 laws, according to a report released Thursday. Many of the laws, some of which are no longer enforced or have been invalidated, stem from the state’s segregationist past, including […]

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Trump’s Rollback of Transgender Rights Extends Through Entire Government

WASHINGTON — Nicolas Talbott, a graduate student at Kent State University in Ohio who is transgender, was told in May that because of President Trump’s transgender ban in the military, he would no longer be eligible for placement as an Army officer. He could continue participating in the Reserve Officers Training Corps program, but the […]

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After Fighting Hasidic Housing, a Small Town Faces a Backlash

For the past two years, the residents of a small town 60 miles north of New York City have openly fretted about a proposed housing development that they fear will be filled with Hasidic Jews. Officials in Chester, N.Y., according to a lawsuit filed against it, have passed ordinances, denied building permits and imposed costly […]

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What Is Colorism? Why Did Amazon Pull Some Skin-Lightening Products?

Dark skin can be heavy to walk around in. It is not widely represented in movies or television. Black Americans with darker complexions are more likely to say they experience frequent racism. And dark-skinned women around the world are flooded with advertising telling them that white is beautiful. That weight can be so immense that […]

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NY High School Pulls the Plug on Tarzan Production Amid Concerns That Students Would Be Cast as Apes

Image: Shutterstock Amid concerns of racial insensitivity, a New York high school has pulled the plug on its upcoming production of Disney’s Tarzan. The Rockland/Westchester Journal-News reports that the drama club at Alexander Hamilton High School was prepared to kick off auditions for their Tarzan adaptation on Dec. 4, but those plans came to a […]

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A Divorced Mother Sues After Losing Her Title as Miss Ukraine

LONDON — For four days in 2018, Veronika Didusenko was hailed as Ukraine’s most beautiful woman. But it wasn’t quite as simple as that. When the organizers of the Miss Ukraine competition found out that she was divorced and had a son, they stripped her of the title — and the $12,000 prize money — […]

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Twitter Permanently Suspends Accounts of Ilhan Omar’s Potential Challenger

Twitter suspended the accounts of Danielle Stella, a Republican candidate hoping to challenge Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota next year, after she suggested the congresswoman should be tried for treason and hanged. Ms. Stella’s campaign account said on Tuesday, “If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for […]

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Flames Coach Bill Peters Resigns After Being Accused of Using Racial Slur

Bill Peters resigned as the coach of the Calgary Flames, a National Hockey League team based in Alberta, on Friday, just days after he was accused of using a racial slur against a player a decade ago. The general manager of the Flames, Brad Treliving, received and accepted a resignation letter from Peters on Friday […]

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When a Disappointment Helped Lead to a Nobel Prize

When Michael Kremer looked at the data for a study underway in Kenya in the 1990s, he was taken aback. Mr. Kremer, a professor at Harvard, expected that the data would show how much better children in western Kenya did in school when they had textbooks. But the preliminary answer was: not at all. “I […]

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Flames Coach Bill Peters Apologizes After Being Accused of Using Racial Slur

Bill Peters, the coach of the Calgary Flames, a National Hockey League team based in Alberta, wrote a letter Wednesday apologizing after a player accused him of using a racial slur 10 years ago. But on Thursday, the player, Akim Aliu, said he found the letter “misleading.” Aliu, who was born in Nigeria, said on […]

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Japan’s Support for Gay Marriage Is Soaring. But Can It Become Law?

TOKYO — Ikuo Sato stood in front of a Tokyo court in April and told the world he was gay. To a packed room, he described the anxiety he had felt as a young man, struggling to express his sexuality in Japan’s restrictive society. If the law is changed to allow same-sex marriage, he said, […]

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When Trump Was Only Funny Mean

Much like the way rearview mirrors bend space-time so that the objects you’ve sped away from still remain “closer than they appear,” there was a time not too long ago — although it doesn’t always seem like it — when Donald Trump seemed like harmless fun to most of us. For me, that was about […]

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Racial Slurs, and 15 Days That Shook Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The racist graffiti was discovered one night this month on the sixth floor of a freshman dormitory at Syracuse University — an anti-black slur and the words “Little China Town” scrawled crudely in marker. The next day, similar messages were found on a fourth-floor bulletin board. Although the campus had already experienced […]

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Kristin Scott Thomas on Playing a Different Kind of Part

Last week, Kristin Scott Thomas, the British actress, found herself in an enormous meeting room in the bowels of the Louvre museum, rubbing shoulders with Marlène Schiappa, the French Minister for Equality; François-Henri Pinault, the C.E.O. of Kering; and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris. Ms. Scott Thomas was presiding over the 14th global meeting […]

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The Hoodie Enters the Museum

There are few items of clothing as politically, socially and racially charged as the hoodie. Long a linchpin of streetwear and, more recently, the advertising campaigns and catwalks of high fashion, the hoodie is a contemporary wardrobe staple, a declaration of fealty to a school or team, a comfortable garment for a plane ride and […]

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A ‘Rare Case Where Racial Biases’ Protected African-Americans

When the opioid crisis began to escalate some 20 years ago, many African-Americans had a layer of protection against it. But that protection didn’t come from the effectiveness of the American medical system. Instead, researchers believe, it came from racial stereotypes embedded within that system. As unlikely as it may seem, these negative stereotypes appear […]

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A White Officer Shoots a Black Colleague, Deepening a Racial Divide

ST. LOUIS — Milton Green was in the driveway of his home on St. Louis’s North Side one night when he suddenly found the barrel of a gun pointed in his direction. Right away, his police training kicked in: He pulled a badge from beneath his T-shirt and grabbed ahold of his service weapon, a […]

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Black Woman at ‘Harriet’ Screening Repeatedly Confronted by Employees

When she saw a sold-out showing of the movie “Harriet” in Metairie, La., this month, Sandra Gordon thought the film was excellent — but the experience was fraught. Ms. Gordon, 65, said that as she tried to watch the movie, a historical drama about the life of the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, she was confronted by […]

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Byron Allen Spares No One in Accusing Comcast of Racial Bias

He broke into the entertainment business as a teenager, playing comedy clubs in Los Angeles and making his first appearance on “The Tonight Show” at age 18. He gained fame as a host of the 1980s NBC hit “Real People” before founding Entertainment Studios in 1993. That company has grown into an empire, with a […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Cancellation of Colin Kaepernick

We are being told of the evils of “cancel culture,” a new scourge that enforces purity, banishes dissent and squelches sober and reasoned debate. But cancel culture is not new. A brief accounting of the illustrious and venerable ranks of blocked and dragged Americans encompasses Sarah Good, Elijah Lovejoy, Ida B. Wells, Dalton Trumbo, Paul […]

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