Tag: Discrimination

Will the Supreme Court Protect ‘Ministers’ From Their Church?

The Supreme Court, now even more invisible than usual, may seem beside the point these days, although we saw from the batch of opinions handed down on Monday that the justices are still at work. The 11 cases that were fully briefed and ready for argument this week and next will be heard eventually. I […]

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Call It ‘Coronavirus’

We’ve been down this road before, too many times. In the 14th century the Black Death provoked mass violence against Jews, Catalans, clerics and beggars; when syphilis spread in the 15th century, it was called variously the Neapolitan, French, Polish and German disease, depending on who was pointing the blame; when the plague struck Honolulu […]

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There Is a Racial Divide in Speech-Recognition Systems, Researchers Say

SAN FRANCISCO — With an iPhone, you can dictate a text message. Put Amazon’s Alexa on your coffee table, and you can request a song from across the room. But these devices may understand some voices better than others. Speech recognition systems from five of the world’s biggest tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM […]

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Supreme Court Rules Comcast Can Be Racist as Long as They’re Not Just Racist

Photo: Larry French (Getty Images) In a major setback to entertainment mogul Byron Allen’s discrimination suit against Comcast, America’s highest court tossed out a lower court’s decision, essentially ruling that Allen must prove racism was the media conglomerate’s only motivating factor in rejecting a partnership with Allen’s black-owned company. In a 20-page, 9-0 decision, the […]

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Back at Work but Not on the Bench, Supreme Court Issues 3 Major Opinions

WASHINGTON — In a series of decisions, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that states may abolish a common form of the insanity defense, that an entrepreneur suing Comcast for race discrimination must meet a demanding standard and that states are immune from claims of copyright infringement. In their latest response to the coronavirus, the […]

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Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear For Their Safety

Yuanyuan Zhu was walking to her gym in San Francisco on March 9, thinking the workout could be her last for a while, when she noticed that a man was shouting at her. He was yelling an expletive about China. Then a bus passed, she recalled, and he screamed after it, “Run them over.” She […]

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This Year, Only 10 Black Students Got Into N.Y.C.’s Top High School

Last year, the news that only a tiny number of black students gained admission into New York City’s most selective public high school, Stuyvesant, touched off a maelstrom about race and merit in the nation’s largest school system. On Thursday, education officials announced that, one year later, almost nothing had changed: Ten black students got […]

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How Racist Is Trump’s Republican Party?

Is the modern Republican Party built on race prejudice, otherwise known as racism? Has it become, as Stuart Stevens — a media consultant with an exceptionally high win-loss record who was a lead strategist for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 — puts it, the “white grievance party”? Stevens has impeccable Republican credentials. In […]

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He Wants Other People to Vote, Even if He Can’t

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The two men were strangers and stood steps from the courthouse that had once sent them both to prison. Julius Irving spoke first. He said he had come to register potential voters. Florida had recently overturned a lifetime ban on voting for most people who had been convicted of felonies and were […]

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Fashion and Masks in the Age of Coronavirus

March 17, 2020 ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by The New York Times The surgical face mask has become a symbol of our times. If there is a symbol of the current confusion and fear, the misinformation and anxiety, generated by the spread of the new coronavirus, it is the surgical face mask. When history looks back on […]

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Upheaval at Fashion Institute Over Accusations of Racism

It is considered one of the world’s most prestigious fashion schools, priding itself on producing cutting-edge designs and a roster of alumni that includes Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera. But before the coronavirus outbreak shut down classes, the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan had been in upheaval since a student designer used […]

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Coronavirus Racism Infected My High School

Video by Alexander Stockton Video transcript Back transcript Coronavirus Racism Infected My High School A Chinese-American teenager on what she and her friends are encountering during the outbreak. “Everyone knows Chinese people are disgusting.” “They’ll eat any type of animal.” “They’re dirty.” That’s what my classmate said, just days after the Coronavirus outbreak started in […]

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Justice Dept. Religious Freedom Training Spurs Concern Among Lawyers

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department this week hosted training for its lawyers on religious liberty laws as part of Attorney General William P. Barr’s push to prioritize religious freedom cases, but the workshops prompted concern among some career lawyers that they were being educated on ways to blunt civil rights protections for gay and transgender […]

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‘It’s Degrading.’ Transgender Youth Targeted in Dozens of Bills Across America

BOISE, Idaho — By the time Peyton Badalucco came out to his mother as transgender, he had been secretly binding his chest in a desperate attempt to hide his body. He was 14 years old and so miserable that he could barely muster the emotional strength to leave the house. Coming out led to months […]

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We’re Finally Winning the Fight Against Conversion Therapy

As a national advocate for a nonprofit organization working to protect the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. youth in America, I spend a lot of time looking down on wheat fields from tens of thousands of feet in the air. The constant flights from coast to coast and state capital to state capital give me plenty of […]

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‘If We Kill You, Nothing Will Happen.’ How Delhi’s Police Turned Against Muslims.

NEW DELHI — Kaushar Ali, a house painter, was trying to get home when he ran into a battle. Hindu and Muslim mobs were hurling rocks at each other, blocking a street he needed to cross to get to his children. Mr. Ali, who is Muslim, said that he turned to some police officers for […]

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The Sanders Coalition Is Not Quite What We Thought It Was

Four years ago, in Grant County, Oklahoma, Bernie Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton, 57.1 percent to 31.9 percent. This year, Sanders didn’t just lose Grant County — 87.5 percent white, 76.9 percent without college degrees — to Joe Biden, his percentage of the vote fell by 41 points, to 16.1 percent. Grant County reflects what has […]

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When a Haircut Is More Than Just a Haircut

Derrick Middleton was walking the streets of Harlem in search of a haircut when he was invited into a shop by a barber. He sat in a chair, and the barber covered him in a white protective cape. Mr. Middleton began to describe in precise detail what kind of cut he wanted, but was interrupted. […]

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Politicians’ Use of ‘Wuhan Virus’ Starts a Debate Health Experts Wanted to Avoid

WASHINGTON — The name Covid-19 was clinical and nondescript, and that was exactly the point when the World Health Organization revealed it to guard against stigmatization of the place from which it originated. But a month later, the recommended terminology for the coronavirus has not extended to every corner of politics. Some conservative politicians and […]

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For Me, Rewatching ‘Contagion’ Was Fun, Until It Wasn’t

Pixar’s “Onward” is the No. 1 movie in America. But what if “Contagion” is the No. 1 movie in our psyches? It’s currently way up there on the iTunes movie chart, which means we are paying for Steven Soderbergh’s nine-year-old sign of pandemic life. Covid-19 is upon us, infecting and killing people, compelling quarantine and […]

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Stop Telling Older Women to Step Aside

IN OUR PRIMEHow Older Women Are Reinventing the Road AheadBy Susan J. Douglas In a country as hysterically age-phobic as the United States, where women in their 20s are so terrorized by our culture’s punitive response to the realities of the human life span that they succumb to regimens of “preventive Botox,” the title of […]

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Transphobia Is Everywhere in Britain

LONDON — It must look odd to an outsider. The race to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, after its traumatic defeat in December’s general election, has largely been conducted in the spirit of bury-the-hatchet pragmatism, to the point of tedium. The three candidates have promised, however sincerely, to maintain the general […]

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