Tag: Discrimination

Fired for Repeating Racist Slur, School Guard Will Get Job Back, Union Says

A Wisconsin school security assistant will be rehired after he was terminated last week for repeating a racist slur while telling a student not to use it, union officials said, following days of public outcry and protests by students and teachers. The security assistant, Marlon Anderson, was fired after he said the slur during an […]

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School Security Officer Fired for Repeating Racial Slur Aimed at Him

A high school security officer in Wisconsin said an unruly student called him a racial slur several times last week, but when he tried to explain to the student why the epithet was offensive, it cost him his job. The security officer, Marlon Anderson, said that he told the student to stop calling him a […]

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Matthew Shepard’s Parents Assail Trump Administration on Gay Rights

WASHINGTON — The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student whose murder led to the passage of a groundbreaking federal law that expanded the definition of violent federal hate crimes, harshly criticized the Trump administration’s record on civil rights in a letter read aloud in their absence during a Justice Department ceremony on Wednesday. […]

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How Unpredictable Work Hours Turn Families Upside Down

Unpredictable schedules can be brutal for hourly workers, upending their lives. New research shows that African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities — particularly women — are much more likely to be assigned irregular schedules, and that the harmful repercussions are felt not just by the workers but also their families. The findings come from continuing surveys […]

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How Moving to France and Having Children Led a Black American to Rethink Race

SELF-PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITEUnlearning RaceBy Thomas Chatterton Williams Thomas Chatterton Williams is the son of a black father and a white mother, but grew up identifying as black on the basis that even one drop of black blood defines a person as belonging to that often besieged minority. His father claimed that his mother […]

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How to Beat Trump at His Own Game

“Democrat Savages,” President Trump recently tweeted, are driving the impeachment against him. When he then named in particular two Jewish congressmen and four congresswomen of color — Jerry Nadler of New York, Adam Schiff of California and the quartet that includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — the racist connotations of the “savage” slur buzzed. […]

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Bulgarian Soccer Chief Resigns After Fans’ Racist Abuse of England

LONDON — The president of Bulgaria’s soccer union stepped down on Tuesday after the prime minister called on him to resign in the wake of racist abuse that Bulgarian fans hurled at England’s players during a game the night before. Bulgarian supporters made Nazi salutes and shouted monkey chants at England during a European Championship […]

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Fired for Being Pregnant? It Can Still Happen

To the Editor: Re “Warren Details Account of Losing Teaching Job Because of a Pregnancy” (news article, Oct. 9): The women nodding and wincing at Elizabeth Warren’s account of losing her teaching job because of pregnancy aren’t just those of us who remember when it was perfectly legal to say the children/passengers/customers/clients will be uncomfortable […]

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Trumpism’s Infinite Vulgarities

The terrains of acceptability and respectability have shifted under the American conservative. That which was once forbidden is now embraced. That which they once condemned they cheer. Conservatism has been unveiled in all its craven glory. No longer is it shrouded behind morality, small government, traditional values and spending concerns. President Trump is the new […]

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What if the Supreme Court Had an L.G.B.T. Justice?

Near the end of this year’s hit Broadway show “What the Constitution Means to Me,” the audience hears a scratchy old recording of an oral argument at the Supreme Court. The year is 1965, and the justices are debating the topic of married women’s right to birth control. Or that’s the idea, anyway; for what feels […]

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Two Years After Hurricane Harvey, One Group Says It Has Been Overlooked: Renters

VICTORIA, Texas — The State of Texas has been disbursing $5 billion in federal dollars to help repair homes, businesses and infrastructure damaged in Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Ruth Ortiz will get none of it. She and her lawyers say the Harvey recovery has discriminated against flood victims like her: renters. Ms. Ortiz, 36, […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Political Cost of Hair

Hair has once again caused a political tempest in a blow dryer. This week, the Washington Times published a story saying that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had spent $80 on a haircut and $180 on color at a Washington, D.C. salon, a styling choice the newspaper presented as hypocritical, given she “regularly rails against the rich […]

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As Elizabeth Warren Rises, the G.O.P. Deploys an Old Tactic

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his allies have struggled for months to come up with effective ways to confront Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose steady rise in the polls put the lie to Mr. Trump’s boasts last spring that she was “finished” and “gone,” undone by her past claims of Native American ancestry. Republicans have tried […]

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Penn State Defends Football Player Whose Dreadlocks Were Insulted

Pennsylvania State University, a Big Ten college and home of the vaunted Nittany Lions, rushed to defend one of its football players this week after he reportedly received a letter from an alumnus complaining about the athlete’s dreadlocks. “We couldn’t help but notice your — well — awful hair,” said the letter to the player, […]

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FIFA Must Pressure Iran to Let Women Attend Soccer Matches

I grew up in the Iranian city of Shiraz after the 1979 revolution. Girls like me were barred from going to stadiums to watch sports because, our religious leaders said, it would be an improper mixing of men and women. Still, I grew up loving soccer. I would watch matches on television with my family, […]

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Overlooked No More: Mitsuye Endo, a Name Linked to Justice for Japanese-Americans

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Stephanie Buck It was January 1942, and Japanese-American civil servants in California were alarmed. Within weeks of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, the state government had sent an invasive questionnaire to its employees of Japanese […]

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Elizabeth Warren Details Her Account of Losing Teaching Job Because of Pregnancy

WASHINGTON — It is one of Elizabeth Warren’s signature anecdotes in her stump speech: By the end of her first year as a public-school teacher, she was “visibly pregnant,” and the principal wished her luck and hired another teacher to replace her. In recent days, a conservative news site and other outlets have cited evidence […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Bias Against L.G.B.T. Workers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday on whether a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination. The court has not heard a gay rights case since the retirement last year of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinions in all four of the court’s […]

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