Tag: Discrimination

‘No Slavery in Australia’? These Pacific Islanders Tell a Different Story

MACKAY, Australia — Marion Healy’s great-grandfather Kwailu was just a boy when “recruiters” took him aboard a ship on a beach in the Solomon Islands. The destination was Australia, where, for meager wages, he would do backbreaking labor planting and cutting sugar cane for white farmers. Thousands of South Pacific islanders like Kwailu were lured […]

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Second City Is Trying Not to Be Racist. Will It Work This Time?

What happens when a comedy institution realizes that a punchline is not worth a performer’s pain? The first time Dewayne Perkins stepped into the Second City, the storied Chicago improv theater, a decade or so ago, he saw a Black actor spinning around in a Speedo onstage and getting big laughs. That was it: his […]

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Colorado Attorney General Is Investigating Practices of the Aurora Police

The Colorado state attorney general on Tuesday announced a sweeping investigation into whether a local Police Department being scrutinized in the death of a 23-year-old Black man last summer employed “patterns and practices” that may deprive people of their constitutional rights. The attorney general, Phil Weiser, said in a statement that his office’s investigation of […]

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Pinterest Accused of Gender Bias in Suit by Former No. 2 Executive

SAN FRANCISCO — In April, Françoise Brougher, the chief operating officer of Pinterest and its top female executive, abruptly left the company with little explanation. In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Ms. Brougher accused the $21 billion company, which makes virtual pinboards, of firing her after she complained about sexist treatment. In her suit, which […]

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Zomato Draws Praise for Introducing Period Leave for Employees

How many days a month have you missed work or requested a day off for stomach pains and cramps because of menstruation? This is the question one of India’s largest food-delivery firms, Zomato, put to its 4,000 employees, 35 percent of whom are women, in announcing a new paid period leave policy for employees on […]

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Hockey, Rocked by Racist Acts, Embraces Black Lives Matter Campaigns

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Dumba walked to center ice before an N.H.L. game this month and addressed the television audience, not about the game but the need for the sport to fight racism. “The world woke up to the existence of systematic racism and how deeply rooted it is,” Dumba said during a speech before […]

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Are Racial Attitudes Really Changing? Some Black Activists Are Skeptical

CHICAGO — The old guard of this city’s Roseland neighborhood, a community on the South Side famous for molding a young Barack Obama and infamous for its current blight, has never forgotten the fruit trees. Back in the 1970s, before the full exodus of white residents, the erosion of local businesses, the crack epidemic of […]

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Rage Is Both Black and American

I knew something serious was afoot in May when my friend Eric Priestley called from West Hollywood and left a phone message: “E, you would not believe this!” He was almost shouting over the swelling street noise in the background. Eric tends to the dramatic on any given day, but he sounded different — urgent, […]

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For Doctors of Color, Microaggressions Are All Too Familiar

When Dr. Onyeka Otugo was doing her training in emergency medicine, in Cleveland and Chicago, she was often mistaken for a janitor or food services worker even after introducing herself as a doctor. She realized early on that her white male counterparts were not experiencing similar mix-ups. “People ask me several times if the doctor […]

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Ambition Has Always Been ‘Ladylike’

No one, it is safe to assume, told J.F.K. he was too ambitious. In 1956, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, he campaigned aggressively to be vice president, said Keneshia Grant, an associate professor of political science at Howard University. His father, she noted, had even offered to pay for Lyndon B. Johnson’s run […]

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She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art

This story begins, as so many do these days, on Twitter. Last May, Nicole Tersigni, a Detroit-based writer, logged onto the social media platform at the end of a long day. She was tired and frazzled from looking after her 8-year-old daughter, who was home sick at the time. “So I go online just to […]

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2 Black Staff Members Quit Bon Appétit as Tensions Over Race Continue

The tensions over race at Condé Nast’s food magazine continue. The only two Black editorial staff members at Bon Appétit quit Friday as the magazine grapples with criticism from its own staff over racial inequality. The departures came a day after three journalists of color said they would no longer participate in the magazine’s popular […]

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The Real Reason the American Economy Boomed After World War II

The United States long reserved its most lucrative occupations for an elite class of white men. Those men held power by selling everyone else a myth: The biggest threat to workers like you are workers who do not look like you. Again and again, they told working-class white men that they were losing out on […]

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Why Black Workers Will Hurt the Most if Congress Doesn’t Extend Jobless Benefits

ImageProtesters calling for economic relief this week in New York.Credit…Angela Weiss/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images When Congress expanded unemployment insurance this year to meet the staggering economic toll of the pandemic, it had one less-noticed effect: It made America’s fractured jobless benefits system more fair. Starting in April, the federal government provided $600 weekly payments […]

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In Poland, the Rainbow Flag Is Wrapped Up in a Broader Culture War

When President Andrzej Duda of Poland was sworn in on Thursday for a second term in office after a bitterly divisive campaign in which he rallied support by targeting homosexuality as a threat to the nation, he looked out over the floor of Parliament to find a sea of color. But it was not a […]

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Employers Are Discriminating Against Mothers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Employers are using the pandemic to get rid of mothers, and our attempts to protect them are failing. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was enacted this spring for the express purpose of providing workers with expanded family and sick leaves for reasons related to Covid-19 and its accompanying school and child care closings. But […]

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Where Will the New Good Jobs Come From? Look Here

The United States long reserved its most lucrative occupations for an elite class of white men. Those men held power by selling everyone else a myth: The biggest threat to workers like you are workers who do not look like you. Again and again, they told working-class white men that they were losing out on […]

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The Biggest Bedroom Is No Longer a ‘Master’

Following the lead of other real estate brokerage communities around the country, several industry groups in New York are planning to eliminate the term “master bedroom” from floor plan descriptions and conversations between real estate agents and clients. The Real Estate Board of New York plans to vote soon on removing the phrase from its […]

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Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

The Hindus performed the prayer rituals awkwardly in supplication to their new, single god, as they prepared to leave their many deities behind them. Their lips stumbled over Arabic phrases that, once recited, would seal their conversion to Islam. The last words uttered, the men and boys were then circumcised. Dozens of Hindu families converted […]

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Massachusetts Court Won’t Use Term ‘Grandfathering,’ Citing Its Racist Origins

A wine organization announced in June that it would no longer use the term “master” to refer to its high-ranking experts. This month, lawmakers in New Jersey said county elected officials should be called “commissioners” instead of “freeholders,” a word that dates to a time when only white males could own land. And on Monday, […]

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Trump Appointee With History of Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Remarks Leaves Aid Agency

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration appointee whose anti-L.G.B.T.Q. comments had spurred calls for her removal has left the United States Agency for International Development, an agency spokeswoman said on Monday. The appointee, Merritt Corrigan, had drawn scrutiny shortly after becoming the agency’s deputy White House liaison this year because of her previous statements that America […]

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Black Family Just Trying to Get Ice Cream Threatened by White Man Carrying a Sword

Photo: Feng Yu (Shutterstock) A Black family in Pennsylvania got to experience firsthand the impact of 400 years of white supremacy emboldening white people to act overtly racist when a white man wielding a sword threatened them and made a comment about their race. Advertisement According to NJ.com, Antonio and Diana Bellamy were on an […]

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The War on Frats

Groups of fraternity brothers and sorority sisters are working to kick their organizations off campus. ImagePortraits of these students at Vanderbilt University were taken over Zoom. Organizers asked to be photographed as a group of equals, instead of individuals, to recognize their solidarity. From left, Daniel S. Wrocherinsky, Riya Patel, Rachel Rosenberg, Nicole Gillis, Simi […]

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How Joe Arpaio’s Fate in Arizona Could Be a Window Into Trump’s

PHOENIX — After 24 years of doling out his punitive brand of justice in Arizona’s most populous county, Joe Arpaio, who billed himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” suffered a landslide defeat in 2016, largely because of his hard-line immigration stances and his own pugnacious defiance, which earned him a criminal conviction for contempt of court. […]

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Should Youth Come First in Coronavirus Care?

In April, as the coronavirus was rampaging through the Northeast, Larry Churchill considered what he would do if the pandemic caused medical shortages. Should he, a 75-year-old, direct care to younger people before him if he got sick? He was in a good position to raise the question. A bioethicist retired from Vanderbilt University, he […]

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‘The Better I Got in Sports, the Worse the Racism Got’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There were a few must-pack accessories for Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs for his stay at Walt Disney World. Mills brought a stack of books on Black history in the United States and his native Australia. He made sure to carefully transport his favorite flat-brimmed hat, which bears […]

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In India, a Gay Prince’s Coming Out Earns Accolades, and Enemies

NEW DELHI — Born into a royal family that once ruled the kingdom of Rajpipla in India, he was raised in the family’s palaces and mansions and was being groomed to take over a dynasty that goes back 600 years. But then he gave an interview that prompted his mother to disown him and set […]

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Will Americans Buy Trump’s Claims About Mail Voting Fraud?

Image Top Republicans were quick to dismiss the suggestion of putting off Election Day — but Democrats went further, calling it evidence that the president would stop at nothing to throw doubt on the validity of an election that he currently appears likely to lose. At this moment of coronavirus-driven insecurity, where do Americans stand […]

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The Reading List Behind ‘Nice White Parents’

“Nice White Parents” is a new podcast from Serial Productions, a New York Times Company, about the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block. Listen to the first two episodes now and keep an eye out for new episodes each Thursday, available here and on your mobile device: Via Apple […]

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