Tag: Minorities

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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Harvard Won a Key Affirmative Action Battle. But the War’s Not Over.

The bitter fight over Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process — and affirmative action nationwide — is far from done. The university won the first round on Tuesday, when a federal judge ruled there was no evidence of explicit bias in Harvard’s treatment of Asian-American applicants. But from the beginning, the plaintiffs suing Harvard were preparing for […]

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The Fed, Long Dominated by White Men, Is Trying to Change

The Federal Reserve’s research staff is far less diverse than the American population it is meant to serve, a reality that the central bank is trying to change as a reckoning over inclusion sweeps through the economics profession. Three in four Fed economists are men and a majority of those are white. That matters beyond […]

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The College Admissions Trilemma

For decades America’s universities have made extensive efforts to achieve racial diversity within their student bodies. The official justifications for these efforts have changed depending on political currents and Supreme Court whims: What began as explicit redress for African-Americans eventually morphed into a commitment to diversity as an educational good unto itself. But the implicit […]

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Andrew Yang Knows You May Disagree With Him About Shane Gillis

Shane Gillis, a 31-year-old stand-up comedian who was named last week to the “Saturday Night Live” cast, has mimicked caricatures of Chinese accents. He has called it a “hassle” to have to speak with a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. He has used a racial slur to refer to the entrepreneur Andrew Yang. And in […]

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Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?

For the purposes of this article, Alex Chen, an 18-year-old senior at the Bronx High School of Science in New York City, is the “typical Asian student.” Alex has a 98 percent average at one of the city’s elite public high schools, scored a 1,580 on the SAT and, as far as he knows, has […]

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China’s Prisons Swell After Deluge of Arrests Engulfs Muslims

The Chinese government has built a vast network of re-education camps and a pervasive system of surveillance to monitor and subdue millions from Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. Now China is also turning to an older, harsher method of control: filling prisons in Xinjiang. The region in northwest China has experienced a record surge […]

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We Aren’t Seeing White Support for Trump for What It Is

On Feb. 24, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucuses, Donald Trump told supporters in Las Vegas, “I love the poorly educated.” Technically, he should have said “I love poorly educated white people,” but his point was well taken. We have been talking about this since Trump came down that escalator four years ago, but we […]

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China: Free Our Parents From Concentration Camps

Video A million ethnic minority Uighurs have been detained in “re-education camps.” Here, three young people share their stories.CreditCreditThe New York Times In the video Op-Ed above, three Chinese citizens whose parents disappeared demand their release from China’s “re-education camps.” The government is estimated to have detained over one million people. The goal: to force […]

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Push for Ethnic Studies in Schools Faces a Dilemma: Whose Stories to Tell

Discuss a recent instance of police brutality in your community. Read op-eds arguing for and against legal status for unauthorized immigrants. Compare and contrast border conditions in the Palestinian territories and Mexico. Those are some of the lesson plans suggested in a draft of California’s newly proposed ethnic studies curriculum for K-12 public schools. The […]

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How the El Paso Shooting Exposes the Rifts in Texas Politics

SUGAR LAND, Tex. — Nearly 700 miles from the El Paso Walmart where the suspect in the killing of 22 people on Saturday denounced a “Hispanic invasion,” Rish Oberoi, a candidate for state representative, gestured toward a bustling dining room in a popular Vietnamese restaurant and marveled at the diversity of this Houston suburb. “You’ve […]

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Identity Politics Roil Most Diverse House Democratic Caucus Ever

WASHINGTON — Weeks after Democrats assumed control of the House with the most diverse class ever, the leaders of their campaign arm invited more than a dozen top political consultants to lead a discussion on the message for their fragile majority. Every one of the strategists was white. Five months later, House Democrats are reckoning […]

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The Nation’s Top State Courts Face a Crisis of Legitimacy

The nation’s courts have a checkered history when it comes to doling out justice for people of color and women. We often focus on the egregious outcomes — racial disparities in sentencing, over-incarceration of black men, courts that ignore survivors of sexual violence. Less often do we consider which factors might contribute to these injustices, […]

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The Real Meaning of ‘Send Her Back!’

Donald Trump insists he’s not a racist. This is, increasingly, a bit beside the point. What is excruciatingly clear, and what matters most right now, is that he has chosen to ground his politics and his presidency in fomenting racial hatred. Whatever he may feel in his bones, he is an avid race warrior. That […]

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Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here

WASHINGTON — With three days of attacks on four liberal, minority freshman congresswomen, President Trump and the Republicans have sent the clearest signal yet that their approach to 2020 will be a racially divisive reprise of the strategy that helped Mr. Trump narrowly capture the White House in 2016. It is the kind of fight […]

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You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions. Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce […]

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Trump Needs His Base to Burn With Anger

For Democrats seeking to pry loose moderates and conservatives in 2020, the voters drawn to President Trump by their shared animosity to all things liberal are an impenetrable constituency, long gone, while more traditional Republicans offer the potential for modest support. This is just one of the strategic challenges facing those committed to making Trump […]

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