Tag: Minorities

What Nevada Wants in a President

LAS VEGAS — No Democratic candidate for president can win the nomination without the overwhelming support of voters of color, and Nevada — with its nearly 30 percent Latino, 10 percent African-American, and about 9.5 percent Asian-American and Pacific Islander population — is the first contest to offer insight into which of the remaining all-white […]

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Stop Otherizing Haredi Jews

In the spring of 2016, President Barack Obama signed a bill eliminating dated references to racial or ethnic minorities that had remained in parts of federal regulations. “Negro” would be replaced with “African-American,” “Oriental” with “Asian-American or Pacific Islander” and so on. It was a long-overdue recognition that the meanings that words carry matter — […]

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When Did Bloomberg Turn Against Stop-and-Frisk? When He Ran for President.

Days before he announced his presidential campaign in November, Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City from 2002 through 2013, renounced one of his signature policies: stop-and-frisk, in which police officers stopped and searched millions of New Yorkers, the vast majority of whom were black or Hispanic and had not committed a crime. […]

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The Trumpian Liberalism of Michael Bloomberg

Donald Trump is who he is as a politician because of his unapologetically racial vision of the American nation. Trump’s America is white, and he sees his job as protecting that whiteness from black and brown people who might come to the country or claim greater status within it. That’s what it meant to “make […]

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The Notorious Michael R. Bloomberg

Let’s state some facts: Michael Ruben Bloomberg notoriously expanded stop-and-frisk in New York City to obscene proportions, violating the bodies and constitutional rights of mostly minority men and boys, and not only defended the policy, but mocked his detractors and bragged about it. What Bloomberg did as mayor amounted to a police occupation of minority […]

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Trump Takes On Bloomberg and Once Again Hijacks a News Cycle

WASHINGTON — Tuesday was shaping up to be the kind of news day that makes President Trump unhappy: one in which he saw himself losing control of the narrative in the face of wall-to-wall coverage of his Democratic rivals in the presidential primary in New Hampshire. Mr. Trump had other ideas. In a provocative early-morning […]

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Bloomberg’s Blunt Defense of Stop-and-Frisk Policy Draws Scrutiny

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A recording of Michael R. Bloomberg in 2015 offering an unflinching defense of stop-and-frisk policing was circulating widely on social media Tuesday, signaling that the former New York City mayor is about to face more intensive scrutiny as he rises in the polls as a Democratic presidential candidate. While Mr. Bloomberg apologized […]

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Stop Blaming History for Your All-White, All-Male Movie

Anna Paquin only has one line over three and a half hours in “The Irishman.” When Martin Scorsese’s crime drama made the festival rounds last fall, critics and reporters took note, not just of the dearth of speaking time for Ms. Paquin, but the director’s male-heavy oeuvre as a whole. Mr. Scorsese, Deadline reported, dismissed […]

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Miuccia Prada Will Be Getting Sensitivity Training

In December 2018, Chinyere Ezie, a civil rights lawyer, posted a picture on Twitter that seemed to encapsulate a year’s worth of racial and cultural faux pas from major fashion brands. It showed the window of the Prada shop in downtown New York filled with Pradamalia figurines that resembled monkeys in blackface. “I don’t make […]

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Goodbye, Iowa

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Iowa should never go first again. It should never go first again because it is an overwhelmingly white, disproportionately older state that distorts the presidential nominating process. In the 2020 campaign, Iowa’s outsize role has already helped […]

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Bernie Sanders’s Surge Owes a Lot to Voters of Color

Welcome to Poll Watch, our weekly look at polling data and survey research on the candidates, voters and issues that will shape the 2020 election. Throughout the 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, one of Senator Bernie Sanders’s greatest weaknesses was his inability to win broad support from voters of color. This year, he […]

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Affirmative Action: The Uniquely American Experiment

THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PUZZLEA Living History From Reconstruction to TodayBy Melvin I. Urofsky For two and a half centuries America enslaved its black population, whose labor was a critical source of the country’s capitalist modernization and prosperity. Upon the abolition of legal, interpersonal slavery, the exploitation and degradation of blacks continued in the neoslavery system […]

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Inside the Buttigieg Campaign as Staff Members of Color Sought to Be Heard

In early December, more than 100 members of Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign staff gathered at the South Bend City Church a mile from headquarters for a mandatory half-day retreat about diversity and inclusion. Less than two months remained before the start of voting, a time when most campaigns are focused full-time on politics. Buttigieg advisers […]

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Leader of Pakistani Rights Movement Is Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani authorities on Monday arrested the leader of a civil rights movement who for nearly two years has challenged the country’s powerful security forces by demanding they be held accountable for extrajudicial killings and kidnappings, his colleagues said. The leader, Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, was arrested in the early hours of Monday […]

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Why Trump Persists

The failure of the American electorate to rise up in opposition to President Trump — whose outrages are well-documented — suggests that voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less insistent on integrity than many believe. The election of Trump and his first three years in office have revealed a nation deeply ambivalent about immigration, […]

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Census 2020: Counting Heads Along the Frozen Bering Sea

TOKSOOK BAY, Alaska — The 2020 census officially began on Tuesday in Toksook Bay, an Alaskan village on the edge of the frozen Bering Sea where census takers hope to show they can overcome language barriers, isolation and government distrust to develop an accurate tally for minority groups who have long suffered from undercounts. Visitors […]

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The Neighborhoods We Will Not Share

In the mid-20th century, federal, state and local governments pursued explicit racial policies to create, enforce and sustain residential segregation. The policies were so powerful that, as a result, even today blacks and whites rarely live in the same communities and have little interracial contact or friendships outside the workplace. This was not a peculiar […]

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