Tag: Race and Ethnicity

After Viral Video, Families of Covington Are Swiftly Circling to Protect Their Boys

COVINGTON, Ky. — On Friday night, all anyone at Covington Catholic High School was talking about was that their star Colonels basketball team had unexpectedly lost to the rival St. Xavier Bombers, 55-45. For the “Colonel Crazies,” as locals call them, identity is wrapped in state championship titles, and their all-male brotherhood. But by Saturday […]

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They Still Like Steve King Here

The Republicans in Des Moines and Washington are doing what they can to run away from and run off Representative Steve King, the Republican from my district, for yet more of his outlandish remarks over white supremacy, nationalism and western civilization — remarks that simply echo things he has said many times over the past […]

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Biden Expresses Regret for Support of Crime Legislation in the 1990s

WASHINGTON — Former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Monday he made a mistake in supporting the tough-on-crime drug legislation of the 1980s and 1990s, expressing regret in particular over a bill that created different legal standards for powdered cocaine and street crack cocaine. “It was a big mistake that was made,” Mr. Biden said […]

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Blackface Video Has Elite New York Private School in an Uproar

Two white girls in blackface grunted and swung their arms like apes. They jumped up and down to music playing in the background, moving in front of a camera, sneering as a third girl recorded them. The six-second video snippet was recorded about two and half years ago, but it resurfaced this month, thrusting Poly […]

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Fate of Confederate Monuments Stalled by Competing Legal Battles

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Randall L. Woodfin, the 37-year-old mayor of Birmingham, Ala., made an unlikely sales pitch the other day after glancing toward some black-and-white photos of his city’s segregated past. A 52-foot-tall Confederate monument, a sandstone obelisk erected in 1905 and within sight of City Hall, is available, he said. For free. “Any Confederate […]

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U.N.C. Admissions Lawsuit Brings Another Attack on Affirmative Action

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill weighs race so heavily in its admissions process that it is the predominant factor in determining whether many black and Hispanic students get in, according to court papers filed on Friday by an anti-affirmative action group that is also suing Harvard. The group, Students for Fair Admissions, […]

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in her words: Women’s March 2019: Here’s What to Know if You Can’t Keep Up

ImageCreditFranziska Barczyk Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “March with one of them. But march.” — Gloria Steinem, responding to news that there would be competing women’s marches in New York City Days […]

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Steve King Still Has Backing in Iowa, but Even Supporters Say ‘He’s Done’

FORT DODGE, Iowa — The coffee crew at Zakeer’s still likes Steve King. They voted for him over and over and don’t believe he is a bigot. They say he’s getting a raw deal from the news media and Republicans in Washington. But here’s the thing: These rock-solid supporters of Mr. King, whose comments seeming […]

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Before Harts Plunged Off a Cliff, Strain Dogged Family

At 3:38 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018, a German tourist called the authorities from the Juan Creek crossing on California’s scenic Highway 1. She had spotted something jarring: a brown sport-utility vehicle, upside down, in the Pacific Ocean. When Highway Patrol officers arrived, they found the S.U.V. Jennifer Hart was at the wheel, and […]

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Living With Cancer: A Cancer Rap, With Thanks to Nina Simone

Two women in my cancer support group died last year; both were considerably younger than I am. Furious at the disease, I’m starting the new year with a yowl. Survivors of patients who have not survived, people dealing with a terminal condition, and their caregivers are generally advised to seek acceptance. However, great artists of […]

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Talk: Bryan Stevenson Wants the U.S. to Face Its History

Last month, Congress passed the First Step Act, a prison-reform bill intended to reduce recidivism. Do you think this bill will actually change the realities of mass incarceration? It’s important but insufficient, in terms of the actual number of people in jails and prisons. We’ve gone from 300,000 people in jails and prisons in the […]

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On Pro Football: The N.F.L.’s Minority Head Coaching Ranks Are Thinning

The number of minority coaches in the N.F.L. is likely to fall by half next season, suggesting that the league’s recent efforts to promote diversity in hiring are still a work in progress. Two weeks after the end of the regular season, nearly every new head coach hired has been white, which is certain to […]

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House Passes Resolution Condemning White Supremacy After Steve King’s Comments

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a resolution condemning white supremacy by a vote of 424-1, reflecting the anger in both parties over comments by Representative Steve King of Iowa questioning why white supremacy is considered offensive. The resolution begins by citing Mr. King’s remarks to The New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, […]

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A History of Steve King’s Racist Remarks

Representative Steve King of Iowa, who was stripped of his House committee seats on Monday night after making remarks defending white supremacy, has a long history of racist comments and insults about immigrants. Republicans rarely rebuked him until recently, with some suggesting that Mr. King’s language and views were new to them. “This just popped […]

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On Tennis: Serena Williams Is Back at Australian Open, for Tennis and So Much More

MELBOURNE, Australia — The last time Serena Williams came here for the Australian Open, in 2017, the talk swirling around her focused on tennis. Could she capture her 23rd major title and break past Steffi Graf on the list of Grand Slam title winners since the sport went professional? She did indeed emerge victorious, beating […]

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Why We Struggle to Say ‘I Love You’

Is it true that Asian-Americans cannot say “I love you?” The striking title of the writer Lac Su’s memoir is “I Love Yous Are for White People,” which explores the emotional devastation wreaked on one Vietnamese family by its refugee experiences. I share some of Lac Su’s background, and it has been a lifelong effort […]

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Lab Severs Ties With James Watson, Citing ‘Unsubstantiated and Reckless’ Remarks

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory revoked the honorary titles held by its longtime leader James D. Watson on Friday, describing as “unsubstantiated and reckless” his recent remarks about genetic differences in intelligence among racial groups. Dr. Watson, one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, had apologized after making similar comments to a British […]

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Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics

Years before President Trump forced a government shutdown over a border wall, triggering a momentous test of wills in Washington, Representative Steve King of Iowa took to the House floor to show off a model of a 12-foot border wall he had designed. And long before Mr. Trump demonized immigrants — accusing Mexico of exporting […]

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Jorge Ramos: Trump Is the Wall

Donald Trump wants more than a wall. The president, once again, has created his own reality, manufactured a crisis, invented an invasion, criminalized immigrants, made up facts and, in a nationally televised speech on Tuesday, argued for a new wall at the United States-Mexico border. “How much more American blood must we shed before Congress […]

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