Tag: Race and Ethnicity

Lifting the Cone of Silence From Black Composers

A cone of silence hangs over the work of Black composers from Africa and its diaspora. It is not that Black men and women have not written music, but too often it has been ignored — and thus assumed not to exist at all. The work of Black composers is more often heard if they […]

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Lifting the Cone of Silence From Black Composers

A cone of silence hangs over the work of Black composers from Africa and its diaspora. It is not that Black men and women have not written music, but too often it has been ignored — and thus assumed not to exist at all. The work of Black composers is more often heard if they […]

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WNYC Employees Demanded Diversity. They Got Another White Boss.

Three years ago, when the American workplace at long last began to clean house, sweeping away the vestiges of “Mad Men” habits, WNYC, the most popular public-radio station in the country, pushed three of its leading on-air personalities into the dust heap where so many bad men were piling up. A long period of turmoil […]

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The Mug Shot Is a Crime Story Staple. Newsrooms Are Turning Away.

For more than a century, police departments and news organizations have worked together to disseminate photos of people after their arrest, often bleary-eyed and despondent, sometimes defiant and smiling. It’s a practice as old as the mug shot itself: publicizing an unflattering close-up of a person’s face and profile, taken at one of the worst […]

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As U.S. Confronts Anti-Black Racism, Latinos Wonder Where They Fit In

PHOENIX — “Tu lucha es mi lucha,” several signs declared at a recent Black Lives Matter protest near the Arizona State Capitol. Your struggle is my struggle. The sea of faces included young Latinos who had marched before, during the immigrant rights movement in the state a decade ago, when Joe Arpaio championed draconian policies […]

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Essence Names Interim Chief After Claim of ‘Abusive Work Culture’

An anonymous essay published on Sunday criticized Essence, the groundbreaking Black media brand, citing an “abusive work culture” in which bullying and sexual harassment were common. Since then, Essence has installed Caroline A. Wanga, a former Target executive, as its interim leader and has also pledged to hire law firms to conduct a review of […]

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Trump’s Re-election Message Is White Grievance

A lot of Republicans are acting puzzled about Donald Trump’s re-election pitch. “He has no message,” one Republican source told Reuters. “He needs to articulate why he wants a second term,” said another. Some have expressed hope that Trump would find a way to become less polarizing, as if polarization were not the raison d’être […]

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Colleges Rescinding Admissions Offers as Racist Social Media Posts Emerge

A star high school athlete recruited to play football for Cornell University will no longer be attending the school after a Snapchat video of him using a racial slur went viral. Marquette University revoked an incoming freshman’s admission offer because of a Snapchat post mocking the death of George Floyd. And an honors student bound […]

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The Coronavirus and America’s Humiliation

We Americans enter the July 4 weekend of 2020 humiliated as almost never before. We had one collective project this year and that was to crush Covid-19, and we failed. On Wednesday, we had about 50,000 new positive tests, a record. Other nations are beating the disease while our infection lines shoot upward as sharply […]

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Golfer’s Pro Journey Starts With a Burst Bubble

Sahith Theegala hardly remembered the details, but his father did. Well before he was a three-time All-American golfer at Pepperdine and long before he made his professional PGA Tour debut this past week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., Theegala was a 10-year-old public course golfer trying to figure out fast greens. So his […]

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A Public Art Project Devoted to Dismantling Racism at Every Level

It’s Juneteenth and at Facility, Bob Faust and Nick Cave’s art lab and studio space in Chicago, the installation of the first component of their latest community-based project, “Amends,” is underway. For it, the artists have invited friends and colleagues to hand-write personal testimonials on the gallery windows, to reflect honestly on aspects of themselves […]

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A Public Art Project Devoted to Dismantling Racism at Every Level

It’s Juneteenth and at Facility, Bob Faust and Nick Cave’s art lab and studio space in Chicago, the installation of the first component of their latest community-based project, “Amends,” is underway. For it, the artists have invited friends and colleagues to hand-write personal testimonials on the gallery windows, to reflect honestly on aspects of themselves […]

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College Democrats, Citing Racism, Force Change in Leadership

The president of the College Democrats of America resigned on Wednesday, and members of the executive board pledged not to run for re-election, after the board’s only Black member said he had experienced racism and classism from the organization’s leadership. The Black board member, Matthew Nowling, who had been the organization’s communications director, will serve […]

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How Mount Rushmore Became Mount Rushmore

This year, for the first time in more than a decade, there will be a major fireworks display to commemorate Independence Day at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The sculpture features the faces of four American presidents — Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Lincoln — carved into a granite slope over the Black Hills of […]

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In Japan, the Message of Anti-Racism Protests Fails to Hit Home

TOKYO — As protests were spreading around the globe in response to George Floyd’s killing by the police, Sierra Todd, an African-American undergraduate in Japan, organized a march last month in Tokyo to show solidarity with American demonstrators. She said she hoped it would prompt Japanese marchers to think about racism in their own country, […]

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Students Create a Magazine to Salute Their Heroes: Chefs of Color

At Food and Finance High School, a New York City public school devoted to culinary arts, the Junior Spring Showcase is a big deal. The students, who split their days between academic classes and hands-on work in the kitchen, prepare for the event all year. They work within a theme, studying a chosen topic and […]

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A Black Man Was Tortured and Killed in Denmark. The Police Insist It Wasn’t About Race.

A young Black man was tortured and killed on a remote island in Denmark by two white men with known far-right affiliations, one of them with a swastika tattoo on his leg, but the authorities are refusing to call it a hate crime. Noting that the victim, Phillip Mbuji Johansen, and his attackers knew one […]

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Black Families Were Hit Hard by the Pandemic. The Effects on Children May Be Lasting.

Kourtney McGowan was furloughed in March, when the preschool she worked at closed during the coronavirus shutdown. The relationship with her longtime partner quickly crumbled under the pressure. They broke up “due to mental health issues” that she said started to appear with both of them being stressed out and inside all day. McGowan said […]

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Netflix Moves $100 Million to Black-Owned Banks

Want this delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up here. Netflix’s $100 million plan to boost black lenders We have the first look at a new move to help bridge the racial economic divide in America: Netflix will shift some of its $5 billion in cash to financial institutions that focus on black communities. […]

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Black Wine Professionals Demand to Be Seen

TJ Douglas and his wife, Hadley, own Urban Grape, a thriving wine shop in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Before the pandemic, a regular internet customer with whom Mr. Douglas had had many discussions online about wine, walked into the shop for the first time. The customer, who was white, had come specifically to […]

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‘Intelligent’ or ‘Strong’: Study Finds Bias in Soccer Broadcasts

MANCHESTER, England — For two weeks, the players of the Premier League have been taking a knee before games, demonstrating their support for the Black Lives Matter movement to millions of viewers across the world. Their peers in the Bundesliga had done the same. In Spain, Italy, and the United States players have followed suit. […]

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I’ve Protested for Racial Justice. Do I Have to Post on Social Media?

I am a white college student trying to be a better racial-justice advocate in the wake of George Floyd’s death. While I have not been very politically active in the past (which I regret), recently I have attended a protest, donated a lot of my savings to bail funds and related nonprofits, called my representatives […]

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Insurgent Wave in New York Pushes Old Guard Democrats Aside

It was evident in marquee congressional contests, in a county district attorney race and in numerous battles for state legislative seats: A political sea change has swept New York. After the count of ballots cast in person last week, insurgent Democrats were poised to topple or succeed longtime incumbents. Many of the challengers are candidates […]

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John T. Edge, A White Gatekeeper of Southern Food, Faces Calls to Resign

For years, people have been calling for John T. Edge to step down as head of the influential Southern Foodways Alliance. They say he is a kingmaker. They say he is a white man — however charming — who has too much power over who tells the story of food in a region where so […]

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Texas Prosecutor Resigns Over Facebook Post About Nazi Germany

A prosecutor in Harris County, Texas, resigned on Monday after she was criticized for sharing a Facebook post that seemed to compare demonstrators for racial justice to Nazis who “tore down statues” and “banned free speech.” The post was not written by the prosecutor, Kaylynn Williford, but came from a Facebook page that has criticized […]

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Trump Shares Video of Armed White Couple Confronting Protesters

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday morning retweeted a video of a white man and woman brandishing a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun at peaceful black protesters in St. Louis over the weekend, amplifying a surreal scene that embodied the racial divisions roiling the country. Mr. Trump’s promotion of the St. Louis confrontation was the […]

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A Conversation With a Police Union Leader

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher In the weeks since George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Americans have been confronting hard questions about bias and racism within law enforcement — and what the role of the police should […]

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