Tag: Race and Ethnicity

Trump’s Executive Order Has Firm Legal Grounding

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday instructing federal agencies to use Title VI — the law that bars federally funded programs from discriminating on the basis of “race, color, or national origin” — to combat anti-Semitism. That move sparked uproar from critics who stressed that Jews are not a race or nationality and […]

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Overlooked No More: Bessie Coleman, Pioneering African-American Aviatrix

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license, thrilling crowds by performing dangerous maneuvers in a rickety airplane and representing, literally, the heights that African-Americans could attain. But before all that, she […]

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Black Hebrew Israelites: What We Know About the Fringe Group

The Black Hebrew Israelites are often known for their inflammatory sidewalk ministers who employ provocation as a form of gospel, preaching a theology that says the chosen ones are black, Native American and Hispanic people. Now, one of the two suspects in Tuesday’s attack on a kosher market in Jersey City that ended with six […]

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Trump Has a Gift for Tearing Us Apart

Donald Trump has done everything within his power to activate racial and ethnic animosity in this country. His main targets are immigrants, who are often greeted with rank hatred. But it’s a mistake to think that Trump started all this, even as he’s taking full advantage of the opportunities animosity has unleashed. He’s riding a […]

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This Is What Racism Looks Like in the Banking Industry

Jimmy Kennedy earned $13 million during his nine-year career as a player in the National Football League. He was the kind of person most banks would be happy to have as a client. But when Mr. Kennedy tried to become a “private client” at JPMorgan Chase, an elite designation that would earn him travel discounts, […]

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What Should I Do About My Bigoted Landlady?

My partner and I live in a rent-controlled apartment in a neighborhood we love and for which we pay well below market value. One drawback is that our landlady lives in our building. For the most part, the less-than-desirable things about her are basically standard landlady grievances and petty annoyances. But over the years we […]

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Christmas Pyramid Lights Up Alabama City

At 30 feet tall, the wooden Christmas centerpiece stands out in downtown Cullman, Ala. Carved figures of snowmen, angels, nutcracker soldiers and early settlers peek out from each level. At night when lit by electric candles, the structure glows like a cake topper in photos. It’s a Weihnachtspyramide, or Christmas pyramid, in German, and a […]

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The Myth of the Two-Parent Home

It is a near truism that the best family structure to raise a child in is a two-parent family. We’re repeatedly told by policymakers, social commentators, religious leaders and a host of others that children raised by both biological parents stand the best chance of success in life. Society routinely blames family structures that deviate […]

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Donald Trump Is Bad for the Jews

On Saturday Donald Trump gave a speech to the Israeli American Council in which he asserted that many in his audience were “not nice people at all,” but that “you have to vote for me” because Democrats would raise their taxes. Was he peddling an anti-Semitic stereotype, portraying Jews as money-grubbing types who care only […]

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Did Pete Buttigieg Help Black People in South Bend?

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pete Buttigieg is rarely home these days as he scoots from South Carolina to New Hampshire to Iowa in pursuit of primary voters. But back in South Bend, a fierce fight is underway between his campaign and some of his top rivals over Mr. Buttigieg’s impact on black residents. With Mr. […]

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Ron Lauder Pledges $25 Million for Campaign Against Anti-Semitism

Ronald S. Lauder, the cosmetics billionaire and president of the World Jewish Congress, is setting aside $25 million of his own money to start a new organization devoted to rooting out what he sees as the growing tide of anti-Semitism in American politics. Mr. Lauder is a longtime Republican donor, but he said he planned […]

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Buttigieg, in Search of Black Support, Looks Homeward

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pete Buttigieg is rarely home these days as he scoots from South Carolina to New Hampshire to Iowa in pursuit of primary voters. But back in South Bend, a fierce fight is underway between his campaign and some of his top rivals over Mr. Buttigieg’s impact on black residents. With Mr. […]

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Tensions Over Subway Policing, Race and ‘Arrest Quotas’

Weather: Rainy all day and windy, starting chilly and warming through the 50s into the evening. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Dec. 25 (Christmas Day). ImageCredit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times The demonstrators’ chant echoed through Downtown Brooklyn last month: “How do you spell racist? N-Y-P-D.” Tensions have been rising in the subway system in recent […]

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Jacqueline Woodson on Africa, America and Slavery’s Fierce Undertow

IN THE COASTAL TOWN of Elmina, Ghana, the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the rocks with such a ferocity, I make our kids move back away from the gray-blue water. Four hundred years have passed since captured Africans were forced across these waves on their way to bondage in the New World and now, standing at […]

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Oh, Nikki. You’re So Wrong.

There was a moment in which people thought — and many liberals feared — that Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and former United States ambassador to the United Nations, would be the post-Donald Trump face of the Republican Party as a political candidate. She was somewhat respected, had crafted an image of competence and […]

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What Does This Country Demand of Black Women in Politics?

WASHINGTON — The first black woman to be elected mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, considers Senator Kamala Harris something of a political soul mate. When Ms. Harris announced her White House bid in Oakland, Calif., in January, Ms. Breed was one of the 20,000 supporters there loudly celebrating, and she endorsed the campaign from […]

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Nikki Haley’s Confederate Flag Comments Spark Backlash

Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, came under criticism on Friday after she told a conservative radio host that the Confederate flag symbolized “service, sacrifice and heritage” for some people in her state until Dylann S. Roof “hijacked” it. Mr. Roof, the avowed white supremacist who killed nine black parishioners when he opened fire […]

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Can Biology Class Reduce Racism?

Please sign up here to have the Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox. COLORADO SPRINGS — Biology textbooks used in American high schools do not go near the sensitive question of whether genetics can explain why African-Americans are overrepresented as football players and why a disproportionate number of American scientists are white or Asian. […]

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House Passes Voting Rights Bill Despite Near Unanimous Republican Opposition

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Friday to reinstate federal oversight of state election law, moving to bolster protections against racial discrimination enshrined in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights statute whose central provision was struck down by the Supreme Court. Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, who was beaten in 1965 […]

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N.Y.P.D. Targeted Blacks and Hispanics in the Subways, Officers Say

At a police station tucked into an end-of-the-line subway terminal in South Brooklyn, the new commander instructed officers to think of white and Asian people as “soft targets” and urged them to instead go after blacks and Latinos for minor offenses like jumping the turnstile, a half-dozen officers said in sworn statements. “You are stopping […]

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Gov. Northam Plans to Purge Racist Language From Virginia Law

A task force assembled by Gov. Ralph Northam to help purge discriminatory and racist language still on the books in Virginia has recommended repealing almost 100 laws, according to a report released Thursday. Many of the laws, some of which are no longer enforced or have been invalidated, stem from the state’s segregationist past, including […]

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America Still Has a Story to Tell

We’re a hot mess, this bad-tempered country of ours. More than 40 percent of Republicans are slouching toward full-blown autocracy, favorably disposed, in one poll, toward a presidency unfettered by constitutional checks and balances. An even greater percentage of the party of Lincoln thinks Donald Trump is a better president than Lincoln. At the other […]

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Why the ‘Wokest’ Candidates Are the Weakest

Democrats are too “woke” for their own good, or so goes the argument. “Today’s progressivism is more or less a secular form of religion with its own high standards,” Matt Lewis, a conservative columnist, wrote this spring. “Eventually,” he concluded, “the revolution devours its own.” Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time, urged Democratic presidential […]

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