Race Relations In The USA and Diversity News

In this 2013 file photo, inmates work out in the exercise yard of Housing Unit B at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, Calif. California prison officials on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014, agreed to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence.
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California will have to stop segregating prisoners by race based on a court settlement. Prison officials will have to balance safety concerns with the need to avoid racial stereotypes after the state agreed to end a long-standing policy that had been challenged in court and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice. Under a court settlement made public Wednesday night, the state will drop its practice of attempting to prevent further violence by segregating inmates by race after riots involving racially based prison gangs. Attorneys representing inmates had challenged the...
In this Oct. 20, 2104 file photo, President Barack Obama votes early for the midterm election at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago. President Barack Obama is hitting the black radio airwaves to plead for midterm votes.
Blacks turning out to vote in the November elections will be critical in determining the outcomes in many races, especially the heavily contested ones in the U. S. Senate and Congress, and President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, It is a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats' hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina that will help determine control of the Senate. And Obama remains beloved...
In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, Earvin "Magic" Johnson addresses the audience after receiving the Brass Ring Award for his humanitarian efforts at the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
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Magic Johnson want to help tech companies in Silicon Valley hire more minorities. Google, Twitter and other big tech companies have come under fire recently for a workforce that is predominantly white male with some Asian employees. Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce. Johnson believes his own...
Is "Stand Your Ground" laws a license, an excuse to use force or to kill?
Who benefits from "Stand Your Ground" laws and statutes? "Stand your ground" statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by putting in place an extra hurdle in the way of arrest by police officers who may have hidden racial biases. "Stand your ground, the way I intended when I voted for it, it's meant so people don't have...
Many are advocating travel bans from countries where there has been an outbreak.
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Discrimination occurring as the Ebola crisis unfolds in the United States is becoming a growing concern. Several leaders in a Staten Island neighborhood that's home to a large Liberian community said Friday they are concerned about discrimination amid Ebola fears. The comments came at a town hall meeting held by New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett to address concerns about the virus. Togba Porte, chairman of the American Ebola Crisis Committee, an educational and support organization, said some people are afraid of losing their jobs, or have been sent home after...
Blacks have historically been arrested at a higher rate than whites for the same or lesser drug offenses.
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Racial justice and legalizing marijuana should be a part of the same discussion as states continue to grapple with the issue. A debate over legalizing marijuana in the U.S. capital is focusing on the comparatively large number of arrests of African-Americans on minor drug charges. The racial justice aspect of the campaign is one of many factors making the District of Columbia's pot legalization push different from what's happened in Colorado, Washington state and other places around the country. The District is not a state. Pot would still be illegal on federal land, so there would be no...
Black employees sue a gas pipeline company for racial discrimination, after apparently being dismissed without cause.
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Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia gas pipeline contractor sued the company Tuesday, claiming they are victims of racial discrimination. They filed a joint lawsuit in the Northern District of West Virginia against CKS Pipeline Contracting. CKS is based about 20 miles south of Clarksburg, W.Va. The lawsuit says four of the five were laid off by CKS on the same day in April 2013, without explanation. A fifth was laid off less than a month earlier. The lawsuit claims the company discriminated against the former employees because they are black. In one instance, the lawsuit...
In this May 22, 2014 photo, New Jersey Assemblywoman and congressional candidate, Bonnie Watson Coleman, center, D-Trenton, N.J., stands on the floor of the assembly before a session at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency.
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More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama's historic presidency. At least 83 black Republicans and Democrats are running for the U.S. House, an all-time high for the modern era, according to political scientist David Bositis, who has tracked black politicians for years. They include Mia Love in Utah, who is trying to become the first black Republican woman to be elected to Congress. Four other black women - Bonnie Watson Coleman in New...
In this 2013 file photo, inmates work out in the exercise yard of Housing Unit B at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, Calif. California prison officials on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014, agreed to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence.
In this Oct. 20, 2104 file photo, President Barack Obama votes early for the midterm election at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago. President Barack Obama is hitting the black radio airwaves to plead for midterm votes.
In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, Earvin "Magic" Johnson addresses the audience after receiving the Brass Ring Award for his humanitarian efforts at the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
Is "Stand Your Ground" laws a license, an excuse to use force or to kill?
Many are advocating travel bans from countries where there has been an outbreak.
Blacks have historically been arrested at a higher rate than whites for the same or lesser drug offenses.
Black employees sue a gas pipeline company for racial discrimination, after apparently being dismissed without cause.
In this May 22, 2014 photo, New Jersey Assemblywoman and congressional candidate, Bonnie Watson Coleman, center, D-Trenton, N.J., stands on the floor of the assembly before a session at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency.
In this 2013 file photo, inmates work out in the exercise yard of Housing Unit B at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, Calif. California prison officials on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014, agreed to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence.
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California will have to stop segregating prisoners by race based on a court settlement. Prison...
Black employees sue a gas pipeline company for racial discrimination, after apparently being dismissed without cause.
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Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia...
Many are advocating travel bans from countries where there has been an outbreak.
October 20th, 2014 with 7 Comments
Discrimination occurring as the Ebola crisis unfolds in the United States is becoming a growing...
In this June 30, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, pauses while making a statement about immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama over time has been embraced and scorned by immigrant advocates who have viewed him as both a champion and an obstacle to their cause.
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Immigration poses major challenges for President Barack...

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Mayor de Blasio and his administration seems to be joining  Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly who were staunch supporters of the surveillance programs, saying they were needed to protect the city from terrorism.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio is supporting the New York Police Department's discriminatory surveillance of...
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Holder said Tuesday.
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A study or racial bias in law enforcement has been...
In this May 22, 2014 photo, New Jersey Assemblywoman and congressional candidate, Bonnie Watson Coleman, center, D-Trenton, N.J., stands on the floor of the assembly before a session at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency.
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More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next...
Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal has court ruled.
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Congressional districts based on race and partisan politics...

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In this Oct. 20, 2104 file photo, President Barack Obama votes early for the midterm election at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago. President Barack Obama is hitting the black radio airwaves to plead for midterm votes.
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Blacks turning out to vote in the November elections will be critical in determining the outcomes...
Is "Stand Your Ground" laws a license, an excuse to use force or to kill?
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Who benefits from "Stand Your Ground" laws and statutes? "...
In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, Earvin "Magic" Johnson addresses the audience after receiving the Brass Ring Award for his humanitarian efforts at the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
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Magic Johnson want to help tech companies in Silicon Valley hire more minorities. Google, Twitter...
The leadership at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce believes Utah offers a strong business environment, a growing Latino population and a compassionate approach to immigration.
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The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce sees opportunity in...