Race Relations In The USA and Diversity News

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...
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 in Virginia have been rejected by a federal court. Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal court ruled Tuesday. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of judges left the state's congressional districts intact for November's elections but ordered the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by April 1 next year correcting the flawed 2012 redistricting plan. At issue was the 3rd Congressional District, which has had a black...
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 Muslim communities in the city and elsewhere to detect terror threats, newly filed court papers show. The papers were filed by the city in opposition to an appeal of a decision by a federal judge in New Jersey finding that the practice is lawful. The decision tossed out a 2012 lawsuit accusing the NYPD of illegally spying on ordinary people at mosques, restaurants and schools in New Jersey based on religion and race in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The groups Muslim...
Same-day registration won't be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won't be counted. The decision is a victory for Republican leaders at the General Assembly who passed the law.
Voting restrictions in North Carolina are raising concerns with minorities and civil rights groups about how many people will actually be able to vote, and determine the outcome in the upcoming November mid-term elections. Same-day registration won't be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won't be counted this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law. A majority on the nation's highest court agreed to halt the ruling of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Two...
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.
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.
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.
Same-day registration won't be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won't be counted. The decision is a victory for Republican leaders at the General Assembly who passed the law.
Black employees sue a gas pipeline company for racial discrimination, after apparently being dismissed without cause.
October 16th, 2014 with 0 Comments
Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia gas pipeline contractor sued the company...
Same-day registration won't be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won't be counted. The decision is a victory for Republican leaders at the General Assembly who passed the law.
October 10th, 2014 with 0 Comments
Voting restrictions in North Carolina are raising concerns...
Many are advocating travel bans from countries where there has been an outbreak.
October 20th, 2014 with 0 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.
September 25th, 2014 with 19 Comments
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.
October 10th, 2014 with 0 Comments
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.
September 18th, 2014 with 0 Comments
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.
October 16th, 2014 with 0 Comments
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.
October 11th, 2014 with 0 Comments
Congressional districts based on race and partisan politics...

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Is "Stand Your Ground" laws a license, an excuse to use force or to kill?
October 20th, 2014 with 0 Comments
Who benefits from "Stand Your Ground" laws and statutes? "Stand your ground" statutes benefit...
Blacks have historically been arrested at a higher rate than whites for the same or lesser drug offenses.
October 16th, 2014 with 0 Comments
Racial justice and legalizing marijuana should be a part of...
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.
September 24th, 2014 with 0 Comments
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce sees opportunity in Utah and is holding its annual convention...
Efforts are being made in Alabama and other states to register more Hispanics to vote.
September 17th, 2014 with 0 Comments
Hispanics are being registered to vote in Alabama by an...