Setting it Straight: Race and Racism, Minority Groups

Reaching back in time to discover and shine a light on events and peoples whose roles in shaping history may be unknown, misunderstood, or misrepresented.
September 15th, 2014
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Tampa Bay police department, like many in the region, has far fewer black and Hispanic officers than the population they serve.
Diversity is the focus of Tampa Bay area law enforcement agencies in the wake of last month's police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. They are taking a hard look at the makeup of their forces. Most of the region's departments have far fewer black and Hispanic officers than the populations they serve, the Tampa Bay Times reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1rZPrrw). Take the...
September 11th, 2014
Minorities are often discriminated against, albeit unintentionally, in the areas of housing and employment.
Minorities are often discriminated against by prevalent and common business policies and practices, and sometimes it is unintentional. This unintentional discrimination is often referred to as disparate impact. The Supreme Court could decide this month to take up another housing discrimination case that challenges the legal doctrine known as disparate impact. Two previous housing bias cases were...
September 10th, 2014
Written by Will Lester in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Willie Mays was a part of the first generation of black superstars that changed Major League Baseball.
How blacks changed Major League Baseball forever is the focus of a new book by Bill Madden. The book, "1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever" is being released by Da Capo Press. As the pennant races head into the fall stretch, it's worth remembering that 60 years ago the sport of baseball was changed permanently as African-...
September 10th, 2014
This July 24, 2012 file photo shows police at the entrance to city hall in Anaheim, Calif. as demonstrators gathered on the steps to protest the death of Manuel Diaz, 25, who died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a police pursuit on Saturday. The killing of an unarmed black man by an officer in a nearly all-white police department in suburban St. Louis refocused the country on the racial balance between police forces and the communities they protect.
Blacks and Hispanics are underrepresented in police departments where they live and where they may make up a large percentage or the majority of residents within that community or urban area. An Associated Press analysis of Census Bureau data and Justice Department figures about law enforcement found that Hispanics are more often underrepresented in police departments around the country than are...
September 4th, 2014
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Jenny Yang, is the first Asian-American to be named chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
An Asian-American has been named EEOC chairman by President Barack Obama. Jenny R. Yang has been named as the new chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, becoming the first Asian-American to lead that agency. President Barack Obama announced her elevation from vice chair on Tuesday. Yang has served as vice chair since April. Yang is a longtime civil rights and employment lawyer. She...

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