October 2014

October 24th, 2014
Written by Don Thompson in Discrimination Cases, Race Relations with 0 Comments
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.
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...
October 24th, 2014
Written by Nedra Pickler -... in Common Ties That Bind, Race Relations with 0 Comments
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....
October 24th, 2014
Written by Michael Liedtke in Eyes On The Enterprise, Race Relations with 2 Comments
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.
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...
October 20th, 2014
Written by Mike Schneider ... in Common Ties That Bind, National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations with 21 Comments
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...
October 20th, 2014
Written by Eileen A.J. Connelly in All About Family, National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations with 33 Comments
Many are advocating travel bans from countries where there has been an outbreak.
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...