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April 4th, 2014
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The latest State of Black America report shows African Americans and Latinos are losing ground in the areas of employment, income and overall quality of life.
Blacks and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says. The annual report, called "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America," noted that the underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5...
April 1st, 2014
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Hispanics make up 16 percent of the U.S. population, a share that will continue to grow, according to Census projections. That's why some Republican leaders are concerned.
The browning of America, fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among Hispanics and blacks, means that the U.S. population is becoming less white. That fact seems to have been lost on many in the GOP. These changes have largely bypassed congressional districts represented by Republicans, adding to divisions between the GOP and Democrats on issues like immigration. National GOP leaders have...
March 25th, 2014
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declares racial discrimination is a dangerous threat for communities all across the world.
Racial discrimination remains "a dangerous threat," according to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and he is urging countries and people around the world to follow the lesson of Nelson Mandela, who triumphed over racist forces and became a defender of the dignity and rights of every person. Ban's message was read at a General Assembly meeting Friday to commemorate the International Day for the...
March 17th, 2014
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In this photo made Tuesday, March 11, 2014, baseball cards of major leaguers Harry Howell, left, and Babe Ruth are seen at the Saco River Auction House in Biddeford, Maine. The auction house is getting a reputation for selling some of the nation's oldest baseball memorabilia.
A piece of sports history dating back to the 1867 meeting that institutionalized racial segregation in professional baseball is heading to the auction block. Among the items up for sale by Saco River Auction Co. is a ticket to the Philadelphia baseball convention, which marked the drawing of a color line that wasn't eradicated for good until 80 years later by Jackie Robinson. During the...
March 13th, 2014
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The banner proclaiming "Japanese only" led to a penalty for the Urawa Reds soccer team. Though it was hung up by fans, the team failed to remove the banner in a timely manner and must play their next home game in an empty stadium as punishment.
The J-League has disciplined Japanese club Urawa Reds over racist fan behavior, ordering the popular team to play its next home game at an empty stadium. Thursday's decision comes after a fan displayed a banner at Urawa's home stadium on Saturday that had the words "Japanese Only" written on it. The sign was put up at a stadium entrance but wasn't removed until after the March 8 game. "These acts...


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