Tag: Race

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National

1st trial begins in group of Iowa bias claims

In this April 17, 2013 file photo, plaintiffs, from left, Charles Zanders, Tereasa Jefferson, Beverly Couch and Wilbur Devine Jr., look on during a news conference about a racial bias class action lawsuit against the state of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by Ryan J. FoleyAssociated Press Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection started Tuesday in the first of what could be several trials over claims that managers in Iowa’s executive branch discriminated or retaliated against Black state workers and job applicants.

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Opinion

“Science Fiction can rescue Black communities”

(BlackNews.com) — October has been dubbed African American Speculative Fiction Month by a group of online enthusiasts. This was done to acknowledge the writers, artists, entertainers and independent publishers around the country and elsewhere who are producing science fiction narratives, performances and art featuring Afrocentric themes. African Americans also use October to celebrate the merger of science and the arts via AFROFuturism.

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Opinion

What if Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were White?

Al Vivian (CNN) — Since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, everyone has had an opinion about the verdict. I am not about to second-guess the jury’s decision or pass judgment on them. Our judicial system is operating as it was designed. The jurors reached their conclusion based on the evidence placed before them and their interpretation of the law as it was explained. As human beings, we see the world through the lens of our own experiences. Both science and history prove that we all have unconscious biases that impact the decisions we make.

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National

The LBGTQ Factor: The hidden side of Stop and Frisk

What comes to mind when you visualize the typical Stop & Frisk recipient? A young Black male standing on the corner? A Hispanic youth? Someone who resides in New York City Housing Authority housing? Perhaps they’re wearing Timbaland boots and baggy jeans? What about if they are transgender? You read the last part correctly. All too often, we believe officers stop and frisk based solely on racial background. But what about those Black and Hispanic youths who are also LBGTQ members? What happens when sexuality enters the equation? In recent years, the NYPD has systematically crafted a harassment culture surrounding the LBGTQ community. Their steps included the 2011 “Quality Of Life[1]” initiative, targeting and harassing minority LBGTQ youth in the West Village and Chelsea. Officers often use[2] condoms found on these citizens as evidence of loitering for prostitution. And despite an updated patrol guide[3] mandating they respect transgender and non-conforming youth, NYPD officers often …