Archive for the ‘Discrimination’ Category

Update: The Cambridge police just dropped the charges! Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., best known for his work in African-American ancestral research, was arrested last week by Cambridge, Mass., police on his own front porch. Gates had just returned from China and found his front door jammed. He went to the backdoor of the […]


You may recall the six young Black men in Jena, La., who were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight with white schoolmate Justin Barker. After a major civil rights demonstration protesting the inappropriate severity of the charges, international media attention, and fund-raising to pay for legal representation, the charges were later reduced to second-degree […]


The U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution on June 18 apologizing for American slavery (1619 – 1865) and “Jim Crow” laws following slavery through the 1960s that continued to deprive Black people of basic human rights. The resolution concludes:  Whereas it is important for the people of the United States, who legally recognized slavery through the Constitution and the […]


Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women, the nation’s largest feminist advocacy organization, held national elections over the weekend to assemble a new team of leaders. Latifa Lyles (above) ran for president but lost and she will not retain her position as Vice President of Membership to which she was elected in 2005. Allendra Letsome is NOW’s […]


City council members in the District of Columbia voted 12 – 1 on May 5 to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. Marion Barry, former DC mayor, was the “lone dissenter.” He believes an uproar in the local Black community is imminent. Black ministers have already expressed outrage. Check out the video capturing Barry’s position […]


  Suzanne de Passe, the chairman and CEO of de Passe Entertainment who began her career at Motown Records, along with Steven Spielberg and Madison Jones, will produce the first motion picture authorized by The King estate that examines the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DreamWorks Studios acquired the rights to the life of the […]


Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth was a passionate activist, fighting against slavery and for women’s rights in the 19th century. She died 126 years ago in Battle Creek, Mich. Yesterday, Sojourner Truth became the first African-American woman to be memorialized with a bust in the U.S. Capitol. The ceremony at Emancipation Hall was led by […]


The U.S. Supreme Court once again held hearings today on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. At issue: a provision that prevents discriminatory voting practices in several states, where these practices were once common, and requires these states to get approval from the Justice Department before changing any voting procedures, especially those that could suppress voting among people of […]


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Civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King was killed 41 years ago tomorrow. Life magazine took pictures at the scene of the crime at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN,  that were never published, but now the magazine shares the photos on http://www.life.com. Interestingly, James Earl Ray, the man convicted of killing Dr. King, claimed […]


A Dallas police officer pulled over NFL player Ryan Moats and his wife, who were rushing to see his dying mother-in-law in the hospital, for driving through a red light. The officer held Moats in the hospital parking lot on March 18 as his mother-in-law lay dying in her hospital bed, even though the 26-year-old professional athlete repeatedly […]


The illustration on the cover (left) of the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2009: Message to the President report shows a Black president hanging his head over his desk in the Oval Office, flanked by the American and presidential flags. Clearly, the image is meant to convey the heavy burden our current president is […]


  According to the U.S. Embassy, 146 Haitians were sent home after their boat began to sink near the Turks and Caicos Islands. They were attempting to escape the extreme poverty in their homeland and seek new opportunities elsewhere. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the Haitians from their sinking boat on March 18 and took them to the Cap-Haitien port […]


South Africa would not grant the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, a visa to attend a Johannesburg peace conference this week, along with fellow Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former South African President Nelson Mandela, and FW de Klerk. The conference is linked to the 2010 Football World Cup, hosted by South Africa. Tutu and […]


    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed separate lawsuits today in the U.S. district court in Los Angeles against mortgage lenders Wells Fargo and HSBC, alleging “systematic, institutionalized racism” in sub-prime mortage lending to African-American borrowers. The suit further asserts African-American borrowers were 30% more likely to be granted mortgage […]


Nearly 150 people, most of them Black, have accused police in the tiny Texas town of Tenaha of illegally seizing their property without charging them with any crime. From June 2006 to June 2008, Black motorists were forced to surrender their cash, cell phones, even cars or face felony charges of money laundering or other more […]


According to the BBC, a new Nigerian law banning gay marriage would lead to three years in jail for anyone who has “entered into a same gender marriage contract,” defined as two gay people living together, or anyone who “aids and abets” them. It’s already illegal to have sex with a member of the same gender in […]


Stuart Ishimaru, EEOC Acting Chairman The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported soaring increases in discrimination filings during FY2008, which ended Sept. 30. The federal agency received 95,402 complaints last year — a 15% increase over the previous fiscal year. Age and retaliation charges experienced the highest increases versus FY2007, but allegations based on race, sex and retaliation continue to […]