Archive for January, 2007

Lawsuit alleges racial discrimination (BusinessWeek)

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

A company that makes frozen food home deliveries discriminated against a qualified black job applicant for a route sales job out of concerns that St. Charles County customers would be intimidated by him, a federal lawsuit has alleged.

The lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission also claims The Schwan Food Co. refused to hire a black job applicant for a warehouse position in O’Fallon, Mo., even though he was promised the job. The suit says a white applicant, who was no better qualified, was hired instead.

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Analysis: Medicare vs. the race gap (Science Daily)

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

By OLGA PIERCE

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) — The Medicare program should do more to combat racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare, experts said Monday, it is just not clear how to go about it.

“Medicare is the largest purchaser of healthcare and has a tremendous influence on all aspects of healthcare in this country,” Renee Landers, a health law professor at Suffolk University Law School, told congressional staffers at a briefing sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform. “It has the obligation to ensure that all beneficiaries receive appropriate care on a fair and non-discriminatory basis.”

Some healthcare equity advocates argue the best way to reduce racial healthcare disparities is to target them directly through programs designed to narrow gaps in access and quality. Medicare, they argue can have a pivotal rule in doing this, both for seniors and the healthcare system as a whole.

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Disparities in Access to Preventive Health Screenings Exist for Minorities, Low-Income, Uninsured U.S. Residents, AHRQ Report Finds (Kaiser Foundation)

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Millions of U.S. residents do not receive necessary preventive care, according to two reports released on Thursday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the AP/Arizona Daily Star reports. According to the fourth annual national health care quality and disparities reports, although the quality of the health care system continues to improve overall, lower-income and minority residents continue to receive a lower quality of care than other residents.

In addition, the reports found that uninsured residents received the lowest quality of care and had the most problems with access. The reports also found that residents overall — with the majority low-income, minority or uninsured — do not receive necessary examinations, tests and advice from physicians that can prevent or limit the progression of asthma, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

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Media Ignores Black, Latino Views on Iraq (Beyond Chron)

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Forty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s murder, America’s media still deems African-Americans, Latinos and other people of color unqualified to express views on the nation’s most riveting issue—the Iraq War.

CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the lead-up to Bush’s Wednesday night speech had anchorperson Wolf Blitzer surrounded by several other pundits/reporters, all of whom were white. And those selected to give their insights were not generals or ex-military leaders, but political hacks like Paul Begala and Bay Buchanan, neither of whom have any basis for providing special insights on Iraq. The media refuses to acknowledge the war’s racial component, and representatives of the African-American and Latino communities whose members are dying for George Bush’s fantasies are deemed unfit to comment upon it.

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Target agrees to 775G accord in discrimination complaint (NY Daily News)

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Target, the nation’s second-largest discount retailer, agreed to pay a group of black workers $775,000 to settle a government racial discrimination lawsuit.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said a white store manager in Springfield, Pa., made inappropriate comments to 14 black employees.

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Diversity Draws New Donors (Wall Street Journal)

Sunday, January 28th, 2007
Democratic Presidential Field
Attracts Newcomers to Fund Raising
By JEANNE CUMMINGS

WASHINGTON — The emergence of viable black, Hispanic and female presidential candidates — combined with unprecedented pressure for campaign donations — is drawing a new generation of female and minority donors to the intensifying contest for cash among 2008 Democratic aspirants.

Illinois’ Barack Obama, the only African-American currently in the U.S. Senate, is courting a network of rising African-Americans in law firms, at high-tech companies and on Wall Street. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, whose mother is Mexican, is mobilizing Latino business owners. And New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is tapping into email lists of individual women across the country.

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Dungy-Smith Super Bowl is special for reasons other than diversity (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Between now and the 41st Super Bowl, there will be many stories and columns written, many broadcast opinions aired, and many blogs devoted to the significance of two black head coaches competing in America’s most prominent single-day sporting event.

When I see Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith, I see class, intelligence, grace and exemplary leadership. I don’t really see race, so after this column I’ll be happy to step aside and defer to others to put the achievement in the proper sociological and cultural context.

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Foreclosure Crisis Will Hit Minority Communities Hardest Says New Report (Civilrights.org)

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Tyler Lewis, Civilrights.org

African-American and Latinos could be devastated by a dramatic increase in foreclosures, which will affect 2.2 million families, according to new research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).

“Losing Ground: Foreclosures in the Subprime Market and Their Cost to Homeowners” estimates that foreclosures will affect 8 percent of Latino families and 10 percent of African American borrowers. Comparatively, about 4 percent of white borrowers will be affected by foreclosures.

CRL’s report says that communities of color will be hit the hardest because high-cost subprime loans – higher-interest loans to borrowers with impaired or non-existent credit histories – are disproportionately made in those communities. And predatory lending practices –where borrowers are often strapped with balloons they are incapable of paying –are found more frequently in the subprime market.

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Texas-based pizza chain under fire for letting customers pay with pesos (USA Today)

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

DALLAS (AP) — A pizza chain has been hit with death threats and hate mail after offering to accept Mexican pesos, becoming another flashpoint in the nation’s debate over immigrants.

“This is the United States of America, not the United States of Mexico,” one e-mail read. “Quit catering to the damn illegal Mexicans,” demanded another.

Dallas-based Pizza Patron said it was not trying to inject itself into a larger political debate about illegal immigration when it posted signs this week saying “Aceptamos pesos” — or “We accept pesos” — at its 59 stores across Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California.

Pizza Patron spokesman Andy Gamm said the company was just trying to sell more pizza to its customers, 60% of whom are Hispanic.

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