Archive for April, 2007

Minorities fare worse in traffic stops (AP)

Monday, April 30th, 2007


WASHINGTON — Black, Hispanic and white drivers are equally likely to be pulled over by police, but blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to be searched and arrested, a federal study found.

Police were much more likely to threaten or use force against blacks and Hispanics than against whites in any encounter, whether at a traffic stop or elsewhere, according to the Justice Department.

The study, released Sunday by the department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, covered police contacts with the public during 2005 and was based on interviews by the Census Bureau with nearly 64,000 people age 16 or over.

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Minority professors struggle to climb faculty ladder (Yale Herald)

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Though increasing, the percentage of Yale minority faculty lags behind the student body. BY NOAH GENTELE

n 1876, after six years in residence at Yale, Edward Bouchet became the first African-American in the United States to earn a Ph.D. In 2002, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Bouchet’s graduation from Yale College, Dean Peter Salovey presented the first Edward Bouchet Leadership Award, a national award given to leaders in academia who h+ave played a critical role in diversifying higher education. Before presenting the first award, Salovey remarked that Bouchet was a man “who pushed his institution, and indeed this nation, to recognize that African-American and other minority scholars were vital to the production of knowledge in the academy.” Yet in 2002, only five African-American men and one African-American woman stood among the 365 tenured members of Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Today, the numbers have improved slightly, if not radically. Nine African-Americans hold tenured positions within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Altogether, though, only 41 tenured Yale College professors—10.5 percent of the tenured ranks of FAS—self-identify as members of an ethnic minority. That proportion stands in stark contrast to the undergraduate student body: For at least the past 15 years, almost half of Yale College’s entering class each year has been minority or international students.

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Minority Lawyers Wait for Large Firms to Catch Up (

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Each year since we started the Diversity Scorecard, we’ve seen small but consistent increases in the proportion of minority lawyers at large firms. In 2001, only about one partner in 30 was a lawyer of color. Now it’s about one partner in 20.

That’s definitely progress. But it’s slow progress, and it raises the obvious question: How long will it take before large law firms — particularly their partnerships — mirror the general U.S. population, where almost one of every three citizens is a person of color? The likely answer: Decades.

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Asian American groups call for CBS to fire New York shock-jocks (San Francisco Chronicle)

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Prominent Asian American civil rights groups in the Bay Area are demanding that CBS Radio fire New York shock-jocks Jeff Vandergrift and Dan Lay, who were suspended earlier this week for making a prank phone call to a Chinese restaurant seen as racist and sexist.

Today, the coalition of groups submitted a letter to CBS Radio, calling for the network to improve its guidelines on offensive terms, to communicate periodically with civil rights and community groups and to fire the duo — who had broadcast on Bay Area airwaves for more than a decade before they went to New York in 2005 — and their producer at WFNY-FM.

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New LAFD incident adds fuel to the fire (LA Daily News)

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

More bad news broke Tuesday about alleged discrimination at the Los Angeles Fire Department, as interim LAFD Chief Douglas L. Barry recounted his accomplishments in trying to right a department tarnished by scandals.

The disclosure of an incident at a West L.A. fire station came during a news conference in which Barry assessed his first 100 days since Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed him as head of the 3,500-member organization.

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Fears of Scapegoating after Cho Slayings (AsianWeek)

Friday, April 20th, 2007

In the aftermath of the shootings in Virginia, many Korean and Asian American community leaders and student groups expressed sorrow and concern and the hope that the tragedy will not repeat the scapegoating Korean and Asian Americans saw after the 1992 Rodney King police beating.

Last Monday, Cho Seung-Hui, a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University shot and killed 32 people in the largest school shooting in American history.

The 23-year-old English major was a Korean American who immigrated to Detroit, Michigan in 1992 from Seoul, South Korea.

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Latinos can learn from blacks about political pressure (Chicago Sun Times)

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

For weeks before Don Imus was fired for making racist and sexist remarks on the radio, two other shock jocks were already targeted for protests and boycotts for making insensitive remarks on New Jersey’s 101.5 FM.

The two jocks, known as ”The Jersey Guys,” had earned the wrath of Latinos for urging listeners to report illegal immigrants to federal authorities in a radio campaign they called ”La Cucha Gotcha,” a play on the Spanish word for cockroach.

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American-born black players vanishing from baseball scene (Chicago Tribune)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

MICHAEL HIRSLEY, Chicago Tribune

Sixty years ago, Jackie Robinson stepped out of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ clubhouse and became the first African-American on a modern major-league baseball field, pushing open the door for scores of talented black players to follow.But even as many of today’s current stars acknowledged the anniversary by wearing Robinson’s officially retired No. 42, fewer and fewer African-American athletes are embracing the game Robinson’s efforts made available to them.

The scores of black players who originally followed in Robinson’s footsteps have dwindled to a trickle.

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A California Court Upholds Neighborhood-Based School Integration (FindLaw)

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

A Possible Alternative If, As Many Expect, the Supreme Court Strikes Down More Conventional Race-Based Pupil Assignment

Supreme Court observers and school officials across the country are still awaiting the Court’s decisions in two pending cases – one from Seattle and one from Louisville — concerning the constitutionality of race-based student assignment in K-12 education. Meanwhile, they should pay close attention to another ruling last week – this one by a California state court – regarding pupil assignment.

The decision, American Civil Rights Foundation(ACLF) v. Berkeley Unified School District, upheld an innovative Berkeley public school voluntary integration program. If – as many (perhaps most) knowledgeable analysts expect– the Supreme Court strikes down the Seattle and/or Louisville plans, the Berkeley-style program may become the wave of the future.

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Minorities are the emerging face of the subprime crisis (San Francisco Chronicle)

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

When Alberto and Rosa Ramirez began looking for a home, they never imagined that 18 months later they would personify a national real estate crisis. It’s not that they bought a house with walls crawling with toxic mold or inherited an insane neighbor next door or, even, God forbid, that they didn’t buy at all. They bought, and they love, their slice of the American Dream.

“It’s all very nice and beautiful,” Rosa tells me through a translator. “The neighborhood is very peaceful. The problem is not with the house at all. It’s the price of the house.”

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