Archive for May, 2007

Bank of America Sued for Racial Discrimination (BankNet 360)

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Five former and current employees have filed a lawsuit, seeking class-action status, against Bank of America Corp.

The black employees are accusing the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank of teaming African-American workers together on the regular basis, assigning them work in largely minority neighborhoods and with low net-worth clients.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed today in the U.S. District Court in Boston and covers matters that took place from 2003 to the present, when the plaintiffs complained about the alleged unfair practices, BofA [ticker: BAC] said it believed that clients were more “comfortable” dealing with bankers and brokers of their own race.


Money Gap Not Class-Related; It’s Age (Business & Media Institute)

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Score one for the ol’ American Dream.

     Many news reports had been telling us it was dead. But the May 21 USA Today offered some hope – and a brand new spin on the class warfare story the media often repeat.

     “I’ve lived the American dream,” said a 55-year-old immigrant from India who now owns a 3,000-square-foot house. The story included several working Americans who were optimistic about their futures. Another was a Hispanic American who expressed confidence in the opportunity for upward mobility.

     The USA Today report showed that working toward the future makes sense, because Americans earn more as they age – a common-sense conclusion that could change the “income inequality” debate.

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Pressure To Achieve Partly Contributes to Asian-American Women’s High Suicide Rates (Kaiser)

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Pressure to be a “model minority” in part contributes to high suicide rates among Asian-American women, according to an Asian-American studies expert, CNN reports. Asian-American girls and women ages 15 to 24 have the highest suicide rate among all females in the same age group, according to HHS statistics.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Asian-American girls and women in the age group, CNN reports. In addition, previous studies have found that Asian-American girls contemplate suicide at much younger ages than other races and also have the highest rate of depression, according to Eliza Noh, assistant professor of Asian-American studies at California State University-Fullerton.


Ken Burns agrees to re-edit “The War” to accommodate Hispanic-American stories (Orlando Sentinel)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
When Hispanic-American veterans complained, filmmaker Ken Burns listened.

Burns said Thursday that he will add Hispanic-American stories to “The War,” his World War II documentary that will premiere on PBS in September.

After Hispanic groups complained that the 14-plus hour work excluded them, Burns started filming material that was to be supplemental to his completed documentary. But on Thursday, Burns said he would re-edit the work, which focuses on four American towns, to incorporate the new interviews with Hispanic veterans.

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Black Car Buyers Pay Higher Interest Rates (

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Car shoppers usually arrive at the car lot determined to negotiate the best price on a new or used car. But no matter what price they finally arrive at, African-American car buyers usually end up paying more in interest charges when they sign the loan papers.An analysis of the Federal Reserve Board Survey of Consumer Finances data, conducted for the Consumer Federation of America, finds African-Americans typically pay a higher interest rate on car loans that white consumers, and that this “rate gap” is increasing.

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Few minorities appear on U.S. news talk shows: report (Reuters)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The influential Sunday news talk shows aired by U.S. television networks are overwhelmingly dominated by white men, with women, blacks and Latinos having little presence, a liberal media watchdog said on Monday.

About one in five guests on the programs were women, said the group, Media Matters for America, which studied four network Sunday news talk shows over a two-year period.

Blacks made up about 7 percent of those appearing on most of the programs, while Latinos made up about 1 percent, Media Matters said. In all, about seven out of every eight guests in 2005 and 2006 was white, the group said.

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Health care experiences and health status of African-American veterans (Healthcare News)

Monday, May 7th, 2007

African-American veterans of the armed forces often struggle to get the health care they need, says a new report from Northeastern University’s Institute on Urban Health Research (IUHR).

The report, titled “Health Care Experiences and Health Status of African-American Veterans” was partially funded by the Boston Public Health Commission (BHPC) and the IUHR and was prepared in response to a request from the Tri Ad Veterans League, Inc., a Boston-based grassroots group of African-American veterans.

Among the findings, Northeastern researchers reported that 78% of the respondents recalled having an experience of discrimination where they received health care services. Although on average, study participants were moderately satisfied with their health care, they indicated lack of confidence in the diagnosis given to them by their doctors. They also expressed dissatisfaction with access to medical specialists; the time their doctors spent with them; and getting medical care in a timely manner.

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African Americans In Horse Racing (Black Athlete)

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

NEW YORK – The accomplishments of African-American horsemen in the early years of the sport are often forgotten, but in the years between the Civil War and the turn of the century, they were very influential. In the first Kentucky Derby Aristides was trained by African-American Ansel Williamson and guided to victory by Oliver Lewis, one of 15 black jockeys in that race. Over all, 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derbys were won by black jockeys and 5 were trained by black trainers.

After the turn of the century, racing started to be a higher profile sport, and blacks were mostly seen only as stable help. The last black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, Jimmy Winkfield who won in both 1901 and 1902, left the US for Europe and a lucrative racing career where it is rumoured he even rode for the Czar of Russia. He became fluent in several languages before he retired with over 2300 winners to his credit.

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Study of N.B.A. Sees Racial Bias in Calling Fouls (NY Times)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

An academic study of the National Basketball Association, whose playoffs continue tonight, suggests that a racial bias found in other parts of American society has existed on the basketball court as well.

A coming paper by a University of Pennsylvania professor and a Cornell University graduate student says that, during the 13 seasons from 1991 through 2004, white referees called fouls at a greater rate against black players than against white players.

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