Archive for the ‘African American’ Category

Bill O’Reilly Blames Beyoncé for African-American Babies Born Out of Wedlock

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

(Radio.com) While far more famously known for his criticisms of rappers and hip-hop, FOX News political pundit Bill O’Reilly has developed a recent fascination with Beyoncé.

First, O’Reilly took the singer to task for the sexy music video for recent single “Partition”, filmed at famous French burlesque club Crazy Horse, calling it “exploitative garbage.” The O’Reilly Factorhost went at the singer again during a visit with David Letterman on The Late Show, where he first cited the “Drunk in Love” star as a reason African-American babies are born out of wedlock.

Now that Time has featured Beyoncé on the cover of it’s “100 Most Influential People” issue, O’Reilly has again lashed out at the singer and her “libertine” values, engaging Penny Nance from Concerned Women for America and political commentator Eboni Williams in the debate.

Related: Beyonce and Jay Z Officially Announce Joint Stadium Tour 

“This woman knows that young girls getting pregnant in the African-American community and now it’s about 70 percent out of wedlock. She knows and doesn’t seem to care,” O’Reilly stated during the show aired on April 25. “That’s my problem with her… the empowering stuff is just so much garbage. I mean I can’t even believe it. Empowering, what? She sings songs.”

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Ole Miss Frat Behind Racist Noose Incident Gets Shut Down

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

(Gawker.com) A fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi has been shut down after three members hung a noose around the neck of a statue of James Meredith, the university's first-ever black student.

A pre-2003 Georgia state flag, featuring the Confederate battle emblem, was also draped over the statue's face.

After an investigation, Sigma Phi Epsilon has decided to close its Ole Miss chapter, the University said Thursday. The three students responsible, who are all from Georgia, have beenkicked out of the fraternity, CBS News reported.

The school is pursuing disciplinary action against the students, according to an Ole Miss spokesman. The FBI is also investigating.

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Sponsors pulling support of Los Angeles Clippers

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

(USA Today) Sponsors are pulling a fast break away from the Los Angeles Clippers and their embattled owner, Donald Sterling.

As the condemnation of Sterling and his racially insensitive comments spread Monday, major financial supporters of the NBA franchise announced they were severing ties with the Clippers.

In rapid succession, the mass exodus included used car seller CarMax, State Farm Insurance, Kia Motors America, airline Virgin America, P. Diddy's water brand, AQUAHydrate, Red Bull, Yokohama tires and Mercedes-Benz.

As AQUAHydrate said in a statement:

"In the wake of Donald Sterling's alleged defamatory and intolerable comments we have decided to suspend our sponsorship with the L.A. Clippers until the NBA completes its investigation. We fully support the players and fans of the L.A. Clippers and wish them the best in the remainder of the playoffs."

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Is Barack Obama ‘black’? A majority of Americans say no.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

(Washington Post) But according to data in a fascinating new Pew Research study, a majority of Americans describe the president as "mixed race," while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him "black.

While whites and Hispanics are far more likely to describe Obama as "mixed race," a strong majority of African Americans see him as black. And black voters voted in historically large numbers for Obama. He won 93 percent of the African American vote in 2012 and 95 percent among that group in 2008. (John Kerry won 88 percent of the black vote in 2004; Al Gore won 90 percent in 2000.)

Obama, for his part, struggled for much of his life in how to define himself racially with a Kansas-born white mother and a Kenyan father. David Maraniss documents that process in fascinating detail in his biography of the country's 44th presidentOf Obama's racial identity, Maraniss wrote:

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Army grooming rule changes: African American female troops claim racial bias

Friday, April 18th, 2014

(Examiner.com) The United States Army, as with all other branches of the military, has always upheld specific regulations regardinggrooming for their male and female service personnel. Every so often those rules are revisited as styles and personal choices of appearance change over time.

USA Today on April 1 released a news story whereAfrican American female troops are claiming racial bias to the new grooming regulations. Their claims and voice are causing an outcry within the local ranks as well as worldwide. They are asking, through a petition to the White House, that the hairstyles undergo some reconsideration to allow more ethnic styles that are still considered professional and popular among the African American military personnel.

The Army Times reports that the new grooming regulations aren’t specific to just allowable hairstyles. The new rules also establish tougher rules regarding makeup, fingernail length, tattoos, as well as how uniforms should be worn. The rules that are being implemented for tattoos, is the section with the strictest guidelines.

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New report details racial gap among US children

Friday, April 4th, 2014

(AP) – In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.

Titled "Race for Results," the report is being released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades has worked to improve child well-being in the United States.

The foundation also produces annual "Kids Count" reports, with reams of state-specific data, but these generally have not focused on race. The new report tackles the topic head-on, with charts and ratings that convey dramatic racial discrepancies.

At the core of the report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child's success from birth to adulthood. The indicators include reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates, employment prospects, family income and education levels, and neighborhood poverty levels.

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Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension

Friday, March 28th, 2014

(AP) – Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools – even as tiny preschoolers.

The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department's civil rights arm.

The suspensions – and disparities – begin at the earliest grades.

Black children represent about 18 percent of children in preschool programs in schools, but they make up almost half of the preschoolers suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child.

Advocates long have said get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students, but much of the emphasis has been on middle school and high school policies. This was the first time the department reported data on preschool discipline.

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Minn. legislator eventually apologizes for ill-considered, uninformed, racially dubious tweet about NBA, ‘streetcrime’

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

(Yahoo Sports) Pat Garofalo represents District 58B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He's a 42-year-old fifth-term Republican first elected in 2004, and unless you were a Twin Cities resident with business before with the state House's committees on energy policy, state and local taxes or living wage jobs, you probably wouldn't have much reason to have any idea who Rep. Garofalo is.

(Unless, of course, you remember hearing about some dude who was mad that you might not be allowed to buy guns at the stadium on an upcoming Minnesota Vikings game day.)

On Sunday afternoon, he introduced himself to the world with a staggering bit of nonsense:

Maybe you read that missive and connected the "possible exception of increase in streetcrime" with the premise that NBA players on those folded teams would be out of work and, y'know, let loose to prey on humanity. Maybe you thought Garofalo was claiming "streetcrime" would increase because the folks who make up the NBA's fan base would no longer have their attention diverted by their favorite teams. (Nevermind that the NBA's fan base remains largely white … albeit not nearly as white as Garofalo's district.)

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Senate blocks Obama’s pick for civil rights post

Monday, March 10th, 2014

(AP) – President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division was blocked by bipartisan Senate opposition Wednesday in an emotional postscript to the long-ago murder of a Philadelphia policeman and the legal help his killer received.

The vote against advancing Debo Adegbile toward confirmation was 47-52, shy of the majority needed under new procedures Democrats put in place late last year to overcome Republican stalling tactics.

In this case, though, to the dismay of civil rights organizations and the White House, Democratic desertions played a decisive role in the outcome. Eight members of Obama's party joined all 44 Republicans in preventing a final vote.

Obama swiftly condemned the action. In a statement, he called it a "travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant."

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Clarence Thomas: Americans Are More ‘Sensitive’ About Race Now Than In The 1960s

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

(Huffington Post) Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Americans are too sensitive about race, claiming the nation is more "difference-conscious" now than in the 1960s.

“My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up,” Thomas said during a Tuesday appearance in Florida, according to Yahoo. “Now, name a day it doesn’t come up."

Thomas said "everybody is sensitive" about sex and race, or if "somebody doesn't look at you right, somebody says something."

"If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah," Thomas said. "Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them — left them out."

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