Archive for the ‘Diversity’ Category

ABC News Diversifies Its Decision-Makers

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

(The Root) ABC News, responding to the need to diversify its executive ranks, has completed the first year of a fellowship program in which three journalists of color learned producer skills. Three more are in the program for its second year, and it is preparing for a third, according to a spokeswoman for the program.

The network is satisfied that the on-air ranks are diverse but believes that the executive ranks need work, Sarah J. Hodd, a producer in the network's talent and development operation, told Journal-isms on Wednesday. "Ultimately, these are the people who are green-lighting," Hodd said. "We definitely aim to expand it. We can only see bright things for the future."

Jim Avila, senior national correspondent at ABC News and White House correspondent for Fusion, the ABC/Univision joint venture, noted the network's progress in a forum Monday night at International House in New York, "What's Not Being Covered by the Media . . . and Why?"

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The Color of Money: Inclusive Casting Proves Profitable

Monday, March 17th, 2014

(Huffington Post) Remember college? All those late nights you whiled away debating topics ranging from geopolitics to burrito fillings? If you were lucky, you were that guy or gal who effortlessly won any and every verbal joust, not the one who suffered routine pummeling — even when you were an expert on the topic de jour.

I was the tongue-tied, babbling latter. Thankfully, pointless argument earns no social currency beyond dorm rooms (cable news being the one jejune exception), but I do relish those rare occasions I am proven right.

About eight years ago I was scheduled to record a commentary for the public radio show Marketplace. I was bumped due to breaking news — a disappointing yet common occurrence in news programming — and it never found it's way on air.

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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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Thursday, March 6th, 2014

( Women and minority judicial nominees systematically receive lower ratings from the American Bar Association than male or white candidates, new research shows.

An analysis of 1,770 district court nominations from 1960 to 2012 shows, however, that a candidate’s political ideology and whether they are a Republican or Democrat have no bearing on if the ABA gives a certification of  “well qualified,” “qualified,” or “not qualified.”

Published in the Journal of Law and Courts, the study shows that African Americans are 42 percentage points less likely to receive a high rating from the ABA than are whites trained at similarly ranked law schools, with similar legal experience, and nominated by the same president. Women, likewise, are 19 percentage points less likely to be highly rated than men with comparable educational and professional qualifications.

“It is important to have the voices of women and minorities in the federal courts,” says Maya Sen, assistant professor of political science at the University of Rochester. “We know that women and minority judges vote differently once they are on the bench.

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“Entrenched anti-Semitic views” very rare among whites and Asian Americans, common among blacks and Latinos

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

(Washington Post) According to this article, ADL surveys show that “approximately 12 percent of Americans hold deeply entrenched anti-Semitic views.” However, over 30% of African Americans and Latinos hold such views. Given that they are almost 30% of the population, this suggests that of the 12% of Americans who hold deeply entrenched anti-Semitic views, 9% or so are African Americans or Latinos. This means, in turn, of the 70% or so of the population that is not African American or Latino, only 3% hold deeply entrenched anti-Semitic views. Put another way, less than 5% of whites, Asians, and “others” (including Native Americans) combined hold deeply entrenched anti-Semitic views, compared to over 30% of African Americans and Latinos–or at least that’s the difference in percentages of those willing to express anti-Semitic attitudes to pollsters. Regardless, it seems odd given these numbers that Jews seem especially concerned about mostly phantom anti-Semitism emanating from white evangelical Christians, while being less concerned about anti-Semitism in core Democratic constituencies. But,as Ilya pointed out a few years back, many studies show that people tend to devalue or ignore any information that makes their political adversaries look good, while overvaluing anything that looks bad.

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Two years after riots against cops, Anaheim gets its first Latino police chief

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

(CNN) – Two years after Hispanics rioted against police in a city that Disneyland made famous, the city of Anaheim, California, has hired the first Latino police chief in its 157-year history.

Raul Quezada, 44, was sworn in as chief on Wednesday, overseeing a largely white police department in a city that is 53% Hispanic and is still reeling from strife that grew out of police shootings of poor Latinos, including at least one resulting in death, sparking the riots.

Quezada acknowledges his daunting task. In 2012, two deadly police shootings in one summer weekend led to a protest outside City Hall just 1½ miles from Disneyland, the city's famous attraction. That protest turned violent and spread throughout the city for four days.

Quezada, who worked his way up in the department after starting as a patrolman in 1996, will seek to regain the community's trust through civil engagement, he said. Anaheim has a population of 336,000 and is also home to baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and hockey's Anaheim Ducks.

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Timeline of N.J. State Police struggles with racial discrimination

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

( The struggle by the State Police to move past their checkered history of racial discrimination was dealt a blow this week when retired Maj. Gerald Lewis sued the force and Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, claiming he was the target of a bogus, racially motivated internal investigation.

Lewis — who became one of the most visible members of Fuentes' inner circle in New Jersey, brokering ties with black church and community leaders to recruit more minority troopers — alleges he became the target of the probe because he was a high-ranking, black male who might be in line to be the next colonel.

Here’s how the force’s history of discrimination has unfolded:

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Giant ad with white woman welcomes Howard University students

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

(USA Today) A Giant store ad featuring a white model to target Howard University's predominantly black student body is raising eyebrows.

Nearly 87% of Howard's undergraduate and graduate students are black, according to the university. White students make up less than 3% of the student population.

The ad appeared in Giant's circular specific to the new store near Howard's campus. Tweets criticizing the ad started appearing Saturday.


In a statement e-mailed to USA TODAY Network, Giant said, "Unfortunately, an incorrect stock photo was used in the ad, and we apologize for this oversight. We wish all Howard University students a successful semester."

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Obama picks his first Asian American deputy secretary of cabinet department

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

(Washington Post) Chris Lu, who was White House cabinet secretary during President Obama’s first term, is going to be nominated to be deputy secretary of Labor, the White House announced Wednesday, making him the first Asian American to be nominated to a deputy secretaryship during this administration.

If confirmed, Lu would replace deputy secretary Seth Harris, who had been in that position since 2009. He did a six-month stint as acting secretary earlier this year. He’s leaving next week for a teaching gig at Cornell.

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