Archive for the ‘Racial profiling/discrimination’ Category

TMZ Asks Readers To Vote On Whether To Use ‘African American’ Or ‘Ni**a’

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

(Huffington Post) Wait. Is this a joke?

TMZ created a poll to ask readers how it should "refer to black people." We had to do a double take — and then a triple take — before finally being convinced that this was real:

TMZ posed the question in a post about Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight saying that he does not like being called "African American" and that he believes there are certain circumstances when it is acceptable to use the n-word. Reactions to the poll on Twitter were just as we would expect:

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San Jose State faculty condemn alleged hate crime, criticize administration

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

(San Jose Mercury News) San Jose State faculty leaders formally apologized this week to a black student allegedly bullied for weeks by his white roommates, saying the reported abuse should have been stopped sooner.

" … This despicable behavior may have been significantly reduced had it been addressed promptly," says a resolution passed by SJSU's Academic Senate.

The senate executive committee also begged the administration to renew its focus on diversity and to follow through on earlier suggestions for change.

Last month, four white SJSU freshmen were charged with misdemeanor crimes, accused of tormenting their black roommate for weeks. The four students — who reportedly told police that the abuse was just a prank — have been suspended while their criminal and campus discipline cases proceed.

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Three white college students file racial discrimination complaint against professor over lesson on structural racism

Friday, December 6th, 2013

( A black female professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College was formally reprimanded by school officials after three of her white male students were upset by a lesson she taught on structural racism.

Shannon Gibney says that the students reacted in a hostile manner to the lesson in her Introduction to Mass Communication class, with one of them asking her, “Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?”

“His whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America,” she explained in an interview with City College News.

Gibney says that, after this initial comment, another white male student said, “Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?” These students continued to argue and disrupt the lesson until Gibney told them that if they were troubled by her handling of the subject, they could file an official complaint with the school’s legal affairs department.

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LAFD firefighter wins $1.1 million racial discrimination verdict

Friday, November 29th, 2013

(Los Angeles Times) A civil court jury on Monday returned a $1.1 million verdict against the City of Los Angeles, finding in favor of a black firefighter who said he had been discriminated against during a nearly three-decade career because of his race.

The verdict comes after 16 days of deliberation — and six years after another jury ruled against Jabari S. Jumaane, who alleged a pattern of racial bias, harassment and retaliation in the Los Angeles Fire Department when he worked as a fire inspector. That decision was overturned after an appeals court granted a new trial, agreeing that there had been jury misconduct in the original case.

According to a 2012 report by the city’s office of the independent assessor on fire department litigation, Jumaane’s allegation of jury misconduct included a declaration by a juror who “claimed to have witnessed racially motivated misconduct by fellow jurors.”

The retrial jury’s ruling is a blow to a department that has found itself accused of systematic discrimination — particularly against black firefighters — in the past.

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UCLA to probe African American judge’s excessive force claims

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

(Los Angeles Times) UCLA is conducting an internal investigation into allegations by an African American judge that excessive force was used by campus police officers when they stopped him on suspicion of not wearing a seat belt.

UCLA officials say David S. Cunningham III, a former Los Angeles Police Commission president, ignored officers' orders to stay in his car.

Cunningham has filed a complaint against the officers, saying they shoved him against his car, handcuffed him and locked him in the back seat of their police cruiser.

"During the course of the traffic stop, police officers instructed the driver to stay inside the vehicle and returned to their patrol car to run a routine license and registration check," UCLA said in a statement released late Monday afternoon. "Despite these instructions, the driver left the vehicle – an escalating behavior that can place officers at risk."

Cunningham "stood in the roadway" and refused to get back in his car, the statement said. As a result, he was temporarily handcuffed. He was released at the scene shortly after being cited for failing to wear a seat belt.

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Barneys audit finds no racial profiling evidence against store, faults NYPD

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

(NY Daily News) An internal audit from a civil rights lawyer commissioned by Barneys to investigate its security practices gives the store a clean bill of sale when it comes to racial profiling.

San Francisco attorney Michael Yaki found no internal policies permitting or encouraging racial profiling of customers for security reasons and pointed the finger at the NYPD for causing two recent high-profile profiling cases brought by black shoppers, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

In the five-page report obtained by the AP, Yaki said Barneys didn’t ask the NYPD to get involved when Trayon Christian, 19, bought a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at its flagship Madison Ave. store April 29 or when Kayla Phillips, 21, bought a $2,500 handbag there Feb. 28.

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Oprah: President Obama disrespected because he’s African-American

Monday, November 18th, 2013

(89WLS) In a recent interview with BBC News, Oprah Winfrey said that President Obama is disrespected because he is an African-American.

"There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African-American," Winfrey said. "There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it."

Speaking with the BBC's Will Gompertz in the UK to promote "The Butler," Winfrey also spoke to the global issue of racism.

"It's gotten better. Are there still places where people are terrorized because of the color of their skin, because of the color of their black skin? Yes."

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Macy’s Says Its Employees Not Involved in ‘Shop and Frisk’ Allegations

Friday, November 1st, 2013

(ABC) Two New York department stores are defending themselves against allegations of racial discrimination from shoppers, who say they were wrongly accused of shoplifting because of their race.

Both Macy's and Barneys are facing lawsuits from customers, who say they were either arrested or detained shortly after legally purchasing an item at the stores.

The most recent accusation comes from "Treme" actor Robert Brown, 29, who filed a lawsuit against Macy's that alleges he was "paraded" through the store in handcuffs after he purchased a $1,350 watch for his mom.

"I believe that I was profiled," Brown, who is black, said during a press conference on Friday. Brown's lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages, although his lawyer John Elefterakis said, "This is about justice, not money."

According to court documents, Brown alleges that three undercover police officers or detectives detained him after he made a high-price purchase on a credit card. Although he said he showed them his I.D. to prove that the credit card was his, they initially accused him of fraud before he was "paraded while handcuffed" through the store.

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Former Hooters Waitress Claims She Was Target Of Racial Discrimination Over Hair

Monday, October 28th, 2013

(CBS) The popular restaurant chain Hooters is accused of racial discrimination by a former employee in Baltimore. And it all centers around her hair.

Derek Valcourt has more on her complaint.

Specifically, the complaint alleges white waitresses are allowed to have highlights in their hair, but black waitresses are not.

Farryn Johnson’s blonde highlights are now at the center of a complaint filed with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.

“My other co-workers, they all had different colors in their hair, like red and blonde highlights. I didn’t think it would be an issue,” she said.

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Red Lobster Waitress Gets $10K Tip After Racist Receipt

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

(ABC News) A Red Lobster waitress, who said a customer left her a receipt with a racist slur, has received the tip of a lifetime, thanks to a fundraising from online supporters.

Toni Christina Jenkins of Franklin, Tenn., said she was shocked when she saw a receipt on the table with “none” on the “Tip” line and the N-word on the “Total” line.

“I was just stunned that it happened,” Jenkins, 19, said. “It’s not something that you think in our generation would actually take place, so I was just blown away by it.”

After posting a picture of the receipt to Facebook Sept. 10, her story sparked outrage online, prompting a California man to take action. Matthew Hanson, founder of, heard Jenkins’ story and started an online fundraiser called “Tips for Toni” that collected $10,749 in place of Jenkins’ non-tip on the bill for $44.53.

“It was about sending a message to racists that Americans aren’t going to tolerate that,” Hanson said. “We raised $10,000 within seventy-two hours. It was really amazing.”

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