Posts Tagged ‘Houston’

Protest erupts after all-white jury acquits ex-Houston cop over teen’s beating

Monday, May 21st, 2012

(MSNBC) The day after an all-white jury acquitted a former Houston police officer for his role in the beating of a 15-year-old African American burglary suspect, community activists rallied a crowd of at least 200 people on the courthouse steps to protest.


Andrew Blomberg was acquitted by a jury in Houston on Wednesday in the alleged beating and stomping of Chad Holley two years ago.

The verdict was criticized by the Houston Police Department on Thursday.

"I understand the jury's verdict, I just have to respectfully disagree," Police Chief Charles McClelland said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Protesters carrying signs with slogans like, "No justice, no peace. Stop the racist police," and "Justice for Trayvon Martin" circled in front of the Harris County Courthouse and a phalanx of media cameras.

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As Asian-Americans move to suburbs in record numbers, signs of decline in historic Chinatowns

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

(Washington Post) America’s historic Chinatowns, home for a century to immigrants seeking social support and refuge from racism, are fading as rising living costs, jobs elsewhere and a desire for wider spaces lure Asian-Americans more than ever to the suburbs.

As the Lunar New Year begins Monday, annual festivities in Washington, D.C.’s shriveled Chinatown are, for the first time, being promoted by a large marketing firm. New York’s Chinatown, one of the nation’s oldest, has lost its status as home to the city’s largest Chinese population, based on the 2010 census.

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Sexy black dancers not good enough for Texas club manager, feds say in discrimination suit

Friday, July 8th, 2011

(Star-Telegram) A nightclub manager didn’t want African American women as waitresses or dancers at a Houston club and they were forced to quit because of racism, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contends in a lawsuit.

In fact, the club was more interested in Hispanics. In its print advertisements, Michael’s International Club markets itself as “Houston’s Premier Latin Club,” featuring “Chicas Locas.” (That’s Spanish for Crazy Girls or maybe crazy chickens. Our Spanish is a little rusty.)
The EEOC claims the company official violated federal law when he discriminated against black waitresses.

Cue the Tarantino dialogue: The company official directly called at least one of the black waitresses “a n—-, and told her “We don’t need any more n—–s in this club, we have enough,” the EEOC claims.
According to the EEOC’s suit, beginning at least in September 2007, the management of Michael’s International Club prevented African-American waitresses from working their scheduled shifts when the company official visited the club from corporate headquarters near Dallas.

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