Archive for the ‘Racial profiling/discrimination’ Category

US settles credit discrimination suit against bank

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

(AP) — GE Capital Retail Bank has agreed to pay $169 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of discriminating against Hispanic credit card customers, the Justice Department said Thursday.

The Justice Department called it the largest government credit-card discrimination settlement ever. The department joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in announcing the agreement.

In addition, GE Capital must refund $56 million to about 638,000 consumers who were subjected to deceptive marketing practices to promote extra credit-card products known as "add-ons," in an agreement with the CFPB. The practices included falsely marketing products as free of charge, failing to tell consumers that they didn't qualify for the offers because they were retired or disabled, failing to make it clear that consumers were making a purchase and falsely telling them the offers were for a limited time only.

GE Capital also is paying a $3.5 million penalty to the CFPB for deceptive marketing.

The $169 million settlement resolves allegations that the bank excluded Hispanic borrowers from two of its credit card debt-repayment programs. The programs allowed customers with delinquent accounts to settle their balances by paying off a specific portion of the debt. That denied a significant benefit to all customers who had expressed a preference to communicate with the bank in Spanish or had a mailing address in Puerto Rico – even if they met the criteria for the programs, the government said.

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US settles credit discrimination suit against bank

Joe Walsh kicked off his own radio show for racial slur

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

(Examiner.com) Joe Walsh, the former Republican Illinois representative in Congress, was taken off his radio program on WIND-AM radio in Chicago for using racial slurs on the radio waves, according to the Huffington Post on Friday. Walsh has hosted “The Joe Walsh Show on the conservative radio station for about a year-and-a-half. Walsh turned to a radio talk-show career shortly after being ousted from politics when he was defeated by Tammy Duckworth in a contentious political contest.

Taking to social media’s Twitter, Walsh complained about being taken off the air by the station’s management. Walsh claims that he used several epithets during a talk about the Redskins’ controversial name. During that segment, he used the “n-word.” On Twitter, Walsh’s response was that WIND-AM radio keeps cutting him off. He wrote: “The station keeps cutting me off. I don’t know why.”

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Joe Walsh kicked off his own radio show for racial slur

Supervisor threatens to hang worker for drinking from ‘white people’ fountain

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

(CNN) – The recording sounds like something from Jim Crow days: a white supervisor threatening to hang an African-American employee for drinking water from a "white people" fountain.

But it's 2014, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Untonia Harris, who worked at Atkinson Cotton Warehouse, said he used his phone to record his supervisor after feeling discriminated against for months.

In the audio, Harris asks if he could use a microwave.

"Hell no!" a man he describes as the supervisor responds.

When he asks why, the purported voice from the supervisor says it's because Harris is not white.

In another attempt to use the water fountain, the supervisor has the same reaction.

"I need to put a sign here that says, 'White people only,'" the voice says.

Harris asks what will happen if he is caught drinking from the fountain.

The voice replies, "That's when we hang you."

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Supervisor threatens to hang worker for drinking from ‘white people’ fountain

Eric Holder: Systemic, Subtle Racism Is Much More Damaging Than High-Profile Rants

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

(Huffington Post) Racist rants are much less of a threat to equality than the more subtle, everyday racism of the criminal justice system, Attorney General Eric Holder said Saturday at a commencement speech at Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore.

In a reference to recent remarks by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, Holder said that the country has seen "occasional, jarring reminders of the discrimination — and the isolated, repugnant, racist views" that have "rightly been condemned by leaders, commentators and citizens from all backgrounds and walks of life." 

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Eric Holder: Systemic, Subtle Racism Is Much More Damaging Than High-Profile Rants

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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Ole Miss Frat Behind Racist Noose Incident Gets Shut Down

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

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

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

(NJ.com) 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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Timeline of N.J. State Police struggles with racial discrimination

Study links racism-related factors and cellular age

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

(Medical News Today) A new study reveals that racism may impact aging at the cellular level. Researchers found signs of accelerated aging in African American men, ages reporting high levels of racial discrimination and who had internalized anti-Black attitudes. Findings from the study, which is the first to link racism-related factors and biological aging, are published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Racial disparities in health are well-documented, with African Americans having shorter life expectancy, and a greater likelihood of suffering from aging-related illnesses at younger ages compared to Whites. Accelerated aging at the biological level may be one mechanism linking racism and disease risk.

"We examined a biomarker of systemic aging, known as leukocyte telomere length," explained Dr. David H. Chae, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the study's lead investigator. Shorter telomere length is associated with increased risk of premature death and chronic disease such as diabetesdementiastroke and heart disease. "We found that the African American men who experienced greater racial discrimination and who displayed a stronger bias against their own racial group had the shortest telomeres of those studied."

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Study links racism-related factors and cellular age

Ally Pays $98 Million To Settle Racial-Bias Lending Probe: Will This Simplify Your Next Auto Loan?

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

(Car Connection) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently investigated auto lender Ally Financial amid concerns that the company regularly charged higher interest rates to non-white borrowers.

According to AutoNews, Ally has now agreed to cough up $98 million to settle the probe. Could this make things easier — or at least more transparent — for loan recipients down the line?

When shoppers secure car loans through dealerships, dealers attempt to match those shoppers with low-interest loans, based on the shoppers' credit history and other factors. But like all middlemen, dealers need to make something in exchange for their work, and so, they charge what's know as the "dealer reserve" — a markup of about 2.0 or 2.5 percentage points on the loan, which the dealers can pocket as profit.

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Ally Pays $98 Million To Settle Racial-Bias Lending Probe: Will This Simplify Your Next Auto Loan?

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