Posts Tagged ‘racial’

Black USC students accuse LAPD of bias after party clash

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

(Los Angeles Times) The Los Angeles Police Department opened an internal investigation into its response at an off-campus house party near USC amid complaints from some students that the department showed racial bias and used heavy-handed tactics.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning during an end-of-semester party at a house a few blocks from campus. A neighbor called police complaining about the noise. Police arrived, and the situation escalated with the arrival of dozens of more officers donning riot gear. Six people were arrested and one officer was injured. Two of those arrested were “treated for minor abrasions,” police said.

The clash roiled the USC campus Monday, prompting a student sit-in at the center of campus.

“They were acting like they were going to war with us,” said senior Jason Sneed, 23, a political science major. Sneed, who described the scene as chaotic and hostile, said he was handcuffed and thrown inside the back of a police car.

This incident comes after two violent events that shook the USC community and were followed by tighter security measures in the area. In April 2012, two graduate students were shot to death in a botched robbery less than a mile from campus. Last October, four people were shot, one of them injured critically, outside an on-campus Halloween party.

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Dozens demonstrate against immigration crackdown in Detroit

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

(Detroit Free Press) Dozens of families marched 4 miles from Clark Park to President Barack Obama's Detroit campaign office Saturday to protest what they call harassment and terror tactics by U.S. immigration officers in Latino-populated parts of southwest Detroit.

Prompted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions last week that included the questioning and detaining of Latino parents before and after dropping children off at local schools like Cesar Chavez Academy, the group called Saturday for Obama to curtail what they described as racial profiling.

"Cesar Chavez is a pillar of the community," said Joyce Schon, a lawyer who represents BAMN, the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights By Any Means Necessary. "This is just wrong."

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Black Students Face Harsher Punishment, Fewer Options

Friday, March 9th, 2012

(Black Voice News) A new government study suggests that as a student, you’re far more likely to face arrest if you happen to be African American than if you’re Caucasian.

The numbers are jarring. Black students are more than three-and-a-half times as likely as white students to be suspended or expelled, according to the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights' survey, known as the “Civil Rights Data Collection.” More than 70 percent of students arrested in school or handed over to law enforcement were black or Hispanic.

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Chang’s rise helped pave way for Lin

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

(ESPN) Jeremy Lin isn't just carrying the New York Knicks.

He's carrying the hopes and dreams of legions of fellow Asian Americans. Most have never met Lin but might feel like they know him. They've been starving for someone like him to come around and break the stereotypes of a race that has been dubbed the "model minority."

He's the boy they grew up with, the one who was in the same class as their daughter, who played sports with their son.

Michael Chang can relate. Two-and-a-half decades ago, he was that boy.

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Racial Jeopardy and American Politics

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

(Sojourners, Lisa Sharon Harper) During a roundtable chat with a group of emerging young evangelical leaders recently, someone posed the question: “Has America become a post racial society?”

Well, we haven’t had a race riot in a while — does that mean race isn’t relevant anymore?

A black president just gave the State of the Union Address. How about that? Does that mean America’s OK with the race thing?

Our nation is a more ethnically diverse nation than it’s ever been. Does that count for anything?

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Fox Sports Apologizes To “The Entire USC Community” For Segment That Singled Out USC’s Asian Students

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

(Deadspin) Yesterday, Fox Sports aired a segment that featured Bob Oschack giving USC students a "good, old-fashioned All-American welcome" to Colorado and Utah, the newest members of the Pac-1012. The gimmick: Oshack only interviewed Asian USC students—because in the world of misguided network television humor, foreign accents and unfamiliarity with good old-fashioned football is funny.

We reached out to Lou D'Ermillo, the head of media relations for Fox Sports. He said he'd "only became aware of all this a short time ago," and then responded with a statement a couple hours later:

"We sincerely apologize to President [C. L. Max] Nikias and the entire USC community for the production and posting of the video. The context was clearly inappropriate and the video was removed as soon as we became aware of it. We will review our editorial process to determine where the breakdown occurred, and we will take steps to ensure something like this never happens again."

Makes you wonder how the network's production process works, doesn't it? Fox Sports has since removed from its website, YouTube, and Hulu, but it's still viewable here.

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