Congress acts to remove bust of Dred Scott decision author
The House passed legislation Wednesday that calls for removing from the Capitol a bust of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that held African-Americans were not citizens. The bust of Roger B. Taney, the nation's fifth chief justice, sits inside the entrance to the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol. Taney led the court in that period, from 1836 to 1864.news.yahoo.com
Black drivers stopped, searched, arrested more often, Michigan state police study confirms
Driving while Black is an expression used to convey the theory that police pull over Black drivers at a disproportionately higher rate than other races. A new Michigan state police study confirms that, in some cases, it’s not a theory; it’s true. “When taken as a whole, the various analyses in this report suggested African-American drivers experienced significant disparities with respect to (state police) traffic stops,” the report’s executive summary findings said. State police then enlisted Michigan State University criminal justice researchers, led by associate professor Scott Wolfe, to analyze and identify racial disparity in traffic stop data. Gasper and Wolfe said the report’s intent was to confirm whether racial disparity in traffic stops existed, not to identify the cause.mlive.com
Charities should not use taxpayers’ money to pursue ‘doctrinal ends’, say MPs
Charities should not use taxpayers' money to pursue "contentious doctrinal ends" through running diversity training, MPs have said in the wake of a Citizens Advice Bureau row. Tory MPs from the Common Sense Group have urged ministers to "ensure that public funds are not being used to further militant ends" by charities. It comes after The Telegraph unearthed mandatory "woke" equality and diversity training for Citizens Advice staff. This included an optional self-help glossary of 26 key conceptsnews.yahoo.com
Harlem Globetrotter Doug Anderson to be part of Kalamazoo Juneteenth celebration of Black history, hoops
KALAMAZOO, MI – Charles Riddle Jr. sees himself as being steeped in two cultures -- Black culture and basketball culture. So, it made sense for him to merge two of his passions by creating the Juneteenth Basketball Playoffs, a hoops tournament in his hometown of Kalamazoo that will celebrate Black culture and history. RELATED: Ypsilanti declares Juneteenth a city holidayRELATED: Ann Arbor mayor announces plan to make Juneteenth an official city holidayThe event will also include a 3-point contest and a dunk showcase featuring Kalamazoo native and current Harlem Globetrotter “Dunking” Doug Anderson. This is a big thing for me because I really love my culture, and I also have been brought into a new culture over 20 years, which is the basketball culture. “We can all enjoy it, smile, have drinks, eat, and then go home and talk about it for time to come.”mlive.com
Biden says, 'I don't think the American people are racist,' despite finding 'systemic racism'
President Biden reiterated his call for the United States to combat systemic racism through policy initiatives on Thursday in his first public response to remarks made by Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.foxnews.com
Black, Hispanic Americans twice as likely as whites to need Covid stimulus checks just to 'get by': Survey
Twenty percent of white respondents taking the survey said they don't need stimulus checks, and that the government should give the money to someone else who needs it. "Checks are likelier to get lost in the mail, so if you don't have a bank account for direct deposit, then it's easier to miss your stimulus payment," says Barajas. A plurality of survey respondents spent the stimulus payment on everyday expenses (31%), but a higher proportion of Blacks and Hispanics spent it on rent or mortgage payments than whites. Twenty-six percent of Black respondents indicated spending a stimulus payment on housing, versus 12% of whites. White (20%) and Asian-American (25%) survey respondents were the most likely to say they saved a Covid stimulus payment, versus 9% of Black respondents and 14% of Latinos.cnbc.com
Black leaders offer several key steps to help close the racial wealth gap
Black leaders have some advice for the next generation of African-Americans about how to bridge the racial wealth and income gap in the U.S., which has only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Akbar Gbajabiamila, 'American Ninja Warrior'Advancing financial literacy can help close the racial wealth gap, said "American Ninja Warrior" co-host and former NFL star Akbar Gbajabiamila. "That's how you truly minimize the financial gap in this country," Gbajabiamila said. Croft wants the next generation of Black leaders to think about the shoulders they are standing on now. McGhee hopes that the next generation of Black Americans has the courage to start a business.cnbc.com
The Latest: Shanghai locks down 2 major hospitals over cases
(AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. The state health department says only 15% of vaccinations administered so far in Mississippi have been to Black residents, with around 70% going to white residents. The state had previously been directing the vaccine to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. It expands the use of telemedicine and adds flexibility in health care licensing through March 31. The move comes as Kelly said communities can move beyond immunizing health care workers and long-term care residents.
Top CEOs vow to hire 1 million Black Americans
A group including some of the biggest U.S. companies is launching a nationwide campaign to hire 1 million Black Americans over the next decade, with a goal of economically uplifting communities of color. One million family-sustaining careers for Black Americans. OneTen is targeting Black workers first, Rometty said, but the plan is to eventually seek out other racial groups. The November unemployment rate for Black Americans was 10.3%, compared to 8.3% for Hispanics, 6.7% for Asian Americans and 5.7% for White Americans, according to labor data. Narrowing the widening wealth gapHistorically higher Black unemployment and lower annual income, exacerbated by structural racism, have widened the wealth gap between Black and White households.cbsnews.com
Michigan says racial disparities of virus have diminished
Garlin Gilchrist II chairs a state task force that is addressing virus-related racial disparities. "But thanks to the state of Michigan paying attention to this issue, prioritizing this issue — we have the most muscular response to racial disparities in the country — we can say that those disparities have flattened. In the most recent two-week period, the rate of new cases for Black people was about half that for white residents. The death rates for Black and white residents were about the same over those weeks. The rest were linked to universities and colleges, including Michigan State (1,295 cases) and Grand Valley State (811 cases.)
UN rights chief decries racism in US, keeps eye on Hong Kong
The comments from Michelle Bachelet came in a catch-all speech to open the latest session of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Monday. She also raised concerns about the human rights situation in Myanmar, Nicaragua and Venezuela, among other places on her agenda. Many see the law as Beijing’s boldest move yet to remove a legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong and the mainland’s Communist Party system. “The Hong Kong authorities have consistently stated that the law is not intended to impact negatively on the peaceful exercise of human rights by Hong Kong residents,” said Bachelet. She said her office had documented 47 killings of human rights defenders in Colombia this year.
California moves to consider reparations for slavery
FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, discusses one of the more than one dozen budget trailer bills before the Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African-Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police. The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
California moves to consider reparations for slavery
The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday. Let's be clear: Chattel slavery, both in California and across our nation, birthed a legacy of racial harm and inequity that continues to impact the conditions of Black life in California, said Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles. Although California before the Civil War was officially a free state, Mitchell listed legal and judicial steps state officials took at the time to support slavery in Southern states while repressing Blacks. It said reparations could take the form of cash, housing assistance, lower tuition, forgiving student loans, job training or community investments, for instance.
Pats' Edelman hopes Jackson posts serve as teaching moment
Edelman said he hopes that recent anti-Semitic social media posts by Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson can be a teaching moment not just for him but others as well. In a video posted to Instagram Thursday, July 9, 2020, Edelman joined the Eagles, NFL and others who have condemned Jacksons posts over the weekend. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)BOSTON New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman said he hopes recent anti-Semitic social media posts by Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson can be a teaching moment, not just for him but others as well. I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation, Edelman said in the video. Edelman later acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he has heard anti-Semitic taunts during games.
NASCAR meets with minister pushing for racial equality
Greg Drumwright, a minister at the Citadel Church & Campus Ministries, helped organize a group of Black fans to attend the NASCAR race at Talladega and support driver Bubba Wallace. We want to see that the call for diversification and true equity in the sport extends beyond the banning of the Confederate flag, Drumwright said. The group was about two dozen strong but only one had been to a NASCAR race before. We were there to stand with Bubba but what we learned through the media coverage is that it seems as if were standing with NASCAR, Drumwright said. Theres a willingness to listen and engage that NASCAR has that I dont believe they were sincere about earlier, said Bill Lester, one of at least seven other Black NASCAR drivers before Wallace.
Beyoncs message, epic performances stand out at BET Awards
In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Beyonce accepts the humanitarian award during the BET Awards. The singer dedicated her award to the Black Lives Matter movement, and encouraged activists to continue to push forward. DaBaby rapped a verse from the Black Lives Matter remix of his hit song Rockstar with Roddy Ricch at the awards. While holding a baseball bat, DaBaby then stood on a stage behind a group of people who had their fists raised high while others held Black Lives Matter signs. During the performance, video clips were shown of the national protests over the deaths of unarmed Black people including Floyd, Arbery and Taylor.
DaBaby, Roddy Ricch to help BET celebrate awards virtually
The three-hour show will be jam-packed with heavy hitters currently dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. The three-hour show will be jam-packed with heavy hitters currently dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle. Comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales will host the 2020 BET Awards, which will air on CBS for the first time. Drake is the leading nominee: Hes up for six honors, including video of the year and best male hip-hop artist. Ricch and Megan Thee Stallion follow Drake with five nominations each.
New this week: 'Clemency,' BET Awards, HAIM, 'Doctor Sleep'
(Neon via AP)Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, Clemency was well-reviewed but got unjustly overshadowed by some of the higher profile awards contenders when it was released in December. Doctor Sleep: The Directors Cut: This Danny Torrance-focused sequel to The Shining was a little divisive upon release, which wasnt all that surprising. Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSICGrey Daze: Fans of the late Grammy-winning screeching rock singer Chester Bennington will get a chance to hear him one more time. HAIM: Its been three years since sister trio HAIM have released a new album.
Another huge blow to US workers expected in May jobs report
Economists have forecast that the government will report Friday that employers shed 8.5 million more jobs last month on top of 21.4 million lost in March and April. The economic shock, like the pandemic itself, has widened economic disparities that have disproportionately hurt minorities and lower-educated workers. But business closures related to the unrest could cause job losses that would be reflected in the June jobs report to be issued next month. That is still more than all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. Oxford Economics estimates that the economy will regain 17 million jobs by years end, a huge increase by historical standards.
America's hip-hop community takes on coronavirus
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. hip-hop community is using its bullhorn to bring awareness and money to the battle against the coronavirus as data shows that African-Americans are dying at a disproportionately high rate. The New York City-based Universal Hip Hop Museum and entertainment company Mass Appeal will host a Hip Hop Loves NY livestream on Thursday to honor frontline healthcare workers. Everyones talking about health regimens. Im gonna get a chance to sit back and see my hip hop brothers and sisters do their thing, she said. Organizers said funds raised will be donated to SOMOS Community Care, a network of over 2,500 healthcare providers in New York City, and The Bronx Community Relief Effort.feeds.reuters.com
Celebrating Black History Month At The Charles H. Wright Museum
Detroit (CBS Detroit) The Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit connects visitors of all backgrounds with the stories of resilience, ingenuity, and courage that define the African-American experience. The museum offers engaging workshops developed for children from preschool to high school. Were excited about Black History Month, says Director of External Affairs Edward Foxworth III. But always about the African and African American culture.Here at the museum is the gathering and organizing and presenting of history, art and culture, says Chatman. But more than just collecting the art, she likes to share the art that she has collected with the community.Black History Month means connection for the museum, explains Museum Educator Jonathan Jones.detroit.cbslocal.com
Surging college loan debt is having an especially big impact on African Americans
New data from the New York Federal Reserve indicates that the default rate for black students is now about 17.7%, compared with 9% for whites. The default rate for Hispanics is around 13%. Central bank economists arrived at the conclusions by studying student loan activity according to ZIP codes, breaking them down by racial composition and using that information to determine debt loads. Student loan debt in total stands at $1.5 trillion, up $20 billion in the third quarter, with 10.9% borrowers in default, or 90 or more days past due for the 43 million Americans impacted. (The actual default rate including deferment, forbearance and other delayed stages is about double that.)cnbc.com
Study: The Detroit students with the best attendance travel the farthest to school
African-American students in Detroit with the highest attendance rates also travel farther to get to school. That surprising finding comes from a new study that looked at an often-ignored group: The 20% of Detroit students who show up to class 99% of the time. Schools that enrolled lots of high attenders include University Preparatory Science and Math High School, Renaissance High School, and Detroit Edison Public School Academy. The authors acknowledged that theyd need better data to dig into the socioeconomic differences between students who attend school regularly and those who dont. In predominantly hispanic southwest Detroit, for example, students with high attendance rates typically attend schools close to their homes.chalkbeat.org
Rep. Rashida Tlaib tells truth about racial biases in facial recognition technology and gets criticized
click to enlarge Steve NeavlingU.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib. I'm sharing some scholarly research on facial recognition w/ @detroitpolice to continue the dialogue. While facial recognition identifies a white mans gender 99% of the time, it misidentifies darker-skinned females up to 35% of the time. "Others called Tlaib "a moron" and "racist" on Twitter, dismissing numerous studies about the racial biases of facial recognition technology.Tlaib is certainly not alone in her criticism of Detroit's $1 million facial recognition software, which police have used for nearly two years without public input. The department faced a backlash following an alarming study by Georgetown Laws Center on Privacy & Technology in May.metrotimes.com
Steph Curry funds program at Howard University: Golf, not basketball
The three-time NBA champion has announced he will fund the first six years of a new NCAA Division 1 program at Howard University -- but for golf, not basketball. Golf isn't just a sportClint Sanchez has seen firsthand how the game of golf can change a young person's life. Given the slow pace of the sport, golfers spend long periods of time with other players. The students who participate in the Howard golf program will have the chance to broaden their network with other Division 1 schools, especially those in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which includes Bethune-Cookman University, Florida A&M University and Morgan State University. Langston was built in 1939 and remains one of the nation's most important historically black golf courses, which made Curry's choice of venue even more profound.
Here's what the presidential candidates said at the NAACP's 110th National Convention
The forum was part of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored Peoples 110th National Convention. "A country that elects a man like Donald Trump has serious problems, and we need to make big, structural change, Warren said. "We need a country where everyone counts, where everyone has a place at the table," Castro said. Sanders emphasized the importance of high voter turnout, saying higher voter turnout increases the likelihood of Democrats winning elections. She, like other candidates, said the Democratic Party needs someone bold who is going to be a fighter for everyone.metrotimes.com
Man who threatened to bomb Harvard ceremony for black students faces sentencing
If the blacks only ceremony happens, then I encourage violence and death at it. Im thinking two automatics with extendo clips, Zuckerman wrote in an Instagram post 10 days before the ceremony, according to prosecutors. That same day, prosecutors said, Zuckerman under the username russian_goalkeeper94 posted another online comment, which read: #bombharvard and end their pro-black agenda.The ceremony went forward as planned with a heightened law enforcement presence. The FBI eventually tracked Zuckerman down in Arizona, and in an interview he admitted making the threats, prosecutors said. He was arrested in June 2018 and pleaded guilty in April to two counts of transmitting a threat to injure another person.feeds.reuters.com
Biden's support from black voters cut in half after debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Support for Biden among blacks, a critical Democratic voting bloc, was cut in half, with about two out of 10 saying they backed President Barack Obamas former vice president, compared with four out of 10 in the June poll. Harris, the daughter of a black father from Jamaica and an Indian mother, appears to have benefited from her debate performance. The poll found Harris now the third most popular candidate for the Democratic nomination, behind Biden and U.S. Support for Harris, who was fourth in the previous poll, rose with black voters, as well as among women and people who make at least $100,000 a year. Twenty-one percent of all Democrats and independents said they did not know yet which candidate they would support.feeds.reuters.com
Inside the Museum of the American Revolution
Martha Teichner reports on the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which features a look at how the war changed life for African Americans and Native AmericansPhiladelphia is the site of the liberty bell. So what better place for the Museum of the American Revolution? "There were about 15,000 black people who fought for the British during the American Revolution and about 5,000 black people who fought for the patriots," Brown said. "How could we have manacles for a child in a museum about the American Revolution, which is supposed to be about freedom? So that, alongside the muskets and child-friendly entertainment, a nuanced, warts-and-all version of the american revolution shines through.cbsnews.com
Addressing Barriers in Minority Mental Health
African-Americans and Latinos face a number of roadblocks when it comes to mental health care. Here, two local experts offer insight and advice for families on addressing mental health disorders. Its an important job, particularly in minority communities where there is a disparity in mental health care. Read on for more in honor of Minority Mental Health Month. Providing support at home, as well as utilizing the resources available in the community, can help those with mental health disorders overcome their obstacles.metroparent.com
Cleveland police officer acquitted in shooting deaths
Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two unarmed African-Americans. A judge ruled that when Brelow fired 49 bullets into the car they were driving the shooting was "reasonable despite knowing now that there was no gun in the car." Jericka Duncan reports.cbsnews.com
5/23: Cleveland police officer acquitted in shooting deaths; War veterans take to the sky
Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two unarmed African-Americans. A judge ruled that when Brelow fired 49 bullets into the car they were driving the shooting was "reasonable despite knowing now that there was no gun in the car." Jericka Duncan reports; On this Memorial Day weekend, a few veterans of "the greatest generation" are getting a high-flying thanks for their service. Mark Albert reports.cbsnews.com
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown creator on the representation of Michael Brown
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown creator on the representation of Michael Brown Many tweets have been organized around hashtags like #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, in which African-Americans post two pictures of themselves - one they feel plays into stereotypes and one that doesn't - and ask which the media would use. Jim Axelrod spoke with CJ Lawrence, a lawyer from Jackson, Miss., and creator of the hashtag.cbsnews.com