Latest Discrimination News

Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court

Aug. 24, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in an amicus brief on Friday that if...

Tennis champ, trailblazer Althea Gibson honored at US Open

Aug. 24, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Althea Gibson basked in a ticker-tape parade in New York a decade before Arthur Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open. Gibson won 11 majors in three years from 1956-58, including the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles. She integrated two sports — tennis and golf —...

Ohio AG joins federal argument against LGBTQ protections

Aug. 24, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general is joining the U.S. Department of Justice in arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that federal civil rights laws provide no protection against workplace discrimination for LGBTQ employees The Columbus Dispatch reports Attorney General Dave Yost said Friday he...

Virginia marks 400th anniversary of slave ship arrival

Aug. 24, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Saturday a new state commission to review educational standards for teaching black history in the state, as officials observed the arrival of enslaved Africans to what is now Virginia 400 years ago. Northam, who noted "we are a state that for too...

Black faculty numbers increase at University of Missouri

Aug. 24, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after hundreds of students protested a racist campus culture at the University of Missouri, the number of minority faculty has ticked up slightly, but numbers still lag the national average and the school acknowledges it struggles to retain non-white staff. Frustrated by the...

Return to Russia: Man seeks to build cultural bridges

Aug. 24, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Earlier this summer, Yuri Rashkin stood in the stairway of the Moscow apartment building where he lived as a boy. Memories rushed over the 44-year-old as he remembered the day his father handed over the keys to the front door before moving his family to the United States. Rashkin...

Minnesota filmmakers' lawsuit over gay weddings reinstated

Aug. 23, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota filmmakers who want the right to refuse to film same-sex weddings, saying that videos are a form of speech with constitutional protections under the First Amendment Carl and Angel Larsen, who run a Christian...

Tennessee House replaces speaker, delays action on lawmaker

Aug. 23, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state representatives elected a new House speaker Friday, following months of chaos inside the GOP-dominated chamber as the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving sexually explicit text messages. House members met for a special legislative session...

The Latest: House blocks resolution condemning neo-Nazis

Aug. 23, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee House electing a new speaker (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A resolution condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacy stalled in the Tennessee House during a special legislative session after lawmakers disagreed over procedural rules. Democratic Rep. John Ray...

Biggest ever Kentridge show explores Africa's history

Aug. 23, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Evocative videos, graphic tapestries, charcoal drawings, woodcut prints, sculptures and immersive sound installations combine in the largest single show by South African artist William Kentridge to explore compelling themes including South Africa's apartheid history and the...