Latest Race and ethnicity News

South Africa election: How Mandela's once revered ANC lost its way with infighting and scandals

May. 22, 2024 01:21 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — For years, the African National Congress rose above politics in South Africa. It was a movement dedicated to freeing Black people from the oppression of white minority rule and to the lofty principle of democracy, equality and a better life for all South Africans. ...

Asian American, Pacific Islander Latinos in the US see exponential growth, new analysis says

May. 22, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

The number of people of both Latino and Asian American or Pacific Islander heritage has more than doubled in the last 20 years yet it remains an often ignored demographic, researchers at UCLA said Wednesday. The UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute analyzed Census Bureau data...

Sen. Cory Booker questions US prison labor policies, calls for change

May. 21, 2024 23:45 PM EDT

Prisoners should be learning professional skills that help prepare them for their release instead of being forced to work, sometimes picking crops in triple-digit heat for pennies an hour or nothing at all, Sen. Cory Booker said at a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on prison labor Tuesday. ...

Reparations proposals for Black Californians advance to state Assembly

May. 21, 2024 22:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate advanced a set of ambitious reparations proposals Tuesday, including legislation that would create an agency to help Black families research their family lineage and confirm their eligibility for any future restitution passed by the state. ...

Detroit could be without Black representation in Congress again with top candidate off the ballot

May. 21, 2024 20:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit Democrat will not appear on the ballot after building significant support within the party in his attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Shri Thanedar in Michigan's August primary, after election officials determined that he had not submitted enough valid signatures. ...

China is accelerating the forced urbanization of rural Tibetans, rights group says

May. 21, 2024 20:34 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is accelerating the forced urbanization of Tibetan villagers and herders, Human Rights Watch said, in an extensive report that adds to state government and independent reports of efforts to assimilate rural Tibetans through control over their language and traditional...

A Minnesota city will rewrite an anti-crime law seen as harming mentally ill residents

May. 21, 2024 18:33 PM EDT

A Minnesota city has agreed not to disclose private medical information about renters with mental health issues and to pay $175,000 to resolve a complaint from the federal government that the city discriminated against mentally ill residents in enforcing an anti-crime law. The U.S....

Confederate monument to 'faithful slaves' must be removed, North Carolina residents' lawsuit says

May. 21, 2024 18:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, N.C. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks the removal of a Confederate monument marked as “in appreciation of our faithful slaves” from outside of a North Carolina county courthouse. The Concerned Citizens of Tyrrell County, a civic group focused on issues...

Connecticut's top public defender could be fired as panel mulls punishment for alleged misconduct

May. 21, 2024 16:39 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An oversight commission was set to discuss Tuesday whether to fire Connecticut's top public defender for alleged misconduct, but said a decision won't be announced until next month. Chief Public Defender TaShun Bowden-Lewis faces 16 misconduct allegations....

EU reprimands Kosovo's move to close down Serb bank branches over the use of the dinar currency

May. 21, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union reprimanded Kosovo Tuesday over the unilateral closure of six branches of a Serbia-licensed bank, saying the move would negatively impact the life of the ethnic Serb minority living in northern Kosovo and damage Kosovo-Serbia normalization talks. ...