Latest Race and ethnicity News

Officer who killed teen used racial slurs, excessive force

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Several black motorists testified Friday that the white officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald used racial slurs and excessive force during traffic stops in the years before the 2014 killing that was captured on a shocking dashcam video. Jason Van Dyke was in court to be sentenced for...

The Latest: Witness unable to identify Van Dyke in courtroom

Jan. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A prosecution witness at the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who killed black teen Laquan McDonald wasn't able to identify the...

The Latest: Iranian TV journalist not accused of crime

Jan. 18, 2019 3:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an Iranian TV anchor detained in the U.S. (all times local): 3:05 p.m. According to partially unsealed federal court documents, a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television who has been jailed in the U.S. has not been accused of any crime. Marzieh...

Congressman apologizes for yelling, 'Go back to Puerto Rico'

Jan. 18, 2019 1:38 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri congressman who yelled "go back to Puerto Rico" at Democrats during a heated House floor debate over the partial government shutdown has apologized to a colleague who perceived the comment as a racial slur directed at him. Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican from Salem, said when he...

Schism leads to dueling women's march events in NYC

Jan. 18, 2019 11:51 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Conflicts over control, inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism will mean that women protesting on the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington are faced with competing demonstrations this weekend in New York City. One procession, around the edge of Central Park and down Sixth...

UN health agency: Rising misconduct reports are 'positive'

Jan. 18, 2019 8:48 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Friday that it's seeing increasing reports of misconduct reported by staffers within the U.N. health agency, describing the trend as "a positive thing." WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said at a press briefing in Geneva the agency has been investigating...

MLK holiday represents big moment for 2020 Democrats

Jan. 18, 2019 1:22 AM EST

Monday's observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eyeing the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues in American politics: race. At least a half dozen declared or potential presidential candidates will attend...

Lawsuit: Student told her skin was 'too dark' to perform

Jan. 17, 2019 4:40 PM EST

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A black student has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas school district alleging she was prevented from performing with her high school's dance team after being told her skin was "too dark" and would clash with the color of the team's costumes. Camille Sturdivant also alleges she...

St. Louis TV newscaster apologizes for accidental slur

Jan. 17, 2019 3:59 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis newscaster has apologized for what he called an unintentional racial slur while referencing Martin Luther King Jr., nearly two weeks after the same phrase cost another broadcaster his job . KTVI-TV's Kevin Steincross said during Thursday's 5 a.m. broadcast that an upcoming...

Attorney: New racist threats at GM plant where nooses found

Jan. 17, 2019 2:59 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Workers who sued General Motors after nooses and racist graffiti were found at its largest U.S. transmission plant nearly two years ago are still facing racial harassment, their attorney said Thursday. Just this week, one of the workers found a monkey doll and a racist drawing near his...