Latest Racial and ethnic discrimination News

Lawsuit: Teacher shamed student over pledge protest

Oct. 18, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut teenager who says she was mocked and shamed for not standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance filed a federal lawsuit this week against her teacher and the school board. The unnamed 14-year-old student said she and other students remained seated as part of a...

CFPB investigates controversial writings of Trump appointee

Oct. 18, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's financial watchdog has opened a formal investigation into writings and comments by Eric Blankenstein, a Republican appointee overseeing the agency's anti-discrimination efforts, which he alleged that most hate crimes were fake and argued that using racial epithets did not mean...

Harvard emails illuminate power of wealth in admissions

Oct. 17, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal trial alleging bias against Harvard University underscored a cold truth of the school's admissions process on Wednesday: that money and pedigree can open doors that academics alone might not. Students for Fair Admissions, the group suing Harvard , revealed a series of internal...

Police head challenges part of report on Starbucks arrests

Oct. 16, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city police commissioner has taken issue with part of a panel's review of the high-profile arrests of two black men at a Starbucks coffee shop, rejecting its broader conclusion that racism drives contact between citizens and police. The review of the April arrests at the downtown...

Judge denies release of alleged Charlottesville rioter

Oct. 15, 2018 9:18 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California man accused of traveling across the country for a white nationalist rally in Virginia that turned deadly has been ordered detained until his trial. Cole Evan White is charged along with three other men with traveling to incite riots and conspiracy to riot. The August...

Contestants accuse Mrs. America pageant CEO of racial bias

Oct. 15, 2018 7:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Four contestants in this year's Mrs. America pageant on Monday called for the pageant's CEO to apologize over accusations he used racial slurs and stereotypes in a conversation at a contest-related event. The four women, three African-American and one white, spoke at a news conference in...

Harvard: Race can only help, never harm, applicants' chances

Oct. 15, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University intentionally uses a vague "personal rating" to reject Asian-American applicants in favor of students from other racial backgrounds, according to lawyers on one side of a trial that began Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges. Harvard's...

Judge to hear arguments in police sex toy harassment case

Oct. 15, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments in a case involving a police department, a sex toy and harassment claims. Several members of the Mountainside police department claim superiors used the toy to harass them and subjected them to homophobic and racial slurs, according to a lawsuit...

Woman who refused to let black neighbor into building fired

Oct. 15, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A white woman who refused to allow a black neighbor into their downtown St. Louis apartment building because he wouldn't show her proof that he lived there has been fired. Twenty-four-year-old D'Arreion Toles began filming as the woman repeatedly asked whether he lived in the building....

US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

Oct. 14, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

GLORIETA PASS, N.M. (AP) — A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and at risk of disappearing. Across the U.S, many sites historically connected to key...