Latest Race and ethnicity News

AP Explains: Brownface part of racist face makeup history

Sep. 20, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scandal surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after a yearbook photo showing him in brownface at a 2001 costume party was published is bringing attention to a practice that scholars say white people have been using for years to demean minorities. In the picture,...

Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant

Sep. 19, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism....

Mississippi sheriff sets policies amid racial profiling suit

Sep. 19, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A county in south Mississippi has settled a racial profiling lawsuit and its sheriff's department is setting new policies that limit officers' use of race or national origin as a reason to stop and question people, attorneys say. A family with Latino and Native American background...

Lawsuit: Black superintendent wouldn't hire black woman

Sep. 19, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A black woman alleges in a lawsuit that she wasn't hired as the spokeswoman for a predominantly white suburban Kansas City school district because the former superintendent, who also is black, had concerns about her race. KCUR reports that Danielle Nixon's lawsuit says a white...

'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' make last Emmy Awards stand

Sep. 19, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Game of Thrones" has dominated the Emmy Awards with the formidable power of, say, your average fearsome, flame-belching dragon. Same goes for "Veep," but picture a cutthroat politician instead. The drama and comedy series are among the front-runners for Sunday's ceremony (8 p.m. EDT,...

3 politicians sorry for using, defending anti-Semitic trope

Sep. 19, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Three city council members in New Jersey's capital city have now apologized for using or defending anti-Semitic language while discussing actions taken by the city's Jewish attorney. Councilwoman Robin Vaughn apologized in a statement on Wednesday, saying her comments defending Council...

AP Interview: Alexander-Arnold on Liverpool mission, racism

Sep. 19, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — After Liverpool's euphoric start to the season, a trip to Italy provided a more sobering experience for Trent Alexander-Arnold and his teammates. Five successive victories had sent Liverpool five points clear at the top of the Premier League. There had already been an addition to the trophy...

Official: Virginia school athletes punished for racist posts

Sep. 19, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

POQUOSON, Va. (AP) — An official at a Virginia high school says some of its football players have been punished for using racist taunts and slurs against their opponents in two social media videos. The Daily Press reports Poquoson City Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Parish didn't release the...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

The Latest: Opposition says Trudeau unfit to lead Canada

Sep. 18, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Latest on the emergence of a photo showing Canadian leader Justin Trudeau in brownface makeup at a costume party in 2001 (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says a yearbook photo showing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in brownface makeup at a costume...