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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,...

Wisconsin school chief calls achievement gap a 'crisis'

Sep. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's student achievement gap is a "crisis" that a half-billion dollar boost in education funding will begin to address, the state superintendent said Thursday in her first "state of education" address. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor delivered the message to an...

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,...

'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...

Congresswoman: Activist suspected in overdoses roamed free

Sep. 18, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A black member of Congress on Wednesday called it "incomprehensible" that after the overdose deaths of two African American men at the apartment of wealthy and influential Los Angeles area gay activist Edward Buck, a third man nearly died there before authorities arrested Buck. The men...

Florida man charged with racially threatening black activist

Sep. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he cyberstalked and made racist threats against a black activist in Virginia to interfere with his plans to run for a seat on Charlottesville's city council. Daniel McMahon, 31, of Brandon, Florida, was indicted in Virginia on charges that include...

St. Paul Public Schools settles teacher retaliation lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Public Schools has agreed to pay a black teacher $525,000 to settle a 2017 whistleblower lawsuit that accused the district of retaliating and forcing him to quit because he criticized its racial equity policy. Aaron Benner was among five teachers who in 2014 criticized...

Emory investigates use of racial slur by 2 law professors

Sep. 17, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University is investigating the use of a racial slur against African Americans by two law professors. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that two adjunct law professors used the word in separate classes on Sept. 9. The university said a student confronted one of them...

Civil rights-era hotel in S Carolina to be restored

Sep. 17, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — About $490,800 has been earmarked to restore a South Carolina hotel that was one of the few places black people could relax by the shore during the civil rights-era. News outlets report the National Park Service on Monday announced the African American Civil Rights grant to help...