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Pipeline: Cascade of white owners has slowed NFL change

Dec. 03, 2021 21:50 PM EST

Over the past 100 years, around 110 people have owned controlling portions of NFL teams. Of that select group, all but two have been white. This basic head count might offer the simplest explanation for how, even with rules in place for nearly two decades that are...

Mostly white jury seated for trial in Daunte Wright's death

Dec. 03, 2021 14:25 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mostly white jury was seated Friday for the trial of a white suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she drew her handgun by mistake when she fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright following a traffic stop. Nine of the first 12 jurors...

‘We just feel it’: Racism plagues US military academies

Dec. 03, 2021 00:39 AM EST

Eight years after he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Geoffrey Easterling remains astonished by the Confederate history still memorialized on the storied academy’s campus – the six-foot-tall painting of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the library, the barracks...

Florida law school creates Ben Crump social justice center

Dec. 02, 2021 20:59 PM EST

A South Florida law school on Thursday announced the creation of a social justice center named after Ben Crump, the Black civil rights attorney who has gained national prominence representing victims of police brutality and vigilante violence. The Benjamin L. Crump Center...

Ball for 1st Black St. Pete mayor canceled over circus theme

Dec. 02, 2021 11:12 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A ball planned for the first Black mayor of a major Florida city has been canceled amid concerns its circus theme was inappropriate in the once-segregated city. The Junior League of St. Petersburg, which has thrown such balls since 2006,...

Study: WNBA again earns A-plus grades in diversity hiring

Dec. 01, 2021 18:07 PM EST

A diversity report has awarded the WNBA high grades again when it comes to racial- and gender-hiring practices. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida Wednesday issued an A-plus to the WNBA for the league’s overall,...

Former US Rep. Carrie Meek remembered as trailblazer

Nov. 29, 2021 14:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Carrie Meek, who died Sunday, is being remembered as a trailblazer, a descendent of a slave who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction. But the late Congressman John Lewis had another way of describing her. ...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 29, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Nebraskans should reject radical overhaul of state education board, department Societies should hold fast to an important guiding principle for government: avoid a heavy centralizing of power. This is why...

Carrie Meek, pioneering Black former congresswoman, dies

Nov. 28, 2021 20:30 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Carrie Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper’s daughter who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction, died Sunday. She was 95. Meek died at her home in Miami after a long illness, her...

Initiative targets diversity gap among leaders in academia

Nov. 28, 2021 16:32 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Researchers at three universities in Maryland will study why there are so few women and people of color in leadership roles at universities. They're also hoping to bring more diversity to those top jobs. The Washington Post reported Saturday...