Latest Racial and ethnic discrimination News

Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court

Aug. 24, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in an amicus brief on Friday that if...

Tennis champ, trailblazer Althea Gibson honored at US Open

Aug. 24, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Althea Gibson basked in a ticker-tape parade in New York a decade before Arthur Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open. Gibson won 11 majors in three years from 1956-58, including the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles. She integrated two sports — tennis and golf —...

Virginia marks 400th anniversary of slave ship arrival

Aug. 24, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Saturday a new state commission to review educational standards for teaching black history in the state, as officials observed the arrival of enslaved Africans to what is now Virginia 400 years ago. Northam, who noted "we are a state that for too...

Black faculty numbers increase at University of Missouri

Aug. 24, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after hundreds of students protested a racist campus culture at the University of Missouri, the number of minority faculty has ticked up slightly, but numbers still lag the national average and the school acknowledges it struggles to retain non-white staff. Frustrated by the...

Return to Russia: Man seeks to build cultural bridges

Aug. 24, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Earlier this summer, Yuri Rashkin stood in the stairway of the Moscow apartment building where he lived as a boy. Memories rushed over the 44-year-old as he remembered the day his father handed over the keys to the front door before moving his family to the United States. Rashkin...

Biggest ever Kentridge show explores Africa's history

Aug. 23, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Evocative videos, graphic tapestries, charcoal drawings, woodcut prints, sculptures and immersive sound installations combine in the largest single show by South African artist William Kentridge to explore compelling themes including South Africa's apartheid history and the...

Dolphins' Flores says he supports player protest movement

Aug. 23, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says he supports the NFL player protest movement and receiver Kenny Stills' involvement, but wants him to play better. "Everything these guys protest, I've lived it, I've experienced it," said an impassioned Flores, who is the son of immigrants...

Man accused of having weapons, racist items will stay jailed

Aug. 23, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of keeping a large weapons cache at his northwestern New Jersey home will remain jailed. A federal judge made the decision Thursday, agreeing with prosecutors that 57-year-old Joseph Rubino could pose a danger to the community. His attorney, Dan Marchese, argued that...

UN chief urges world to stamp out religious persecution

Aug. 22, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world on the first international day to remember the victims of religious persecution to "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups." The U.N. chief on Thursday cited a...

Hispanic journalist group returns Fox News conference money

Aug. 22, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest Hispanic journalist group is rescinding Fox News' sponsorship of its upcoming annual conference in Texas and returning nearly $17,000 to the network in response to a radio host's comments about Latino immigrants. Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of...