Latest Race and ethnicity News

College halts diversity training to comply with DeSantis law

Jan. 27, 2023 14:33 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An optional training class on diversity for faculty at a central Florida public college has been canceled so administrators can ensure it complies with a new state law known as the “Stop Woke" act. Valencia College President Kathleen Plinske wrote in an email...

New US race, ethnicity standards proposed; first since '97

Jan. 26, 2023 15:07 PM EST

A Middle Eastern and North African category could be added to U.S. federal surveys and censuses, and changes could be made to how Hispanics are able to self-identify, under preliminary recommendations released Thursday by the Biden administration in what would be the first update to race and...

'Aryan Circle' members imprisoned for trying to kill inmate

Jan. 25, 2023 18:40 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two people who were members of a white supremacist prison gang were sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for their role in the attempted killing of an inmate while they were incarcerated at a Mississippi prison, federal prosecutors said. In 2017, Aaron...

S.C. committee advances limits to classroom teaching on race

Jan. 24, 2023 18:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would limit certain teachings on race in public schools and allow parents to challenge educational materials is moving through the Republican-controlled South Carolina House of Representatives. The proposal is the latest iteration of a GOP-led...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jan. 24, 2023 07:12 AM EST

Kansas City Star. January 18, 2023. Editorial: Want to teach Missouri kids patriotism? Then quit lying about ‘critical race theory’ This week, GOP legislators in Jefferson City will make their latest transparent attempt to erase the ugly history and legacy of...

Door of No Return: Yellen visits onetime slave-trading post

Jan. 21, 2023 13:31 PM EST

GOREE ISLAND, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen paid a solemn visit Saturday to the salmon-colored house on an island off Senegal that is one of the most recognized symbols of the horrors of the Atlantic slave trade that trapped tens of millions of Africans in bondage for...

Florida blocks high school African American studies class

Jan. 19, 2023 17:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration has blocked a new Advanced Placement course on African American studies from being taught in high schools, saying it violates state law and is historically inaccurate. The state education department rejected the...

DeSantis seeks details on transgender university students

Jan. 18, 2023 19:17 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking state universities for the number and ages of their students who sought gender dysphoria treatment, including sex reassignment surgery and hormone prescriptions, according to a survey released Wednesday. Why...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 18, 2023 14:01 PM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. January 17, 2023. Editorial: A century later, not all remember Rosewood ' Editorial A historical marker on the road to the historic island community of Cedar Key memorializes the once-thriving Florida settlement of Rosewood. It had 300...

Kaillie Humphries of US wins 100th major bobsled medal

Jan. 14, 2023 11:07 AM EST

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Kaillie Humphries of the U.S. got a milestone medal Saturday, winning a World Cup women’s monobob race for the 100th top-three finish of her career in major international competition. Humphries has won 70 medals in two-woman races in her career; 60 in...