Race

White Woman Calls Police On Black Man After She Violated Leashing Laws

On Monday, May 25 Amy Cooper, a white woman, called the police on a Black birdwatcher after he requested that she leash her dog, who was allegedly ripping up plants and disrupting his birdwatching. The area of Central Park, known as the Ramble, has mandatory leashing laws that the woman disregarded. Christian Cooper (no relation)...

Family of Breonna Taylor Sues Police Department for Wrongful Death

On March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky, police entered the home of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, after midnight and opened fire, killing her. Taylor’s family is now filing a lawsuit against the officers for wrongful death, excessive force, and gross negligence. The police had a warrant to search Taylor’s apartment but were searching for...

South Dakota Sioux Tribes Refuse to Remove Checkpoints Despite Governor’s Threats

The Oglala Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have refused to remove their coronavirus checkpoints on roads passing through their reservations after South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem threatened to take them to federal court if the checkpoints remain in place. The two tribes argue that the checkpoints are the only way to prevent a...

Georgia AG Asks DOJ to Lead Investigation into Handling of Ahmaud Arbery Murder

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has formally requested that the Department of Justice helm the investigation into the handling of the Ahmaud Arbery case. Arbery is an African American man who was murdered by a white father and son while out jogging on February 23 near Brunswick, GA. “We are committed to a complete and...

Police Brutality in the Time of Coronavirus

Covid-19 is shining yet another spotlight on American systemic racism as African Americans face higher rates of death from coronavirus, as well as policing in the form of social distancing patrols, which are often racially disparate, inequitable, and aggressive. A majority of businesses have reduced operations or closed, but the NYPD has not slowed operations...

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Preexisting and Underlying American Racism and Sexism

As with most issues in the United States, Black Americans and female Americans are the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. On April 6, Louisiana was the first state to release data on Covid-19 broken down by race. Its report showed that while African American’s make up 33% of the state’s population, they accounted for...

Navajo Nation Has Third Highest Rate of Coronavirus Cases in U.S.

As of Tuesday, the Navajo Nation had the third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections in the country, with 1,873 confirmed cases and 60 confirmed deaths, third only to New York and New Jersey. Tribal officials cite “broken promises” for the disproportionately high rate of cases. “We are United States citizens but we’re not treated like that,”...

Alabama Executes Yet Another African-American With Case Discrepancies

The state of Alabama executed death row inmate Nathaniel Woods last night for allegedly murdering three Birmingham police officers in 2004. Pronounced dead at 9:01pm local time, Woods gave no final statement, according to the state corrections department. He was 44 years old at the time of his execution by lethal injection. Alabama Governor Kay...

Native Women’s Art Featured in Exhibit at Smithsonian Art Gallery

While having largely gone unrecognized for their contributions, Native American women have been and continue to be a major force within the Native American art tradition. A new exhibit entitled Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists is attempting to close the gap. The exhibition will have its third opening in its national tour at...

New Data on Maternal Mortality Rates Show Extent of Racial Disparities

As of 2018, all 50 states have adhered to a standardized method to report maternal mortality rates, and the recent release of this collection of data highlights the maternal health crisis in the US, particularly among women of color. In the U.S. nearly 700 women die each year due to complications related to pregnancy or...

Chloe McKenzie Wants to Close the Wealth Gap for Black Women

In 2015, Chloe McKenzie, a former JP Morgan investor, launched Black Fem – an organization “dedicated to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty”. The racial wealth gap is still steadily widening, according to studies done by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies. When asked about why she wanted to start Black Fem, Ms....

Fort Worth Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Atatiana Jefferson in Her Own Home Charged with Murder

The Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in her own home has been charged with murder. Early Saturday morning Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, was shot and killed by a police officer inside her own home after a neighbor called a non-emergency police number for a wellness check on her....

“Crazy Rich Asians” Writer Adele Lim Leaves Warner Bros. Because of a Pay Disparity with White Male Co-Writer

Adele Lim, an experienced television writer who was celebrated for bringing authenticity to the screen adaptation of Singaporean author Kevin Kwan’s book last year, said in a Hollywood Reporter story Wednesday that she was offered significantly less than white male co-writer Peter Chiarelli to work on the sequel of “Crazy Rich Asians,” the blockbuster hit...

D.C. Dress Codes Disproportionately Affect Black Girls, Report Finds

A new report released on Wednesday by the National Women’s Law Center found that the racial breakdown of the student body in D.C. schools directly correlates with the strictness in dress code policy and that D.C. charter schools have twice the number of restrictions as that of public schools and suspend girls for dress code...

New York City Police Commissioner Fires Officer Who Put Eric Garner in Chokehold

The New York City Police Department announced Monday that it will be firing Daniel Pantaleo, the officer responsible for the chokehold that led to the 2014 death of Eric Garner which prompted protests against police brutality across the country. Pantaleo was fired two weeks after a disciplinary trial in which the presiding judge made a...

White Male University Of Mississippi Students Posed with Guns in Front of Emmett Till Sign

***Warning: graphic topics of violence and racism*** On July 25, 2019 ProPublica unveiled an Instagram photo posted of three young white men in front of Emmett Till’s sign commemorating his brutal death and the ignition of the Civil Rights Movement. The students were suspended on Wednesday from their fraternity, Kappa Alpha, a historically racist institution,...

Four Democratic Congresswomen Call Trump’s Racist Tweets a Distraction

Yesterday, four democratic congresswomen of color held a joint press conference to address a series of racist tweets made by President Trump in which he called for the women to “go back” to the countries they came from. The four women, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, condemned his words as...

Black Teenager Murdered for Playing Rap Music

The hashtag “#JusticeforElijah” has been trending across social media platforms following the murder of the 17 year old black teenager Elijah Al-Amin by 27 year old Michael Adams, a white man, at a Circle K in Peoria, Arizona. Adams remains in jail for pre-meditated murder and is being held on a $1 million bond, but...

Elizabeth Lederer Resigns from Columbia Law Following Release of “When They See Us”

On Wednesday evening Elizabeth Lederer, a Columbia law professor known for her involvement as a prosecutor in the Central Park Five case, resigned from her position on Columbia’s faculty, citing the resurgence of publicity surrounding the case due to the Netflix limited series “When They See Us,” which portrayed Lederer as an aggressive prosecutor who...

“Empire” Star Jussie Smollett Attacked in ‘Possible’ Hate Crime

Jussie Smollett, a black and openly gay actor,  released a statement this morning after he was attacked while walking down the street in Chicago by two masked assailants that allegedly yelled racist and homophobic slurs while pouring a chemical substance, believed to be bleach, on him and tying a noose around his neck; this was...