The Race against Racism

A web curation project on race relations in America

Research says blacks, hispanics more likely to be at disadvantage in America

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The Brookings Institute has published a new report that details five aspects of poverty, coining the term, multidimensional poverty and analyze household income, education, concentrated spatial poverty, health insurance, and employment—within a large sample of the American population to determine the prevalence of varying issues in the country.

They find that almost 50 percent of the adult population suffers from at least one of the five disadvantages and that almost 25 percent have two or more disadvantages. But importantly, black and Hispanic adults with one disadvantage are more likely than their white peers to have more than one—or many—disadvantages.

The race gaps in multidimensional poverty signal an institutionalized level of disadvantage and oppression that the paper is seeking to highlight. The study focuses on a larger population, and does not discredit to poverty cycles and conditions that white Americans can also face, but the stark contrast in likelihood is worth noting, especially as wealth gaps continue to widen.


Duke students sit-in to speak out against racism

Students at Duke University are taking a stand against unfair treatment of community members based solely on their race. According to this article  published by Colorlines a primarily black news outlet, the students have exercised the peaceful protest of sitting in for the past six days. The eight students say they are participating because of alleged racist treatment of a staff member which was published in the Duke Chronicle.

The sit-in is just one example of many actions being taken by colleges and their students who feel like marginalization and alternative treatment based on race is an issue of prevalence.

The protest had remained peaceful and is gaining in support.

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Series on O.J. Simpson trial brings in new race perspectives

FX is releasing a mini-series anthology on controversial case of O.J. Simpson, to be titled American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpsonand the dramatic replay of the court case on the screen has opened new conversations about race relations both during the time of the case, and now.

This blog post critiques aspects of the series and the portrayal of Simpson, while this article from the Huffington Post goes into greater detail of the film-makers vision for the project.

Both pieces acknowledge that the tones of racism were prevalent in the case and its media coverage, but claim that this is more of a secondary focal point of the work.



French minister compares headscarves to American salvery

“There are women who choose [to wear headscarves], there were also American negroes who were for slavery,” said by a French government minister on Wednesday. The controversial statement was reportedly made after Laurence Rossignol, the French minister of families, children and women’s rights, was bothered by a fashion website  announcing it would offer full-body “burqini” swimsuits in its online store.

This article, published by Anadolu Post, talks about the affects and implications of the statement in relation to French culture.

This also comes after several fashion bands have claimed to start making “Islamic modest wear” as part of their lines. Swedish fashion giant H&M recently used a model wearing a hijab in a prominent ad, facing further controversy.

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Source: H&M

Many people both in France and worldwide are criticizing the minister for focusing on something as trivial as fashion and projecting an overall racist sentiment toward Muslim women.

Controversial New York court case reaches decision, sparks race conversation

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Brooklyn District Attorney decided wednesday  that former New York Police Department officer Peter Liang would not face jail time, after he was convicted of killing an unarmed black male, Akai Gurley in February in a housing project.

This article, published by NBC, outlines the details of the recent decision. The case raised many questions of race, as the deceased was African-American, the officer was Chinese, the jury was racially mixed,and the public heavily weighed in on the case. Liang reportedly said the shot he fired at Gurley was a mistake.

The case represented similarities to the 2014 case of Eric Garner, another situation involving an unarmed black male and police officer.

The Asian community retaliated by saying that Liang’s potential 15 year prison sentence was using him as a scapegoat for past cases of racially charged police-civilian violence where the officer was not charged. However, this decision comes as a more lenient alternative.

Voter Restrictions impact people of color


This year, 16 states enforced new voter restrictions, including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. These restrictions include:

  1. reduced access to the ballot box through decreased early voting and same day Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 7.09.55 PM.pngregistration, and
  2. increased requirement for voter identification and proof of citizenship.

According to this article, published by multi-racial civil rights group, The Advancement Project, these stricter laws, along with explicit biases against people of color come directly between people of color and ballot, making the entire process more arduous.

The author of the article argues that because the  Constitution does not have  explicit provisions set to protect people from state-specific voting policies, this is an on going problem.



People of Color more likely to walk as main form of transportation

Low-income people and people of color are more likely to walk or bike to their destinations in comparison to those in more affluent communities. However, many of the

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areas where these demographics live do not have the proper infrastructure like sidewalks, crosswalks, or adequate lighting to make these options safe for travel.

This blog, posted by the NAACP introduces a conversation to #MoveEquity, in an effort to improve safety conditions, especially for minority children who walk to school. The goal is to get the conversation going in order to better accommodate al citizens, while helping with the health and fairness associated with analyzing and implementing public and self transport routes.

For more on race relations and car ownership/transportation, read here.

Black voters worry Trump’s campaign will restore racial hierarachy

After being forced to cancel a rally in Chicago this past week, the Trump campaign remains at the forefront of black conversation, being accused of inciting violence and perpetuating racist sentiments.

According to this article from Slate news organization, Trump’s attitude towards Americans of different racial backgrounds mirrors the rhetoric of Ronald Reagan’s infamous “Welfare Queen” and ultimately embodies the racist undertones of the conservative Republican party.

The article argues that some conservative voters chose to support Trump’s antics because of their dissatisfaction with having a black president in office. The stark difference between Obama and Trump is clear in many ways, but their differences in ideals are most prominently seen through their majority-minority contrast. The article argues that a huge factor of the Obama-eras lack of policy success had to do with his race.

“The election of the country’s first black president had the ironic upshot of opening the door for old-fashioned racism to influence partisan preferences after it was long thought to be a spent force in American politics,” wrote Brown University political scientist Michael Tesler in a 2013 paper titled “The Return of Old Fashioned Racism to White Americans’ Partisan Preferences in the Early Obama Era.”

Trump’s supporters have stemmed from a dislike of the current system.

Source: Erik Pendzich, Shutterstock

Wage-gap widens for black women

With the 2016 election season getting increasingly heated, issues of wage equality become a topic of discussion, and due to recent statistics, race is an added factor.

According to this article, published from African-American newspaper Colorlines, black women’s salaries are now significantly behind those of white men.

Possible factors for the average black female earning just 81.1 cents to wagegapbrokenupbyrace-011men’s dollar and 66.8% of what White men earned in 2015 could include discrimination in hiring, or lower earnings for jobs typically held by women.

Factors which, some presidential candidates, propose to challenge or change.

The authors of the study note that while generally, progress in salary discrepancy for these demographics has happened since the 1980s, they also point out that if the earnings ratio continues at the current rate, it will take until 2059 to close the gap.



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