by on February 19, 2018
As Jersey City's police department reels from the guilty pleas of 11 people who have admitted taking corrupt payments related to off-duty jobs, a former cop says in a new lawsuit that he was ostracized and eventually fired after reporting an illegal off-duty detail 10 years ago. Juan Ramos, right, a former Jersey City cop, is suing the city claiming he was the victim of retaliation. With him is his attorney, Lou Zayas. Juan Luis Ramos, 44, alleges in the seven-count lawsuit, filed in D...
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by on February 12, 2018
Doug Jones in Alabama. Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax in Virginia, Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver in New Jersey: All Democratic wins made possible by Black women's historical capacity for building organizational and structural power. This power -- which was originally cultivated to protect and preserve Black bodies, to protect and preserve Black life -- has commanded victories for the Democratic Party in 2017 and is poised to influence the midterms in 2018. A timeline of current events cente...
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by on February 12, 2018
In the hours after last summer’s white power rally in Charlottesville, Va., erupted into violence, the planners of the protest mounted a defense: While much of the country may have found their racist chants and Nazi iconography deplorable, they claimed that they had a First Amendment right to self-expression, and that none of the bloodshed was actually their fault. James Alex Fields Jr. drove a car into a crowd of people during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in Aug...
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by on February 11, 2018
Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender. These disparate ...
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by on February 10, 2018
Police clashed with extreme-right protesters on Thursday evening in the central Italian town of Macerata, where tension is currently high following a shooting attack by a far-right sympathizer who targeted dark-skinned foreigners. The suspect has said he chose to carry out the attack after hearing that a local 18-year-old woman’s dismembered body had been found by police, and that a Nigerian man had been arrested in connection with her death. Around 40 people reportedly participated in the...
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by on February 10, 2018
Last month, the White House released a statement portraying Barbara Jordan, the late civil rights icon and the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, as an immigration restrictionist.  The message is an enticing one for anti-immigrant groups and fits alongside their promotion of dated statements made by labor leaders who once opposed immigration: here are traditionally liberal leaders who represent traditionally liberal constituencies arguing for the restri...
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by on February 10, 2018
For obstinate officials at Christ the King High School, a mind is a terrible thing to change. The parents of Malcolm Xavier Combs were rebuffed again Thursday by school administrators over their African-American son’s desire to put the name “Malcolm X” on his senior sweater. “I don’t understand it,” said Mychelle Combs, the mother of 17-year-old Malcolm, after a frustrating morning meeting with school president Michael Michel. “They are supposed to teach the students tolerance and t...
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by on February 10, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. said that of all the forms of inequity, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. Black History Month is the perfect time to reflect on Dr. King’s words – and to talk about what the AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity is doing to help you end health care disparities in your communities and advance diversity and inclusion in your ranks. Diversity is not just a project or campaign. It has to be woven into the cultural fabric of each and eve...
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by on February 10, 2018
A new photo exhibit featuring black fathers across New York City is on display in the Bronx. The exhibit called "Father Figure" took seven years to complete and was shot by photographer Zun Lee. Lee says he interviewed 400 families in the Bronx, Harlem and Washington Heights during the project.  He says he was raised by different black father figures and wanted to offer an intimate view into the daily lives of black men caring for their children. Lee says he hopes to counter th...
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by on February 8, 2018
On the first day of Black History Month, a Daily News story broke about a Bronx middle school teacher who taught a lesson on slavery in several classes by making Black students lie on the floor, and then stepping on their backs. The incident left students traumatized and the Department of Education allowed the teacher to return to the classroom, until a reporter exposed the story. Education advocates rally in front of city hall “Like many others, I am completely outraged to by the ac...
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by on February 5, 2018
Black Lives Matter, and our teachers should affirm that This is the 50th anniversary of one of the most intense years of the civil rights movement: 1968 was the year Dr. Martin Luther King was killed for confronting racism and classism; Tommie Smith and John Carlos were suspended for raising a fist at the Olympics; and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville teachers strike laid bare deep distrust between the union and communities of color. Yet last week, the union representing the teachers of near...
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by on February 5, 2018
In the aftermath of the chaos that erupted in Philadelphia as Eagles fans tore through the streets celebrating their Super Bowl victory, many could not help but notice the difference in how the public and officials reacted to riots by fans compared to those prompted by civil unrest.  Rioters toppled structures, tore down light poles, and vandalized vehicles and storefronts as they celebrated the Eagles' Super Bowl victory. "Somehow, it seems there's a line drawn in the sand where destr...
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