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20/05/14 Black Media , Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

NYT: Black Women Have Seen No Improvement in Their Employment Rate During Recovery

NYT: Black Women Have Seen No Improvement in Their Employment Rate During Recovery
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If an economic recovery is to be deemed successful, it is reasonable to assume that it shouldn’t leave out entire demographics. However, an article in the New York Times reaches the conclusion that although many at the economic top tier are doing much better, the current recovery is leaving behind core groups of the Democratic base.

For example, although the unemployment rate is down for women, NYT notes that “the number of women employed compared with the total female population is 55.2 percent, actually worse than it was in October 2010.”

And this isn’t just the case for women:

Blacks, whose support for Mr. Obama has been unwavering, have seen their unemployment rate drop from 15.7 percent at the last midterms to 11.6 percent, still high but a considerable improvement. But the rate at which they are employed has barely moved, to 53.8 percent of the black population from 52.4. Black women have seen no improvement in their employment rate.

Blacks also aren’t seeing an improvement in overall incomes:

Income for households in the exact middle of the income distribution declined 4.26 percent from 2009 to 2012, the last year for which data is available. For white households, mean income declined by 2.2 percent. For black homes, the decline was 4.5 percent; for Hispanics, 4.2 percent.

Voters earning less than $30,000 overwhelmingly supported Obama over Romney in the 2012 election, but it is the wealthy in this country who are benefiting the most from the economic recovery, watching their pre-tax income increase over 30 percent during the recovery.

 

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19/05/14 Black News , featured , Race & Racism , ybw #

Companies That Drug Test Actually Hire More Black Employees, Not Less

Companies That Drug Test Actually Hire More Black Employees, Not Less

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Black people suffer disproportionately due to America’s war on drugs, especially where incarceration is concerned. As it turns out, though, blacks may actually benefit from employee drug testing.

Quartz reports that companies which drug test their employees actually hire more blacks. Abigail Wozniak, a Notre Dame labor economist, studied the impact of drug testing on different groups and came away with a counter-intuitive conclusion: In states where testing is prevalent thanks to supportive laws, black employment increased between 7% and 30%, and wages for black workers increased by between 1.4% and 13%.”

Although blacks are stopped and arrested more often for drug related crimes, when blacks are actually tested for drug use, they come up clean more often than not. This may be in line with studies which show that although blacks are harassed more often for drug related crimes, whites and blacks use illegal drugs at around the same rate.

Wozniak explains that white hiring managers tend to rely on stereotypes and sometimes assume that blacks use drugs, but drug tests disabuse them of that notion, resulting in more black hires. So in that sense, blacks actually benefit from drug testing.

From Quartz:

Without the testing, employers went by their gut biases. But when testing became common and showed that black applicants were not actually using drugs, hiring rates for black applicants went up. Wozniak concludes that this is evidence of discrimination against black workers before testing, driven by some combination of racialized belief and ignorance. One other interesting finding from the study is that absent drug testing, employers tend to hire white women instead of black men.

 

 

 

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19/05/14 Black News , Race & Racism

Bar Owner Settles Lawsuit After Refusing Entry to Blacks and Hispanics

Bar Owner Settles Lawsuit After Refusing Entry to Blacks and Hispanics

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A Boston bar owner has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit for $100,000 according to NECN.com.

The 2011 lawsuit filed against Peggy O’Neil’s Bar & Grille and owner Caron O’Neil accused bar staff of refusing to allow entry to black, Hispanic and Cape Verdean customers.  The suit claims that in several instances, the bar discriminated against people because the staff didn’t want “trouble” or “problems.” White customers were allowed entry without incident.

The state Attorney General’s office confirms that the bar must pay $80,000 to victims plus attorneys fees while $20,000 is suspended pending compliance.

The consent judgement also precludes the bar “from denying entry, requiring a different or inflated cover charge, or requiring a different standard to qualify for entry based on a patron’s actual or perceived race, color, or national origin,” reports Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement.

‘‘Massachusetts businesses should not subject individuals to discrimination of any kind, including decisions that are based on prejudice or stereotypes,’’ Coakley said, according to The Boston Globe. “Businesses owe it to their customers and their communities to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that they operate free from all forms of discrimination.”

The bar’s owner initially denied claims of discrimination and said that those who were denied entry to the bar were intoxicated. If the case had not been settled, it would have gone to trial later this month. The bar was founded in 1963.

 

 

 

 

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05/05/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Black Teacher Sues After Being Harassed by Students With Minstrel Photos

Black Teacher Sues After Being Harassed by Students With Minstrel Photos
Dr. Cobb

Dr. Cobb

A black teacher in Arizona is suing her school claiming that students harassed her and turned her job into a “nightmare.”

Students at Ahwatukee’s Desert Vista High School allegedly posted videos online of themselves tapping Dr. Cicely Cobb on the head with laminated bathroom passes. On Twitter, the students allegedly suggested that she join an all black dating site.

“I think I accidentally took Dr. Cobb’s class on black history, instead of junior English,” read another post by a student.

Even worse is a picture of Cobb which seems to depict her wearing blackface.

“The minstrel photo was absolutely sick,” she said. “Minstrel jokes were associated with my grandfather who was born in 1912 – that generation.”

One student even posted a picture of Cobb with the caption, “Dr. Cobb sighted working the corner,” implying that the teacher is a prostitute.

“That comment to me, from my perception, was extraordinarily sexist; extraordinarily racist,” Cobb said. “And, it hurt my heart.”

This culminated with Cobb filing a lawsuit in February claiming that she was “the victim of racial discrimination.”

“These children just had no respect for me or my authority,” Cobb told KPHO.

Cobb says things have only gotten worse for her since she filed her lawsuit because now students from all over the web are joining in to mock her.

“When you follow the herd and the herd is going the wrong way, going down that wrong path, it might be detrimental to your success,” Cobb said when asked how she’d respond to the copy cat students.

The school system has not commented on Cobb’s accusations since the case is pending.

 

 

 

 

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22/04/14 Black News , featured , Race & Racism , ybw #

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Goes in on Other Justices for “Out of Touch” Views on Race

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Goes in on Other Justices for “Out of Touch” Views on Race

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As it stands, it seems that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the only racial minority member of the Court who recognizes and actively works to thwart the impact of systemic racism through her rulings. Justice Clarence Thomas abdicates his responsibility by rarely even uttering a word on the Court, but even when he does speak outside of the Court, his ingratiating mind shows no concern for people who are negatively impacted by racism.

In a scathing critique of Tuesday’s majority decision by the Supreme Court to uphold state bans on affirmative action, Sotomayor made it clear that she believes other members of the Court are out of touch where issues of race are concerned:

“…In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination. This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. It is this view that works harm, by perpetuating the facile notion that what makes race matter is acknowledging the simple truth that race does matter…”

Justice Roberts responded by reaching the fluky conclusion that programs designed to end racism can, somehow, “do more harm than good”:

The dissent states that “[t]he way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race.” … But it is not “out of touch with reality” to conclude that racial preferences may themselves have the debilitating effect of reinforcing precisely that doubt, and—if so—that the preferences do more harm than good.

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