But historically, black union members have alleged that racial discrimination is allowed to run rampant among the union ranks. Over the years, federal lawsuits were filed. Consent decrees were ordered. Monitors were called in. Big settlements were paid out. Yet the problem is still entrenched. In the summer of 2012, 87-year-old retired businessman Ed Gardner became so frustrated after seeing only white workers at a construction site at 95th and Western, he led a weeks long street protest.
Article courtesy of Sun Times: Black Pipe Fitters fighting for jobs,equality
The performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students — and between its poorest students and their wealthier classmates — continues to widen, newly released data show.
Black students fell further behind whites in three of four key measures, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card.
Article courtesey of Suntimes: Test Score Gap Widens Between Black and White Students
The campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) fired deputy finance director Taylor Palmisano on Tuesday after learning that she’d tweeted out bigoted comments about Hispanics in 2011.
Shortly after Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Daniel Bice notified Walker’s campaign of the tweets, which made derogatory comments about a housekeeper in a library and fellow patrons on a bus, Palmisano was ousted.
This guy just cant help himself. He has had two incidents since the verdict and each incident has involved him having a gun in his possession. George Zimmerman why don’t you just go away and hide.
A.P. reports: George Zimmerman was charged Monday with assault after deputies were called to the home where he lived with his girlfriend, who claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said.
Zimmerman pushed the woman out of the house and barricaded the door with furniture, Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference hours after the arrest. The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, provided deputies with a key to the home and they were able to push the door that had been barricaded.
When will Zimmerman learn?
The two owners of a Chicago nightclub that was the scene of a tragic stampede that saw 21 people killed a decade ago have won a new sentencing hearing, raising the prospect that neither will spend time in prison.
Calvin Hollins Jr. and Dwain Kyles, who co-owned E2, were cleared of involuntary manslaughter charges but convicted of indirect criminal contempt for violating a judge’s order to close the second-floor nightclub for building code violations in the months before the tragedy.
Article courtesy of Chicago Tribune
to read more click the link:New Hearing for E2 owners
Home Depot is the place where I go for easy quick home improvements, but I must say after seeing the racist tweet the home improvement giant send out I’m disappointed, very disappointed. Of course the two black men sitting in the photo didnt have the sense to say “hey why does the white guy have a monkey suit on?”.
Back in the spring of 1990, Johnnie Roberts was looking to celebrate a journalism award he had won. Roberts, who is black, headed to Barneys on 7th Ave. in New York City and picked out a $600 Hugo Boss suit. He met a tailor for alterations, left the store, and returned to pick up the suit two weeks later.
What happened next would find eerie parallels to the experiences of two black customers who alleged appalling racial discrimination at the luxury retailer this week — some 23 years later. The store manager refused to apologize. Roberts reached out to company executives who also refused to apologize. The Pressmans, the founding family of Barneys, told Roberts that he was the one who caused the clerk to make the mistake. Roberts began a boycott.
Some things never change.
To read more click the link: Barney’s still profiling black shoppers.
It never fails every Halloween some dumb ass or racially insensitive person wears a costume thats inappropriate, only to apologize later. Good ole “black face” never lets me down. Yes it still hurts to see people dressed in black face, mimicking a time in history when white men pretended to be black at a black persons expense. Spike Lee made a movie years ago called “Bamboozeld” where the black characters wore black face and reached success because of it. The characters were eventually overwhelmed by the moral and ethical problems that come with “black face”, but the crux of the story centered on America’s acceptance of “black face”. Now in 2013 I think white Americans have become more comfortable wearing “black face” and use the cover of Halloween as an excuse to be racist without actually being racist. The most successful movie of all time, “Birth of a Nation” had white actors in “black face” to simulate a black man raping a white woman, only to have the white Klansman ride in to save the day. Yes this movie was screened at the White House in 1915 for then President Woodrow Wilson who after seeing the film, an enthusiastic Wilson reportedly remarked: “It is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.” Almost a hundred years later nothing has really changed, the level of cooning and acting like a pickaninny has gone to new heights. Television has pushed the envelop with the portrayal of all ethnic groups to new lows; now its acceptable to poke fun at Arab-Americans, Latino-Americans, or any other ethnic group that doesn’t fit the white anglo saxon mold. The beauty of it is that there are White-Americans who are just as offended by the racial insensitivity as the ethnic groups who are offended. At some point we have to get over the lack of racial insensitivity towards each other in America.
So this morning a group of African-American pastors took bus loads of supporters to Springfield, Il to protest against “same sex marriage”. Chicago has the highest rate of gun violence in the country, one of the highest rates homeless teens, the highest rate of unemployment in the nation, basically the highest rate of a lot bullshit thats all negative. The African-American community has been the most discriminated ethnic group in the history of the United States, but somehow this group of black preachers felt it necessary to protest the happiness of the LGBT community. Why is it necessary to take up that fight? Why is it important to meddle in the business of two people regardless of sexual orientation? If people are getting married or at the least aiming to be in a committed relationship which is a beautiful thing period then why is it the duty of the these religious frauds to protest “same sex marriage”? Discrimination is discrimination regardless of the group who is being discriminated against. I am pretty sure if Dr. King was alive he would be on the side right and totally against these preachers who feel its their duty to protest “same ex marriage”. When the so called men/women of God protest the happiness of others based upon their own view then I have to question their beliefs. If all men are created equal then don’t they deserve protect of the law? Doesn’t the pursuit oh happiness apply to all people? Where are the protests for: gun violence, domestic abuse, lack of jobs and substandard housing? I see the posts from the overly religious look at me I’m saved zealots all the time. But at what point do we stand for the rights of all? These black pastors are no different than Evangelical pastors or Tea Party members. I have news for these pastors, God has not appointed “you” guardians of the moral universe, get a life.