Racism

Jim Crow Confronts Delaware State University Students on a Georgia Highway

Jim Crow Confronts Delaware State University Students on a Georgia Highway

Sheriff’s deputies in Georgia stopped a bus carrying the Delaware State University women’s lacrosse team for traveling in the left lane. But police officers used dogs to search luggage stored in bins under the bus for 30 minutes.

Meredith College in North Carolina Removes Name of Former Trustee From Campus Building

Meredith College in North Carolina Removes Name of Former Trustee From Campus Building

The board of trustees of Meredith College in Raleigh recently announced that Joyner Hall, named for an individual who advocated for white supremacy and unequal funding for schools based on race, will be renamed. “The racist ideas James Yadkin Joyner, who served as a trustee for 55 years, stood for throughout his lifetime, are antithetical to Meredith College’s mission, vision, and values,” the board said.

Study Finds That Black Male Teachers May Face Bias From Classroom Evaluators

Study Finds That Black Male Teachers May Face Bias From Classroom Evaluators

A new study finds that when comparing similarly credentialed teachers whose pupils achieved at about the same level, White and female teachers were rated higher than Black men. Poor evaluations may lead to lower job satisfaction, fewer promotions, and more Black men leaving the teaching profession.

Penn State Dickinson Law School Is Establishing an Antiracist Development Institute

Penn State Dickinson Law School Is Establishing an Antiracist Development Institute

The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson Law School in Carlisle is creating an Antiracist Development Institute, a program offering organizations across the country systems design-based approaches to implementing antiracist practices, processes, and policies.

Study Finds Americans Are Less Likely to Respond to Emails If the Sender is Black

Study Finds Americans Are Less Likely to Respond to Emails If the Sender is Black

The researchers sent emails to a random list of 250,000 Americans. When the sender had a White-sounding name, they were 15 percent more likely to receive a response than emails where the sender had a Black-sounding name.

Are Racial Issues Discussed in the Nation's Predominantly White Classrooms?

Are Racial Issues Discussed in the Nation’s Predominantly White Classrooms?

A new study is examining how teachers are approaching the subjects of race and inequality with their students, particularly students in kindergarten to eighth grade. They found that in both urban and rural schools in the state of Minnesota, the issue of race was rarely brought up.

Pew Research Center Reports Show a Great Divide on the Status of Racial Progress

Pew Research Center Reports Show a Great Divide on the Status of Racial Progress

The American public is deeply divided over how far the nation has progressed in addressing racial inequality – and how much further it needs to go. Nearly 60 percent of Black adults say that the nation’s laws and major institutions need to be completely rebuilt because they are fundamentally biased. Only 18 percent of White adults agreed.

Report Concludes That the Virginia Military Institute Is Run by White Men, for White Men

Report Concludes That the Virginia Military Institute Is Run by White Men, for White Men

An independent investigation commissioned by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia found that VMI’s overall unwillingness to change — or even question its practices and traditions in a meaningful way — has sustained systems that disadvantage minority and female cadets and faculty.

New Survey of IT Professionals Documents Perceptions of Racism in the High-Tech Sector

New Survey of IT Professionals Documents Perceptions of Racism in the High-Tech Sector

Dice, the leading database for technology professionals, managing over 9 million profiles in the United States, recently released a new survey that examines perceptions of racism and discrimination in the high-tech industry by employees who work in the field.

Pearson's Guidelines to Eliminate Systemic Racism in Educational Publishing

Pearson’s Guidelines to Eliminate Systemic Racism in Educational Publishing

The guidelines aim to help content developers – including authors, reviewers, and editors – “create meaningful representations of minorities and challenge racial stereotypes and associated prejudices in all Pearson” products.

Scientists Call for an End to Racial Funding Disparities in Biomedical Engineering

Scientists Call for an End to Racial Funding Disparities in Biomedical Engineering

Representatives from a network of women deans, chairs, and distinguished faculty in biomedical engineering are calling upon the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to address disparities in allocating support to Black researchers.

Better Late Than Never: American Psychiatric Association Apologizes for Its Racist Past

Better Late Than Never: American Psychiatric Association Apologizes for Its Racist Past

Prevailing Black stereotypes in psychiatry included fallacies that patients were hostile, unmotivated for treatment, had primitive character structure, and were child-like. The diagnosis of Drapetomania was centered around the idea that Black Americans who did not want to be slaves were mentally ill.

University of Minnesota Project Looks at How Interstate Highway Construction Affected Blacks

University of Minnesota Project Looks at How Interstate Highway Construction Affected Blacks

When constructing the system through urban areas, planners often chose routes that went through the poorest and predominantly Black neighborhoods. It was cheaper to obtain property in these neighborhoods and planners believed they would meet minimal resistance from residents and political leaders in these areas.

Racial Microaggressions May Be Pushing Black Students Out of STEM Disciplines

Racial Microaggressions May Be Pushing Black Students Out of STEM Disciplines

The study by researchers at the University of Illinois found when students of color in STEM majors felt excluded, invisible, or isolated on their college campus because of their race, sometimes combined with discouraging experiences in academic settings, they were less likely to continue in STEM.

Does the  FBI's Hate Crime Data Present A True Vision of Reality?

Does the FBI’s Hate Crime Data Present A True Vision of Reality?

In 2019, there were 7,314 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI. More than 86 percent of all participating law enforcement agencies reported zero hate crimes in their jurisdictions. There were 245 reported hate crimes on college and university campuses in 2019.

UCLA Debuts an Online Interactive Hate Crime Map

UCLA Debuts an Online Interactive Hate Crime Map

The new website is intended to supplement reporting on such crimes, both by inviting submissions from people who have experienced such crimes and by tracking published accounts from news sources.

Black Historian at Columbia University Stopped in Vermont and Told to Leave State

Black Historian at Columbia University Stopped in Vermont and Told to Leave State

Professor Christopher Brown, who drives a car with New York State license plates, was flagged down by a White man in Hartford, Vermont, where Dr. Brown’s family owns a home. He was advised that he was not wanted in Vermont and told to leave.

Discrimination Incidents Against African Americans Spike During COVID-19 Pandemic

Discrimination Incidents Against African Americans Spike During COVID-19 Pandemic

Researchers at the Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California found that that 14 percent of Asians and 10 percent of non-Hispanic Blacks had experienced discrimination or racist behavior during the pandemic, as opposed to 4 percent of non-Hispanic Whites.

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights Seems to Have Found a New Role

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights Seems to Have Found a New Role

The United States Department of Education announced that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the department will launch the Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination (OPEN) Center to focus on proactive compliance with federal civil rights laws.

Study Finds Persisting Racial Discrimination in Mortgage Lending

Study Finds Persisting Racial Discrimination in Mortgage Lending

A new study led by a sociologist at Northwestern University, finds that discrimination in the housing market has decreased significantly. However, researchers also found that discrimination in loan denial and cost has not declined much over the previous 30 to 40 years.

Study Finds That HBCUs Pay A Premium to Underwrite Tax-Exempt Bonds

Study Finds That HBCUs Pay A Premium to Underwrite Tax-Exempt Bonds

A recent study found that historically Black colleges and universities pay higher fees to underwriters than other colleges and universities to secure tax-exempt bonds for major projects. The authors conclude that racism plays a role in these higher fees.

Activists From South Africa and the United States Unite to Fight Anti-Black Racism

Activists From South Africa and the United States Unite to Fight Anti-Black Racism

The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity has chosen its second cohort of Atlantic Fellows — 20 leaders from across South Africa and the United States who are working to end anti-Black racism in the two countries.

Gender and Race Both Have a Major Impact on Black Women's Inequality in the Workforce

Gender and Race Both Have a Major Impact on Black Women’s Inequality in the Workforce

In 2017, Black women earned 61 cents for every dollar earned by White men, amounting to $23,653 less in earnings over an entire year. In the span of a 40-year career, this translates into an average lifetime earnings gap of $946,120 between Black women and White men.

University of Chicago Creates an Interactive Map Detailing the 1919 Chicago Race Riots

University of Chicago Creates an Interactive Map Detailing the 1919 Chicago Race Riots

The new map highlights how Chicago’s Black residents were at risk of being victimized across much wider swaths of city than previously known.

University of Glasgow Agrees to Pay £20 Million in Reparations to the University of the West Indies

University of Glasgow Agrees to Pay £20 Million in Reparations to the University of the West Indies

The sum of £20 million was the amount paid to slave owners as reparations by the British government when it abolished slavery in 1834. 

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Declines Call to Pay Reparations to a Local HBCU

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Declines Call to Pay Reparations to a Local HBCU

A report found that the seminary’s founders owned slaves in the 19th century and later, seminary faculty defended racial segregation in the Jim Crow era.

Jury Awards Bakery $11.2 Million, Says Oberlin Official Falsely Accused It of Racial Profiling

Jury Awards Bakery $11.2 Million, Says Oberlin Official Falsely Accused It of Racial Profiling

Evidence presented at the trial showed that the dean of students at the college created a flyer that told students to boycott Gibson’s Bakery, claiming the local business had a history of racial profiling.

Former Orchestra Leader Files Race Discrimination Complaint Against Brown University

Former Orchestra Leader Files Race Discrimination Complaint Against Brown University

Brandon Keith Brown, the former director of the orchestra at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has filed a discrimination complaint with the state’s Commission for Human Rights. The complaint alleges that Brown was fired because of his race.

Georgetown Students Approve a Fee to Benefit the Descendants of the University's Slaves

Georgetown Students Approve a Fee to Benefit the Descendants of the University’s Slaves

The student body at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., overwhelmingly approval a measure that will add $27.20 to their tuiition bills each semester. The fee will be used to create a fund that will benefit the descendants of the 272 people who were enslaved by the university.

Hollins University President Removes Digital Access to Four Yearbooks Containing Racist Imagery

Hollins University President Removes Digital Access to Four Yearbooks Containing Racist Imagery

The president of Hollins University, a liberal arts educational institution for women in Roanoke, Virginia, removed online access to four of the university’s yearbooks. Those particular issues of the university’s yearbooks contain photos of students and faculty in blackface or have other racist imagery.

Vandals Deface a Memorial to Enslaved Black Workers at the University of North Carolina

Vandals Deface a Memorial to Enslaved Black Workers at the University of North Carolina

The Unsung Founders Memorial was installed in 2005 to honor the enslaved and free African-Americans who helped construct buildings on campus. Vandals wrote racist language on the memorial in permanent marker and also urinated on it.

Princeton Theological Seminary Students Demand Reparations for School's History With Slavery

Princeton Theological Seminary Students Demand Reparations for School’s History With Slavery

A group of faculty and students from Princeton Theological Seminary were a part of a colonization movement that aimed to send freed slaves back to Africa because they believed the former slaves could not co-exist with Whites.

University of Georgia Fraternity Suspended After Racist Video Appears on Social Media

University of Georgia Fraternity Suspended After Racist Video Appears on Social Media

The 30-second video shows one individual hitting another individual with a belt. One person is heard saying “Pick my cotton, bitch.” Later in the video, a racial slur was substituted for the word “bitch.”

University of Missouri Fires Police Officer After Officials Uncover Racist Picture

University of Missouri Fires Police Officer After Officials Uncover Racist Picture

Recently, the University of Missouri fired a university police officer immediately after officials verified the authenticity of a photo of the officer appearing in blackface.

Did Lehigh University Ignore Sexual Harassment Claims to Help Maintain a Racially Diverse Faculty?

Did Lehigh University Ignore Sexual Harassment Claims to Help Maintain a Racially Diverse Faculty?

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is facing a lawsuit after a faculty member claims the university retained a prominent Black professor, despite evidence that he had sexually harassed women colleagues.

The Debate Over Confederate Monuments Spreads to the University of Mississpppi

The Debate Over Confederate Monuments Spreads to the University of Mississpppi

On March 5, the Associate Student Body Senate at the University of Mississippi voted unanimously on a resolution asking university administrators to move a Confederate soldier monument from its prominent spot on campus to a Confederate cemetery.