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WNYC News

New York City's Missing Black Men

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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According to a study by the New York Times, 1.5 million black men are missing from communities across the United States, a trend that has hit the city especially hard.

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The Takeaway

After Video Surfaces, Officer Charged in the Murder of Walter Scott

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On Saturday in North Charleston, South Carolina, white police officer Michael Slager shot and killed a black man named Walter Scott, who was apparently unarmed and running away.

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The Takeaway

DOJ Accuses Ferguson Police of Racial Bias

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Justice Department has formally accused the police of Ferguson, Missouri of racial bias this week. What can Ferguson learn from other cities previously monitored by the DOJ?

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WNYC News

The "N-Word" Among Blacks: Not Always Okay

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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A day after a Manhattan jury said it's not acceptable for black people to use the "n-word" at work, many are worried about the impact of the decision on conversations at the water cooler.

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WNYC News

Merrill Lynch Agrees to Historic Settlement in Racial Discrimination Suit

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

As President Barack Obama led the nation in a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, there was news that one of Wall Street's biggest firms has agreed to pay an historic settlement in a racial discrimination suit.

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Schoolbook

Controversial Queens Principal Under Investigation

Monday, July 01, 2013

Editor's Note: This article has been corrected to clarify the circumstances under which one teacher left the school in question. Lisa-Erika James transferred to teach at another school.


The Department of Education said it is investigating allegations against a Queens high school principal, including claims that she made racially disparaging remarks about two African-American teachers. 

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The Takeaway

How the Minstrel Show Influenced Modern Hip-Hop and Comedy

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

According to a new book, the minstrel's influence reverberates through popular culture today. The authors trace the tradition to the present day, from rapper Lil Wayne’s music to comedy sketches from Dave Chappelle.

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The Takeaway

Oak Creek, Wisconsin: A Community Still Coping

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's been two weeks since the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin left six innocent victims dead, but unfortunately, that has not been the last of the Oak Creek community's hardship.

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The Takeaway

Repealing the Racial Justice Act in North Carolina

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The controversial Racial Justice Act in North Carolina could be repealed later this week. Neil Vidmar, a professor at Duke Law School, discusses what happens when racial bias and statistical evidence collide. 

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The Takeaway

Google Search Patterns Betray Racism, Voting Tendencies

Monday, June 11, 2012

In barely a decade and a half, Google has become an extension of our brains: with mobile devices and computers we can have the answer to a question before we complete a sentence. Google searches are a prosthetic memory, but they also may constitute an MRI of our collective personality – especially some of it's more disturbing aspects. The research of Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard, focused on voting patterns and racial prejudice in Google searches.

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The Takeaway

Town in Alabama Poses Historic Challenge to Voting Rights Act

Thursday, June 07, 2012

In 2008, Calera, Alabama shifted the boundaries of its voting districts in a way that drastically altered the city's racial geography. Almost immediately, the U.S. Department of Justice wrote that Calera couldn't go through with it. Is voter discrimination based on race a thing of the past? Or should the government still keep watch on those states which have an unpleasant history of racism?

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WNYC News

NYPD Discriminates When Disciplining Rookies, Group Claims

Monday, November 28, 2011

A group of Latino and African-American police fraternal organizations wants the Department of Justice to look into alleged racial disparities in how the NYPD disciplines new officers.

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