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A White Woman Was Caught On Tape Selling Heroin, But Police Arrested A Black Woman Instead - The Appeal
She alleges (plausibly) that she had absolutely no resemblance to the woman caught on video but was arrested and had an impossibly high bail set.
police  overprosecution  law  bail  racism  via:reddit 
7 weeks ago by mcherm
Read: Jeannette Ng's Campbell Award acceptance speech, in which she correctly identifies Campbell as a fascist and expresses solidarity with Hong Kong protesters / Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow on why it is okay, even a good thing, for a speaker to point out the flaws of the great leader whose name is on the award she is receiving.
CoryDoctorow  racism  ethics  scifi  via:boingboing 
7 weeks ago by mcherm
The U.S. Is Purging Chinese Americans From Top Cancer Research - Bloomberg
Are we (the US) REALLY starting a new "red scare / purge" over scientists and technologists of Chinese ancestry who collaborate with those in China?
china  ethics  evil  DonaldTrump  racism  via:reddit 
june 2019 by mcherm
Context for Black Lives Matter | Vi Hart
A nice summary (from 2016) of why Black Lives Matter is needed.
racism  BlackLivesMatter  ViHart  via:ViHart 
june 2019 by mcherm
Speaking Black Dialect in Courtrooms Can Have Striking Consequences - The New York Times
Court reporters (required to be at least 95% accurate) were about 40% accurate when transcribing black English.
law  ethics  race  racism  language  nytimes  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
DNA scientist James Watson stripped of honors over views on race | World news | The Guardian
James Watson (who helped determine the structure of DNA and thus how it functioned) is being dropped (at age 90) by the lab where he was listed because of his statements that Africans are genetically inferior in IQ.
racism  freespeech  JamesWatson 
january 2019 by mcherm
Churchill: Fired for confronting racism, Maurice Rucker lands on his feet - Times Union
Home Depot fired him for confronting a racist customer. The newspaper wrote about it and he found a better job.
upliftingnews  via:reddit  racism  personal_net 
january 2019 by mcherm
The Story of the American Inventor Denied a Patent Because He Was a Slave
Dread Scott was interpreted to prohibit a slave from patenting an invention. (Slaveholders couldn't patent it either, as they hadn't invented it.) So no patent ever for the boat propeller.
racism  law  via:HackerNews  history 
august 2018 by mcherm
Letter from Jourdon Anderson: A Freedman Writes His Former Master | Facing History and Ourselves
A brilliantly written letter from a former slave to his former master using sarcasm to get his points across.
history  via:reddit  racism 
july 2018 by mcherm
The AskHistorians subreddit banned Holocaust deniers, and Facebook should too.
The moderators of /r/AskHistorians do not even permit questions related to holocaust denial because in their experience they are used to sew doubt and just being asked and discussed does harm. Interesting ethical position.
via:reddit  racism  freespeech  ethics 
july 2018 by mcherm
Why did a Tarrant judge get probation for falsifying signatures? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The article spins this as "racism" (or possibly "classism"), but I wonder whether it is REALLY about the penalty for taking a case to trial.
racism  overprosecution  via:reddit 
april 2018 by mcherm
A.I. ‘Bias’ Doesn’t Mean What Journalists Say it Means – Jacobite
Many journalists write scare stories about biased AI algorithms when actually the algorithm is race-blind but actual outcomes are not. This may be true, but it also misses some important subtleties.
ai  racism  statistics  via:SlateStarCodex  journalism 
january 2018 by mcherm
For Cops Handing Out Bogus Pedestrian Tickets, Ignorance Of The Law Is The Most Profitable Excuse | Techdirt
It's not illegal to cross the street in Florida (except near a light). But about 3/4 of all tickets given are invalid. Police know folks will pay instead of showing up for court. They also use bad tickets as probable cause for a stop, and issue them disproportionately to people of the wrong race.
police  policeabuse  overprosecution  racism  techdirt  via:Techdirt  law 
january 2018 by mcherm
Racist hand dryer - YouTube
It detects white hands, but apparently not black ones.
racism  bug  via:CharlesStross 
november 2017 by mcherm
The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About
There was an attempted airport bombing (foiled) which was NOT REPORTED IN THE MEDIA. This article speculates that the reason was that the would-be bomber was white.
racism  terrorism  via:boingboing 
october 2017 by mcherm
Airbnb host must pay $5,000 for canceling reservation based on race - LA Times
The host sent messages clearly stating that she wouldn't rent to someone who was asian. The law doesn't like that.
racism  law  via:HackerNews 
july 2017 by mcherm
The Justice Department’s stunning report on the Baltimore Police Department - The Washington Post
The official Justice department report on the Baltimore Police is astoundingly horrifying. Severe racism and complete disregard for civil rights was not only common, it was officially mandated.
racism  discrimination  police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
march 2017 by mcherm
Research Shows ATF's Bogus Stash House Stings Target Poor Minorities, Do Almost Nothing To Slow Flow Of Drugs And Guns | Techdirt
ATF recruits people into fake "conspiracies" then plea bargains with them to avoid court. Research seems to show they almost exclusively target racial minorities, although they deny this saying "we don't keep statistics on that so you just have to believe us".
overprosecution  police  racism  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
march 2017 by mcherm
Court Won't Grant Immunity To Officer Who Issued A 'Be On The Lookout' Order On Whistleblowing Cop | Techdirt
This is one case where the court didn't grant immunity: the cop who warned other officers that an officer reporting racial abuse was a dangerous threat can be sued for defamation.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  racism  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
december 2016 by mcherm
State Supreme Court Says Secret Software Used In Sentencing Determinations Not A Violation Of Due Process Rights | Techdirt
If you embed the racism in a software program and keep that program secret, then it's OK (at least mostly OK) with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
racism  law  secrecy  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
august 2016 by mcherm
The Fining of Black America
Funny people too much is correlated with black population and NOT with other things like poverty. The likely cause is overpolicing.
law  police  racism  via:reddit 
july 2016 by mcherm
Race, Politics, and Adoption — Following Up
This white political conservative adopted a black child and has been repeatedly attacked for it, mostly by liberals.
adoption  racism  via:popehat 
june 2016 by mcherm
Donald Trump is blatantly racist — and the media is too scared to call him out on it - Vox
Donald Trump explicitly said a certain person shouldn't be allowed to be a Federal Judge because of his race.
politics  DonaldTrump  racism  vox  via:vox 
june 2016 by mcherm
I’m a black man. Here’s what happened when I booked an Airbnb. — Stay Woke — Medium
He booked in an Airbnb, but was not allowed once they figured out that he was a black man. A white friend was able to book it. He's not upset, but he's telling the story.
airbnb  racism  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
Southwest Airlines draws outrage over man removed for speaking Arabic | US news | The Guardian
Southwest removes a man and refuses to allow him to fly simply because he spoke Arabic.
TSA  racism  Southwest  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
So Sue Them: What We’ve Learned About the Debt Collection Lawsuit Machine - ProPublica
Low filing fees have led to places where very poor people are having their money seized for payment of debts.
via:boingboing  banking  law  CapitalOne  racism 
may 2016 by mcherm
Hacking Traditional College Debate's White-Privilege Problem - The Atlantic
Minority students in national debate competitions are railing against racism instead of debating according to the rules and they are winning.
debate  race  racism  politicalcorrectness  via:SlateStarCodex 
may 2016 by mcherm
How to Make a Bot That Isn't Racist | Motherboard
Shockingly primitive techniques used to make sure that bots active on Twitter don't say racist things.
ai  racism  censorship  via:boingboing 
april 2016 by mcherm
College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane -
Southwest airlines removed a passenger from a flight ONLY for speaking Arabic.
racism  TSA  Southwest  evil  nytimes  via:nytimes 
april 2016 by mcherm
When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 6 -
Many statistics on racism in the US. Black job applicants had half the response rate of whites.
racism  race  nytimes  via:reddit 
april 2016 by mcherm
Poor white kids are less likely to go to prison than rich black kids - The Washington Post
This surprises me, but blacks in the 90th percentile of wealth are more likely to go to jail than whites of any income/wealth.
racism  via:SlateStarCodex 
march 2016 by mcherm
I went to Ferguson to protect the protesters. I got arrested instead. - Vox
An moving story of a "legal observer" (and law professor) who was arrested while watching a protest in Ferguson. The fact that he was black probably figured into it.
Ferguson  law  police  racism  via:vox  vox 
june 2015 by mcherm
How riding your bike can land you in trouble with the cops — if you're black | Tampa Bay Times
According to this reporting, if you're black in Tampa and riding a bike you have no chance -- you will be stopped by police no matter how well you behave.
police  racism  via:reddit 
april 2015 by mcherm
NYPD Work Slowdown Is Being Celebrated by New Yorkers of Color | The New Republic
Why blacks are celebrating the police "strike" -- less of the pervasive racism/classism. With examples.
police  via:reddit  racism 
january 2015 by mcherm
Off duty, black cops in New York feel threatened by fellow police officers
Article interviews some black NYPD officers who feel harassed when off duty.
police  racism  via:reddit 
december 2014 by mcherm
The Toxoplasma Of Rage | Slate Star Codex
Extensive essay on memes and how the press (without intending it) promotes controversial stories instead of clear ones.
memes  racism  politics  socialcomputing  via:reddit 
december 2014 by mcherm
Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society
Even slight amounts of individual racism lead to large segregation in society. This can be countered by slight preferences for diversity. All illustrated brilliantly.
math  racism  vihart  via:HackerNews  datavisualization  todo 
december 2014 by mcherm
Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are. There’s only one fix. - The Washington Post
A former police officer says the force was riddled with abuse and racism and that the only fix would be an independent prosecutor.
police  policeabuse  racism  via:reddit 
december 2014 by mcherm
Michael Brown spent his last day with his friend Dorian Johnson. Here's what Johnson saw. - Vox
A pretty good summary of what's wrong with not having a trial over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, shown by examining the statements made by Michael Brown's friend who was on the scene.
racism  police  law  vox  via:vox 
november 2014 by mcherm
It's not just Ferguson: America's criminal justice system is racist - Vox
Includes data from the ACLU showing (with a nice diagram) just how strongly our police and justice system are biased against blacks in the US.
racism  vox 
august 2014 by mcherm
Racism is far more than old white men using the N-word | Gary Younge | Opinion | The Guardian
A *good* description of what matters in racism. Broad institutional policies are the problem, not the statements of certain bigoted old white men.
race  racism  via:reddit  TheGuardian 
may 2014 by mcherm

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