Decades ago, Italians came to New York City in droves. According to the most recent census 15% of the population in the Tri-State area has some Italian heritage. Now a stagnant economic situation back home is pushing Italians to immigrate again. But today’s Italian immigrants are different – they are better off and more educated […]
Silicon Valley may be growing, but its diversity isn’t. A new study from the Government Accountability Office shows only 33 percent of tech employees are people of color. But one Brooklyn high school robotics program has encouraged more students of color to join the world of gears and gadgets. Jennifer Nguyen reports.
The New York City Fire Department is again facing accusations of racial discrimination. A class action lawsuit filed on December 1st claims, when it comes to hiring and promoting certain workers, the department discriminates based on race. Jennifer Sigl reports.
“The Get Down,” is back. The second season of Netflix’s series about hip hop’s origins in the South Bronx premiered over the weekend. It’s inspired a new walking tour this weekend. But locals say it doesn’t completely change mixed feelings about how their history is being portrayed. Emily Dugdale reports.
The affluent New York City suburb of Westport, Connecticut is 97 percent white. The annual high school essay contest chose the topic of white privilege. The diversity council made national news for a high school essay contest on white privilege – uprooting the council’s quiet existence and questioning the purpose of diversity organizations. Some community members say it’s just what the town needs. Emily Dugdale has the story.
Comic books have taken over the entertainment world. It started with blockbuster hits like “Iron Man” and “Captain America.” Then Netflix teamed up with Marvel to create “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil.” New shows are being added to this world, but Suzie Xie says it’s not getting more diverse.
On March 3rd, 1991, Los Angeles police were filmed brutally beating an African American during an arrest. His name was Rodney King. The video caused widespread outrage, and led to the LA riots a year later.
To mark the 25th anniversary of this turning point in race relations in the country, I spoke with Melina Abdullah, a Professor of African-American studies at California State University. She still remembers when she first heard the news.
Police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray are facing criminal charges in Baltimore. The city has seen marches all week. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, the author of “Letters to my Black Sons: Raising Boys in Post-Racial America,” joined the protests alongside her two sons, aged 12 and 14.
Finding a job is tough. But studies show it’s especially hard for 70 million Americans who have a criminal record.
Many blame a checkbox on application forms that asks whether a person is a convicted felon.
On March 1st New Jersey implemented a law to ban the box. Now advocates want New York City to follow suit.
A few weeks ago, the Indian government announced that it would increase the armed forces surveilling its Tibetan border by approximately 25% by the end of 2015.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police is in charge of guarding the frontier with China, and was created in 1962 after a war opposing the two countries.
This new Indian deployment of armed forces comes only a few weeks before Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is expected to visit the Chinese President, Xi Jinping. Regarding the controversial territory of Tibet, India and China remain friendly, but cautious.
Black girls in New York City public schools are being suspended at 10 times the rate of white girls according to a report released this month. This has been blamed on a set of education policies known as zero tolerance discipline. Joe Sykes visited one school where they do things a little differently