Race Ethnicity & Culture

3:05pm

Wed May 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Census: Black Voting Surpassed White in 2012

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 8:46 pm

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 6, 2012.
Julie Denesha Getty Images

Black voters showed up at the polls at higher rates than whites in last year's presidential election, driving the rate of minority participation to historic levels, a new government report shows.

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9:53am

Wed May 8, 2013
Code Switch

USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 9:43 am

Mark Jones, a USC freshman, protests on Monday.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

The Los Angeles Police Department is under scrutiny again. This time it's for sending almost 80 officers to break up a college house party. Most of the partygoers were African-American students from the University of Southern California.

USC senior Nate Howard organized the party that was shut down by the police. At a protest on campus Monday he condemned the response.

"Seventy-plus officers?" he said. "What else was going on at that time in the community that you needed to be at a party of students getting ready to graduate?"

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2:03pm

Fri May 3, 2013
NPR News Investigations

Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 4:41 am

When John Queen died in August 1965 in front of the Ice House (the building between the Standard Oil station and The Dollar Store), rules of racial inferiority were so entrenched in Fayette, Miss., that black residents felt they couldn't complain. But just four months later things changed and black residents marched on Dec. 24 as part of their boycott against white-owned businesses.
Jack Thornell AP

This story contains language that some may find offensive.

In the segregated South in 1965, John Queen was about as insignificant as a man could be. He was black, elderly and paralyzed. His legs had been crushed when as a boy he fell off a roof. For the rest of his life, he pulled himself around with his hands.

In Fayette, Miss., he would shine shoes on Main Street for a few coins. People called him "Crippled Johnny" or "Shoe-Shine Johnny."

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1:45pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Code Switch

A Black Jockey At The Kentucky Derby, Once Again

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 4:41 am

Kevin Krigger rides Goldencents during a six-furlong workout at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., in January.
Benoit Photo AP

The Kentucky Derby's 139th running is this weekend, and it will feature a sight that's been a rarity in the race for much of the past century — an African-American jockey.

"Everything that comes with the Derby right now for me is not the same as the majority of the other riders, or any other riders, because I'm the only African-American rider in the race," Kevin Krigger says.

Krigger was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but he's been racing in California. He's the first African-American jockey to ride in the Derby in more than a decade.

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4:08pm

Wed May 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Mountain Dew Pulls Ad Called 'Most Racist ... In History'

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 2:13 pm

A screen grab of a Mountain Dew commercial.
Mountain Dew

PepsiCo announced today that it was pulling a Mountain Dew ad from all its online channels, after it was buffeted by criticism.

Boyce Watkins, a professor at Syracuse University and an outspoken social critic, called the commercial "arguably the most racist commercial in history."

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