Someone Called The Police On Her: Now This Lawmaker Is Fighting For Change

Across the country, state legislatures have become more diverse over the past four years. New lawmakers bring different backgrounds and life experiences, and that can lead them to push for more inclusive measures. In Oregon, Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, is the only African American legislator in the state House. Last summer, Bynum was canvassing voters in her district … More Someone Called The Police On Her: Now This Lawmaker Is Fighting For Change

Mapping discrimination: A ‘shopping and dining while black’ tracker

If the incidents seem to be coming fast and furious, you’re not imagining things. (Not to mention the other “fill-in-the-blank” while black cases). Many of the chain restaurants and retailers Americans frequent have been caught in the act, with social media and news coverage essentially outing employees who jump to conclusions and make erroneous assumptions … More Mapping discrimination: A ‘shopping and dining while black’ tracker

After Starbucks Fiasco, Hartford Coffeehouse Gets Its Own Anti-Bias Training

A sign taped to the door told customers that Story and Soil Coffee was closing early for a staff training. Inside the small Hartford café, co-owner Sarah McCoy explained how the incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks — the one that made national headlines and led to a companywide training on racial bias — spurred her to think … More After Starbucks Fiasco, Hartford Coffeehouse Gets Its Own Anti-Bias Training

Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

The anti-bias training that closed Starbucks stores across the U.S. for a few hours Tuesday is over. Will it change anything? That’s what one St. Louisan is asking after he was recently racially profiled at a local Nordstrom Rack. Mekhi Lee, 19, and his two friends were shopping at the store in early May when … More Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert

Starbucks stores across the country will be closed on Tuesday afternoon. The company announced it would use the half day to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.” Starbucks announced the move in April after video of police arresting two black men at a Philadelphia location went viral. An employee had called … More What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert

Good Service Is A Coin Toss For Those ‘Dining While Black’

When many black diners go out to eat, it’s not uncommon for them to question if race plays a part in the service they receive. Turns out, that’s not paranoia. Zach Brewster is an assistant professor of sociology at Wayne State University in Michigan. He has conducted several national research studies on the experience of … More Good Service Is A Coin Toss For Those ‘Dining While Black’