Tag Archives: Kansas City

US Neighborhoods Still Divided, Contributes to Racial Inequality

While legal segregation in the United States ended decades ago, many American cities, such as Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, and Chicago are still divided. It can be hard to alleviate racial tensions and prevent racial discrimination in major cities where segregation is very much apparent. New census data has shown black-white segregation is slightly… Read More »

Consumers Face Discrimination Too

Airbnb is an online rental service that enables people to list, find, and rent vacation homes. Recently, this online room-sharing company has faced claims of race discrimination. Several Airbnb users have shared stories on social media about discrimination when attempting to book a room. Harvard University researchers found it was more difficult for guests with… Read More »

Remembering Our War Heroes

Memorial Day, a time for remembering the people who died while serving in our armed forces, recently passed but it is important to remember our war heroes throughout the year. Some may be familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen, racial pioneers who broke the color barrier among Army aviators in World War II. Jesse Leroy Brown… Read More »

Policing Scandals: Is There A Remedy?

Racial inequality and racism and discrimination continue to plague the citizens of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department. Millions of dollars have been spent due to police misconduct: false arrests, perjury, racial bigotry and discrimination, excessive force, and unjustified killings. Families of people victimized by city cops continue to see others suffer from the ongoing… Read More »

Race Initiatives at MU and UM

In Fall of 2015, the University of Missouri System Board of Curators announced several race initiatives for its four campuses, in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis. One position created was that of chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Also included in the restructuring was the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX. The… Read More »

Ferguson, Missouri to Swear in New Police Chief

A community still dealing with racial issues, racial inequality, and racial prejudice has sworn in its first African-American police chief. The Ferguson Police Department is a mostly-white police department in a majority black city that has undergone much turmoil. Federal oversight has demanded police reform and the city was sued over alleged patterns of discrimination… Read More »

Employer, Employee, Independent Contractor

Misclassification by employers of employees as independent contractors and vice versa can lead to many errors in business. The article below discusses some of the positives and some of the downsides of being an independent contractor vs. an employee. It has been estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that hiring an employee can cost… Read More »

Safe Spaces Controversy

The incidents involving racism and discrimination and racial prejudice at the University of Missouri have prompted national discussions about ‘safe spaces’ at colleges. Professors have expressed concern that their lectures and course content may be too triggering to be taught freely, whereas others emphasize the importance of being aware of different points of view. The… Read More »

Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

Three former Camden City, New Jersey police officers are suing the Camden County Police Department over allegations of age and race discrimination. One of the officers, who is African American, and the others, whose races were not named in the lawsuit were not hired on, but younger, Caucasian police officers were. The three plaintiffs were… Read More »

First Federal Bank Agrees to Settlement: End Fair Housing Dispute

Unfortunately, racial discrimination continues to happen both inside and outside the workplace. Discriminatory practices based on race, such as raising interest rates and denying rental and mortgage applications, happen often. First Federal Bank of Kansas City was accused by two fair housing organizations, Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing… Read More »