Tag Archives: Missouri

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 »

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 »

Discrimination in Hiring: Many Studies, Different Results

New research on hiring bias found no significant difference in likeliness of job applicants receiving callbacks depending on their name. While previous studies have indicated that applicants with names traditionally held by blacks and Hispanics were less likely to get job interviews, this more recent study announced by the University of Missouri moves away from… 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 »

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 »

The Focus on Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson, Missouri became a federal focus over policing as numerous riots and protests took place after the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old black man by a city police officer. Currently, Ferguson City Council members are voting on a plan to overhaul the city’s police and court systems, which could potentially defuse a Justice Department lawsuit… Read More »

More Diversity Training

The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called attention to and criticized the handling of complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination from a Muslim student. A charge of discrimination was filed with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC discrimination claim alleges the… Read More »

Will Anonymity Prevent Discrimination?

While there are many suggestions to prevent discriminatory hiring in employment, here is a radical one: ‘blind’ hiring. The Boston Symphony Orchestra pioneered the practice and a well –known discrimination examples, a racial discrimination case against the New York Philharmonic, launched it further. Researchers found that ‘blind’ auditions for musicians likely prevent discrimination in the… Read More »

Discrimination Inquiry at a Missouri University

A student complaint against a university employee, who is Hispanic official at Missouri State University, launched an informal discrimination inquiry. The student’s complaint alleged the official, assistant vice president for minority advancement, made discriminatory remarks against African Americans. Even though the student dropped her complaint after results of an informal investigation, reports of racial discrimination… Read More »