There was no pomp and circumstance, no procession with classmates, but on Friday a school district in Illinois finally handed Alva Early his high school diploma — more than five decades after he attended Galesburg High School. In 1959, Galesburg banned Earley from graduating and denied him a diploma after he and other African-Americans had a picnic in a park that was unofficially off-limits to blacks. Read More.
In Chicago, Neighborhoods That Are More Black Don’t Gentrify
So here’s one way folks tend to think about gentrification in big cities: Poorer (therefore: browner) neighborhood becomes more attractive to folks of more means (therefore: whiter) who are in search of lower housing costs. As more and more better-off folks move in, new amenities and fresh investment follow. And that, in turn, brings more demand for the neighborhood among potential gentrifiers, which pushes up housing costs and drives out the people of color who lived there before. A new study by Harvard researchers suggests that there’s also a racial ceiling to how neighborhoods gentrify, at least in Chicago, the city they examined. Robert Sampson and Jackelyn Hwang found that neighborhoods that are more black tend to stay that way. Read More.
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How Black Men Are Benefiting From Workplace Drug Tests
Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a study with results that some may have found surprising: it found that drug tests in the workplace are a good thing for African-American men. Thanks to the testing, these men are hired more and earn higher wages. “It’s a counterintuitive study. The economist who wrote this kind of knew going into it and wanted to test it,” Max Taves, who wrote the piece, told host Marc Lamont Hillon HuffPost Live on Friday. “What it means is that companies’ information, their perception of African-Americans employees relative to white employees and drug use is wrong.” Read More.
These Mothers Lost Their Sons To The NYPD, And They Vow ‘This Has To Stop’
They all know each other, having met at this rally or that funeral. For years, these women — all black or Latino — have stood in front of cameras, holding photographs of their sons. The NYPD, they say, murdered their children, and the officers involved have never been held accountable. Many of these mothers gathered in Lower Manhattan Wednesday evening to meet with Philip Eure, the new NYPD inspector general, a watchdog position created last year amid outrage over the department’s controversial stop-and-frisk crime-fighting tactic. Read More.