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'I'm Just Saying': Actor Finds Other Celebs' Anti-Gay Tweets

Nick Cannon digs up missives from Chelsea Handler and others

(Newser) - With Kevin Hart out as Oscar host over his homophobic tweets, actor/rapper Nick Cannon has a question: What about Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Amy Schumer? TMZ reports that Cannon began Friday by tweeting something Handler posted in 2010: "This is what a f*g bird likes like when he... More »

Man With Stutter: Starbucks Barista Told Me, 'OK, S-S-Sam'

Coffee mega-chain says it's investigating the incident

(Newser) - Starbucks insensitivity, round two? Seems that way after a Starbucks customer in West Philadelphia says a barista mocked his stutter last week by mimicking him, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "OK, S-S-Sam," the barista apparently told the 28-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate student, who identified himself only as Sam.... More »

Supreme Court Makes Exception on Juror Secrecy

Ruling says deliberations can be disclosed if racial bias helped lead to conviction

(Newser) - Calling racial and ethnic bias "antithetical" to the way a US jury is supposed to work, the Supreme Court took exception Monday to the usual rule that jury deliberations be kept secret, the New York Times reports. The court's 5-3 ruling mandates that state and federal laws meant... More »

10-Minute In-Person Chat May Reduce Prejudice

'If you ask the right questions ...'

(Newser) - A new study published in the journal Science suggests that a quick, face-to-face conversation can put a dent in LGBT prejudice. Volunteers who went door to door—aka "deep canvassing," per the Atlantic —"substantially reduced transphobia," say the researchers. "We found that a single,... More »

Missouri Student Ends Hunger Strike, Calls Situation 'Vile'

Jonathan Butler had protested against campus prejudice

(Newser) - Jonathan Butler can finally savor a good meal—and the taste of victory. The 25-year-old University of Missouri graduate student, who began a hunger strike on Nov. 2, posted a tweet Monday in the wake of school President Tim Wolfe's resignation : "The #MizzouHungerStrike is officially over!" Butler... More »

'Quarantine' Gays? Lawmaker Stands by His Book

Wyoming Rep. Troy Mader self-published nearly 30 years ago

(Newser) - Do gays demand the right to have sex with kids? Should gays who have sex be quarantined? That's what new Wyoming state legislator Troy Mader wrote in a book about AIDS nearly 30 years ago, and he still stands by at least some of it, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.... More »

Homophobic? You'll Die Sooner

Study finds link between anti-gay bias, shorter life expectancy

(Newser) - If you're homophobic, here's one reason to rethink that: It might send you to an earlier grave. A new study looked at social attitudes in America over two recent decades, compared them with death rates, and found that subjects with high levels of anti-gay prejudice had a life... More »

Holder to Americans: No 'Retaliation' for Boston

Attorney general cautions against backlash against innocents

(Newser) - The US will bring the Boston terrorists to justice, said Eric Holder in a speech today—while cautioning Americans against retaliation. "Just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities, the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people... More »

Doctors Also Biased Against Fat People

But does that result in worse health care?

(Newser) - Think a clipboard and smock makes someone any less prejudiced? Turns out doctors are about as biased as the general public against overweight people, according to a new study . There's no proof that obese patients get treated differently, but the study of 360,000 people—including 2,284 doctors—... More »

Prejudice Against Blacks on Rise Since '08: AP Poll

More than half of Americans express anti-black attitudes

(Newser) - Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the US elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.
  • In all, 51% of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes,
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For Kids, Mom and Dad's Attitudes on Prejudice Rule

Adult words have more value than positive experiences for young: study

(Newser) - Where do kids get prejudiced ideas from? Adults—at least when the children are young. A new study found that when first-graders were told by an adult that another group of children was "mean," those first-graders in turn evaluated the other group as "mean"—even if... More »

Low IQ Linked to Racism, Conservatism, Study Claims

'Sense of order' appeals to those with lower intelligence, researchers say

(Newser) - Children with low IQs are more likely to embrace conservative ideologies and to be prejudiced against gays and people of other races as they get older, according to research certain to spark a few heated conversations. The researchers say people with lower intelligence tend to be attracted to the structure... More »

Anti-Mormonism Is the New Racism

But it's harder for us to recognize, denounce: William Saletan

(Newser) - There was quite an uproar when word got out about Rick Perry’s racist hunting camp name —Perry himself acknowledged that it was “offensive” and, thus, was painted over. But neither Perry nor Herman Cain, who was quick to denounce the camp name, worked up quite the same... More »

Breastfeeding Moms Seen as Less Competent

Studies discover widespread bias against women who breastfeed

(Newser) - Breastfeeding has proven benefits for both mother and child, but breastfeeding women are widely seen as less competent than other females, three separate studies have found. The studies—including one in which participants were asked to give their impressions of women based on voicemail messages, some of which included references... More »

Biased? Harvard Wants to Know

Web test tries to suss out implicit prejudice via picture exercise

(Newser) - Do you have a subconscious love of gays—or hatred of white people? There's an app for that. Actually, it's a website that's part of a study by Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington . “Project Implicit” gathers personal information, then puts you through a... More »

Aging Brains Can't Fend Off Stereotypes

Research suggests older adults have stronger recall for stereotypical information

(Newser) - The way the brain ages may make older people more inclined to prejudice, with new research suggesting that the elderly may have greater difficulty suppressing stereotypes. In one study, young and old adults were read stories which, in the words of the researchers, “allowed for stereotypic inferences” about blacks,... More »

Romanians Boo Madonna for Defending Gypsies

But Gypsy musicians, dancer get applause

(Newser) - Madonna spoke up for gypsies during a concert in Romania, leading thousands of audience members to boo her, the AP reports. “I found out that there is a lot of discrimination against gypsies in Eastern Europe and that makes me very sad,” the Romanian Times quotes her as... More »

DA's 'Smear' Should Nix Conviction: 'Rockefeller'

(Newser) - Lawyers for Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter—aka Clark Rockefeller—want his conviction overturned because the jury was unfairly prejudiced against their client, the Boston Globe reports. Rockefeller was found guilty of kidnapping his daughter. The lawyers say the prosecution “eviscerated” their insanity defense during closing arguments by calling an unqualified... More »

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