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School District's Diversity Chief Quit Before She Even Started

ProPublica dives deep into the story of a Black educator driven out of 2 jobs by white parents

(Newser) - In early 2021, Cecilia Lewis was looking forward to pulling up roots from her Maryland home and starting a new job as a Georgia school district's first administrator for diversity, equity, and inclusion. What Lewis had seen as an exciting opportunity, however, never panned out, thanks to white parents...

Wells Fargo Halts Policy Over Bogus Job Interviews

Minorities were interviewed for positions that were already filled

(Newser) - Wells Fargo is backtracking on a hiring policy after an embarrassing investigative report in the New York Times . The bank put what it called a "diversity slate" policy in place in 2020 stipulating that "diverse" candidates must be interviewed for any job with a salary of more than...

NFL Unveils New Diversity Requirement

All teams required to have a female or minority offensive coach

(Newser) - NFL teams will be required to employ a "female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority" as an offensive assistant coach for the upcoming season, according to diversity efforts announced Monday during annual owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. The league will reimburse teams up to $200,...

Ted Cruz: Biden's Court Plan Is 'Offensive'
Ted Cruz Enters the Fray
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Ted Cruz Enters the Fray Over Supreme Court Pick

Senator calls Biden's plan to limit candidates to Black females 'offensive,' an 'insult'

(Newser) - The general consensus in DC is that President Biden will be able to get his nominee on the Supreme Court without the usual scorched-earth fight of recent confirmations. But even if that proves to be the case, some political fireworks are inevitable. The Hill , for example, expects Republican Sens. Ted...

Tucker Carlson Mocks M&M Characters' Modern Makeover

Company behind iconic candy strives for more diversity and equality

(Newser) - Update: Fox News host Tucker Carlson dedicated part of his Friday show to mocking M&M's character update, zeroing in particularly on the more sensible footwear the green and brown candies now wear. Newsweek reports Carlson pointed out the green M&M had ditched her "sexy boots" because,...

He Says He Was Fired for Being a White Guy. Now, $10M

Ex-hospital exec David Duvall wins wrongful termination suit against NC health care system

(Newser) - For nearly five years, David Duvall served as a top marketing executive for a North Carolina health care system—until he says he was abruptly fired in the summer of 2018, over what he claims was a move to diversify top staff. Duvall sued, and on Tuesday, a federal jury...

This State Embraces Diversity More Than Any Other

California takes top spot in WalletHub ranking; West Virginia comes in last

(Newser) - America's history is a unique one, and the result of our national experiment is a "complex tapestry of backgrounds," comprised of people from all different cultures, religions, and socioeconomic and educational statuses, per WalletHub . In fact, the personal finance site notes, by 2045 it's expected there...

NBC Welcomes Golden Globes Changes

New bylaws address lack of diversity and ethical issues, including gifts from studios

(Newser) - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the Golden Globes, announced Thursday that its members had approved a broad series of changes to improve the organization's diversity and restore it to the film industry's good graces. NBC, which had already taken the awards show off the air...

Osaka's Loss Draws Criticism, Questions in Japan

Nation's cultural diversity issues resurface after Olympics match

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka's third-round loss at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday did more than defy her image as a local tennis star certain to win the gold medal. It shook Japan's notions of its racial and cultural identity, and many people let her know it, the New York Times...

Senator on Club Membership: 'I Don't Spend a Lot of Time There'

RI Dem Sheldon Whitehouse is in the hot seat again about his ties to an allegedly 'all white' Newport club

(Newser) - A Democratic senator from Rhode Island is playing defense after he was grilled this week about his family's long-standing membership at an exclusive beach club. GoLocal Providence describes Bailey's Beach Club in Newport—which has had Sheldon Whitehouse, his wife, and other relatives as members for decades—as...

Golden Globes Controversy: It's 'Put-Up-or-Shut-Up' Time

A look at the trouble with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

(Newser) - The Golden Globes is now in flux, thanks to NBC announcing it won't be airing the awards show in 2022, with powerful stars like Tom Cruise and Scarlett Johansson and such corporations as Netflix, Amazon, and WarnerMedia joining the stand against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's lack of...

CIA Goes 'Full Woke' in New Recruitment Ads

They're meant to help boost diversity in workforce, but not everyone loves them

(Newser) - The CIA recently launched an updated recruitment website to boost the agency's efforts to draw in a more diverse workforce. But the "Humans of CIA" video ad series launched in 2019 to complement those efforts—including the latest one last week—has captured the attention of conservatives, and...

Bad Situation Gets Worse for Hollywood Foreign Press

Former president booted over email viewed as racist, advisers flee

(Newser) - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes, has expelled a former president after he shared an article that described Black Lives Matter as a "racist hate movement." Philip Berk, who served eight terms as president until 2011, shared the FrontPage Mag article —which...

BIPOC Filmmakers Have a Problem With PBS, Ken Burns

Exclusive partnership comes at the expense of diversity, they argue

(Newser) - Almost 140 filmmakers, including some who work with PBS, have signed a letter calling out the public broadcaster for a "systemic failure to fulfill [its] mandate for a diversity of voices." The letter , implying an overemphasis on white creators, notes Ken Burns, a white man, has created about...

How Biden's First Judicial Nominees Differ From Trump's

There aren't so many white guys, for starters

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday announced his intent to nominate a "trailblazing slate" of judicial nominees, a field that includes Black, Muslim American, and Asian American Pacific Islander candidates for federal courts and for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, per the AP . The White House said the...

After Review, NYT Says It Will 'Transform' Its Workplace Culture

Paper acknowledges it has a long way to go before it becomes truly inclusive

(Newser) - The New York Times says it plans to transform its workplace culture as sweepingly as it shifted to becoming a digital-first operation. The promise follows an eight-month review of workplace issues, especially those affecting Black and Latino employees, reports CNN . The newspaper shared a report Wednesday from Amber Guild, Carolyn...

Podcast Covering Toxic Workplace Hit With Its Own Scandal

Host, reporter leave Gimlet's 'Reply All'

(Newser) - The popular Gimlet podcast Reply All is focusing this month on the recent turmoil at food magazine Bon Appetit , which stemmed from allegations of a toxic workplace and racial discrimination. And now, the podcast is itself in the same boat. Host PJ Vogt and senior reporter Sruthi Pinnamaneni both exited...

2nd Black Woman at Google Claims Firing: I Have 'Receipts'

April Christina Curley details the 'awfully racist recruitment and hiring practices' she saw

(Newser) - A few weeks ago, Google found itself in the midst of a controversy over the departure of Dr. Timnit Gebru, who says she was fired after sending out an email criticizing the company. Now, a second Black woman who used to work for Google is slamming it, and she says...

Senate's Diversity Issues Fall to California Governor

Gavin Newsom has to pick a replacement for Kamala Harris

(Newser) - Should California get its first Latino US senator, or should the 100-member chamber maintain one Black woman's voice? That's a weight on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's shoulders as he considers his pick to serve out the rest of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' Senate term through 2022. That...

Google CEO's Apology Doesn't Cut It: 'Gaslighting'
Google CEO's Apology
Doesn't Cut It: 'Gaslighting'
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Google CEO's Apology Doesn't Cut It: 'Gaslighting'

Dr. Timnit Gebru says she was forced from AI research position after email criticizing company

(Newser) - One of Google's most prominent Black female employees is no longer with Google, and a firestorm has erupted over her departure. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has issued an apology of sorts, insinuating Dr. Timnit Gebru, the former co-leader of Google's AI team, resigned. But Gebru is pushing back,...

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