U.N. human rights chief calls for reparations to address systemic racism around the world
Two days after the sentencing of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, the U.N. Human Rights Council released a report, ordered last year in the wake of Floyd’s death, calling on countries to adopt a “transformative agenda” to fight systemic racism.washingtonpost.com
SAPD, Asian-American Chamber of Commerce denounce racist attack on Northwest Side ramen shop
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio community has come together to denounce a racist attack on a Northwest Side ramen noodle shop after its owner spoke out against Texas’ statewide reopening and mask mandate reversal on CNN. On Sunday, Mike Nguyen, the owner and chef of the Noodle Tree, found the shop painted with racist and anti-mask messages in red paint graffiti. Days prior to the attack, Nguyen spoke to CNN about his opposition to the statewide opening and his battle with cancer. The Alamo Asian-American Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement following the incident:The Alamo Asian-American Chamber of Commerce is standing behind various Asian-American ethnic groups, together with the Asian-American Alliance of San Antonio, in denouncing hate crimes and bigotry towards Asian-Americans. The resolution must resonate within the community for continued peace and harmony within the citizens of San Antonio.
How does racism affect your health?
But does dealing with discrimination also affect a person’s health? Now, scientists are finding out that it may also affect a person’s health. Other research has suggested victims of racism reported a lower quality of life, higher levels of stress, and poorer overall health. In a recent study, scientists looked at 40 Mexican American students. Just another way racism can affect the body in a negative way.
The reason cities across the nation are declaring racism a public health crisis, explained
SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This content was created exclusively for KSAT Explains, a weekly streaming show that dives deep into the biggest issues facing San Antonio and South Texas. And it’s why cities and counties in at least 26 states have declared racism a public health crisis. San Antonio is one of three cities or counties that made the declaration this summer. Cities and counties in at least 26 states have declared racism a public health crisis. The City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District says health equity is a priority and declaring racism a public health crisis is only the first step.
Filmmaker brings documentary on El Paso mass shooting to San Antonio
San Antonio – After years of hard work and passion, a filmmaker is bringing his documentary, 915: Hunting Hispanics, to the big screens here in San Antonio in honor of those impacted by the August 3 mass shooting in El Paso. “A racist killer from Dallas drove 10 hours to El Paso because of his extreme detest for Mexican people,” said Charlie Minn, the director. This outsider came into the beautiful city of El Paso and created evil and left a permanent scar that will forever be attached to the city.”Authorities said the shooter shot 46 people, killing 23. Let me go do the same thing.’ Why would I give them that opportunity.”The film premiered in El Paso on Oct. 8 and will be showcased in San Antonio Friday, Oct. 23. RELATED: ’915′ documentary chronicles the El Paso Walmart shooting
How and when to report racism at work
Many companies are committed to confronting racism in the workplace, however, racial discrimination still happens. 25 percent of all complaints filed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the past 10 years have come from Black American employees alleging racial discrimination. Racism at work can impact a person’s performance, promotions, and paycheck. Specialist in Employment Law, Bertha Burruezo, said when experiencing racism at work, gathering evidence is key. First, identify a co-worker who does work similar to you, is racially different, and compare how they are treated at work.
San Antonio City Council declares racism a public health crisis
However, it includes various commitments to pursue racial equity, like reviewing policies and procedures to eliminate racial bias and working with historically marginalized communities to find solutions for health equity issues. The resolution resulted from a merger of drafts supported by District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan and District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, with input from the city's Office of Equity and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's Office of Health Equity. The document references various challenges people of color face, including worse health outcomes and harder economic circumstances in Bexar County. That section had been added upon District Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran's request after an Aug. 7 Community Health and Equity Committee meeting. At current, public health is slated to receive $19.3 million in the upcoming budget.
Resolution declaring racism a public health crisis to go before San Antonio City Council
SAN ANTONIO – The city council will vote on a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in San Antonio and pledging the city’s commitment to advancing racial equity efforts. The city council’s Community Health and Equity Committee on Friday unanimously approved sending the resolution to the full city council with some changes. Andrews-Sullivan said the resolution is not about racism against just one community, but across the board. Viagran suggested including city boards and commissions in the resolution as well as a commitment to education about the issue. Whether you like it or not, it was part of what happened.”You can view the draft of the resolution the Community Health & Equity Committee considered here:This is a breaking news update.
Black is Beautiful craft beer campaign nets $20K donation to San Antonio nonprofit
SAN ANTONIO After a successful launch of its Black is Beautiful craft beer campaign, San Antonios Weathered Souls Brewing Company donated a $20,000 check on Friday to the local chapter of 100 Black Men of America. The San Antonio nonprofit organization was chartered in July 1999, and its goal is to provide services to disadvantaged, disenfranchised and low-income youth and families. Weathered Souls co-founder and owner Marcus Baskerville started the campaign in June after George Floyds killing and the protests that ensued around the world and in San Antonio. Close to 1,000 breweries from 50 states and 22 countries signed on to brew Black is Beautiful and spread Baskervilles message. The feedback from across the country and San Antonio community has been overwhelmingly positive.
AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem
The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association are ongoing. Lift Evry Voice and Sing is traditionally known as the Black anthem. Itll be played first when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans to kick off the NFL regular season on Sept. 10. Its uncertain whether fans will be in attendance Week 1 or at all this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Princeton to remove Wilson name from public policy school
FILE - This Dec. 3, 2015 file photograph shows the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. Princeton University on Saturday, June 27, 2020, has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)PRINCETON, N.J. Princeton University has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name. He also barred Black students from Princeton while serving as university president and spoke approvingly of the Ku Klux Klan. The superintendent of the Camden school district also announced plans to rename Woodrow Wilson High School, one of the districts two high schools. The school will now be known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, he said.
Bubba Wallace responds to FBI findings: Whether tied in 2019, or whatever, it was a noose
In a statement earlier this week, NASCAR said it was "angry and outraged." NASCAR, mentioning the FBI report, described the item as a "garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose." "It was a noose," Wallace said. What the FBI report saidThe FBI said it "learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week." Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week," the agency said.
There is no place for racism in our game or anywhere else
The announcement was made in a Twitter post by the company, which said, There is no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else.The card has also been banned in any and all sanctioned tournament plays. For Wizards of the Coast, this meant removing the card from the Gatherer database and removing additional imagery associated with other cards in place of the following text: We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist depiction, text, or combination thereof.There is no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else. For Magic, our first step will be to start with this change today. Read here: https://t.co/inkf5jlb9D Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) June 10, 2020Wizards of the Coast added to its post, saying that it has started a review of every card printed. This first pass isn't meant to be an exhaustive catalogue of every problematic card in Magics history, and we will continue to take actions on similar cards in the future.
What’s behind protests for racial justice across the U.S., San Antonio? KSAT Explains
In the premiere episode of KSAT Explains, we take an in-depth look at the unrest we’ve seen across the country since the killing of George Floyd, how protests have played out here at home and examine what it means to be black in San Antonio.
Target makes Juneteenth an official annual company holiday
Target is joining a growing list of companies like Twitter, Square, Vox Media and Nike that are recognizing Juneteenth as a company holiday. The retailer announced Monday that Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, will be added to the company’s annual holiday calendar “giving our team space to honor Juneteenth in their own way,” according to a press release. Stores and distribution centers will remain open, however, hourly team members will receive time and a half pay and all other eligible Target team members will be given the option of taking the day off with full pay. Headquarters will be closed in observance of Juneteenth. Target to raise starting pay to $15 an hour across US
A Georgia cop pointed a gun at a group of teens. Neighbors stepped in to protect them
"My thought was -- I'm a mom," Ladd told CNN. "People got out in their cars around me," Ladd told CNN. The teens told them they had a BB gun which resembles a semi-automatic pistol and directed officers to the nearby bushes where they had tossed it, police said. I don't want to die y'all," the officer told the teens when they were back in the store. We should not be treated that way, Ladd told CNN.
Message of equality sparks San Antonio brewery campaign thats spread around world
SAN ANTONIO Weathered Souls Brewery co-founder and owner Marcus Baskerville knows what it's like to be racially profiled. He's one in a very small group of black owners in the brewery industry so he came up with the Black is Beautiful campaign. The feedback from the San Antonio community has been overwhelmingly positive. I think San Antonio has actually been really great as far as the acceptance of people of color dealing with certain backgrounds and certain professional positions, said Baskerville. Weathered Souls Brewery, which is located on the near North Side on Embassy Oaks, will begin selling Black is Beautiful in July.
Dave Chappelle discusses George Floyd, Don Lemon, Candace Owens, Kobe Bryant in new special
Dave Chapelle released a 27-minute set on YouTube Thursday night addressing George Floyd’s death which has sparked one of the largest civil rights movements in history. Chappelle didn’t hold back starting his set saying “this is weird and less than ideal circumstances to do a show," referencing the socially distanced crowd who were wearing masks due to the coronavirus pandemic. The quote is followed by a link encouraging people to support the Equal Justice Initiative. Towards the end of the set Chappelle discusses his late friend Kobe Bryant who died in January in a helicopter crash. "Crying like a baby.”Watch the YouTube special below:*Please be advised the video contains graphic and offensive language.
Nike joins the companies making Juneteenth an annual paid holiday
Nike is adding June 19, a holiday called Juneteenth, to its list of official, paid company holidays. The sportswear giant joins a growing number of companies that announced this week they are making Juneteenth, the oldest known US celebration of the end of slavery, an annual company holiday. "At Nike, Inc., we aspire to be a leader in building a diverse, inclusive team and culture. He added that observing Juneteenth is an opportunity "to better commemorate and celebrate Black history and culture." He said the company plans to regularly track and measure its progress, though he didn't provide further specifics on how the initiative would be carried out.
White House didnt receive heads up about Milley apology
While Esper's job doesn't appear to be in imminent jeopardy, his influence inside the White House is now in question. The lack of a reaction inside the White House to Milley's apology may also be a reflection of Trump's personal affection for Milley. I should not have been thereMinutes before protesters were forcefully cleared from Lafayette Square outside the White House on June 1, Milley was spotted alongside Attorney General William Barr surveying the scene. After the White House events last week, Milley talked to longstanding mentors about "the situation" he found himself in, according to a defense official. "We understand that the White House may be preventing you from testifying, obstructing Congress' ability to conduct its constitutionally charge oversight responsibility," Smith said in a statement this week.
Disney fans say Splash Mountain, a ride inspired by Song of the South, should be re-themed
A number of suggestions have cropped up urging Disney to retheme the popular ride. The most widely shared one proposes retooling it for "The Princess and the Frog," the first Disney film to introduce a black princess. But the animated characters that appear throughout originated in the 1946 film, "Song of the South," best known for the song "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah." Disney, which unearthed dozens of forgotten films to stream on Disney+, decided to keep "Song of the South" in the vault. Other Disney films criticized for racist characters, like "Dumbo," now feature content warnings on the Disney+ streaming service that say the films "may contain outdated cultural depictions."
How to watch the CNN and ‘Sesame Street’ town hall addressing racism
CNN – As anger and heartbreak have swept across America over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, CNN and "Sesame Street" are refocusing their second town hall to address racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air exclusively on CNN at 10 a.m. Viewers can watch it on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español.
These movies, shows and documentaries about race should be required viewing
Netflix‘13th’Directed by Ava DuVernay (she’ll come up again in this list), the documentary shows you how America changed after the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, but also kickstarted the prison boom in America. ‘Moonlight’This Oscar-winning picture tells the story of a young black gay man living in Miami. chronicles the Central Park Five, a group of young black teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. The documentary tells the story of the days of protests, unrest and riots that followed. It’s a great film that shows how two different groups of people can react to fatal police shootings.
Here’s how you can support the fight against racial injustice without leaving your home
Color of Change is the largest online racial injustice organization. It’s a great place to donate to help fight racial injustices. If there is any organization that has been fighting for social justice and change for years and years, it’s the ACLU. Not only does it fight for racial justice, it fights for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and so much more. This is pretty simple: The petition is asking for justice for George Floyd’s death.
How to talk to your children about protests and racism
While helpful for all races, it's especially important for white children to see brown and black kids in a positive light to fight systemic racism, experts say. "We're black folks so we don't have a choice but to talk about race and talk about racism," said Heard-Garris, who has a seven-year-old son. "For some, it may be earlier than expected, because evidence indicates black children in particular are often perceived as older and less innocent than they are. She advises black parents to think of "the talk" as more of a process than a singular conversation. "We need to engage our children in a conversation about racism, and use these events as a catalyst.
Minneapolis police chief sued the department in 2007
(CNN) -- The killing of George Floyd isn't the first time the Minneapolis Police Department has faced scrutiny over its treatment of people of color. In 2007, five black Minneapolis police officers alleged that city leadership tolerated discriminatory conduct against people of color, including African American police officers within the department, according to a complaint. Minneapolis PD is once again under scrutinyThe Minneapolis Police Department is again facing questions about its treatment of people of color after Floyd's death at the hands of law enforcement. In an emotional response to Floyd's family Sunday night, the Minneapolis police chief said in his mind, all four officers involved in the black man's killing bear the same responsibility. "Mr. Floyd died in our hands and so I see that as being complicit," Chief Arradondo told CNN's Sara Sidner.
Derek Chauvin: What we know about the former officer charged in George Floyds death
(CNN) -- Derek Chauvin worked for the Minneapolis Police Department for more than 18 years. Here's what we know about the veteran officer charged with Floyd's death. Neither the nonprofit database nor the Minneapolis internal affairs public summary include dates or descriptions that incited the complaints. Former officer Tou Thao, who was also involved in Floyd's arrest, had six complaints filed with internal affairs, one of which was still open, the summary said. Chauvin worked as an off-duty police officer for the club for nearly 17 years, Santamaria said.
The Jim Crow film that just won’t die, “Song of the South”
Racially segregated movie theaters disappeared decades ago after court rulings struck down the legal framework of Jim Crow America, but another element of the era just wont die: Walt Disneys 1946 movie Song of the South. “Song of the South” is easily viewed on the internet either in whole or in pieces, and numerous websites offer versions of the movie or memorabilia for sale. Some have reinterpreted old, racist films in a new way rather than simply screening them in their original format. In “Rebirth of a Nation,” DJ Spooky (whose birth name is Paul D. Miller) trimmed the original film and applied new graphics and music he composed. In a live performance during the 2016 presidential campaign, he spliced together the original film with scenes from the civil rights movement and post-9/11 wars.
Black rag dolls pulled from shelves, called racist
One Dollar Zone said it immediately pulled controversial black rag dolls from store shelves after customers voiced concerns about them. (Credit: From Facebook/assemblywoman angela v. mcknight)(CNN) - Black rag dolls that instruct someone to abuse them were removed from the shelves of multiple One Dollar Zone stores after they drew criticism for being racist. New Jersey legislator Angela McKnight said she visited a One Dollar Zone store in Bayonne and found the toy "offensive and disturbing on so many levels." One Dollar Zone President Ricky Shah said the company immediately pulled the dolls from store shelves after customers voiced concerns about them. One Dollar Zone operates about 30 stores in the Northeast, including in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
New Jersey Politician Gets ''Sick' Dolls Pulled From Shelves, Says They Teach '
Its the doll that has received so much backlash, it was reportedly pulled from the shelves. The Feel Better Dolls have been yanked from stores around New Jersey after customers and politicians began complaining they were racist. Just grab it firmly by the legs and find a wall to slam the doll and as you whack the "feel good doll" do not forget to yell "I feel good. I feel good," the directions reportedly read. To have a product depict or teach children that it is OK to hit another child, regardless of race, in order to feel good is sick, McKnight wrote.