Continued racial discrimination for blacks despite their achievements. Two of the latest incidents are below
Weatherman Al Roker kicks up a storm after taxi refuses to give him a ride
Affable weatherman Al Roker is outraged after a New York City taxi driver on Saturday passed up him and his 13-year-old son to pick up a white guy.
Roker, the weatherman for NBC’s Today Show, has one of the most-recognizable faces in country.
He said he was taking his son to a doctor’s appointment when he hailed a cab which stopped. But once the driver saw Roker and his son, he sped away to pick up a white guy a block away. Roker quickly tweeted, “Wonder why Uber wins?”
A recent study sponsored by Uber found that taxis often pass by blacks hailing a cab in order to pick up white men.
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Roker filed a complaint with NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, and Commission chair Meera Joshi told the New York Daily News that he would take action against the taxi driver.
Black Harvard Law School professors’ portraits defaced
Just because they teach at Harvard Law School doesn’t mean that everyone wants them there. Last week, someone placed black tape over the eyes of the portraits of some of the school’s black professors.
Students and professors saw the tape Thursday morning in Wasserstein Hall where two hallways are lined with portraits of 180 professors
All of the portraits targeted were those of black professors, although some others were untouched.
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow said in statement Harvard University police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Brown University to spend $100 million for an inclusive campus
Brown University, which was founded in 1764 by members of the Brown family who made millions from the slave trade, plans to spend $100 million over the next decade to address diversity and racism on campus, Christina Paxson, the school’s president, recently announced.
A 19-page draft of their plan includes ways to increase Brown’s racial and ethnic diversity and add race and ethnicity to teaching and research topics.
John Brown defended slavery, but his brothers Moses and Nicholas were abolitionists.
In a 106-page report published in 2006 about the New England slave trade, school officials admitted slaves helped build Brown’s campus in Providence, Rhode Island. Many of the school’s buildings are named after slave owners.
Providence was for decades the center of the nation’s slave trade.