Institutionalized Racism

Exploring the Kyriarchy: Socially Liberal but Fiscally Conservative

The 'socially liberal but fiscally conservative' position is a part of the kyriarchy. Equality requires investment.

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FL Officers Kill Black Psychiatric Patient

In November 2018 Florida police officers shot and killed a black psychiatric patient inside the hospital.

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TX Library Calls Police on Black Graduate Student

A black Texas graduate student was asked to leave a public library by both the library manager and the police.

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TN Black Female Officer Faced Retaliation after Alleging Rape by Another Officer

In November 2018 a black female police officer in Tennessee filed a lawsuit alleging racial and gender discrimination against the department for which she works.

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IL Officer Shot and Killed a Black Man who had Detained an Active Shooter

In November 2018 an Illinois police officer shot and killed a black man who had detained an active shooter.

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WI High School Called Police on a Student For Reacting to Racial Slurs

In September 2018 a Wisconsin high school called police on a black student who stood up for herself after experiencing unaddressed racism.

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MO Hospital Files Charges Against a Woman who was Attacked by Their Guard

In October 2018 a Missouri hospital filed charges against a black woman who was beaten by one of their security guards in July.

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KS Officer Detained a Man Moving into His Own Home

In August 2018 a Kansas officer detained a black man as he was moving into his new home.

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GA Teachers Tie Up and Threaten Pre-School Students

In September 2018, Georgia pre-school teachers tied up and threatened black students.

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FL Former Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Framing Black People

In September 2018 a Florida former police chief pled guilty to framing black residents for burglaries to increase his department’s clearance rate.

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Chicago Police Baited Low Income Black Residents to Theft Charges

In August 2018 Chicago police participated in a sting using a bait truck filled with expensive shoes in a low income predominately black neighborhood.

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MI Education Department Proposes Removing References To Gay Rights, Roe v. Wade, and the KKK

In June 2018, the Michigan Department of Education proposed changes to social studies standards, which would erase gay rights, Roe v. Wade, and the KKK.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Dehumanization

Dehumanization is the root of violence and injustice in the United States.

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Documenting the Kyriarchy: Modern Day Slavery

In June of 2018 slavery exists in the United States.

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Black Legislator in OH Subjected to Racial Bias at the Statehouse

Reporting in June 2018 revealed that a black legislator in Ohio had been stopped multiple times while attempting to enter the statehouse, her workplace, including once being told that she doesn’t “look like a legislator.”

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VA Police Officer Shot and Killed Unarmed Black Man

In May 2018 a police officer in Virginia shot and killed an unarmed, possibly mentally ill, black man.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: The Criminalization of Race and Use of Force

White women use white men (i.e. police officers) to enact their white supremacy.

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CA Police Follow Black Man to See Who Was in His Car

In May 2018 a police officer in California followed a black man for ten minutes to see who was in his car.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Marginalized People and Income Inequality

Income inequality is a key form of marginalization within the kyriarchy: every marginalized group is affected.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Our Violent Culture

America's violent culture is more pervasive than mental illness or video games. We're having the wrong discussion.

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AR Black Police Officers File Discrimination Suit

In March 2018 four black police officers in Arkansas filed a lawsuit claiming that their police department and chief of police engaged in racist discrimination including retaliation for their complaints.

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HUD Removes Citizen Protections from New Mission Statement

A March 2018 memo reveals that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is removing sustainability, consumer protection, and anti-discrimination from its mission statement.

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New Report Finds that Racial Justice Gains Have Stalled or Reversed

A report released in February 2018, the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission, found that gains on poverty and racial justice have been stalled or reversed.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: The Marginalization of Black Neighborhoods

For Black History Month, we explore the marginalization of black neighborhoods.

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Two Black Men in MO Exonerated After New Video Released

In February 2018 two black men in Missouri were exonerated after police released surveillance video showing, six months later, that they were the victims instead of the perpetrators in a robbery.

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National Radio Host Advocated White Supremacy

In January 2018 a nationally syndicated radio host argued that white people in the United States are experiencing a “cultural genocide.”

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MS Black Woman Indicted for Murder After Losing Infant at Birth

In January 2018 a Mississippi black woman was indicted for second-degree murder after her infant died.

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SD State Senator Interrupted Interfaith Gathering to Advocate Racist Policies

In January 2018 a state senator in South Dakota, while interrupting an interfaith gathering at the state capitol, advocated banning Muslim individuals from traveling to the US.

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WI Private School Homework Assignment Asks for Good Reasons for Slavery

In January 2018 a Wisconsin private school homework assignment asked for three good reasons for slavery.

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People of Color and Poor People are Disproportionately Affected by Higher Bail

In December 2017 a report on groups that bail poor people out of jail noted an increase in higher bail amounts in recent years, as well as bail amounts forcing poor people to stay in jail before their court date.

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UN Report Notes Extreme Poverty In Alabama

In December 2017 the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights found a shocking degree of poverty is parts of rural Alabama.

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Voter Suppression Reported in Alabama

In December 2017 the NAACP received reports of voter suppression during a special election for a senate race in Alabama.

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Puerto Rico Suffers From Slow Response by US Government

In October 2017 nurses returning from Puerto Rico blamed the federal government for a slow response to the humanitarian crisis that resulted from Hurricane Maria five weeks earlier.

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SC Police Captain Suggest that Only People of Color Can Commit Domestic Terrorism

After a school shooting in South Carolina in October 2017, a police captain said that the incident was not an example of domestic terrorism because the shooter and all of the victims were white.

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LA Supreme Court Denied Appeal to Black Man

In October 2017 the Supreme Court of Louisiana denied a man’s right to appeal for a lack of a lawyer because, they said, his request for lawyer during interrogation was ambiguous.

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NY Clubs Discriminated Against Dark Skinned Strippers

In October 2017 dark skinned New York strippers went on strike protesting discrimination within the clubs in which they work.

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WI Voters Deterred by Voter ID Law

In September 2017 a study in Wisconsin found that voter ID laws in the state potentially deterred nearly 17,000 individuals from voting.

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Increasingly More Black Youths Incarcerated, Despite Lack of Difference in Crime

Data released by the Justice Department in September 2017 revealed an increasing gap of incarceration rates between black and white youth.

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Homeland Security Announces Rule to Collect Social Media Information for Immigrants

In September 2017 the Department of Homeland Security released a new rule to include social media information in the files of all individuals who have become naturalized citizens or who hold a green card.

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NY Prosecutor Recommends Insufficient Penalty for Officer Guilty of Excessive Force

In September 2017 a New York prosecutor in the case of an officer accused of excessive force, who was found to be guilty of excessive force by the Civilian Complaint Review Board, recommended that the officer forfeit 10 vacation days.

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FL Student Reprimanded for Taking Knee During Pledge

A Florida first grade student was reprimanded in front of classmates after taking a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance in September 2017.

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SC Teacher Uses Racist Assignment in Class

In September 2017 a fifth grade teacher in South Carolina, as part of a lesson on Reconstruction, assigned students to consider the justification of KKK members.

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Man Murdered After Deportation

An undocumented man was detained and later deported to Mexico, only to be murdered - likely by the same gangs that his family had fled from to enter the United States - six months later in September 2017.

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Oregon Couple Racially Profiled

In September 2017 an Hispanic couple in Oregon were racially profiled as undocumented immigrants.

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OK Police Officer Kills Deaf Man

In September 2017 an officer shot and killed a deaf Hispanic man.

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Border Patrol Agents Detained Parents of Sick Infant at Hospital

In September 2017 an infant with undocumented parents needed a procedure that could only be done at a hospital that required the parents to go through a border patrol checkpoint. The border patrol agents escorted the ambulance to the hospital to detain the parents for deportation proceedings.

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MS Latino Man Killed by Police After Attempt to Serve Warrant of a Neighbor

In July 2017 Mississippi police shot and killed a Latino man while attempting to serve an arrest warrant to a neighbor.

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WA Police Killed Black Woman with Known Mental Health Issue

In June 2017 Washington police shot and killed a black woman who had called police to report a burglary.

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WI Officer Acquitted in Excessive Force Case

In June 2017 a Wisconsin former police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black man.

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Large Study Found Widespread Racial Profiling of Drivers of Color

In June 2017 a Stanford University research study found that black and Hispanic/Latinx drivers were more likely to be searched, ticketed, and arrested than white drivers.

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Black Women Face Higher Barriers to Advancement

According to a June 2017 advocacy organization’s report, black women in the United States face structural barriers to advancement of all sorts.

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GA Police Officer Used Excessive Force on Homeless Black Woman

In June 2017 a Georgia police officer used excessive force on a homeless black woman who may suffer from mental illness.

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MA Black Students Targeted in Dress Code Crackdown for Black Hairstyles

In April 2017 Massachusetts black students were targeted in a school dress code crackdown that seemed to focus on black hairstyles.

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Officer Fired for Excessive Force Is Reinstated Due to Arbitration Process in Union Contract

In April 2017 an officer who was fired for excessive use of force was reinstated due to an arbitration process built into the police officer’s union contract.

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Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions to “pull back” on Civil Rights Investigations of Police Departments

In February 2017 the US Attorney General stated that the Department of Justice will “pull back” on investigating and suing police departments for violations of citizens' civil rights.

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Houston Police Chief Announces a Reduction of Reports of Rape and Violent Crime by Hispanics

A Texas police chief announced a lower number of reports of rape and violent crime by Hispanics during the period between January and March 2017, and he noted that this is a reduction compared to the previous year.

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New MO Law Could Require a Felony Charge for Fighting

A change in Missouri law that went into effect in January 2017 could be applied to students, increasing the effects of the school-to-prison pipeline.

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