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US stopping use of term 'Negro' for census surveys

U.S. Census

After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys. Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American".


Black jobless rate is twice that of whites

Black Jobless Rate

In the quarter-century that Armentha Cruise has run her Silver Spring staffing firm, the nation has made strides toward racial equality. Voters have twice elected a black president, African Americans shine among Hollywood’s brightest stars, and the number of blacks who graduate from college has tripled.


Florida sets reading, math goals based on race, ethnicity


Florida is setting different goals for reading improvements among its students -- based on race and ethnicity. By 2018, 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanic students, and 74 percent of black students are to be reading on grade level.


Arab-Muslim to join 'Green Lantern' comic series

When DC Comics decided to blow up its fabled universe and create a brave, diverse future, Geoff Johns drew from the past for a new character: his own background as an Arab-American....


Black journalists protest debate exclusion

A group of black journalists says it is disappointed in the lack of ethnic diversity among the people chosen to moderate presidential debates.


In Obama era, have race relations improved?

Ask Americans how race relations have changed under their first black president and they are ready with answers. Ashley Ray, a white woman, hears more people debating racial issues. "I know a lot of people who really thought we were OK as a nation, a culture, and now they understand that we're not," she says.


DNA Gives New Insights Into Michelle Obama’s Roots

Research into Michelle Obama’s white relatives underscores the history of racial intermingling that binds countless American families decades after the Civil War.


Suit brings attention to 'The Bachelor' and race

Robert Galinsky's students were predominantly white when he taught acting. Now that he tries to help people break into a different form of show business as operator of the New York Reality TV School, about half of his students are racial minorities....


'Lin-Sanity' dessert draws heat

Ben & Jerry's Linsanity Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's has apologized for putting fortune cookies in pints of its "Taste the Lin-Sanity" ice cream sold at its Harvard Square, Massachusetts, location in honor of basketball sensation Jeremy Lin.


Supreme Court will hear case on affirmative action at colleges

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on the future of affirmative action at the nation’s colleges and universities, agreeing to hear an appeal from a white student in Texas who seeks an end to "racial preferences" in college admissions.


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