Tag: New York

'O'Reilly Factor' Chinatown Segment Called Racist by Lawmakers, Asian American Journalists

Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” is receiving backlash for a segment of his show where correspondent Jesse Watters traveled to New York City’s Chinatown to essentially perpetuate racist stereotypes. O’Reilly prefaces the “Watters’ World” segment by saying, “In the first presidential debate, China was mentioned 12…

Lawmakers in N.Y., S.C. Seek to Unwelcome Refugees

By Frank Kineavy As the conflict in Syria escalates and ISIS continues to grow its global footprint, state representatives in South Carolina and New York say that while they are sympathetic to Syrian refugees, they prefer they not be in their states, citing the threat of terrorism as the reason….

House Votes to Oust Term ‘Oriental’ from Federal Law

By Sheryl Estrada Rep. Grace Meng represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the borough of Queens. She is the first Asian American member of Congress from New York State. Photo credit: ClotureClub.com The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation this month removing all references to “Orientals”…

Mayor de Blasio Skirts Around NYPD Brutality

Following the incident of police brutality against him on Sept. 9, former tennis star James Blake immediately called on the city of New York to take action. So far the events have resulted in very public apologies with Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, as well as a…

Death of Prison Inmate By Officers Ruled Homicide

30-year-old Samuel Harrell’s death at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York, has been ruled a homicide, according to the autopsy report obtained by the New York Times. Specifically, the report detailed, Harrell died of cardiac arrhythmia, which resulted from a “physical altercation with corrections officers” — made evident…

NYC Sued for Promoting Segregation

A lawsuit filed against New York City in federal court last week accuses the city of promoting racial and economic segregation through its affordable housing policies. The Anti-Discrimination Center (ADC), which filed the lawsuit, is seeking to remove an “outsider-restriction policy” requiring that 50 percent of affordable units be reserved…

Cop-On-Cop Racism and Brutality

Once again, dash cam evidence has brought police brutality to light. But this time, the victims are fellow officers. In October, four Black parole officers from New York State filed a lawsuit against members of the Ramapo Police Department (as well as Rockland County, the village of Suffern, and the…

What Repeal of Medicaid Exclusion Means for Transgender New Yorkers

By Michael Nam Photo by Shutterstock Add New York’s Medicaid update to a list of victories for the transgender community. The state recently took steps to remedy the language that prevented transgender citizens covered by Medicaid from accessing vital healthcare. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Department of Health…

New York State Sues Bank for Racist Mortgage Practices

By Julissa Catalan The state of New York filed a lawsuit against a Buffalo-based bank on Tuesday for the racist practice of denying mortgage loans to the Black community. According to The New York Times, Evans Bank first began cutting off loan services to Blacks in 2009. Per New York…