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08.11.14 Sophie Weiner

After an investigation into Barney’s racist profiling practices, the company has agreed to pay out a settlement of $525,000. Starting in 2012, Barney’s was accused of targeting minorities for surveillance and suspicion by several shoppers and former employees. The investigation found that black and Hispanic customers were followed and accused of shoplifting and fraud much more […]

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08.07.14 Sophie Weiner

Having trouble reinforcing your closely held prejudiced beliefs? There’s an app for that! SketchFactor, which will be released Friday, helps users avoid “sketchy” (shady? dangerous? what?) areas of the city. Created by Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington, the crowdsourced program will aggregate the collective feelings of people who own iPhones about “sketchy” neighborhoods. McGuire told Crain’s that the impetus for […]

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08.04.14 Marina Galperina

According to a review of city-wide summons data by the Daily News, “broken windows” policing shows glaring racial disparity. Implemented in the 1990s, the theory that aggressive policing of minor “quality-of-life offenses” deters serious crime has come under fire since the death of Eric Garner, who died from being placed in a chokehold during his arrest for […]

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06.26.14 Marina Galperina

This is Maxim Kurlenko aka “Nastoyatel.” He is a practicing priest in a small town of Cheboksary. He is a rapper. “Where has morally pure, white Russia gone?” he raps. The Russian offshoot of Christian rap has been rising in popularity lately, as more and more Russians identifying as Eastern Orthodox. Calvert Journal has comprised a very […]

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06.20.14 Sophie Weiner

“The Central Park 5,” the five black and Hispanic men who were charged with the brutal sexual assault of a jogger in Central Park in 1989 and have since been exonerated, will settle their suit against the city for $40 million, The New York Times reports. In 2002, through DNA evidence, it was discovered that […]

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06.09.14 Marina Galperina

Osama Saleh, a former stock clerk at Bushwick’s now-closed Pretty Girl clothing store, was awarded $4.7 million by a federal jury last Friday, after his managers dismissed complaints of workplace harassment. The lawsuit states that security guard James Robinson repeatedly called Saleh “Bin Laden” and a “terrorist.” Saleh, who is from Yemen, stated that Robinson constantly ranted about “dirty […]

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05.09.14 Andy Cush

Prepare to be infuriated by the above clip, which shows a white man telling a black woman to move to the back of the bus so he can sit. Zaida Pugh, who posted the video to Facebook, wrote that the incident happened on the B35 near Nostrand and Church Avenues. UPDATE: This is probably a hoax. Zaida […]

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04.07.14 Marina Galperina

Just two years ago, as Valeria Lukyanova rose to viral notoriety, the combination of her extreme physical appearance “justified” by New Age-ish rambling seemed almost quirky. Tabloids turned her into a walking world-wide trend piece with an internet army of copycats and fans and a trailer of hate blogs. V Magazine flew the “controversial” and “extraordinary” micro-waisted, giant-breasted, blank-faced […]

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03.04.14 Andy Cush

The New York Times has the story of Oscar Smith, a seven-year veteran of the NYPD’s scuba diving team who’s filed a discrimination complaint against the department for the racially motivated harassment he says he encountered while working. Smith, who is black, says his initial application to join the dive team was turned down because, according to the […]

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01.21.14 Marina Galperina

Yesterday, oligarch mom, socialite and pretend art person Dasha Khukova has been featured in an editorial on a Russian site Bruno 247, highlighting her achievements in the art world and as editor of Garage Magazine. Also, her taste in art furniture, apparently. The editorial photograph shows Dasha Zhukova eloquently nested upon a chair made to […]

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