March 26, 2014 |
Latinos aren't the only sore spot for Covered California heading into Monday's enrollment deadline for Obamacare coverage. Very few African Americans have signed up statewide, and there's not much time to address the lackluster turnout. Wednesday, state officials reiterated that Monday remains the deadline for open enrollment. But the state will give Californians until April 15 to finish their application if they start it before midnight Monday. Thus far, fewer than 3% of health plan enrollees identify themselves as African American, and that number hasn't budged in weeks.
April 16, 2009 |
On the night every player in baseball wore No. 42 to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the major leagues, Orlando Hudson said that Robinson "would probably turn over in his grave" seeing how few African Americans are in the game. Hudson, who is African American, said he has had black kids tell him, "Orlando, I can't play that white man's game."
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May 14, 2013 |
In ground-breaking action, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions of defiant students, directing officials to use alternative disciplinary practices instead. The packed board room erupted in cheers after the 5-2 vote to approve the proposal, which made L.A. Unified the first school district in the state to ban defiance as grounds for suspension. The action comes amid mounting national concern that removing students from school is imperiling their academic achievement and disproportionately harming minority students, particularly African Americans.
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December 27, 1995
The first day of Kwanzaa, a weeklong African American holiday, was celebrated Tuesday at a candlelighting ceremony at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Dozens of African Americans, including local Christian and Nation of Islam leaders, crowded a conference room for the celebration sponsored by Kwanzaa Fest Inc. Organization. The ceremony featured seven young women (six pictured at right) nominated by the organization as the 1995 Kwanzaa Queens.
February 21, 2007
Re "A sorry spectacle," editorial, and "The locker room closet," Current, Feb. 18 If there was any doubt that the recent comments by actor Isaiah Washington and retired pro basketball player Tim Hardaway reveal that a deep-rooted homophobia exists among some African Americans, one only needs to go back to the 2004 elections, when large numbers of religiously conservative blacks voted against their interests and for "values" issues such as constitutional bans...
October 26, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS -- In the year that the movie "42" dramatized the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier, the number of African Americans playing in the World Series is the same as the number playing in the major leagues when Robinson made his debut in 1947: one. "It's sad to see," said Boston Red Sox outfielder Quintin Berry, the only African American on the roster of either team. The percentage of African Americans in the major leagues has declined from about 19% in 1984 to about 8% today . When the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies met in the World Series five years ago , baseball officials were optimistic about turning the tide.