race http://wkar.org en Trayvon Martin's family attorney on latest 'Stand Your Ground' cases http://wkar.org/post/trayvon-martins-family-attorney-latest-stand-your-ground-cases <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;<span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman shot the unarmed teenager while on a neighborhood watch patrol. Claiming self defense under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Attorney <a href="http://parkscrump.com/attorneys/benjamin-crump/">Benjamin Crump</a> has represented the interests of Martin’s family. He has a speaking engagement tonight in Lansing.</span> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:59:23 +0000 Current State 49868 at http://wkar.org Trayvon Martin's family attorney on latest 'Stand Your Ground' cases Housing discrimination pervasive but subtle http://wkar.org/post/housing-discrimination-pervasive-subtle <p>Housing discrimination is often difficult to even notice, much less prove. Landlords who don’t want to rent to someone based on their race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation many times have what seem like legitimate excuses that are often delivered with a “smile and a handshake.” Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:00:31 +0000 Current State 49318 at http://wkar.org Housing discrimination pervasive but subtle Current State #197 | November 7, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-197-november-7-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: Michigan human trafficking report released; destruction from </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> football </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tailgating; an 'Interrupting Racism' workshop; and Asian-American stereotypes in the media.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:57:38 +0000 Current State 44956 at http://wkar.org Workshop uses role-play to combat racism http://wkar.org/post/workshop-uses-role-play-combat-racism <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.95;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-399c0234-3340-5d72-c20b-f19941881a68"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The holidays are approaching, which means sharing food and gifts and catching up with friends and extended family. For some, it also means being subjected to a racist relative’s offensive rants.</span></span> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:35:23 +0000 Current State 44951 at http://wkar.org Workshop uses role-play to combat racism Expert: Media often depict Asians as model minority http://wkar.org/post/expert-media-often-depict-asians-model-minority <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 1.143em; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Mass media is often criticized for its lack of diversity and stereotypical portrayals. <a href="https://news.virginia.edu/content/shelf-shilpa-s-dav">Shilpa Davé</a></span><span style="font-size: 1.143em; line-height: 1.15; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, Assistant Professor in American Studies and Media Studies</span><span style="font-size: 1.143em; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> at the University of Virginia, </span><span style="font-size: 1.143em; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">says </span><span style="font-size: 1.143em; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">those criticisms often stem from a black and white view of race in America, leaving out important parts of the U.S. cultural landscape such as Asian Americans.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:25:47 +0000 Current State 44952 at http://wkar.org Expert: Media often depict Asians as model minority Do car companies perpetuate stereotypes in their ads? http://wkar.org/post/do-car-companies-perpetuate-stereotypes-their-ads <p></p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP_ogpp6_iQ" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP_ogpp6_iQ</a></p><p><em>Jalopnik's Aaron Foley singles out this ad for the Toyota Prius as an example of the auto industry's stereotypical marketing to minorities.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Target marketing is nothing new. From their cleaning products to fast food to pick-up trucks, companies have been directing their advertising at certain segments of the population for ages. But when does target marketing cross the line from just good commerce into perpetuating stereotypes about certain groups in our society?</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aaron Foley, a Detroit-based writer for&nbsp;Jalopnik&nbsp;– Gawker&nbsp;Media’s popular blog on cars – had a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://jalopnik.com/heres-how-automakers-can-reach-out-to-minorities-from-1447797393" style="line-height: 1.5;">post</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on the subject last Friday in which he wrote, &nbsp;“As a minority, it’s borderline insulting that automakers are over-thinking this.”</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says that the auto manufacturers are particularly egregious offenders of using stereotypes to market their products to minorities. He joins us to elaborate.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:58:47 +0000 Current State 44140 at http://wkar.org New book discusses Detroit race relations http://wkar.org/post/new-book-discusses-detroit-race-relations <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The last few years have brought significant changes to the city of Detroit. A financial emergency was declared, and despite opposition from residents and the city council, a financial manager was appointed. And just this month, Mayor Dave Bing announced he would step down from office at the end of his term—and a crowded field of new candidates announced their intentions.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 15:52:57 +0000 Current State 36322 at http://wkar.org New book discusses Detroit race relations Appeals Court Strikes Down MI Affirmative Action Ban http://wkar.org/post/appeals-court-strikes-down-mi-affirmative-action-ban <p>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Michigan’s voter-approved ban on race-based affirmative action in state university admissions and public employment.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:22:24 +0000 Rick Pluta 26999 at http://wkar.org Appeals Court Strikes Down MI Affirmative Action Ban Lansing to host inaugural marathon April 22 http://wkar.org/post/lansing-host-inaugural-marathon-april-22 <p>Organizers in Lansing are counting down to April, when the city will hold its inaugural marathon.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Lansing Marathon will take place April 22 and cover a standard 26.2 mile course.&nbsp; The race will start outside the Accident Fund Insurance building in downtown Lansing, cross into East Lansing near Michigan State University, turn south to Holt, back into Lansing via Potter Park and end at the Capitol.&nbsp; Race director Owen Anderson says he&#39;s studied marathons in similarly sized communities, and finds they bring strong economic benefits.</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:16:30 +0000 Kevin Lavery 4290 at http://wkar.org Lansing to host inaugural marathon April 22