Black teacher claims NY school district ignored discrimination and harassment, lawsuit filed

NBC NEWS — A high school English teacher employed with the Commack School District on Long Island said in a lawsuit filed last month that she has been the only black teacher in the district for 17 years.

Andrea Bryan’s lawsuit alleges that since she made a complaint in 2015 about the lead English teacher making “racially derogatory” comments, she has been subjected to discrimination and harassment by teachers and students in the district.

NBC News reports that as of the 2015-2016 school year, Commack school district’s high school was 86% white, according to the New York State Education Department.

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‘Existing While Black’ sheds light on racial profiling and discrimination

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HUFFINGTON POST — HuffPost asked black readers to share their stories of being subjected to racial profiling and discrimination. They described moments when someone called the police on them for no apparent reason aside from their race. They recalled scenarios of cops stopping and searching them because their skin color made them look “suspicious.” They also said how maddening it is to live with the constant anxiety of possibly having their presence — and innocence — questioned.

Existing While Black is a small collection of real anecdotes that underscores the unjust policing of black bodies, according to readers. Due to how deeply racism is woven into society’s DNA, this list is by no means comprehensive. HuffPost will continue to update this list and highlight the constant burden we face. This issue deserves more attention than a few headlines in the news cycle.

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Starbucks isn’t the first chain to come under fire in recent racially charged incidents

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CNN reports that even though federal law outlaws discrimination in public restaurants and cafes, there are still incidents in which black customers wait longer to be served, are asked to pay before a meal or sometimes subjected to arrest. In response to the unnecessary arrests of two Black men who visited a Starbucks location in Philadelphia, the company will close its almost 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for the afternoon on May 29 to teach employees about racial bias. However, Starbucks is just one of the many restaurant chains that have faced accusations of racial discrimination recently. Read the full article from CNN.

Black Tesla worker files lawsuit over racial harassment

A black employee at electric car manufacturer Tesla has filed a lawsuit alleging harassment by fellow assembly workers at the California plant. DeWitt Lambert says his co-workers routinely taunted him with racial slurs and threats of violence. Lambert also says he was passed over for promotions because of his race. Daniel Wiessner of Reuters has details on the lawsuit in this story at Automotive News.