Do the NFL’s Anthem Protest Rules Violate the First Amendment?

  Last season, African American players in the National Football League (NFL) protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.  Last week, the NFL adopted a new rule that requires all players on the field to stand for the national anthem.  Players will have the option to remain in the locker room.  However, if […]

Maternity Leave: Your Rights As a Working Mother

This Sunday, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day.  The holiday encourages us to honor the women who give us love, support, and care during the early years of life and beyond.  However, providing so much nurturing is not easy, especially in the beginning.  Women take maternity leave after giving birth to recover from labor and to […]

Is Your Job’s Dress Code Racist?

Does your employer have a racist or discriminatory dress code? Perhaps you were told that your hair violates dress code policies. Or, your employer is requiring that you shave your beard or not dress a certain way. Read on to find if your employer’s dress code policy is racist or discriminatory and which laws protect […]

Affirmative Action: A Quick Overview

  In 2014, lawyers filed suit to challenge affirmative action.  Specifically, the lawsuit questioned admissions policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Recently, the suit has been making headlines again. Last month, four former clerks to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas joined the plaintiffs’ team.  At the same time, the […]

50 Years After the Fair Housing Act: What African Americans need to Know

April is Fair Housing Month.  Moreover, this April marks the fiftieth anniversary  of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.   So, this month provides a perfect opportunity to discuss housing discrimination.   This entry will explore the history that led to the Fair Housing Act and explain why the Fair Housing Act still matters.   History […]

Shopping While Black: Your Rights as a Customer

Recently, Philadelphia police officers arrested two Black men in a Starbucks coffee shop.  Their “crime”?  Witnesses report that the men were simply sitting in the shop as they waited for friends.  Starbucks has issued an apology and will be closing its stores to provide anti-bias training.  While Starbucks’ steps are laudable, the issue is much […]

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