discrimination http://michiganradio.org en Do you judge people based on the way they speak? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-you-judge-people-based-way-they-speak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, State of Opportunity's Jennifer Guerra explored </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-our-biases-against-certain-dialects-color-what-we-hear" style="line-height: 1.5;">language and discrimination</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She talked to Robin Queen, a linguist who teaches a class about it at the University of Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Guerra's story:</span></p><blockquote><p>Queen says people often think there's one right way to speak, what linguists call Standard American English, or "The Standard," and everyone else is doing it wrong.</p><p></p><p>"Who gets to decide they can police someone else's language?" asks Queen. "I mean, when did we get to this point that shaming people for their language is fine?"</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember the George Zimmerman trial last year? You probably read headlines about it somewhere, or maybe watched coverage of it on TV.</span></p><p>If you got to hear any of the testimony, you may remember Rachel&nbsp;Jeantel. She's a young, African-American woman who was the primary witness for the prosecution, and was on the phone with&nbsp;Trayvon&nbsp;Martin on the day he died.&nbsp;</p><p>When&nbsp;Jeantel&nbsp;began speaking, people both in and out of the courtroom focused on the way she spoke.</p><p>Why?&nbsp;</p><p>Check out <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-our-biases-against-certain-dialects-color-what-we-hear">Guerra's piece</a>. You can watch testimony from the Zimmerman trial and read about a study from MSU on language and discrimination that has some surprising results.&nbsp;</p><p><em>-- Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:31:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18310 at http://michiganradio.org Do you judge people based on the way they speak? If Arizona's bill to discriminate surprises you, you won't believe what's legal in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/if-arizonas-bill-discriminate-surprises-you-you-wont-believe-whats-legal-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the pollsters are right, here’s something you probably don’t know:</span></p><p><em>It’s perfectly legal to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. </em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Gallup poll reported nearly nine out of ten people think </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> people are already protected.</span></p><p>They are not.</p><p>Actually, Arizona and Michigan are not that different right now.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:05:19 +0000 Lester Graham 16623 at http://michiganradio.org If Arizona's bill to discriminate surprises you, you won't believe what's legal in Michigan Another Michigan medical center faces federal lawsuits over alleged racial discrimination http://michiganradio.org/post/another-michigan-medical-center-faces-federal-lawsuits-over-alleged-racial-discrimination <p>Earlier this year, Flint’s Hurley Medical Center faced national media scrutiny when an African-American nurse was <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospital-nurses-settle-discrimination-suit">told not to care for a baby at a patient’s request</a>. The case was <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/02/flints_hurley_hospital_settles.html">settled outside of court.</a></p><p>Julie Gafkay represented that nurse and says she was not alone.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:53:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15810 at http://michiganradio.org Another Michigan medical center faces federal lawsuits over alleged racial discrimination Royal Oak LGBT vote could be nail-biter http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-lgbt-vote-could-be-nail-biter <p>On Tuesday, Royal Oak will be the latest city in Michigan to decide whether discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people should be illegal.</p><p>Both sides say it’s going to be thisclose, with voters split just about down the middle.</p><p>Opponents of the proposal are plenty motivated – just the fact that Royal Oak is <em>having</em> this vote is because of their hustle.</p><p>It’s their ability to collect more than the required 746 petitions that put this on the ballot in the first place.</p><p><strong>Group says vote “no” to protect Royal Oak’s businesses </strong></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:51:25 +0000 Kate Wells 15113 at http://michiganradio.org Royal Oak LGBT vote could be nail-biter What's the 'fat bias,' and do we see it in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-fat-bias-and-do-we-see-it-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a bit of a stir recently when Elle Magazine came out with its annual "Women in Hollywood” issue.</span></p><p>Four covers were shot with four different stars: Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Penelope Cruz and Melissa McCarthy.</p><p>Witherspoon wore a fitted black dress, Woodley wore a swimsuit and Cruz recently gave birth to her second baby, so hers was a close-up face shot. Curvy, full-figured McCarthy was swathed and bundled up in a big coat.</p><p>That led to criticism that McCarthy was covered up because she's full-figured — though it should be noted that Melissa McCarthy herself said she was glad to be a part of the cover.</p><p>But it does raise the issue of society's attitudes toward overweight or obese people.</p><p>35% of the population of Michigan is considered to be overweight, so it’s an issue that affects many in our state.</p><p>Is there a bias towards fat people that would not be tolerated elsewhere?</p><p>Joining us is Amanda Levitt, a graduate student at Wayne State University. Levitt writes the blog <a href="http://fatbodypolitics.com/">Fat Body Politics.</a></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:59:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 14945 at http://michiganradio.org What's the 'fat bias,' and do we see it in Michigan? US settles race complaint against Flint hospital http://michiganradio.org/post/us-settles-race-complaint-against-flint-hospital <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The federal government says it&#39;s settled a discrimination complaint against a Flint hospital following accusations that black nurses were barred from treating a white newborn.<br /><br />The Flint Journal reported Friday the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission will conduct annual training for the management staff of Hurley Medical Center. The EEOC also will work with the hospital on other educational and developmental efforts aimed at Flint-area youth.<br /> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:05:34 +0000 The Associated Press 14632 at http://michiganradio.org US settles race complaint against Flint hospital Study shows African-Americans more likely to be pulled over, searched in Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-african-americans-more-likely-be-pulled-over-searched-kalamazoo <p>African-American drivers are more than twice as likely to get pulled over than Caucasian drivers in the City of Kalamazoo. That’s <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201309/KDPS_Racial_Profiling_Study.pdf">according to a study the city released this week.</a></p><p>The study only looked at how the department deals with traffic stops. The data covers stops between March 2012 and February 2013.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:21:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14274 at http://michiganradio.org Study shows African-Americans more likely to be pulled over, searched in Kalamazoo Predatory lending lawsuit against Morgan Stanley moves forward, the suit involves Detroit homeowners http://michiganradio.org/post/predatory-lending-lawsuit-against-morgan-stanley-moves-forward-suit-involves-detroit-homeowners <p>A federal judge ruled this week that a lawsuit accusing investment banking giant Morgan Stanley of predatory lending in Detroit can move forward.</p><p></p><p>The lawsuit alleges Morgan Stanley pushed sub-prime mortgage lenders to target Detroit neighborhoods with large minority populations.</p><p></p><p>Morgan Stanley later packaged the ‘high risk’ loans into ‘mortgage backed securities’</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:21:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 13716 at http://michiganradio.org Predatory lending lawsuit against Morgan Stanley moves forward, the suit involves Detroit homeowners Kalamazoo Township bans discrimination in employment, housing http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-township-bans-discrimination-employment-housing <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP,&nbsp;Mich. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:55:24 +0000 The Associated Press 13643 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo Township bans discrimination in employment, housing Proposed ordinance would ban various kinds of discrimination in Kalamazoo Township http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-ordinance-would-ban-various-kinds-discrimination-kalamazoo-township <p>Tonight Kalamazoo Township’s board of trustees will consider an ordinance that would protect people from discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, among a number of other factors, including:</p><blockquote><p>“..The actual or perceived race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, height, weight, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical or mental ability, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information of another person."</p></blockquote><p>State law already protects from discrimination based on factors like a person’s sex, age, race or religion. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:24:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13413 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed ordinance would ban various kinds of discrimination in Kalamazoo Township This week in Michigan politics: No Medicaid expansion, Voting Rights Act, same-sex marriage outlaw http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-no-medicaid-expansion-voting-rights-act-same-sex-marriage-outlaw <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the state Senate's <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-tops-do-list-legislature-s-summer-break">failure to expand Medicaid</a> before summer recess, how<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-voting-rights-decision-could-impact-areas-michigan"> states will be affected </a>by the Voting Rights Act, and <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-democrats-introduce-new-same-sex-marriage-bills">legislation in Lansing</a> to re-consider the state's outlaw on same-sex marriage.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:57:50 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13251 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: No Medicaid expansion, Voting Rights Act, same-sex marriage outlaw Bolger considers adding sexual orientation to civil rights law http://michiganradio.org/post/bolger-considers-adding-sexual-orientation-civil-rights-law <p align="LEFT">Michigan State House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) could be opening the door to extending civil rights protections to gays and lesbians. That would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas such as employment and housing.</p><p align="LEFT">The state's civil rights act protects a variety of groups from discrimination. It includes protections for categories like race and age, but sexual orientation has yet to be included.</p><p align="LEFT"> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:58:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13043 at http://michiganradio.org Bolger considers adding sexual orientation to civil rights law How adoption agencies discriminate against hopeful LGBT parents http://michiganradio.org/post/how-adoption-agencies-discriminate-against-hopeful-lgbt-parents <p></p><p>If you’re gay or lesbian and you want to adopt a child, not every adoption agency in Michigan will be willing to help. If you do find an agency that will help, you might run into more discrimination.</p><p>Even if you have a home, pass the background checks, and otherwise meet the state requirements for adoption, you can be turned down by an adoption agency if you don’t meet its standards. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 12959 at http://michiganradio.org How adoption agencies discriminate against hopeful LGBT parents How judges were stopped from granting two-parent adoptions to gay and lesbian parents http://michiganradio.org/post/how-judges-were-stopped-granting-two-parent-adoptions-gay-and-lesbian-parents <p>About a decade ago, judges stopped approving adoptions for lesbian and gay couples. It stopped after a controversial move by a Supreme Court Judge.</p><p>Nancy Wheeler is a judge in Washtenaw County who used to preside over the juvenile court where adoptions are recognized. She granted dozens of what are called ‘second-parent adoptions’ to same-sex couples.</p><p>“I thought that it was an outrage that we encouraged and, in fact, had a lot of gay and lesbian foster parents, but didn’t allow both parties to adopt the children. So, these children had been in foster care with these same parents sometimes for a number of years and then they were adopted by one,” Judge Wheeler explained.</p><p>She reasoned if one person could be an adoptive parent, then two could. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 12958 at http://michiganradio.org How judges were stopped from granting two-parent adoptions to gay and lesbian parents For gay and lesbian families in Michigan, one parent is left out http://michiganradio.org/post/gay-and-lesbian-families-michigan-one-parent-left-out <p>In Michigan, if you’re gay or lesbian, you can’t get married.</p><p>And for LGBT partners who adopt children it’s nearly impossible for both to have parental rights. That causes legal difficulties in providing a secure future for the kids they’re raising.</p><p>Two-year-old Lucas has two dads, Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez.</p><p>Diego is an airline pilot, and Kent works at Michigan State University.</p><p>“We’ve been together just over ten years. And we married in a religious ceremony five years ago and just legally married in Washington, D.C.," said Kent.</p><p>Kent and Diego are the only parents Lucas has ever known. But, the State of Michigan does not recognize one of them as a parent. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 12957 at http://michiganradio.org For gay and lesbian families in Michigan, one parent is left out Local officials work to create non-discrimination region for LGBT people http://michiganradio.org/post/local-officials-work-create-non-discrimination-region-lgbt-people <p>Three townships in the Lansing region will be considering proposals to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender expression.</p><p>In a coordinated effort, Delhi, Meridian, and Delta township officials could vote on protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination with the next several weeks.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:49:00 +0000 Lester Graham 12476 at http://michiganradio.org Local officials work to create non-discrimination region for LGBT people Legislator: Gay civil rights would 'bully Christians' http://michiganradio.org/post/legislator-gay-civil-rights-would-bully-christians <p>Public polling and recent court cases have prompted greater discussion about adding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Michigan’s civil rights law. Advocates for the change say it’s time to stop legally discriminating against LGBT people. Others say changing the law say it would mean people opposed to homosexual behavior would be discriminated against. The issue is beginning to play out in the Michigan legislature.</p><p>Michigan’s civil rights law is known as the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act. It prohibits discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, family status, and marital status.</p><p>Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and opponents of gay rights have one thing in common: both sides say discrimination should not be allowed. Where they go from there is very different.</p><p>LGBT advocates say sexual orientation and gender expression should be included in the Elliot-Larsen protections.</p><p>Anti-gay rights advocates say there’s no need for creating special classes of people to be protected. Wed, 01 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 12338 at http://michiganradio.org Legislator: Gay civil rights would 'bully Christians' Few protections for LGBT in housing discrimination http://michiganradio.org/post/few-protections-lgbt-housing-discrimination <p></p><p>Some Michigan residents are turned away for housing even if they can afford the rent for an apartment or the mortgage for a home. In many cases, landlords and bankers can legally discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This discrimination happens even in communities with laws protecting LGBT people.</p><p>Michigan has no state law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from being discriminated against when it comes to housing. Anti-gay rights advocates say no law is necessary because there are no documented cases of discrimination against LGBT people.</p><p>But, in a widely cited report, Michigan’s Fair Housing Centers found there is discrimination by landlords, real estate agents, banks and others involved in housing even in cities where laws prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 12335 at http://michiganradio.org Few protections for LGBT in housing discrimination Commentary: Snyder needs to take a stand http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-snyder-needs-take-stand <p></p><p>Two weeks ago, as the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/58372028@N00/8594705151/">posted</a> a shocking and scurrilous article on Facebook titled <a href="http://www.traditioninaction.org/HotTopics/a02rStatistcs.html">“Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals.”</a></p><p>The piece was a collection of hate-filled, untrue smears, such as that gays commit half the murders in large cities, are riddled with diseases, die young and have a secret agenda to recruit children.</p><p>This prompted a sudden outcry. Some young and moderate Republicans called for Agema’s resignation. But he refused, and instead asked people to sign an <a href="http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stand-with-dave-for-conservative-values-in/">online petition </a>supporting him.</p><p>The petition got hundreds of signatures, which Agema boasted about till a reporter scrutinized them. Among the signers were the names, Osama bin Laden, Adolf Hitler, Goat Killer and “I spit upon thee.” Plus someone claiming to be North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who wrote “From one dictator to another.”</p><p>But while there was a considerable outcry, Governor Rick Snyder has remained noticeably silent. Finally, he was cornered by a reporter Monday and asked his opinion. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-declines-say-if-gop-official-should-resign-over-facebook-post">He refused.</a> “I‘m not going to get in the middle of all that,” he said.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:56:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12071 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Snyder needs to take a stand Commentary: Politics and human rights http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-politics-and-human-rights <p></p><p>If you were looking for a quintessential solidly middle-class Michigan suburb, Royal Oak, Michigan might be it. Its 57,000 people are mainly white and solidly middle-class.</p><p>The downtown became somewhat of a magnet for the young, and trendy a decade or so ago, and hip twenty-somethings still mingle there with motorcycle bikers and teenage skateboarders on warm summer evenings. But by and large, Royal Oak is average middle-sized suburban homes, built around the baby boom era.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:49:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12044 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Politics and human rights