Category Archives: race

Housing Authority delays decision on proposed rent-reform study (aka the “experiment on black women”)

Section 8 residents and housing advocates scored a victory last week as Louisville Metro Housing Authority decided to delay their plans to vote on participating in a controversial rent-reform study being described by some as “an experiment on black women and children.” LEO wrote about the proposed Housing and Urban Development-sponsored study last month. Here’s […]

Yum! Brands pulls China TV ad mocking Obama

Whether it’s fake beef, fascist chickens or toaster oven-shaped stadiums, the Louisville-based fast food giant Yum! Brands is no stranger to bad press, but flattening President Obama with a fish sandwich in a foreign country might’ve went too far. Besides hiring an actor who looks nothing like the president, Yum! Brands apologized for the caricature […]

Tuskegee Airmen exhibit coming to Ali Center

For Black History Month, the Tuskegee Airmen and their many connections with Kentucky will be the focus of a special exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center that will be on display throughout February. “We encourage everyone who can to visit the center to see this and other exhibits,” says Ken Lucas, commissioner of the Kentucky […]

Frazier Museum to celebrate Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Frazier International History Museum is partnering with Kentucky Opera and Fund for the Arts to host four separate events that will showcase their groups artistic talents while observing important people and moments. During each scheduled event, Kentucky Opera Studio Artists will perform “Oh Freedom!” and tour the rich […]

Two key judicial races will be recanvassed

Across Kentucky, different county clerk offices will be rechecking election results this Friday, including two hotly contested judicial races in Jefferson County that could have ramifications on the benches racial makeup. On Election Night, three of the four African-American judges in Jefferson County retained their seats and two of those races were decided by razor-thin […]

Local ministers assail Heiner ad

Believing that a return to neighborhood schools will re-segregate the Jefferson County school system, the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition called on Republican mayoral candidate Hal Heiner to immediately pull a campaign ad criticizing the controversial student assignment plan. “Councilman Hal Heiner’s plan will take our city back to the 1950s. We cannot afford that,” says the […]

Mapping race in Louisville

Using data from the census, someone made a map of Louisville and southern Indiana broken down by race and ethnicity. It pretty much shows what we already know about our hyper-segregated housing patterns and racial divide in the city, but the visual provides a better understanding. Each dot represents 25 people and the colors represent […]

Tweets could shed light on ‘half-breed’ comment

The uproar over 84 WHAS radio personality Mandy Connell calling President Barack Obama “a young half-breed man” has subsided, but it seems those racially insensitive comments may not have been the first the conservative host has used. A Twitter account that appears to belong to Connell contains attacks on Obama and possible racist language, including […]

Dress code lawsuit filed against Cordish in K.C.

The Cordish Cos. — the Baltimore-based developer of Fourth Street Live — has been hit with a new lawsuit alleging racial discrimination based on the dress code at the Power & Light entertainment district in Kansas City, Mo. Does any of this sound familiar? From The Kansas City Star: A group of four African-American men […]

84 WHAS anchor calls Obama “half-breed”

On yesterday’s program 84 WHAS radio personality Mandy Connell referred to President Barack Obama as “a young half-breed man” during an on-air discussion. The conservative talk radio host was comparing America to socialist countries, and also mentioned Oprah Winfrey while arguing that people who grew up poor in the United States have a better chance […]