Category Archives: New York

African American Family’s Home Burned In Suspected Hate Crime

Seven members of an African American family in upstate New York are lucky to be alive after what police say was a racially motivated arson on Mother’s Day. “It’s very disturbing,” Schodack Police Chief Joseph Belardo told HuffPost. “We’re throwing every resource we have into investigating this, and when we find the person responsible, they… Read More »

Well-known NY butcher accused of handing black delivery driver a noose

A well-known butcher in the West Village is being investigated by cops for allegedly handing a noose to an African-American delivery driver and saying “Here’s your present.” Joe Ottomanelli, of The Ottomanelli Bros. Butcher Shoppe, has been accused of giving the noose made from yellow rope to driver Victor Sheppard, according to police sources. Sheppard,… Read More »

The problem with voting rights in New York

It’s a truism of modern politics that Republicans have placed voting rights under assault in the states they control. Ever since the G.O.P. landslides in the midterm elections of 2010, Republicans have worked to restrict the right to vote in a variety of ways—by cutting back on opportunities for early voting, making absentee voting more… Read More »

Building Justice: How Community Preferences Enforce Racial Segregation in NYC

As previous articles in this series have made clear, residential segregation remains entrenched both in New York City and in the broader metropolitan region. Why? We know that segregated housing patterns – created decades ago through deliberate discrimination by both public and private actors – are still being maintained through governmental policy: exclusionary zoning on… Read More »

Real Estate Mogul and Potential New York City Mayoral Candidate Don Peebles Calls Upon New York City Council to Investigate the Exclusion of Minority-Owned Businesses in City Government Contracting and Resulting Economic Apartheid by the de Blasio Administration

African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans collectively received an abysmal 0.9% of government contracts in fiscal year 2015 according to recent NYC Comptroller’s Checkbook NYC report, women-owned businesses fare only slightly better R. Donahue Peebles, Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation and Chairman of the Board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, is calling upon New York… Read More »