Rubén Martínez talks with Latino USA about the history of covering race in America.
Emmy award winning journalist Rubén Martínez talks with Latino USA about covering the race back in the 1980s and 1990s when “race beats” weren’t quite a thing yet. Martinez was the first person of color hired at L.A. Weekly to report on one of the most racially charged events in recent history: the L.A. Riots. What’s it like to report on race relations in your hometown in the midst of racial turmoil, at a time when the “race beat” wasn’t mainstream yet?
How much is racism costing this country? A new study from the Center For Global Policy Solutions estimates that minority-owned businesses could boost the economy by as much as $300 billion. These businesses, were they not inhibited by discrimination, could have added over a million jobs during the recession. As Fast Company puts it, the racial gap in entrepreneurship is costing the U.S. a whole lot of money.
ESPN fired former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling for making a transphobic comment on social media. Schilling, who was an analyst for the network, posted an offensive cartoon about transgenderism and captioned it with “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves.” He had previously been suspended after tweeting a comparison between Nazis and Muslim terrorists.