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According to a new study released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a disparity in the amount of money that African-American workers with advanced degrees make compared to White workers with B.A.s. The report shows that last year White workers 25 years or older with at least an undergrad degree made median earnings of $1,219 per week, Latino workers who were in the same age range and educational group made $1,007, and Asian workers made $1,328 per week. African American workers with at least a college degree brought home median earnings of $970 per week. Black workers with advanced degrees made $1,149, while White workers who only have their Bachelor’s made $1,132, nearly the same amount of money. “This is an inequity that grows from tangled roots — historic labor market discrimination, ongoing residential segregation, stubborn racial biases among employers. But it’s also one with consequences that stretch out beyond the men themselves, and that will linger long past today’s troubled economy,” said writer Kai Wright. Read more.

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Senate Republicans Eliminate the Terms ‘Civil Rights and Human Rights’ From Subcommittee Name

Even though “civil rights and human rights” are some of the most-pressing issues that the nation is faced with today, some Republican representatives want to do away with these words. Last week, Senate Republicans shared that they have eradicated the phrase “civil rights and human rights” from the title of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee who was responsible for addressing those particular issues. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee this month and announced the members of the six subcommittees last week. Along with his announcement, he shared his decision to change the name of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to the Subcommittee on the Constitution. “We changed the name because the Constitution covers our most basic rights, including civil and human rights,” said spokeswoman Megan Mitchell. “We will focus on these rights, along with other issues that fall under the broader umbrella of the Constitution.” Many civil rights organizations are opposed to the name change, though. “Names matter. This, after all, is a subcommittee with jurisdiction over the implementation and enforcement of many of our most-important civil rights laws,” said Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Read more.


‘Empire’ Hits New Milestone With Ratings

Ever since its television debut, “Empire” has been a hit and the show’s TV ratings are evidence of that. According to reports, the show has broken a record on the Fox Network, becoming the first series in 22 years to increase its ratings and the amount of viewers. The show made its debut with a 3.8 adult 18-49 rating, then ascended to a 4.0 for its second episode, and then shot up to a 4.4 rating for its third episode. The last show to do that on Fox was “Moon Over Miami.” TV-by-the-Numbers shared that a move like this one is “unprecedented in modern television history.” Read more.

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