Gingrich calls job discrimination testing "entrapment" in budget hearing

March 04, 1998
House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a House subcommittee he would support President Bill Clinton's request for a budget increase for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as long as it pledged not to use any of the funds for testing of allegedly discriminatory employers. The use of testers would waste time and resources for companies interviewing candidates who were not interested in being employed and would put a government agency "in the business of entrapment," Gingrich said. "It assumes guilt where there has been no indication of discriminatory behavior."

Anti-gay violence on the rise nationwide, watchdog groups say

March 03, 1998
As the media focused more attention on homosexuals last year, anti-gay violence and harassment also increased, a gay advocacy group said. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs said Tuesday that the number of such incidents it counted around the country increased by 2 percent in 1997 over the previous year.

Hate groups spreading the word through Internet, rock music

March 03, 1998
Hate groups are on the rise, boosted by the Internet and white-power rock music. In its quarterly report on extremist organizations, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday that it counted 474 hate groups nationwide in 1997, a 20 percent increase over 1996. Some of the groups have Web pages.

Mississippi housing authority target of HUD discrimination probe

March 02, 1998
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating to determine whether Mississippi's largest housing authority has policies that promote segregation of its housing projects. Roy Necaise, director of the Mississippi Region VIII Housing Authority, complained that the investigation was invasive and invited HUD to enlist a proctologist. "If I had my way, they would go ahead and bring one in, so we could say it was complete."

USDA head says civil rights fight in his agency is not over

March 02, 1998
U.S. Department of Agriculture head Dan Glickman says that while the agency's civil rights record is improving, it still has a long way to go. One of the largest blemishes on the USDA's record has been the more than 800 discrimination complaints from black farmers, some of which go back 40 years, that are still being contested. The farmers claim local USDA officials have unfairly denied loans to black farmers for years.

Fair housing group settles with news chain over discriminatory ads

February 25, 1998
Journal Newspapers Inc., which publishes six newspapers in Washington, D.C., suburbs, has agreed to prohibit customers from placing classified ads that violate federal fair-housing laws by soliciting renters who are white, Christian or single women, a practice that has occurred in the past two years.
     The company said earlier this month it would monitor the advertising as part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought against the company by the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington.

Leadership Council finds high degree of segregation remains

February 23, 1998
The Chicago area remains highly segregated despite signs of progress in fair housing and increased diversity in a few communities, according to a report released Feb. 23 by the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago.
     "Many people don't even realize that segregation is an issue in the Chicago metropolitan area," said Aurie Pennick, president and CEO of the Leadership Council. "Just because the Ku Klux Klan isn't marching every week and a few African Americans live on the North Shore doesn't mean we have achieved housing equality. This study is proof of continued inequality."

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