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LGBTQ Community More Than Black & White: Tiff Gonzales, Defining Fairness

Tiff Gonzales is a fourth-generation Mexican American, native to Texas, who identifies as queer both in gender identity and sexual orientation.

Tiff moved to Louisville five and a half years ago for work. She says when we talk about race in Louisville, we’re generally only talking about black and white. Latino issues re rarely part of the conversation, and when they are, it often only includes immigrants. “There’s so much that draws me to this city,” she says, “but that invisibility is something that I, on a regular basis, would struggle with to determine whether or not I can continue to live here.”

Tiff says there’s a certain loneliness in the lack of a community of folks who share similar identities. “I could name maybe just a couple of other people who I feel like would hold the identities of being a queer Latino here in this city.” But, she says, “I’m hopeful that there will be some change in that in the city that I really do love.”

When Tiff Gonzales spoke with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and Laura Ellis, the conversation at one point turned to tokenism and whether the trouble with seeking diversity on panels and projects like this is that one person is asked to represent the experiences of an entire group—whether it’s race, class, LGBTQ status, etc. “I really struggled with accepting this invitation. I thought, I’m going to be put into this position where I need to answer a question as one person, for—truly, when we’re talking about Latinos in the United States—millions upon millions of people.”

“I am one person, who has been shaped by many other people, and many other experiences. I can only tell you what it’s like to be me.”

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WDRB News Anchor to Apologize for Alleged Racial Slur

A local television anchor will apologize on-air Tuesday for offending viewers, though she insists she did nothing wrong.

Morning show host Lindsay Allen appears to have said the N word while bantering with a co-anchor after a story about golfer Tiger Woods. An African-American student brought the incident to news director Barry Fulmer’s attention. Fulmer says neither he nor Allen thinks she used the slur, but rather stumbled on the words “at least.”

“Lindsay said nothing wrong and I can understand where people may have misunderstood what she said,” he says. “But she said nothing wrong. She does not have a racist bone in her body.”

Fulmer adds that no one at WDRB has complained about the incident.

“No one even brought it up when the comment was made,” he says. “We’ve only had one complaint from this one person.”

The anchor will apologize on air, but not for using the word. Rather, Fulmer says Allen will say she’s sorry if anyone was offended. Members of the local NAACP will watch Allen’s statement before deciding if any further action is necessary.

Allen was not available to comment.

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Local News Next Louisville Politics

Cunningham Concerned What Redistricting Will Mean for Diversity on Metro Council

Louisville civil rights leaders are concerned that dwindling numbers in historically African-American neighborhoods will diminish minority representation in Metro Government.

There are currently six African-Americans on the council, and Louisville NAACP president Raoul Cunningham says the districts were first drawn to ensure that number. But the 2010 Census shows that while Louisville’s minority population increased, parts of the predominantly-black West End have shrunk over the last decade.

The Metro Council is preparing to redraw its districts for the first time since merger. Cunningham says he’s waiting for more detailed census information to see how diluted the black population in the new districts will be and whether that will change the racial makeup of the council.

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Fischer Addresses City Race Relations

In a speech Friday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer outlined several agenda goals to make the city more diverse.

The University of Louisville NETWORK hosted the event, where Fischer addressed the racial disparities between whites and African-Americans and the growing international community.

Among the mayor’s goals were: redeveloping west Louisville for retail business; encouraging black entrepreneurs; and closing the achievement gap in public education.

Fischer said the top goal is to reduce the economic disparity between black and whites. According to census data, the median household income for white households in Louisville is $50,532 but only $27,861 for African-Americans.

The mayor also highlighted the dearth of a black middle-class.

“We need more blacks as part of the middle and upper classes and the way to achieve that is through higher education and better jobs,” says Fischer. “I’m a data-driven guy and the facts don’t lie. If you have a college degree, you earn more money. It’s simple as that.”

West Louisville resident Aukram Burton, who attended the luncheon, says time will tell if the mayor’s plan will work.

“I want to believe. I’ve been with him and involved with his campaign. I think he’s got it there. It’s in his mind and it’s in his heart. So the issue now is pulling people together and organizing around that,” he says.

For Fischer’s full speech, go here.

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Census Map Shows Minority Population Change by County

It was previously reported that Jefferson County’s population increase over the last decade was due largely to growing Asian and Hispanic populations. The same news was reported in several other counties,  and this map from the Census Bureau shows how various populations have grown and shrunk since 2000. (via)

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Annual Race And Relations Conference Is Tuesday

The Louisville Human Relations Commission’s annual race and relations conference is Tuesday.

The conference features workshops on fair housing, economic assistance and civil rights. Commission director Carolyn Miller-Cooper says the goal of the conference, as in previous years, is to help familiarize Louisvillians with discrimination law.

“Race, religion, color, age—when it comes to employment, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and disability. All those classes are covered by our ordinance here in Louisville,” she says.

About 350 people are expected to attend the conference. That’s in line with previous years, but Miller-Cooper says interest in the issues covered has gone up since 2008.

“Over the past two years, there has been an increase in civil rights in general in this country,” she says. “And I believe we’ve had more discussion on the topic nationwide.”

There will also be a discussion of pay discrimination in college athletics. The keynote speaker is fair pay activist Lilly Ledbetter. This is the 15th annual race and relations conference.

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Racial Bias in Services to Children & Families

Racial bias seems to be present in all professions and all walks of life. But what if you encounter racial bias at the one place you need the most? Every day children and families seek social services for help with their lives. They put their trust in individuals and organizations that are supposed to provide assistance based on need, not race. But humans are in charge, and with humans comes bias, both conscious and unconscious. And individual bias can lead to institutional bias with minorities disproportionately represented, or treated differently from white people. Join us on Monday when we talk about racial bias in services to children and families and learn how to combat this problem.  Listen to the Show

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Norton Chosen For National Cancer Institute Program

The Norton Cancer Institute has been chosen by the National Cancer Institute to become a Community Cancer Center.

Norton Vice President of Research and Prevention Dr. Sandra Brooks says among other services, the Community Cancer Center Program will help Norton reach out to people who have generally not been able to access cancer screenings or treatments.

“Those individuals who have less than a high school education, those individuals who are racial or ethnic minorities, the elderly, those who live in rural populations, those who are uninsured,” she says. “The cancers that occur most commonly in the Commonwealth, there are proven methods of early detection and treatment. So our challenge is to reach into those populations and identify the people who do need screenings and navigate them through the process.”

Norton will receive a $1.6 million, two-year contract for the Community Cancer Center. Norton is the only site chosen in Kentucky for the program, and is one of 14 new sites added to the program with federal stimulus dollars. There are a total of 30 Community Cancer Centers in the country.

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Race and the Space Race

Saturday, February 13, 2010 9pm

Producer: Richard Paul and Soundprint
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The Space Age began when America was going through a wrenching battle over Civil Rights. And because the heart of the old Confederacy was chosen as its base, NASA played an unintended role in Civil Rights history. In this program, we hear how this happened and we hear the stories of the people who broke the color line at NASA. Their stories of frustration and their stories of perseverance. Produced by Richard Paul with Soundprint and narrated by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in Space, “Race and the Space Race” tells the unlikely story of Civil Rights and the Space Program.

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President Obama's Election & What It Means about Race in the U.S.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009
President Obama’s Election & What It Means about Race in the U.S.
It was widely agreed that the election of Barack Obama in November 2008 was a historically significant moment. The United States had its first African-American president, and it seemed even those with political differences knew that meant something. But what exactly did it mean? On Wednesday we’ll look at how Obama’s election and presidency has changed the conversation about race in this country – and how it hasn’t. Photo by Flickr user loop_oh

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