"Cabdrivers who refuse passengers on the basis of race or their far-flung destinations are being targeted by taxi officials who want to stiffen fines for the escalating problem."
Officials hope that by increasing the penalties for "refusals of service" — the most egregious nonviolent offense a hack can commit — they'll stop the 38 percent rise in trip-denial complaints that took place from 2009 to 2010."
"The resentment some Native Hawaiians feels toward whites today can be chalked up in part to "ancestral memory," says Jon Matsuoka, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii. "That trauma is qualitatively different than other ethnic groups in America. It's more akin to American Indians" because Hawaiians had their homeland invaded, were exposed to diseases for which they had no immunity, and had an alien culture forced upon them, he says. Stories about the theft of their lands and culture have been passed down from one generation to the next, Matsuoka adds."
"Its editor-in-chief, third-year law student and former NAACP Legal Defense Fund intern Sheila Adams, said in a release that high profile incidents including Arizona’s immigration law and the disproportionate impact of the financial and foreclosure calamities on minorities disprove theories that President Obama’s election ushered in a 'post-racial' society.
“'In short, the relevance of race in our society and, thus, the law, continues to be very much a reality, and the increasingly multi-racial and multi-cultural nature of our communities both complicates and enriches this sphere of academic inquiry,' Adams wrote in the first issue’s 'Editor’s Note.'”
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