Services like Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft have recently been criticized for allowing discriminatory practices. Users of the services who are black and/or have “black sounding” names have reported cancellations and longer wait times when using them. Last month, an Airbnb host in North Carolina made hateful, racist posts in canceling a booking by a black guest. This has sparked an online campaign, #AirbnbWhileBlack, where black Airbnb users have shared their experiences while using Airbnb and their subsequent dissatisfaction with the service.
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As reports of widespread destruction due to Hurricane Matthew continue to increase, it is worth remembering that our Governor, Pat McCrory, decided to pull $500,000 from North Carolina's disaster relief fund back in August in order to defend his implementation of the discriminatory House Bill 2.
As I write you, North Carolinians are still stranded in flooded areas with no electricity and scarce resources. Share this with your friends and loved ones so that they are aware come November of our governor's negligence.
By John Sanford Friedrich
By the setting of the sun soldiers from the activated national guard of North Carolina were patrolling the streets of our largest city, Charlotte. The night prior had seen disturbances verging on riots, as protestors against the killing of Keith Lamont Scott in murky circumstances turned their frustrations against uptown storefronts.
Kami Mueller, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Republican Party, recently gave a couple of bizarre interviews in defense of House Bill 2. The controversial piece of legislation has driven business out of the state. Just this week, the NCAA and the ACC revealed that, due to HB2, they would be moving all of their championship basketball games for the 2016-2017 season out of North Carolina. Earlier this year, the NBA made a similar decision in which they decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina.
Nearly five months ago, a group of seven migrant farmworkers filed a lawsuit against Jackson Farming Company after enduring several infringements on their rights. The owner of Jackson Farming Company is North Carolina State Senator Brent Jackson.
Jackson is currently vice chairman of the Senate's Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee. The lawsuit against him and his son, Rodney, has been taken to federal court and their farm in Autryville is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.
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By John Sanford Friedrich
On the filing deadline for Election 2008, there was only a theoretical chance that a freshman African American senator might win the presidency. Few were dreading the notion of North Carolina giving our 15 electoral votes to Barack Obama.