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Negro Leagues barnstorming brought baseball to new places

It's just one of the lasting economic legacies of the professional baseball played in the Negro Leagues in the 20th century.
Teams that played in the Negro Leagues often had no choice but to hit the road and play games all over. They relied on this practice, known as barnstorming, to keep the money coming in. Pictured above: The Newark Eagles in a dugout in 1936.
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How baseball's Negro Leagues became successful business enterprises

"It was sailing against the tide of oppression," Negro Leagues Baseball Museum co-founder Larry Lester says.
Andrew "Rube" Foster founded the Chicago American Giants, pictured here in 1941. Foster organized the Negro National League, the first league for Black baseball players that survived a whole season.
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Video game Dot's Home brings a story of housing injustice to life

The interactive game lets players follow one family's account of disadvantage and discrimination through the generations.
"We wanted to tell a multigenerational story, because when you think about housing disadvantage, it is cumulative," says Christina Rosales, above, co-creator of Dot's Home.
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California debates who should be eligible for reparations for slavery

Jan 4, 2024
Recommendations start "with those folks who are clearly descendants of 250 years of wage theft in this country," says Sen. Steven Bradford.
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Female truckers say Facebook’s algorithms may be steering job ads away from women, older workers

Dec 20, 2022
A complaint to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission alleges that these algorithms may be recreating hiring biases — unintentionally, in some cases, but still illegally.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said it has a new system in the works to prevent ad discrimination.
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5 years later, economics faces another #MeToo moment

Dec 15, 2022
Despite being part of a field that studies inequality, women in economics are taking to Twitter to share stories of continued mistreatment.
Janet Yellen, the current U.S. secretary of the treasury, was president of the American Economic Association in 2020 and advocated for gender parity in the profession.
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Finnish prime minister's woes show women in power face double standard

Aug 23, 2022
Sanna Marin faced scrutiny after dancing and partying, a reaction familiar to many women in positions of authority.
Finnish leader Sanna Marin, whose partying at a private event raised a furor.
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What would the Biden administration's new plan do to fight racial bias in home appraisals?

Mar 24, 2022
The plan offers a number of steps to improve oversight of the home appraisal industry, and train appraisers.
Though the Fair Housing Act requires appraisers not to discriminate based on race, there are still big discrepancies between the value of homes owned by white versus Black or Latinx households.
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The NFL's hiring practices are biased against Black coaches, a former coach's lawsuit alleges

Feb 14, 2022
The vast majority of the league's head coaches don't look like the vast majority of its players.
Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores claims in a lawsuit against the NFL that the Rooney Rule — which requires that one nonwhite candidate be interviewed for head coach positions — is all show.
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As the Super Bowl looms, the NFL is roiled by claims of racism

Feb 10, 2022
While 70% of players are Black., less than 6% of head coaches are.
Former Miami Dolphins head coach, Brian Flores, seen above on Jan. 2, filed a class-action lawsuit alleging discriminatory hiring practices in the NFL.
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