Racial problems persist in hiring, profiling

06/02/2014 11:52 AM

06/03/2014 2:23 PM

Two reports involving race evoke very different responses.

Google issued its gender and ethnic workforce findings, showing that the corporate giant is no better than most of America in hiring African Americans and Latinos. Of the Internet company’s 26,600 workers, 61 percent are white, 30 percent are Asian, 3 percent are Latino and 2 percent are African American, The Associated Press reports.

One would expect better of a company that prides itself on diversity and being smart as the demographics of the country continues to change to have more African Americans and Hispanics.

And then there’s Missouri, where racial profiling in traffic stops has been an ongoing problem. A report from Attorney General Chris Koster on 1.7 million traffic stops by officers from 613 law enforcement agencies in 2013 showed that African American drivers were 66 percent more likely to be stopped than white drivers. The state first began reporting racial profiling data on traffic stops in 2000.

Back then blacks were 30 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites were, The Associated Press reports. Racial profiling not only doesn’t change in the Show-Me State, the problem accelerates.

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