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Video games reinforce racial stereotype

Eight-six percent of all video-game protagonists are white men, leaving non-white men to be portrayed stereotypically. According to a study by Children Now, seven out of the 10 Asian characters are fighters, and eight out of 10 African Americans are sports competitors. Nine out of 10 African-American women were victims of violence, which is twice the rate of white women. Seventy-nine percent of African-American men were shown as verbally and physically aggressive, compared to 57 percent of white men.

Wal-Mart Illegal Workers Case Going to Grand Jury

A grand jury in Pennsylvania is to convene Thursday to consider a case against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in which the world's largest retailer is accused of using illegal workers to clean floors in its stores.

U.S. Assistant Attorney Wayne Samuelson, whose office in Williamsport , Pa. , is handling the case, said the grand jury would meet Thursday but he would not discuss details of the case. Grand juries meet in secret and can hand up indictments.

Wal-Mart has said federal prosecutors told the company it was the target of a probe into whether it broke immigration laws by having contractors that employed illegal workers. Wal-Mart has not been charged with a crime. In the raids, the office of an executive at the Bentonville headquarters was searched and federal agents carted away boxes of files. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams said Wednesday that the company was bound by federal rules surrounding grand jury secrecy and could not comment.

Janitorial companies hired by Wal-Mart were at the center of a 21-state sweep of 60 stores on Oct. 23. About 250 workers from 18 countries were arrested, and 10 of them were employed by Wal-Mart itself.

Some of the workers have sued the Bentonville-based company alleging that it conspired with the contractors to create a criminal enterprise that violated the civil rights and wage protections of immigrants who cleaned its stores. The lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey seeks class-action status for perhaps thousands of immigrants hired by companies that clean floors for Wal-Mart. (AP)

Andrew Young to Endorse Wesley Clark

Andrew Young, a civil-rights trailblazer and former United Nations ambassador, plans to endorse Democrat Wesley Clark for president, giving the retired Army general a boost in primary states with a significant number of African Americans. Young is scheduled to appear at a Dec. 21 campaign event with Clark in South Carolina , which holds its primary Feb. 3. Officials familiar with discussions about the event, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the former ambassador will endorse Clark .

It is the latest development in a high-stakes endorsement race designed to make inroads in communities of color. Former Vice President Al Gore, still popular with African Americans and other key party constituencies threw his support behind front-runner Howard Dean on Tuesday.

Young, 71, was a congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Atlanta 's mayor for two terms and a gubernatorial candidate in 1990, losing to Zell Miller in a primary runoff. Young's rise to prominence began in the civil rights struggle, when he was a top lieutenant of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His election to Congress in 1972 made him the first black elected to Congress from Georgia since Reconstruction. (AP)

Men Earning $10,000 More Annually Than Women

In 21 fields analyzed, men earned an average of $10,000 more annually than women for identical work, according to a 2003 study by the National Association for Female Executives.  (

Native Americans: Biased Treatment in Rental Market

Native-American renters experienced discrimination more than 29 percent of the time, according to a U.S. Housing and Urban Development study conducted by the Urban Institute. (


Last Updated: April 5, 2004

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