NAACP Releases Diversity Report Card

In today's link roundup: The civil rights organization re-engages with the issue of corporate inclusion. Plus: Black professor attacked for asking students to analyze without prejudice.

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NAACP releases diversity report card: In a move meant to signal the organization's re-entry into the work of advocating for greater corporate diversity and inclusion, the NAACP announced the findings from its "Opportunity & Diversity Report Card: Hotel & Lodging Industry" today. The report card grades the largest companies on their representation of African Americans and people of color as a whole with respect to workforce, supplier diversity and ownership.

Obama takes "fiscal cliff" fight to the public: The president traveled today to a toy-manufacturing facility in Hatfield, Pa., where he will make the case that Congress should immediately extend the Bush-era tax cuts on income under $250,000 per year.

Black professor attacked for asking students to disavow prejudice: Some are upset that an African-American female political science professor at Butler University asked students to disregard their "American-ness, maleness, whiteness, heterosexuality, middle-class status" when writing and speaking in the classroom -- a practice that the school's arts and sciences dean defended as a way to negate students' inherent prejudices.

NYC fast-food workers strike: They're demanding higher wages as well as recognition for a new union called the Fast Food Workers Committee.

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