An Atlanta sheriff, Roger Garrison, is getting criticized for his wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume because it was a gag reference to the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles. He admits now that after doing it 30 years ago, it was a stupid mistake and hopes not to be judged by it. The sheriff wore the KKK clothing at a Halloween party in the 1980s. However, the pictures which have surfaced bode badly for the sheriff as he facing a fight for re-election next month. Read more
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or religion. Discrimination on the basis of an immutable characteristic associated with race, such as skin color, hair texture, or certain facial features violates Title VII, even though not all members of the race share the same characteristic. Even though race and color overlap, they are not synonymous. Color discrimination can occur between persons of different races or ethnicities, or between persons of the same race or ethnicity. Although Title VII does not define “color,” Courts have created a common understanding which includes: pigmentation, complexion, or skin shade or tone. Thus, color discrimination occurs when a person is discriminated against based on the lightness, darkness, or other color characteristic of the person. Title VII prohibits race/color discrimination against all persons, including Caucasians. Although a plaintiff may prove a claim of discrimination through direct or circumstantial evidence, some courts take the position that if a white person relies on circumstantial evidence to establish a reverse discrimination claim, he or she must meet a heightened standard of proof. The Commission, in contrast, applies the same standard of proof to all race discrimination claims, regardless of the victim’s race or the type of evidence used. See
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