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  • Silent Majority/Mayoria Silenciosa

    A first-of-its-kind analysis found deep patterns of under-representation of the fast growing Hispanic population on city councils and county commissioners courts across Texas. http://projects.statesman.com/news/latino-representation/
  • Police & Race Relations

    This story delves into police and racial profiling in Amarillo. ABC 7 analyzed all traffic stops from 2015 that resulted in a warning or citation by race. We found that blacks had 10 percent of the traffic stops but made up seven percent of the Amarillo population. Hispanics had 40 percent of the traffic stops but make up 29 percent of the population. This story also looks at why the data might not tell the full story. People self-select their race on their driver’s license and the Census, but officers select a driver’s race during a traffic stop. There is also an issue in data collection because “Hispanic” didn’t become a race option for driver’s licenses until 2013. Previously, Hispanics had to select to be Black or White. Because not all licenses are updated but police must report the number of Hispanic drivers stopped each year, officers have to determine a driver’s race.
  • Racial Profiling Whitewash

    This KXAN investigation uncovered state and local law enforcement agencies wrongly reporting the race of minority drivers during traffic stops. KXAN analyzed more than 16 million Texas Department of Public Safety traffic stop records and revealed the state law enforcement agency systematically under-reported the number of minorities, mostly Hispanics, stopped on Texas roads by state troopers. The investigation questioned the validity of DPS racial profiling reports and led to immediate statewide changes in the way Texas troopers conduct traffic stops and record racial profiling data. KXAN found the same problem in the Austin Police Department which prompted an immediate audit of APD's traffic stop data and race recording practices which found APD in violation of the Texas racial profiling law. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEG0q7WR1U
  • In precincts with higher minority populations, greater chance of casting provisional ballots

    This story presents an analysis of the percentage of provisional ballots cast in precincts across Maricopa County, Arizona during the November 2012 general election. Maricopa County is home to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and home to several Hispanic rights groups. After the general election in November, some of the groups claimed Hispanics and other minorities were forced to vote provisionally more often than other groups, increasing the likelihood that their votes wouldn't count. This story confirmed that areas with higher rates of minorities did see higher rates of provisional ballots cast.
  • Meet The Candidates

    When the Commission on Presidential Debates did not choose an Hispanic or African-American moderator for the presidential debates, Univision ramped up its yearlong effort to provide Hispanic voters a direct opportunity to know the presidential candidates and help them make informed choices on election day. As the Spanish-language network of record, catering to a growing and influential part of the electorate, we invited the candidates to speak with us directly about issues of import to all voters as well as issues of specific concern to Hispanics. The result was an in-depth conversation that became one of the most talked about events of the campaign season.
  • San Jose police: Misdemeanor Justice

    The San Jose police are the most aggressive city in California when it comes to misdemeanor crimes and the arrests. They have the largest per capita of arrests in the state and many of these arrests are for petty crimes or resisting arrest where no crime was actually involved. Many of these crimes involve the attitude of those being arrested, public intoxication without proper tests, and disturbing the peace. A number of these arrests are based on color and a great deal of force was used in these arrests.
  • Caution! The secret score behind your auto insurance

    Insurance scores can significantally raise the price of automobile insurance for good drivers who get poor scores, and the use of insurance scores has been found to have disproportionately harmful impact on blacks, Hispanics, and low-income consumers.
  • Inside the UFW

    This series takes a look at what the United Farm Workers have become since it was founded over 40 years ago by Cesar Chavez and others. They found that the UFW is not a union in the typical sense; it has not really been able to raise wages for workers or improve working conditions. It has become, instead, a collection of social-service organizations, some of them for profit, some non-profit, for farm workers. Family members of the UFW founders have often inherited leadership roles and sometimes the money which is donated to various social service organizations is not well accounted for.
  • Majority rules state's politics

    This ongoing series of stories, based on the 1990 census, examines the changing demographics in California. Among the findings: Few of California's elected leaders are minorities despite a rising minority population; San Fernando now has a Hispanic majority; Hispanics are becoming more active in politics; the population of children and the elderly is booming in Sacramento; rural areas are growing; home prices are changing the nature of neighborhoods; more people who get divorced stay divorced; and women constitute the majority in the state.
  • "Segregation Persists in NY"

    A study of racial breakdown of census data by voting tract shows that racial shifts are evident in the city area.