Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ernest Hooper: Work remains in struggle to end discrimination

Community Tampa Bay celebrated the life-changing success of its Anytown program at a luncheon last week, but the nonprofit also reminded us that there is work to be done in its quest to end discrimination.

Officials shared how an employee has to endure a co-worker repeatedly using the n-word, even though the employee asked her to stop. Management has yet to take action.

Check your calendar. Yes, it is 2013. Yes, it's still a problem.

I believe all of 10 people heard me read a 15-minute excerpt from The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí at the Salvador Dalí Museum at 4:15 a.m. Saturday. That doesn't count the two people lying on the floor and sleeping in the back of the room.

Still, I enjoyed being a part of the museum's celebration of Dalí's birthday, and the passage proved as fascinating as the rest of the man's life. I think Dalí appreciated my attempts to pronounce words like "philistinism" while wearing Gator pajama pants and a Times shirt. …

STEM is the growing educational emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math to help fill the void of viable employees for high-tech jobs. But can we add an "A" to STEM and maintain liberal arts programs. Find out when 83 Degrees Media hosts a "STEM or STEAM" community conversation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Science and Industry near Tampa. …

As someone with fond childhood memories of Wakulla Springs, I hope a $10 million legislative allocation to the Department of Environmental Protection gets us moving toward saving the state's treasured water sources. Florida must remain what God intended it to be.

That's all I'm saying.

Ernest Hooper: Work remains in struggle to end discrimination 05/12/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 12, 2013 6:52pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Editorial: Rubio, Bilirakis owe Floridians answers on drug law


    Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor have some explaining to do. They were co-sponsors of legislation making it harder for the Drug Enforcement Administration to go after drug companies that distribute prescription pills to unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists, contributing to the deadly opioid crisis …

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor has some explaining to do. He was a co-sponsor of legislation making it harder for the Drug Enforcement Administration to go after drug companies that distribute prescription pills to unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists.
  2. Former Hillsborough school official files lawsuit alleging high-level corruption


    TAMPA — The fired human resources chief of the Hillsborough County School District is accusing district leaders and two School Board members of committing corrupt acts and then punishing her when she would not go along.

    Stephanie Woodford rose through the ranks of the Hillsborough County School District, then was fired as Chief of Human Resources on April 28. She's now suing the district, alleging numerous acts of corruption. [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times]
  3. District 6 Council candidate Justin Bean crisscrosses St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG – City Council District 6 candidate Justin Bean spent Thursday crisscrossing the city by bus, electric car and bike as part of a campaign to get his message out.
    His final stop was City Hall, where he spoke on the steps of the historic municipal building about what he referred to as the …

  4. Accident or murder? Jury soon to decide fate of Deandre Gilmore


    TAMPA — Deandre Gilmore has never disputed that it was a mistake to leave his girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter unattended in a bathtub on May 7, 2014.

    Tampa police Officer James Parsons testifies as a photograph of 19-month-old Myla Presley is displayed Tuesday at Deandre Gilmore's murder trial. The photo was taken before the girl's death. .[CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  5. Deputies: Dunedin man had an arsenal and images of schools

    Public Safety

    Deputies executing a search on a Dunedin home on Wednesday expected to find signs that a 24-year-old resident was in possession of child pornography.

    Pinellas deputies say Randall Drake, 24, left, had an arsenal of weapons and images of schools.