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  • Jumpsuit or Tailored Suit? It Depends What Crime You’re Accused Of
    An unarmed black teenager took a box of cigars from a convenience store. He was pulled over by police and tried to run away. He was shot six times and died at the scene.A black 12 year old was playing with a bb gun. Police arrived on the scene and shot him to death seconds later.A suspected drug dealer has his home raided by SWAT teams.
  • GOP Leaders Ignore Selma Anniversary at Their Own Peril
    The Republican Leadership in Congress needs an intervention. There's just no other way to put it. How can a party who proclaims they want to open up their tent and be more welcoming to people who aren't old, white men not foresee the terrible optics of ignoring the 50th Anniversary of one of the worst racial injustices in modern history? I get it.
  • How We Can Use the Pain and Grief in Ferguson to Change America's Police Practices
    The decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for his role in the shooting death of Michael Brown shines a spotlight on the flawed criminal justice system that we have set up in this country. An unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer and that officer will never see the inside of a criminal courtroom.
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  • Newly elected House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a White Supremacist conference in 2002, during his tenure as a state representative in Louisiana. Representative Scalise spoke at a workshop designed "to teach the most effective and up-to-date methods of civil rights and heritage related activism." Scalise insists he didn't know that he was speaking to a hate group and says that he used to speak to any group that would hear him talk abo'ut his dislike of 'slush funds.'
  • A former aide to John Padgett, the head of the Georgia Republican Party, filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the Georgia Republican Party of racism and improper termination. Qiana Keith claims she was fired after bringing up her complaint to a superior and is asking for damages and lost wages. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • A grand jury is looking into accusations that Bill Weisenberger, a conservative judge in Mississippi who has been accused of striking a mentally challenged man in a local flea market and yelling "Run n-gger, run!" as the young man ran away. The young man was approaching the flea market in search of employment opportunities when Weisenberger accosted him. Multiple witnesses have confirmed the young man's accusations. Judge Weisenberger has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
  • Robert Copeland, a Police Commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, has admitted to calling President Obama the 'N' word after a town resident overheard him using the slur in a local restaurant. Copeland is unapologetic and claims President Obama "meets and exceeds" his criteria for using the racial slur. He is also refusing calls for his resignation despite calls for his resignation or removal by many local residents.
  • For 55 minutes, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy spoke to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was really all that bad. All the while, the Bureau of Land Management rangers who, acting on a court order, tried to confiscate 500 cattle owned by Mr. Bundy, who has been illegally grazing his herd on public land since 1993. During Cliven's speech, he told a story that revealed his true, racist side. Many Republican supporters are now withdrawing their support due to the extreme comment. Here is what he had to say. “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr.

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