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U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a "California Sanctuary State Roundtable" at the White House in Washington. U.S., May 16, 2018. Presidential words matter – especially in a White House statement. So US President Donald Trump’s description of immigrants (he later specified that he meant MS-13 gang-members) as “animals” raises red flags amongst those of us who remember what can happen when governments demonize an entire group of people. Especially when such language comes right after a new...
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by on May 17, 2018
Thursday marks the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court abolishing segregated schools in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. That means a generation of Americans has been born, attended public schools, matured into adulthood, raised children of their own, and now reached retirement age — all outside the shadow of America’s own system of legal apartheid. This year’s commemoration will be bittersweet for many education activists: Linda Brown — who was in third grade when her fat...
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by on May 17, 2018
Although cops allege that rapper T.I. was drunk and disorderly during his recent arrest, in a newly leaked jail video it appears that the rapper was quite lucid when he was questioning a police officer as to why he was arrested in the first place. On Wednesday morning, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) was arrested after trying to enter his gated community. In an interview with TMZ, T.I. said the guard was sleeping at his post when he tried to gain entrance, and when the guard phoned his w...
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by on May 15, 2018
City Councilman Rory Lancman said he’s appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. The head of the City Council's justice committee is asking the city's five district attorneys to refuse to prosecute people arrested for low-level pot possession for misdemeanors. Councilman Rory Lancman said he's appealing to the DAs because of a massive racial gap in people busted by the NYPD for pot use. Lancman (D-Queens) says DAs should automatic...
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by on May 13, 2018
The police explanation that more black and Hispanic people are arrested on marijuana charges because complaints are high in their neighborhoods doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.   There are many ways to get arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern has remained true through years of piecemeal policy changes in New York City: The primary targets are black and Hispanic people. They sit in courtroom pews, almost all of them young black men, waiting their turn before a New York City jud...
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by on May 11, 2018
CNN's Nima Elbagir AS CNN FINDS ITSELF, AGAIN AND AGAIN, the target of President Trump, the network’s senior international correspondent, Nima Elbagir, continues to produce reporting that gives life to the president’s “fake news” attacks. Last fall, her investigation into human slavery in Libya produced international outrage, and her recent report from the Democratic Republic of Congo exposed child labor violations in the mining of cobalt, a mineral widely used in green energy products. ...
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by on May 3, 2018
Economic and racial segregation is nothing new in New York City public schools. It is actually one of the most divisive problems. The city's system is the third-most-segregated in the country, according to Molloy College Professor Allison Roda. New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza made headlines last week by retweeting an article headlined "Wealthy white Manhattan parents angrily rant against plan to bring more black kids to their schools." "Definitely there is a diversity ...
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by on April 28, 2018
With two new songs, Kanye West shows his affinity for President Trump and the art of the troll. Sometimes, good music is not enough. Not even for Kanye West, the musical genius and G.O.O.D. Music mogul who stooped, and fell, to cretinous levels in the eyes of many fans this week. What a week it's been, too. America's Dad was convicted in a court of law, and we learned just how nasty Nas and Kelis' former marriage may have been after she alleged being physically and mentally abused by h...
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by on April 28, 2018
Several Asian-American legislators consider the decision a huge victory. A judge ordered the National Weather Service to reinstate Chinese-American scientist Sherry Chen. After a long legal battle, a Chinese-American hydrologist who was wrongly accused of espionage is finally getting justice.  Chief Administrative Judge Michele Schroeder ruled Tuesday in favor of Sherry Chen, whom the National Weather Service had fired in 2015 even after the espionage case against Chen had collapsed...
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by on April 22, 2018
Starbucks’ anti-racism announcement has put the ADL in the spotlight, and not in a good way. Twitter is running down facts on the ADL — including its work getting American cops trained in the tactics Israel uses against Palestinians. Why do corporations and politicians still believe the ADL is a “civil rights” organization? Sit down for some history. Starbucks’ plan to shut down stores on May 29th for anti-racist training, including the Anti-Defamation League, has brought new scrutiny to ...
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by on April 22, 2018
Tribes say they should be exempt from Medicaid work requirements. The Trump administration has allowed three states — Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana — to begin instituting Medicaid work requirements, and at least 10 other states have submitted or are preparing applications. The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care — a policy that tribal leaders say will threaten access to care and reverse centuries-old protections. ...
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by on April 22, 2018
About four months before William Wheeler arrived as a freshman at the University of Pikeville and relaunched the university’s Black Student Union, a group of about 125 white nationalists marched through the streets just blocks away. They chanted and carried signs on April 29, 2017, hoping their message would resonate in a county that continues to suffer from a sharp decline in the coal industry. The rally — condemned at the time by many Pikeville residents and local officials — contributed...
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