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Mississippi School District Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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The school district in Biloxi, Mississippi has removed ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from the 8th-grade reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.”

Trump Reopens Charlottesville Wounds By Resurrecting His ‘Both Sides’ Argument

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Donald Trump went there again, and in the process reopened a wound that was starting to heal just a little bit.

Removing Confederate Statues Is Not ‘Erasing History’

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The battle over Confederate statues that was resurrected by the violence in Charlottesville is off the front pages, but that doesn’t mean it’s over quite yet.

Rex TIllerson Throws Trump Under The Bus Over Charlottesville Response

Donald Trump’s Secretary of State is refusing to defend his response to the violence in Charlottesville.

Trump’s Word are Solace to White Supremacists

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Solace emboldens and helps to mainstream.

Freedom Of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom From The Consequences Of That Speech

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The First Amendment protects the rights even of the people who gathered in Charlottesville to promote hatred and violence, However, it does not shield them from the consequences of that speech.

Who Could Have Seen this Coming? (Trump and Racial Politics Edition)

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Who could have predicted we would be where we are at the moment in terms of racial politics and the White House?

Veneration Creates Normalcy

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I would recommend the following essay from Rose Sampley:  A Southern Woman Shares Her Story of Statues, Lies, and Listening. A sample: In fourth grade I took a field trip to Stone Mountain to see the faces of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson up close and personal. This is a very fond […]

What are we Honoring? (Looking to Statuary Hall)

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Via WaPo:  The U.S. Capitol has at least three times as many statues of Confederate figures as it does of black people Consider this: In the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection there are three times as many statues of Confederate soldiers and politicians as there are statues of black people in the entire Capitol complex, according to records maintained by the Architect […]

Republicans Have A Choice: Embrace Trump And The Alt-Right, Or Save Themselves

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Republicans now face a stark choice.

The ACLU is Right to Defend Free Speech for Awful People

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Yes, even Nazis must have their rights to peaceful speech and assembly protected.

The Confederate Monuments Are Clearly About Hate, Not Heritage

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Facts are stubborn things.

The Wrong Way to Protest Confederate Statues

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We can not condone vandalism and worse.

Trump Resurrects ‘Both Sides Did It’ Excuse For Charlottesville Violence

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President Trump once again revealed his true self at a press conference yesterday.

Trump Praises ‘Very Good People’ at Nazi Rally

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The president’s begrudging condemnation of evil didn’t last long.

Presidents Reagan And Obama Teach Trump How To Respond To Racism And Hate

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Some Presidents knew how to respond to racism and hatred. The current President doesn’t.

Donald Trump’s Words On Charlottesville Were Weak, Inadequate, And Cowardly

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Donald Trump has had harsher things to say about Rosie O’Donnell than he did about the people responsible for yesterday’s violence. That says something about him.

Nazis, Klan Members, Alt-Right Supporters Rally In Virginia Over Removal Of Confederate Statue

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Hatred and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Supreme Court Rejects Racially Gerrymandered Districts In North Carolina

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An important redistricting decision was handed down by the Supreme Court today.

South Carolina Police Officer To Plead Guilty In Walter Scott Shooting

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A guilty plea in a particularly shocking case of police brutality.

Federal Court Finds That Texas Voter ID Law Is Intentionally Discriminatory

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A big win for opponents of Voter ID laws.

Court Approves Trump University Settlement

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Via CNN Money:  Trump University $25 million settlement approved Thousands of former Trump University students will get most of their money back, with a judge on Friday approving a $25 million settlement. “The settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable,” Judge Gonzalo Curiel said in his decision.  Nearly 4,000 former students submitted claims and those who […]

Rep. Steve King Endorses Racist ‘White Nationalism’

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Iowa Congressman Steve King is causing controversy yet again with his comments in support of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

Dylann Roof Sentenced To Die For Charleston Church Murders

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Not surprisingly, Dylann Roof received a sentence of death for the murder of nine people at a historic African-American church.

Dylann Roof Found Guilty In Federal Court Trial

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To nobody’s surprise, Dylann Roof was convicted of the race-motivated murders in a Charleston church.

Trial In Walter Scott Shooting Ends In Hung Jury, Mistrial

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Despite a video that clearly shows what appears to be cold-blooded murder, the trial of a South Carolina cop who shot an African-American man in the back while he ran away ended in a hung jury. Fortunately, this isn’t the end of the road.

The Whitelash Backlash

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So what’s wrong with the Whitelash Backlash thesis?  Not everything, actually.  But plenty.

Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

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On Tuesday night the Establishment won and won yuge. (From new OTB contributor, Michael Bailey)

Federal Judge Suggests Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof May Not Be Competent To Stand Trial

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The Federal Judge presiding over Dylann Roof’s murder trial suggested late last week that Roof may not presently be competent to stand trial. This does not mean that he’ll be set free, though.

Trump, Populism, and Anti-Semitic Dog Whistles

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Distinguishing between anti-elite populism and coded anti-Semitism is next to impossible.

Trump Pushing Asian American Voters Into Democratic Camp

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Donald Trump appears to be pushing voters from America’s fastest growing minority group into the Democratic camp.

Oklahoma Police Officer Charged In Shooting Death Of African-American Man

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An Oklahoma police officer has been charged in the shooting death of an African-American man while North Carolina authorities continue to balk on releasing a video in a shooting case there.

Protests Erupt In The Wake Of Police Shootings In Oklahoma And North Carolina

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After two questionable police shootings, protests erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Latino Voters Really Don’t Like Donald Trump, And That’s Hurting The GOP As A Whole

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Another poll shows that Latino voters are set to reject Donald Trump in record numbers, and now they’re turning against the GOP.

Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Clinton Over Trump

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Not surprisingly, Latino voters are heavily turned off by Donald Trump and seemingly quite eager to vote against him in the fall.

Trump Polling Worse Among African-Americans Than Any Republican Since Barry Goldwater

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Donald Trump’s support among African-Americans is at historic lows, and seems unlikely to recover.

Federal Judge Strikes Down North Dakota’s Voter ID Law

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A Federal Judge in North Dakota has struck down that state’s Voter ID Law, the fourth such decision in less than a month.

Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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After four straight losses, prosecutors in Baltimore are throwing in the towel in the Freddie Gray case.

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

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A big setback for one of the most restrictive Voter ID Laws in the country.

Trial Of Fourth Baltimore Police Officer In Freddie Gray Case Ends In Acquittal

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Another acquittal in Baltimore leads to questions about whether or not prosecutors should continue with the trials against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray matter.

Two Shootings, 1,000 Miles And 2 Days Apart, Bring Police Misconduct Back Into The Spotlight

Two cases quite a distance from each other, but in both police seem to be acting with a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ attitude, especially when it comes to African-American men.

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Based College Admissions Program

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In a somewhat surprising opinion from Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s race-based admissions program.

Trial Of Freddie Gray Police Van Driver Ends In Acquittal

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The trial of the man who was believed to be the most culpable in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted, calling the entire prosecution strategy into question.

Federal Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty Against Dylann Roof For Charleston Shootings

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Following in the footsteps of state prosecutors, Federal prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty for Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

Judge: Giving Ohioans Only 28 Days to Vote Unconstitutional

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An overreach on the “disparate impact” standard.

Second Freddie Gray Trial Ends In Acquittal Of Baltimore Cop

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An acquittal in one of the six Freddie Gray cases, but not an unexpected one.

Vast Majority Of Native Americans Not Offended By ‘Redskins’ Name, New Poll Claims

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A new poll indicates that the argument that the name “Redskins” is disparaging is not an accurate statement of how Native Americans themselves feel about the issue.

The Depressing Reading List

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Some happy articles for your perusal: Via the Guardian:  Trump supporters in St Louis: how ‘midwestern nice’ became a sea of rage Via Salon:  Trump’s not Hitler, he’s Mussolini: How GOP anti-intellectualism created a modern fascist movement in America Via The Atlantic:  Make America White Again? (Donald Trump’s language is eerily similar to the 1920s Ku Klux Klan—hypernationalistic and […]

Latinos Are Becoming Citizens For The Chance To Vote Against Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is motivating people! The problem for Republicans is that he’s motivating them to become citizens so they can vote against him and, potentially, other Republicans.

Hillary Clinton Scores Decisive Super Tuesday Wins, Moves One Step Closer To Nomination

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As expected, Hillary Clinton won big last night while Bernie Sanders largely floundered, thus going further toward making Clinton’s victory inevitable.

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