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Does The Army Still Have a Race Problem?

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The Army brass is worried about its diversity in critical mid-level posts.

Federal Judge Voids Changes In Ohio Early Voting Law In A Troubling Decision

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A Federal Judge in Ohio has issued a very troubling ruling on that state’s early voting law.

Incoming Public School Children Now Majority Non-White

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School has already started for some parts of the country, and children in the rest of the country will be back to school within the next week or so. When they are all there, it will be the first time in history that the majority of America’s school population is non-white: White pupils in state […]

Washington Post Won’t Use ‘Redskins’ in Editorials–But Will on Sports Pages

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The capital’s paper has issued a partial ban on the controversial nickname of the local NFL franchise.

What If “Justice” In The Mike Brown Case Doesn’t End In A Conviction?

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

There is a good possibility that Darren Wilson could be acquitted in the shooting of Michael Brown.. Are the protesters ready to accept that reality?

Public Opinion On Ferguson Shows Deep Racial Divisions

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What you think about the events in Ferguson depends quite a lot on whether you’re black or white.

Another Night Of Unrest In Ferguson, And An Assault On Journalism

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The situation in Ferguson, Missouri isn’t calming down.

The Michael Brown Shooting And The Militarization Of American Police

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The shooting of Michael Brown is just another example of an ongoing problem.

Why Debating Districts Misses The Larger Point

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There are plenty of other factors that help our two major parties retain power.

Federal Judge Rejects Voting Rights Challenge To North Carolina Ballot Changes

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A major voting rights ruling out of North Carolina.

Viet Xuan Luong Becomes First Vietnamese-American General

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Viet Xuan Luong pins on a brigadier general’s star today, becoming the first Vietnamese-American officer to achieve that rank.

House Republicans Are Dooming Their 2016 Nominee With Latino Voters

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Republicans in the House seem determined to make life difficult for whomever wins the GOP nomination in 2016

It Just Keeps Getting Weirder In Mississippi

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The votes have been counted, the result is clear, but the battle between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel continues to get stranger by the day.

Could The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Make It Through Congress Today?

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The sad truth is that the bipartisanship that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 no longer exists today.

While We’re on the Subject of Indian Nicknames, Let’s Talk About the Army

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Native American names are everywhere.

GOP Losing Cuban-American Vote Too

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A new poll suggests that Republicans could be losing a constituency that is very key for them in the nation’s third most populous state.

The Redskins Trademark Decision Is Legally Dubious, And Troubling

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However you feel about the Redskins name, the decision to retroactively repeal their trademarks is troubling on many levels.

Mike Huckabee Invokes Martin Luther King Jr. To Argue Against Marriage Equality

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Once again, conservatives demonstrate how little they understand minority voters.

Washington Redskins Trademark Canceled

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The US Government has deemed the nickname of the capital’s NFL club racially offensive.

Is Scott Walker Too White To Get Elected?

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TNR makes the worst possible case for a proposition that’s almost certainly right.

The Real Origin of the ‘Washington Redskins’ Nickname

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A debunking of the origin story actually aids the case that the motivation was not racist. It doesn’t matter.

Fifty Senators Call On N.F.L. To Change Redskins Name

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Once again, Washington politicians are pontificating about the Washington Redskins.

Donald Sterling really doesn’t get it, does he?

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Last night, Donald Sterling kicked off his apology tour with an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, during which he said that he was “asking for forgiveness.” However, when the topic got to Magic Johnson, Sterling’s contrition seemed to disappear: “Well, what kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches […]

NBA Wants to Ban Shelly Sterling, Too

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The NBA wants to get rid of Donald Sterling’s estranged wife, too.

The NBA, the NFL, Sterling, and the Redskins

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Today, NPR Commentator Frank Deford, also a Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated, made the following observation about longer reaching implications of the Donald Sterling affair: On thing I think may have a carry over factor here, is that it puts more pressure on another commissioner, Roger Goodell of the NFL, to try and force Daniel […]

Donald Sterling: Sympathy for a Devil

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I’m uneasy about a world in which a private conversation, illegally recorded, can be used in this fashion.

NAACP Withdraws Lifetime Acheivement Award For Clippers Owner

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After the revelations about his racist rant became public, the NAACP decided to withdraw the Lifetime Achievement Award it was going to give to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Starling: NAACP Interim President Lorraine Miller said Sunday the NAACP will not go forward with plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Los Angeles Clippers owner […]

So, The Owner Of The L.A. Clippers Is A Racist

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The National Basketball Association is dealing with a bit of an embarrassment thanks to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers: An audio recording purportedly of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is sending shockwaves around the sports world. On the tape, Sterling tells his girlfriend V. Stiviano (who is half-black and half-Mexican) not to bring black people to […]

Cliven Bundy Doesn’t Know When To Shut Up

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy appeared on CNN this morning and, well, dug the hole he was in just a little bit deeper: When asked about his remarks on slavery Friday morning on CNN, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy said, ”If I say ‘negro’ or ‘black boy’ or ‘slave’ … if those people cannot take those kind of […]

Cliven Bundy Tries To Clarify Himself, and Fails

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Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy appeared on a radio show this morning to respond to the reports regarding his statements about race and slavery. To say the very least, he didn’t help his case at all He said, “I’m wondering are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were they were slaves when […]

Rand Paul And Others On The Right Denounce Cliven Bundy

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Cliven Bundy still has his defenders among the hardcore right, but many people have joined Kentucky’s junior Senator in throwing Cliven Bundy under the bus

Social Mobility and Race in Higher Education

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The Affirmative Action debate is too divisive and largely misses the point.

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Referendum Banning Affirmative Action In Higher Education

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The Supreme Court may have just found a way to end the debate over Affirmative Action in education.

Most Americans Don’t Think Barack Obama Is Black

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A new Pew Research poll finds something very interesting when it asks Americans how they perceive the President of the United States: [A]ccording to data in a fascinating new Pew Research Center study, a majority of Americans describe the President as “mixed race” while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him “black.” While […]

#CancelColbert Trolling

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An opportunist ruins a good joke and hijacks an important discussion.

Twice as Good with Half as Much

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Ta-Nehisi Coates explores his complicated reaction to the first African-American president.

South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela

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Following the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday, President Obama ordered flags at the White House and other Federal offices to be lowered to half staff in his honor until December 9th. Typically when this happens, governments at all levels follow suit even though the President technically doesn’t have authority over them. That won’t be […]

Obama’s America Iron Bowl Cartoon Controversy

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Irony is officially dead.

Last Of The Scottsboro Boys Pardoned

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After 80 years, the last of the Scottsboro Boys, African-American men wrongfully convicted of the rapes of two white women, were pardoned for a crime they never committed: MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s parole board wrote a new ending for the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” rape case Thursday by approving posthumous pardons more than 80 years after the […]

Poll: Conservatives More Comfortable With Confederate Flag Than Rainbow Flag

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A new poll finds that conservatives are more comfortable with public display of the Confederate Battle Flag than they are with the display of the Rainbow Flag that has become associated with the gay rights movement and same-sex marriage: Public Policy Polling found that the Americans polled were more offended by the rainbow flag than the confederate flag, […]

White Guy Wins Election By Pretending To Be Black

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Well, this is certainly an interesting campaign strategy: HOUSTON — Dave Wilson chuckles as he talks about his unorthodox political campaign. “I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson says. “No, I didn’t expect to win.” Still, he figured he’d have fun running, because he was fed up with what he called “all the […]

White Male Privilege Exists, Defense Department Points Out

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A Pentagon Equal Opportunity training manual points out the obvious.

Supreme Court Hears Argument On Referendum Banning Affirmative Action

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Should states have the right to ban affirmative action? The Supreme Court will decide that this term.

NFL Commissioner Endorsing Heckler’s Veto Over Redskins Name?

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Should one person being “offended” by more important than a vast majority who are not?

Boehner, Cantor Turned Down Invitation To Speak At MLK Anniversary

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And Republicans wonder why they have problems with minority voters.

Republican Congressman Vows Push To Fix Voting Rights Act

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Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner made some news today when he said that he intended to make an effort to address the problems in the Voting Rights Act that caused the Supreme Court to throw out the pre-clearance formulas that had been the most powerful part of the nearly 50 year old law: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) […]

Federal Government Sues Over Texas Voter ID Law

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Reports of the death of the Voting Rights Act have been greatly exaggerated.

Justice Dept. Files Challenge Against Texas Redistricting

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Notwithstanding last month’s Supreme Court decision on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department is moving forward with a challenge to Texas’s redistricting plan: Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in late June that weakened the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will use what’s left of the […]

Victor Davis Hanson’s Prejudice And Race In America

We’ve still got a long way to go.

Race In America And The Time Barack Obama Was Mistaken For A Waiter

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What can an incident at an elite New York party ten years ago tell us about race in America?

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