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Virginia Man Dies After Being Held In Jail For Four Months Without Trial Or Bail

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Four months in jail, no opportunity for bail, no trial, no access to mental health care. And, now Jamycheal Mitchell is dead.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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A Federal Appeals Court has dealt a setback to Texas in the battle over its Voter ID Law.

Cincinnati Cop Indicted For Murder In Traffic Stop Shooting Death

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A police officer in Cincinnati has been indicted for murder in a case that seems to be a pretty clear cut example of improper use of force.

Special Prosecutors For Police-Involved Shootings?

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Removing the responsibility to investigate police misconduct from the prosecutors who have to work with those police on a daily basis is a good idea.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Indicted On Federal Hate Crimes Charges

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Dylann Roof has been indicted in Federal Court for completely unnecessary reasons.

Oklahoma Protesters Greet President Obama With Confederate Flags

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Protesters waving Confederate flags greeted President Obama when he arrived in Oklahoma last night: Supporters of the Confederate flag rallied Wednesday in Oklahoma as President Barack Obama arrived in the state for a series of events, including the first ever visit to a federal prison by a sitting President. About 10 people waving Confederate battle […]

South Carolina Takes Down The Confederate Flag

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Finally.

Federal Judge Upholds Revocation Of Redskins Trademarks

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A Federal Judge has uphold a Patent Office ruling revoking the Redskins Trademarks on the ground that they are “disparaging” toward Native Americans.

South Carolina House Approves Removal Of Confederate Flag

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After a debate that was more contentious than what had occurred in the State Senate, the South Carolina House has voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol in Columbia: COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate battle flag that has flown at the South Carolina State House for more than 50 […]

South Carolina Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Remove Confederate Flag

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The South Carolina Senate has overwhelmingly voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has given final approval to a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol. The 36-3 vote Tuesday now sends the bill to the […]

The Confederate Flag Battle Slips Into Silly Territory

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The Confederate Flag needs to be removed from official places of honor, but do we really need to worry about reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard?

Supreme Court Agrees To Wade Back Into The Affirmative Action Debate

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The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to wade back into the thorny issue of race and higher education.

The Confederate Flag Has Always Been About Hate, Not “Heritage”

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The people who continue to claim that the Confederate Flag is about anything other than hatred, racism, and a nation that celebrated slavery are lying to you and to themselves.

Protester Removes Confederate Flag At South Carolina Capitol

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Good for her.

Univision Breaks Ties With Donald Trump Over His Comments About ‘Mexican Rapists’

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Donald Trump’s comments about Mexicans during his announcement speech last week are having financial repercussions: Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump’s offensive remarks about Mexicans. Furthermore, Univision says it is severing all other business ties to Trump. Univision is the biggest […]

Jim Webb Defends The Confederate Flag

Sen. Jim Webb talks to CNN's John King about the political conflict in Libya.

If Jim Webb runs for President, he will be the only candidate in either party who is on record defending the Confederate Battle Flag. And he’s thinking of running as a Democrat.

The Stories we Tell Ourselves (Battle Flag Edition)

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An important tenet of the internet is “don’t read the comments.” Well, I have violated that rule of late–which means more musings on the symbols of the CSA.

Walmart, Kmart, and Sears Remove Confederate Flag From Stores; Amazon, eBay Undecided

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The Confederate battle flag is suddenly toxic.

The Battle Against The Confederate Flag Moves Beyond South Carolina

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As Governor Haley pushes the South Carolina legislature to take the Confederate Flag down, the movement moves beyond the Palmetto State.

Nikki Haley, Lindsey Graham To Call For Removal Of Confederate Flag (Update: Senator Tim Scott As Well)

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The tide has turned.

Obama Talks About Race Relations In The Wake Of Charleston, Media Concentrates On One Word

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President Obama gave an interesting and somewhat unusual interview to a podcaster late last week, but the media is obsessed over a single word.

Republican Candidates Are Dodging The Issue On The Confederate Flag

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With notable exceptions, most of the Republican candidates for President are refusing to take a stand on the propriety of South Carolina flying the Confederate Flag. That’s called cowardice.

Quote Of The Day: Historical Perspective Edition

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Given the fact that the murders in Charleston have revived debates about the Confederate Flag and other issues related to the Civil War, a found this quote, which a friend had shared on their Facebook wall, to be appropriate “Fellow citizens: I am not indifferent to the claims of a generous forgetfulness, but whatever else […]

Some Republicans Can’t Seem To Admit That Racism Was Behind The Charleston Murders

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It’s been obvious from the moment the news broke that the murders in Charleston were rooted in racism, but some Republicans have had trouble acknowledging that.

It’s Long Past Time To Abandon The Confederate Flag

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The murders in Charleston have revived a debate that should have been over a long time ago.

Yes, Dylann Roof Is A Terrorist

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A word that has come in recent years to be used to refer chiefly to Muslim fanatics obviously applies to a man who murdered nine people because they’re black.

Supreme Court Says Texas Can Ban Confederate License Plates, Endangering Freedom Of Speech

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The Supreme Court ruled that states don’t have to grant license plates that display the Confederate flag. Their decision has the potential to seriously harm the First Amendment.

Nine Dead In Shooting At African-American Church In Charleston, South Carolina

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Nine people died overnight in a shooting at an historic African-American Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Rachel Dolezal Resigns As Head Of Spokane N.A.A.C.P.

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This should be the end of this story, but it probably won’t be.

Site Proves Racism Isn’t Really the Problem; Commenters Prove Otherwise

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A black leader is running a billboard campaign to improve his community. Racism ensues.

The Strange Case Of Rachel Dolezal

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The head of the Spokane NAACP has apparently been lying about her racial background, and that’s led to a whole other argument.

Ohio Judge Finds Probable Cause For Murder Charges In Tamir Rice Case

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A Judge in Cleveland has found that there is probable cause to charge a Cleveland Police Officer with murder in the death of Tamir Rice, but that is hardly the end of the matter.

Cleveland Police Department Reaches Settlement With Justice Department On Abuse Report

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The Cleveland Police Department has agreed to submit to significant monitoring in the wake of a damning Justice Department investigation.

Cleveland Cop Found Not Guilty In Death Of Two Unarmed Individuals

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A Cleveland police officer has been acquitted of manslaughter and other charges in a case that resulted in the death of two African-American individuals.

Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments Against Police Officers In Freddie Gray Case

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The six Baltimore cops charged in the April death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a Grand Jury.

Harriet Tubman On The Twenty Dollar Bill?

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If a new campaign succeeds, Harriet Tubman could replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Justice Department Opens Investigation of Baltimore Police Department

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The Baltimore Police Department will finally be under the Federal microscope. But it took the death of Freddie Gray for it happen.

Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged In Death Of Freddie Gray

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Big news out of Baltimore and, perhaps, the beginning of justice for Freddie Gray.

Justice Requires Holding Both Baltimore’s Rioters And Its Police Responsible For Their Actions

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There is no excuse for last night’s rioting in Baltimore, but that should not deflect attention from the problems with that city’s police.

Baltimore: Nonviolence as Nonviolence

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is insightful and eloquent. He’s wrong in this instance.

‘Volunteer’ Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Manslaughter In Death Of African-American Suspect

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A volunteer for an Oklahoma Sheriff’s Department killed a suspect thanks to what can only be described as extreme criminal negligence.

South Carolina Police Officer Charged With Murder In Death of African-American Man

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Thanks to one civilian with a camera, a police officer is facing charges in what appears to clearly be an improper shooting.

Expelling Students From A Public University Over Racist Videos Probably Isn’t Constitutional

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Freedom of speech means freedom for all speech, even when it is racially offensive.

Republican Congressional Leaders Skipping Selma Anniversary

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Another tone deaf action from leading Republicans.

Justice Department Finds Widespread Racial Bias In Ferguson Police Department

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A new Justice Department report has found widespread racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department, but it’s a problem that goes far beyond one Missouri suburb.

Justice Department Will Not Charge Darren Wilson In Connection With Michael Brown Shooting

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Unsurprisingly, Darren Wilson will not face federal charges in connection with the shooting of Michael Brown.

Justice Department Announces There Will Be No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman

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Nearly three years to the day after it started, the George Zimmerman case is essentially over.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely Against Darren Wilson In Michael Brown Shooting

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

Not surprisingly, the Federal investigation of the Michael Brown shooting is ending much like the state investigation did.

Edward Brooke, First African-American Elected To Senate, Dies At 95

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The first popularly elected African-American Senator, and the first African-American Senator to serve since the end of Reconstruction ended, has passed away.

F.C.C. Rejects Petition To Declare ‘Redskins’ An Obscene Word

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Not surprisingly, the F.C.C. has rejected a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

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