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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.

Bill Cosby vs. Ben Roethlisberger

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Chris Rock wants us to remember that Bill Cosby isn’t the only celebrity accused of rape.

Law (and Law Enforcement) Need not Lead to Violence

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Despite some of the commentary on threads from recent posts, the presence of the law does not mean that force is around the corner (or that law enforcement officers have no choice but resort to violence in the face of malefactors). Via AL.com: Police officer buys eggs for woman caught shoplifting to feed her family […]

Attitudes on Race (Survey Data)

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There is a reason why one can safely make assumptions about racist attitudes (unfortunately) in much of American society as data from the 2012 American National Elections Study demonstrates (as summarized by political scientist Tobin Grant at his blog, Corner of Church and State:  Poll: Most whites say blacks are lazier or less intelligent than […]

Violence, Law, and the State

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Thinking about that the state, law, violence, and the Garner incident (and contributing to the tl;dr phenomenon).

Chris Rock on Ferguson, Cosby, and ‘Racial Progress’

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Worth a read:  (via Vulture):  Chris Rock Talks to Frank Rich About Ferguson, Cosby, and What ‘Racial Progress’ Really Means. And, the man has a point: to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people […]

On “Black-on-Black” Crime

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Yet another example of the need for context when discussing stats.

Poll Find Wide Racial Divisions Over Confidence In Law Enforcement And The Justice System

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Not surprisingly a new poll finds that African-Americans perceive the American justice system far differently than whites.

Mississippi 1964? No, Missouri 2014

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But, hey, don’t worry, there’s nothing racial going on here. Nothing at all.

The Eric Garner Case Is About Excessive Force And Unequal Justice, Not Cigarette Taxes

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While conservatives have been generally as appalled as others with the news out of Staten Island, some of them are looking in the wrong place for blame.

Staten Island Grand Jury Refuses To Indict NYPD Officer In Chokehold Death

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A New York City Grand Jury refuses to indict a cop who appears from all available evidence to choked a guy to death for no good reason.

No, Michael Brown’s Stepfather Should Not Be Charged With Incitement To Riot

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Michael Brown’s stepfather made incendiary comments in the wake of the Grand Jury announcement, but they do not amount to a crime.

Darren Wilson Resigns From Ferguson Police Department, But That’s Unlikely To Quell Protests

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The man who shot and killed Michael Brown has resigned, but that’s unlikely to satisfy protesters who still seem to be demanding criminal charges that are never going to come.

Regardless Of The Grand Jury Decision, Ferguson Raises Issues Americans Need To Address

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Regardless of the outcome of the Michael Brown investigation, there are legitimate problems that need to be addressed.

Violence Erupts In Wake Of Decision To Forego Indictment In Shooting Of Michael Brown

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Not surprisingly, last night’s announcement that there would be no state court indictment in the Michael Brown shooting led to violence and confrontations with police. That’s not going to solve any of the real problems that face Ferguson, or any other community in the United States.

Ferguson Grand Jury Returns No Indictment In Michael Brown Shooting

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A not unexpected decision from the Grand Jury that investigated the Michael Brown shooting.

Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that Latino voters overwhelmingly support the President’s executive action on immigration: Latino voters have Obama’s back again. That’s according to a new poll by Latino Decisions, for Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, the first of Latino voters since Obama announced sweeping executive actions, given to BuzzFeed News ahead of […]

In Responding To Obama’s Executive Action, Top GOPers Worry About Further Alienating Latino Voters

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Top Republicans worry that their party’s response to the President’s executive action will alienate Latinos. However, there’s little they can do about that.

GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

There’s Little Evidence That Voter ID Laws Impacted The 2014 Elections

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Based on the available evidence, there’s very little evidence that Voter ID laws had a significant impact on the midterm elections.

Warnings Of Violence In Ferguson Could Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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All the warnings of violence in the wake of an expected imminent announcement from the Grand Jury in the Michael brown case could become self-fulfilling prophecy.

Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency In Anticipation Of Grand Jury Decision In Michael Brown Shooting

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In what seems like a sign that an announcement is imminent, in terms of days at least if not sooner, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a State Of Emergency in the Ferguson, Missouri area in anticipation of the announcement of a Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) […]

Ferguson, Missouri Braces For Probability Of No Indictment In Michael Brown Shooting Case

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We appear to be just days away from an announcement from the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting, and the consensus seems to be that there will be no indictment at all.

2014 And The Latino Vote

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Republicans performed better among Latino voters this year than they did in 2012, but that doesn’t mean they’ve solved their problems.

America’s Least Latino State Elected Its First Latino Congressman

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West Virginia is, demographically speaking, the least Latino state in the Union, but on Tuesday it elected its first Latino Member of Congress: The state with the smallest share of Latinos in the nation has elected its first Latino congressional representative, Alex Mooney. Mooney, a conservative Republican, ran against Nick Casey, a former chairman of […]

Report: Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely In Michael Brown Shooting Case

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Reports from the Justice Department seem to be laying the groundwork for more disappointment for those hoping for charges against Officer Darren Wilson.

Rand Paul Is Right. The GOP’s Brand Sucks, But That’s Only Part Of The Problem

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Rebranding alone isn’t going to fix what’s causing the GOP to lose ground among a whole host of demographic groups.

Evidence Presented To Michael Brown Grand Jury Appears To Support Officer’s Version Of Events

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What if the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting fails to indict Officer Darren Wilson? We may find out if newly leaked evidence is accurate.

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Republican Ad In Nebraska House Race Brings Up Memories Of Willie Horton

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Everything old is new again.

Young African-American Males 21 Times More Likely To Be Shot By Cops

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The numbers don’t lie.

Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Voter ID Law, But Will Likely Uphold It In The End

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Opponents of Voter ID laws should not get too excited over the fact that the Supreme Court has stayed Wisconsin’s law from going into effect for now.

Another Police Shooting In Missouri

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Nearly exactly two months to the day after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, another African-American man has been shot and killed in the St. Louis area, and it has set off another round of protests: An off-duty police officer shot and killed a black teenager in St. Louis on Wednesday night, setting off a […]

Federal Court Voids Virginia Congressional Map

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A Federal Court has given legislators in Richmond a complicated job.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman Said To Be Off The Table

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It appears that there will be no Federal charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. This is not a surprise.

F.C.C. Set To Ban The Word “Redskins” From The Airwaves?

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The F.C.C. will be considering a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

‘Tom and Jerry’ Cartoons Get ‘Racial Prejudice’ Warning

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The classic “Tom and Jerry” cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s come with a “racial prejudice” warning from Amazon.

Supreme Court Allows Changes In Ohio Early Voting To Remain In Effect

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The Supreme Court has issued a stay that will allow changes to Ohio’s early voting law to remain in effect for this year’s election. That was the correct decision.

‘Daily Show’ Ambushes Redskins Fans in Unfair Segment

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These segments are usually unfair; they outdid themselves this time.

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?

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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.

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