Remembering the African-American/Jewish Coalition of Support for the March From Selma to Montgomery

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This weekend will mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights March From Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The events surrounding the march are the subject of the acclaimed motion picture Selma. When the film was first exhibited in several theaters throughout the nation, much of the media commentary focused on its depiction of the role of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s ...

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On Ferguson, A Stark Choice: Real Reform or Petty Politics

Justice Department Concludes Racially Biased Practices Prevalent Within Ferguson

Over the last six years, it has become de rigueur for pundits and prognosticators to read questionable motives — most often racial or political — into nearly every decision taken by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The fact that this comes with the territory, given the Justice Department’s unique mission and mandate, makes it no less an exercise in futility. ...

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White on White Crime: An Unspoken Tragedy

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If you’ve been paying any attention to the news lately, you should have seen this talk show clip where an award-winning crime author brazenly declares that white on white crime does not exist. The ugly truth is white on white crime does exist. It is a growing pandemic in the white community, and if we don’t call attention to this ...

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‘Empire’ Casting Director, Leah Daniels Butler, Praises Cast For Show’s Breakout Success

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As Fox’s hit television series “Empire” continues to draw major ratings and attract notable celebrity guests, co-creator Lee Daniels has piqued fan’s interest over the show’s next rumored surprise cameo. However despite the anticipation for the A-List celeb appearances, Daniels’ sister and casting director, Leah Daniels Butler feels the focus of the series and its success should be credited to ...

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The Comparisons Between Ferguson And Selma Are Too Similar To Ignore

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They only lasted minutes, but the images of the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, on television permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience. Police tear-gassed kneeling protesters, clubbed them and attacked them on horseback behind a civilian posse on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Five decades later, many were struck by the resemblance as ...

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Michael Brown’s Family Announces Plans To Pursue Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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The family of Michael Brown will file a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, an attorney for the family announced Thursday. The news comes just one day after the U.S. Department of Justice officially announced its decision not to file federal charges against Wilson for fatally shooting Brown last July. In ...

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Children of Color Likely to Be Majority of Kids in US by 2020

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The U.S. Census is projecting that by 2020, the majority of American children will not be white. “Around the time the 2020 Census is conducted, more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group,” the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Tuesday. “This proportion is expected to continue to grow so ...

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Darren Wilson Will Not Face Civil Rights Charges In Michael Brown’s Death

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WASHINGTON — Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, will not face federal civil rights charges in connection with Brown’s death, Justice Department officials said Wednesday. DOJ found that Wilson’s use of deadly force against Brown could not be proven to be considered “objectively unreasonable,” and that federal charges ...

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10 ways white people are more racist than they realize

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If there’s anything our fraught national dialogue on race has taught us, it’s that there are no racists in this country. (In fact, not only do multiple studies confirm that most white Americans generally believe racism is over — just 16 percent say there’s a lot of racial discrimination — it turns out that many actually believe white people experience more discrimination than black people.) It’s a ...

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The Creative Way This Woman Is Helping Detroit’s Homeless Keep Warm

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By Zoe Donaldson As a product design student at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Veronika Scott got a challenging — and life-changing — assignment: to create something that would fill a real need for the city. In Detroit, few issues are more pressing than homelessness, which affects about one of every 42 residents (including those who seek shelter in some ...

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