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Lincoln died for our sins

The opening scene of Steven Spielberg’s cinemythic portrait of the 16th president features President Abraham Lincoln seated on a stage, half cloaked in darkness and observing the Union forces he is sending into battle. It’s an apt metaphor for the man himself — both visible and obscure inside the tempest, yet somehow, above the fray. “Lincoln” was released in early Nov. 2012, just in time to shape our discu ...

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Court orders sale of slavery museum

What is the status of the National Slavery Museum that former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder has spent more than 10 years trying to build on a 38-acre site in Fredericksburg, Va.? Still undeveloped and now facing city sale of the land for back taxes. Circuit Judge Joseph J. Ellis has now handed Fredericksburg a victory by issuing an order allowing the city to seize and sell the property. The city has been ...

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Black farmers get second wave of payments from bias suit

A second wave of payouts has begun streaming to Black farmers from the settlement of a lawsuit, commonly referred to as “Pigford II,” against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Between 1983 and 1997, thousands of African American famers suffered rampant discrimination at USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices, which denied them loans solely because of their race, resulting in severe financial and real estate l ...

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Racial disparities in adoption raise concerns

Decades later, Rhonda Roorda still becomes emotional. “Sometimes I still feel the trauma of knowing ... I could have aged out of the foster care system,” said Roorda, an African American woman who was adopted by a white couple in 1971. “I could have fallen through the cracks.” As of 2010, an African American child in Michigan is more likely to be waiting for adoption than to become adopted, according to the ...

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‘Obamacare’ sign ups begin amid government shutdown

The Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) became law amid desperate political acts to stop it from happening — including a Republican-led government shutdown, which could last for days, weeks or even longer. The Republican-led Congress allowed the closure of non-essential services of the U. S. Government beginning Oct. 1, in attempt to force the President to delay the effects of the health care law. The Presiden ...

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Brown v. Board district being re-segregated, report concludes

In 1987, when Genevieve Siegel-Hawley attended Fox Elementary School in the Fan District of Richmond, Va., 65 percent of the students were Black. Today, Dr. Siegel-Hawley, now an assistant professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), said the situation at Fox has reversed, with 65 percent of the students being white. ...

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Shooting of a another unarmed Black man raises ire in Charlotte

Yet another police killing of an unarmed Black man has sparked outrage in Charlotte, N.C. This time, a former college football player, 24, was shot 10 times by a police officer, while he sought help following a car accident. According to widespread reports, Jonathan Ferrell was shot Sept. 14, by a white Charlotte police officer, Randall Kerrick, who was later arrested. Kerrick was arraigned Sept. 17 on volu ...

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