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Holder seeks to force Texas to ‘preclear’ voting changes

Fulfilling a pledge to aggressively protect the voting rights of people of color in the wake of the Supreme Court striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has announced that the Justice Department will sue the state of Texas to compel it to preclear any planned changes in its voting procedures before they can go into effect. ...

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Emmett and Trayvon: How racial prejudice has changed 

Separated by 1,000 miles, two state borders and nearly six decades, two young African American boys met tragic fates that seem remarkably similar today: Both walked into a small market to buy some candy and ended up dead. The first boy is Emmett Till, who was 14 years old in the summer of 1955 when he walked into a local grocery store in Money, Miss., to buy gum. He was later roused from bed, beaten brutall ...

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Obama remarks on Zimmerman verdict draw accolades 

President Barack Obama’s surprise address to the nation identifying with the anger and hurt over the Trayvon Martin not-guilty verdict has won praise from supporters and detractors alike. As the nation anticipated protests July 20 in cities across the nation in response to the not-guilty verdict in the shooting of the unarmed teenager, President Obama gave unscripted remarks the afternoon before on racial s ...

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In 100th year, Delta president has servant’s heart 

Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre has led the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through a tumultuous period in the United States and world history. It is an era of inspiring highs, such as the election and re-election of America’s first Black president, the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding, and of debilitating lows, such as the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, the rise of obstruct ...

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Twitter, Facebook explode after Zimmerman verdict

“The good thing about the Zimmerman case is that our kids will be learning about this in school and discussing the morality of it. The more they know.” Nicholas, Facebook “The gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin will be returned to him. #WTF #Zimmerman goes free where’s the justice? No Justice? #War.” @DJKingAssasin,Twitter ...

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Nationwide protests of Zimmerman verdict

Over a million people nationwide took to the streets in protest of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, killer of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. The July 13 verdict that came in the late night shocked some, enraged others and left millions of Americans with a range of emotions, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Protesters from the east coast to the west and in between are calling on the U.S. Depar ...

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Race in America: Past and present America’s 20th century slavery

On July 31, 1903, a letter addressed to President Theodore Roosevelt arrived at the White House. It had been mailed from the town of Bainbridge, Ga., the prosperous seat of a cotton county perched on the Florida state line. The sender was a barely literate African American woman named Carrie Kinsey. With little punctuation and few capital letters, she penned the bare facts of the abduction of her 14-year-ol ...

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Despite historic profiling and brutality of Blacks in America, the “not guilty” verdict of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, continues to stun millions this week as Black leaders vow to seek justice. Black Americans, joined by significant numbers of whites, have taken to the streets, social media and even the pulpit for comfort after witnessing a smiling Zimmerman shake hands with his attorneys, em ...

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Study warns of new housing discrimination against Blacks, Latinos and Asians

Blatant acts of housing discrimination have declined in the United States, but a national study shows prospective landlords, real estate agents and rental housing providers have found a new way to keep their racism under the radar. The study of 28 cities, conducted by The Urban Institute and released last month by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, reports that while Blacks, Asians and La ...

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