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The IBW ‘Black Paper’ seeks to energize activists

“There is a ‘state of emergency’ without urgency in Black America,” writes Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. In a collection of essays and briefs, the IBW’s forthcoming “Black Paper” documents the progress — and lack of progress — made since the 1963 March on Washington and offers potential solutions to the problems afflicting Black America. The authors of the Black Pa ...

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Deconstructing Reconstruction

Children in elementary school often come home with the idea that the purpose of the Civil War was to end slavery, but if that were true why did it take Abraham Lincoln so long to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and why was it less than universally popular in the Union states? If you see the movie “Lincoln,” you get a much fuller picture of the contingency of emancipation, and of the difficulty of passi ...

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New York’s ‘Stop-and-frisk’ policy declared unconstitutional

The stop-and-frisk policy practiced by the New York City police department was little more than “indirect racial profiling,” according to a federal judge who ruled that police routinely violated the Fourth and 14th Amendment rights of Blacks and Latinos. Mayor Michael Bloomberg scoffed at the ruling, saying, “This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge who I think does not understand how policing work ...

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Arizona, Kansas sue US government for Voter ID laws

Arizona and Kansas are suing the U.S. federal government for approval of election laws that would require individuals to prove their citizenship when registering to vote, officials said. In the lawsuit, filed Aug. 21, Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett joined the state of Kansas in suing the Elections Assistance Commission, after the agency rejected an Arizona law, Propo ...

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The next affirmative action

Affirmative action as we know it is dying. A growing number of states have moved to prohibit public universities from considering race in admissions, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently made a decision in an anti-affirmative action lawsuit that left little doubt about where the Court’s conservative majority stands. ...

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New York’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy declared unconstitutional

The stop-and-frisk policy practiced by the New York City Police Department was little more than “indirect racial profiling,” according to a federal judge who ruled that police routinely violated the fourth and 14th amendment rights of Blacks and Latinos. Mayor Michael Bloomberg scoffed at the ruling, saying, “This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge who I think does not understand how policing work ...

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Holder rejects mandatory minimum sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement of a set of prosecutorial reforms, including ways of avoiding mandatory sentences for low-level drug offenses, is being praised by people on both sides of the ideological aisle. “I think this will be pretty well-received whether you look at it from a social justice perspective or a fiscal perspective,” said Chris Deutsch, spokesman for the National Associat ...

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Judge sentences former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to prison

A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, and his wife Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, to prison Aug. 14, but the sentences were less than what federal prosecutors had recommended. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia, who is not related to either of the Jacksons, sentenced Jesse Jackson Jr., son of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., fo ...

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