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October 20th, 2014
Is "Stand Your Ground" laws a license, an excuse to use force or to kill?
Who benefits from "Stand Your Ground" laws and statutes? "Stand your ground" statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws. But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by...
October 20th, 2014
Many are advocating travel bans from countries where there has been an outbreak.
Discrimination occurring as the Ebola crisis unfolds in the United States is becoming a growing concern. Several leaders in a Staten Island neighborhood that's home to a large Liberian community said Friday they are concerned about discrimination amid Ebola fears. The comments came at a town hall meeting held by New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett to address concerns about...
October 16th, 2014
Blacks have historically been arrested at a higher rate than whites for the same or lesser drug offenses.
Racial justice and legalizing marijuana should be a part of the same discussion as states continue to grapple with the issue. A debate over legalizing marijuana in the U.S. capital is focusing on the comparatively large number of arrests of African-Americans on minor drug charges. The racial justice aspect of the campaign is one of many factors making the District of Columbia's pot legalization...
October 16th, 2014
Written by Matt Stroud in Discrimination Cases, Race Relations with 0 Comments
Black employees sue a gas pipeline company for racial discrimination, after apparently being dismissed without cause.
Five African-American former employees of a West Virginia gas pipeline contractor sued the company Tuesday, claiming they are victims of racial discrimination. They filed a joint lawsuit in the Northern District of West Virginia against CKS Pipeline Contracting. CKS is based about 20 miles south of Clarksburg, W.Va. The lawsuit says four of the five were laid off by CKS on the same day in April...
October 16th, 2014
Written by Jesse J Holland in Race Relations, Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
In this May 22, 2014 photo, New Jersey Assemblywoman and congressional candidate, Bonnie Watson Coleman, center, D-Trenton, N.J., stands on the floor of the assembly before a session at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency.
More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama's historic presidency. At least 83 black Republicans and Democrats are running for the U.S. House, an all-time high for the modern era, according to political scientist David Bositis, who has tracked...

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