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Why 15-Year-Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for a Crime in Which No One Was Hurt

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as one of his last acts in office, reduced the sentence of a 23-year-old African-American inmate named Travion Blount to 40 years in prison, making him eligible for release at age 55.

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William Stuntz: Crime and Punishment and the Fight Against Racial Injustice

William Stuntz was a socially conservative evangelical Christian whose fight for race allied him across all political systems.

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Marijuana Injustices

I have come to believe that we should legalize or at least decriminalize marijuana use. The way we enforce marijuana laws is unconscionable.

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Lee Baca to Step Down From L.A. County Sheriff Post

After 48 years in the department, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca is hanging up his hat at the end of January as federal probes continue into allegations of prisoner abuse in local jails and racial discrimination in an area over which his office presides.

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Dominican Republic Makes Racism the Law

The country has proclaimed that any Dominicans who descend from undocumented Haitians going back as far as 1929 are to be stripped of their citizenship.

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The Rev. Madison Shockley on ‘Duck Dynasty’ and White Privilege

The Truthdig contributor recently discussed his article “ ‘Duck Dynasty’: Putting the Racist Back in Redneck” on the “Steve Malzberg Show.”

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New York’s Returning Police Boss Targets Stop-and-Frisk Practice

New York City’s newly installed mayor, Bill de Blasio, has tapped Bill Bratton to run the NYPD under his watch, and the returning chief stepped up Thursday with a plan to target and reduce one of the most controversial tactics practiced by the city’s police force.

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‘Duck Dynasty’: Network Caves, Unsuspends Robertson

After declaring homosexuality the origin of sin (followed by bestiality), reality TV redneck Phil Robertson has been un-reprimanded by the Arts and Entertainment network.

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‘Duck Dynasty’: Putting the Racist Back in Redneck

The monarch of the “Duck Dynasty” reality show on A&E, Phil Robertson, has gone off the plantation.

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The Real Santa

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Mandela and Zuma

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New Media

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How our new media mourns Nelson Mandela.
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Mandela’s Chains

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Mandela Memorial

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Mandela: Hero Thwarted

The South African underclass Mandela inspired continues to suffer in every possible way: lower incomes, marginal educational opportunities, poor housing conditions and shorter life expectancies.

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Nelson Mandela Obit

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While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. Nelson Mandela
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Mandela’s Africa Cuff

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Mandela on Forgiveness

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Forgiveness liberates the soul. That is why it is such a powerful weapon. Nelson Mandela
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Mandela’s Lessons

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Mandela’s Fist

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Nelson Madela 1918-2013

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Africa’s Mandela

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Mandela’s Footsteps

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Nelson Mandela walked out of this world but left big footprints behind.
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Mandela Uniting Still

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Nelson Mandela

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A tribute to Nelson Mandela. Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end. Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
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Racism

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Why You Should Never Host an Event Called ‘Catch an Illegal’

A conservative student group at the University of Texas at Austin planned an event Wednesday in which participants could demean undocumented immigrants in exchange for a $25 gift card. Boy are these students kicking themselves now.

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Cops in Michigan and Florida Target Blacks in Grotesque Abuses of Power

In separate scandals, police in suburban cities outside Detroit and Miami have been targeting blacks in disgusting abuses of their civil rights, including allegedly forcing a mentally ill black man to “dance like a chimp” while a cop recorded him, then shared the video with friends.

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Chris Hedges: We Have to Atone for Turning Our Backs on People of Color

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “How should people of color respond to the dying of a civilization that has not been civil to them?”

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Incognito

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Republican Pollster Says His Party Needs to Stop Pandering to Racists

In 2012, Mitt Romney won the confederate states by a healthy margin, but Barack Obama won the election. That’s because eight out of 10 nonwhite voters voted for the Democrat.

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Hail to the Washingtons

I’m a bit late to the topic, but the Washington, D.C., professional football team really ought to change its name.

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KKK Battles Town Over School Bearing Klansman’s Name

Residents of Jacksonville, Fla., are trying to get school officials to strike the name of Nathan B. Forrest—a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard—from the title of their high school.

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Washington Redskins

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How Texas’ Voter ID Laws Affect Women

It’s no secret voter ID laws were drafted with minorities in mind, but they’re not the only ones who could have their voice suppressed by such legislation. This fall in Texas, women may also face difficulties exercising their right to vote.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE


Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

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Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

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Slap in the Face

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Stop n Frisk

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Study Finds Modern Race Attitudes Parallel Old Slavery Zones

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have discovered links between geographic areas of the South where slavery and the plantation economy dominated, and modern attitudes toward African-Americans and political conservatism. And it’s somewhat hereditary, with new generations reflecting the racial and social attitudes of their parents, according to the new study.

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Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda

The actions of Republican governors to deny the working poor access to health care is simply a continuation of the divide-and-conquer politics that have informed Republican strategy since Richard Nixon.

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How Many More Black Boys Have to Die?

Florida has one more chance to deliver justice to the parents of a slain black boy. The state that faced calls for boycott over the acquittal of George Zimmerman is currently holding pretrial hearings in a similar case.

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AP/John D. Carnessiotis

Death of Artist Unites Greek Hip-Hop Community Against Fascism

The stabbing of Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a sympathizer of Greece’s most prominent extreme right party earlier this month has led to the arrest of the group’s leadership and the unification of once bitterly opposed rap artists against racism and violence.

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Civil Rights

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Banks Suspected of Racial Bias in Housing Crisis Aftermath

Financial institutions handling foreclosures, especially Bank of America, have been accused of letting properties in minority neighborhoods deteriorate. The National Fair Housing Alliance collected evidence that the bank is maintaining foreclosed houses in predominantly white areas in far better conditions.

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Miss America

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