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Tag: South Carolina


How Dixie Rules the GOP

The Super Tuesday primaries underscore how super Southern our presidential nominating process has become.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Study Confirms Racial Bias in South Carolina Criminal Sentences

Academics find that judicial penalties applied to African-Americans in South Carolina were consistently harsher than those meted out to their white counterparts.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE



Democrats in South Carolina Choose Hillary Clinton Over Bernie Sanders

The Associated Press reports that “Black voters powered Clinton to victory” in South Carolina’s Democratic primary, “with eight in 10 voting for her.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Media Buy In to Donald Trump’s Authoritarian America

Now that he has bullied his way into the mainstream, it’s time for the media to take a serious look at his policies and the dreadful consequences they would have if he occupied the Oval Office.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Two Legacies, Two Fates

The Clinton political dynasty is still alive. The Bush dynasty has been routed. Their contrasting fates, to this point at least, tell us much about our two parties, the nature of this year’s presidential election, and the dueling legacies themselves.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE



Sanders: ‘We Have Enormous Momentum’ Going Into South Carolina

The Democratic presidential candidate shakes off his narrow Nevada loss to Hillary Clinton with a rally in Columbia, S.C., as campaign contributions keep pouring in.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE


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Donald Trump’s South Carolina Victory and Muslim Hatred

One unexpected indicator of why Donald Trump won South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary is his strident hatred of people of the Islamic faith.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Wins South Carolina Republican Primary, Securing Status as GOP Front-Runner

Trump has now claimed two of the first three nominating contests, meaning that his campaign is on track to win the nomination.

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 READ MORE



Jeb Bush’s Last Stand

“It’s all been decided, apparently,” the GOP candidate said this week. “The pundits have made it all, we don’t have to go vote, I guess. I should stop campaigning maybe, huh?”

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Clinton and Sanders on Mideast Wars and Kissinger’s Legacy (Video)

The Middle East conflicts and the ghost of the Vietnam War haunted last week’s PBS Democratic debate.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Sarah Palin Takes the GOP Campaign to New Lows

Palin’s endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her obliteration of the bourgeois concept we call logic.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



The Choice for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s Evolution or Bernie Sanders’ Revolution

On issue after issue, Clinton proposes incremental solutions that take into account our political system as it is. Sanders proposes dramatic solutions that will only be possible when power is wrested from “big money” interests.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



Ben Fields, Cop in Video Seen Flipping a Black Teen at Her Desk, Has a History of Abuse Allegations

The South Carolina police officer who attacked a black student in a school has faced previous allegations of abuse, according to lawsuit records. A video of the classroom incident went viral Monday.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE


That Time a KKK March Was Set to the Oompah Sounds of a Rogue Sousaphone

When members of the Ku Klux Klan marched to keep the Confederate flag flying in South Carolina on Saturday, a clever objector came up with a priceless and highly effective form of protest, which was captured on video and immediately went viral.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Dylann Roof Indicted on Federal Hate Crime Charges

The suspect in the killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on dozens of charges, some of which carry the death penalty.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 12, 2015 ENLARGE



FBI: Dylann Roof Should Not Have Been Sold Gun

FBI director James B. Comey has confirmed that a flawed background check allowed the suspect to purchase the weapon used in the mass slaying at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last month.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE


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VIDEO: South Carolina Removes Its Confederate Flag

On Friday, South Carolina took its Confederate flag down from the grounds of its State House, where it had flown for more than 50 years.

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South Carolina’s Confederate Flag: Bringing Down a Twisted Fantasy

For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag. Can It Remove Spiritual Illness of Racial Discrimination?

The South Carolina Legislature has voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Statehouse.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE



The Real Meaning of the Confederate Flag

In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



The Fall of the Confederacy?

A native South Carolinian says finishing off the Confederate state of mind will require more than just getting rid of an offensive flag.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 25, 2015 ENLARGE



If Southerners Want a Symbol, Why Not the Moultrie Liberty Flag?

It was flown by South Carolinians in the fight against the Redcoats during the Revolutionary War and was the first American flag to fly over the South. Best of all, the Moultrie Flag has the word “Liberty” written into the crescent moon, underscoring this key American value, so important for all peoples living in the South.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



What South Carolina Needs to Do for Racial Equality (Taking Down the Flag Is Just Symbolic)

The step to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse is a welcome one, but it is only a symbolic measure. South Carolina’s 4.8 million residents can only achieve greater racial harmony and civil rights through practical steps.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEOS: John Oliver and Jon Stewart on the Confederate Flag in South Carolina

“The first time the Confederate flag was ‘used in a racist way’ was the exact second they finished sewing the very first one,” comedian John Oliver notes.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Top 5 Reasons the Confederate Flag Should Stop Flying at the South Carolina Statehouse

The Confederate flag in its current form was adopted by the seceding slave states to differentiate their banner from the Stars and Stripes on the battlefield. It isn’t a symbol of regionalism.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


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How to Reply to Dylann Roof’s Hate: Donate to ‘Mother Emanuel’ AME Church (Video)

There are many essential responses to the racist terrorism attack on Emanuel AME Church that the state of South Carolina should take. But those of us who don’t live in that state can also take action.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Climate Change, Candidate Talk and Tragedy in Charleston

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether the young white man who killed nine people at a black church in South Carolina should be prosecuted for hate crimes or terrorism. Lizz Winstead says Donald Trump “just replaced bedbugs as America’s No. 1 pest” upon announcing his campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Jon Stewart Loses His Cool in a Gut-Wrenchingly Honest Monologue on the Charleston Shooting

Beginning with an apology for his inability to deliver comic relief on Thursday in the wake of the church shooting in South Carolina, the “Daily Show” host gave a long speech about racial tensions in the United States and, above all, how frustrating it is that America won’t do “jack shit” even in the face of vicious attacks from within.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Coroner Releases Names of Nine People Killed at Church in South Carolina (Updated)

UPDATE: The coroner has identified all nine people killed Wednesday night by a white gunman who opened fire during a prayer meeting at a black church in South Carolina. Meanwhile, Dylann Roof, 21, has been arrested on suspicion of killing state Sen. Clementa Pinckney and eight others.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: 2016, Barack and Raul, Murder in South Carolina

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 presidential hopefuls coming into view: Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. Also, President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro talk on the phone, and why isn’t police brutality being discussed on the campaign trail?

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Police Body Cameras Aren’t Enough—We Need More Videos by Witnesses

“The case of Walter Scott shows just how valuable a citizen with a camera can be,” writes Morgan Hargrave, a member of a group that trains civilians to expose human rights abuses with video. “We don’t need more video from the police perspective, but more from our own.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’ Co-Host Asks: How Many Shooting Videos Must We Endure?

As evidence of the police killing of South Carolina man Walter Scott continues to pile up, “Democracy Now!” co-host Juan González asks in a column for the New York Daily News, “How many more heartbreaking videos of cops killing black males must we endure?”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



South Carolina Cop Radioed Dubious Taser Claim Six Seconds After Shooting Victim (Audio and Video)

Six seconds after firing his final shot, the police officer who killed South Carolinian Walter Scott radioed colleagues and claimed Scott had “grabbed my Taser.” A video taken by a witness suggests the unarmed man did not possess the stun gun at any point.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



South Carolina Police Officer Arrested for Killing Black Man (Video)

Relatives of a South Carolina man killed by a police officer while running away have called for justice following the shooting—the latest in a series of killings of black men by U.S. cops. “Democracy Now!” reviews footage of the killing.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



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How 11 States Got Marriage Equality in 1 Day

By refusing to hear appeals from lower courts Monday, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, plus six more that hadn’t even filed suit.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE


South Carolina Cop Shot Black Man for No Apparent Reason

In a Sept. 4 incident captured by a police cruiser’s dashboard camera, a South Carolina state trooper fired and apparently hit a black man who was complying with the officer’s request to retrieve and hand over his driver’s license.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Mark Sanford’s Appalachian Spring

“I want to publicly acknowledge God’s role in all of this,” declared a victorious Mark Sanford as he celebrated an unlikely political rebirth Tuesday night with a sermon praising the supreme being and the many “angels” who helped the once-disgraced former governor along the way.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE


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