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December 1st, 2022 - 2:13 am § in Law and Courts, Racism

Sheriff who harassed black newspaper carrier goes on trial

A sheriff called “a danger to the community” by the judge who set his bail at $100,000 (see story here) went on trial this week for allegedly lying to a police dispatcher that a black newspaper carrier threatened him, prompting a massive police response. Pierce County, Washington, Sherif[...]

November 18th, 2022 - 7:28 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Stalker gets 9 years for attacking mixed-race family

A serial criminal who stalked, harassed, and then drove a stolen truck into the home of a Minnesota multiracial family (photo below) was convicted and sentenced on Friday, November 18, 2022 (read story here). Police found a teddy bear hanging from a noose inside the stolen truck (see story and photo[...]

November 15th, 2022 - 12:34 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Black men can’t have guns

Harith Augustus, aka “Snoop the Barber,” was a popular barber in Chicago’s south side. On July 14, 2018, Augustus was on a sidewalk near his barbershop, just walking and doing nothing suspicious, when he was accosted by five cops. Two of the officers were black, three were white. T[...]

November 11th, 2022 - 11:30 am § in Law and Courts, Racism

Another awful police department

Vallejo, California, is one of America’s most diverse cities; its population is roughly evenly split between whites, blacks, Asians, and Hispanics (details here). Not too surprisingly, it also has one of America’s worst and most racist police departments. I’m not sure where to star[...]

November 6th, 2022 - 10:29 am § in America, Politics, Racism

What U.S. Civil War 2.0 would be like

Not at all like the 1861-1865 conflict, but potentially just as destructive and bloody. We don’t have to guess how it would play out; Prof. Barbara F. Walter (profile here), who studies political violence, points out that “far-right groups such as the┬áProud Boys have told us how they pl[...]

October 31st, 2022 - 10:03 pm § in Politics, Racism, Republicans

Florida GOPers target ex-felons for voter suppression

In 2018, Florida voters restored ex-felons’ voting rights, except for murder and sex felonies (see story here). The GOP governor and legislature hate that law, but can’t repeal it, because it’s enshrined in the state constitution. So they first tried whittling it back, by tacking o[...]

October 23rd, 2022 - 7:09 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Why a genuinely “originalist” Supreme Court would uphold affirmative action

The Supreme Court’s conservatives claim to be “originalists,” a doctrine which holds that the Constitution means what its authors intended. This term, the court will revisit affirmative action, and lawyers opposed to the practice will argue the 14th Amendment requires college admis[...]

October 18th, 2022 - 10:15 am § in Politics, Racism

Maybe he asked for it

With the 2022 elections just 3 weeks away, J. D. Vance is one of the GOP’s highest-profile candidates. The Ohio venture capitalist, whose book “Hillbilly Elegy” brought him to national prominence, is running for a Senate seat occupied by a retiring Republican. The Democrats have a [...]

October 17th, 2022 - 3:48 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

This better be the stolen bike

My thinking is this: If you make a citizen’s arrest, you’d better have the culprit, and should face serious legal consequences if you detained an innocent person. In this case, if this isn’t the stolen bike, this vigilante should be charged with a hate crime; but even if it is the [...]

October 15th, 2022 - 3:30 pm § in Politics, Racism, Republicans

Who is America’s dumbest Senator?

That’s a tough one to answer. But certainly Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) wants to be in the running. Tuberville knows college football. He coached at Mississippi (1995-1998), Auburn (1999-2008), Texas Tech (2010-2012), and U. of Cincinnatti (2013-2016), although with a mixed win-loss record (s[...]