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January 12th, 2023 - 4:58 pm § in Politics, Racism, Republicans

DeSantis is pulling guns on black voters

Add Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wants to be president, to the list of armed Republicans brandishing guns at polling places. In 2018, Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment that restored voting rights to felons who’ve completed their sentences, except those convicted of mur[...]

December 7th, 2022 - 2:55 pm § in Donald Trump, Racism

When the FBI were bad guys

Reverend Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who was re-elected on December 6, 2022, with the help of substantial black turnout despite GOP voter suppression efforts, paid tribute in his victory speech to five civil rights martyrs by name (see story here). One of those victims of racial hatred was Viola[...]

November 9th, 2022 - 9:50 pm § in Law and Courts, Republicans

Supreme Court case threatens Medicaid patients’ rights

The Supreme Court allows Texas to empower complete strangers — legal vigilantes — to sue anyone, even a taxi driver, who helps a woman get an abortion. Now conservative justices obsessively hung up on states’ rights, and eager to overturn precedents, are considering a case pushed b[...]

June 30th, 2022 - 3:47 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Biden’s hypocritical new stance on filibuster

Biden, who has opposed changing the Senate filibuster rule, is now calling for a “carveout” to pass federal abortion rights (see story here). But he still hasn’t endorsed carveouts for anything else, beyond the existing exceptions for spending bills and judicial nominees. Look, abo[...]

February 21st, 2022 - 11:37 pm § in America, Hypocrisy, Politics, Racism, Schools & Colleges

Red states are eroding civil liberties

Republicans say they’re for “freedom.” They’re not, except for gun owners and people behaving badly.      “States where the GOP controls both the governorship and state legislature are moving in unprecedented numbers to restrict abortion, limit access to voting, ban [...]

September 15th, 2021 - 12:36 pm § in Law and Courts

Who would guess America’s worst police department is racially biased?

For some time now, I’ve nominated Aurora, Colorado, as the U.S. city having the worst police. Many factors contribute to awful policing, such as systemic racism, excessive force and gratuitous violence against (often innocent) citizens, frequent civil rights and constitutional rights violation[...]

May 4th, 2021 - 1:32 pm § in America, Racism

PHOTOGRAPHY: Freedom Ride

On May 4, 1961, a Greyhound bus with 13 civil rights activists aboard left Washington, D.C.; on May 20, in Jackson, Mississippi, the so-called “Freedom Riders” were attacked by a white mob. Wikipedia says (here) that “southern … police considered the actions of the Freedom Ri[...]

August 28th, 2020 - 7:15 pm § in America, Politics, Racism

Two Marches On Washington

August 28, 2020: Police Brutality August 28, 1963: Civil Rights[...]

July 27th, 2020 - 3:33 pm § in Donald Trump, Racism

Trump refuses to pay respects to Rep. John Lewis at rotunda

The casket of Rep. John Lewis is in the Capitol rotunda, where he is lying in state, in tribute to the civil rights icon. Many are paying their respects. But one is not. “No, I won’t be going, no,” Trump told reporters when asked if he planned to attend. Read story here. Lewis became a [&helli[...]

November 17th, 2018 - 12:19 am § in Misc.

Justice delayed, very delayed

Seventy-seven-year-old James Bonard Fowler pled guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter two weeks before he was set to go to trial. He had been charged with two counts of murder in the 1965 shooting of 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson during a melee in a restaurant in Marion, Alabama. Fowler[...]