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Justice for Voters in Texas and Florida – NYTimes.com

Republicans in Texas and Florida have been in the vanguard of the pernicious, widespread efforts to suppress voting by Hispanics and blacks. Fortunately, federal courts are seeing these efforts for what they are: a variation on the racist laws that disenfranchised millions before those tactics were outlawed by the Voting Rights Act.

A three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday unanimously rejected Texas’s voter ID law, which required court approval to take effect. The court described the law, known as SB 14, as “the most stringent in the country.”

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BBC News – Nut-throwers ejected from Republican National Convention

Two attendees were ejected from Republican National Convention on Tuesday for throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman. The individuals told her “this is how we feed animals” as they threw the nuts, multiple witness said. In a statement, convention officials said the attendees had “exhibited deplorable behaviour”.

I wonder what Mia Love and Condi Rice have to say about this?

BBC News – Nut-throwers ejected from Republican National Convention.

Romney’s Embraces Birtherism

“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that I was born and raised.”

With that comment to a crowd in Michigan, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney officially embraced the “birther” movement and touched off a firestorm of protest across the airwaves and internet.

Of course, those protesting didn’t include his live audience or the extremists on the right. Nor, given Romney’s embrace of Donald Trump, should we be surprised by this joke-that’s-not-a-joke. Ari Melber of The Nation put it succinctly: “Jokes can be more revealing than talking points.”

via Romney's 'birther' line is no joke – CNN.com.

GOP Attorneys General: Voting Rights Act Should Be Struck Down To Boost Laws Suppressing Minority Vote | ThinkProgress

The Republican attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court arguing that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Significantly, the brief points to the fact that the Voting Rights Act impedes laws intended to make it more difficult for racial minorities to cast a ballot as a reason why Court should cast a skeptical gaze on the landmark voting rights law responsible for breaking the back of Jim Crow:

via GOP Attorneys General: Voting Rights Act Should Be Struck Down To Boost Laws Suppressing Minority Vote | ThinkProgress.

Racist Posts Tied to West Indian Parade Bring Police Dept. Discipline – NYTimes.com

New York has the oldest and one of the largest populations of Caribbean Americans in the country. Every year West Indians from all over to world come to New York City on Labor Day to celebrate our rich history and culture. Things can get out of hand, but mostly it is just a gathering of hundreds of thousands of folks enjoying themselves. That many people in one place often stirs up white panic, even though St. Patrick’s Day parades can get just as or even more raucous. The police have been at the forefront of this anti-black phobia and attribute every crime committed by a black or Hispanic person to the parade. Last year they went too far and to many’s surprise they got punished for it. This year perhaps the Big Apple’s “Finest” can leave their bigotry at home and actually work to serve and protect the West Indian members of New York City.

Nearly 20 employees of the New York Police Department have faced discipline in connection with the posting of racist or derogatory comments on a Facebook page about revelers at the 2011 West Indian American Day Parade, a heavily policed annual celebration in Brooklyn on Labor Day weekend.The comments referred to “savages” and “animals,” and one poster wrote, “Let them kill each other.” The Facebook page, titled “No More West Indian Day Detail,” elicited comments from more than 150 people, many of whose names matched those of police officers.
The department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said 17 people had since been disciplined; four of those are officers facing pending departmental trials on charges of “conduct prejudicial to the good order of the Police Department,” he said. Mr. Browne said that seven had received the department’s lowest level of punishment, the equivalent of a reprimand. Six others received what is known as a command discipline — a punishment that sometimes entails a loss of up to 10 vacation days.

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Black Women Applicants Win Discrimination Lawsuit

As an naturalized citizen, I have a great deal of empathy for those who risk their lives to come to this country to provide for their families. The culprit in the current immigration debate that rarely gets the spotlight are the companies that hire undocumented workers and exploit their labor to make a larger profit than they would if they hired employees legally. When these corrupt practices are coupled with discrimination the results is even more despicable. Charlyn Dozier applied for a job at the Howard Industries electrical transformer plant in Laurel, Mississippi, every three to six months beginning in 2002, but wasn’t offered a position. The other African American plaintiffs, Veronica Cook, Yolanda Phelps and Seleatha McGee, made similar allegations.
The four women sued for discrimination after immigration agents detained nearly 600 undocumented workers during the raid at the sprawling plant in 2008.The lawsuit claimed that Howard Industries discriminated against non-hispanic American workers by giving preferential treatment to undocumented Latino applicants. The company was fined $2.5 million in February 2011 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to violate immigration laws. Howard Industries will pay $1.3 million into a settlement fund to be paid to possibly as many as 5,000 non-Hispanic individuals who applied for jobs at the company between March 2003 and Aug. 28, 2008.

Racism and the Mormon Church

This why Romney will never attack the president on religion.

“I believe that in 1978 God changed his mind about black people,” sings Elder Kevin Price in the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon.” The line is meant to be funny, and it is — in part because it’s true.

In a June 1978 letter, the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaimed that “all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.” Men of African descent could now hold the priesthood, the power and authority exercised by all male members of the church in good standing. Such a statement was necessary, because until then, blacks were relegated to a very second-class status within the church.

The revelation may have lifted the ban, but it neither repudiated it nor apologized for it. “It doesn’t make a particle of difference,” proclaimed the Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie a few months later, “what anybody ever said about the Negro matter before the first day of June of this year, 1978.”

via Racism and the Mormon Church – NYTimes.com.

Black Women Humiliated during NYC Police Stop & Frisk

Shari Archibald’s black handbag sat at her feet on the sidewalk in front of her Bronx home on a recent summer night. The two male officers crouched over her leather bag and rooted around inside, elbow-deep. he pulled out a tray of foil-covered pills, Ms. Archibald recalled.“What’s this?” the officer said, examining the pill packaging stamped “drospirenone/ethinylestradiol.”
“Birth control,” Ms. Archibald replied. Crystal Pope said she and some female friends had been patted down by officers who said they were searching for a male rapist.

The laws governing street stops are blind to gender. Male officers are permitted to frisk a woman if they reasonably suspect that she may be armed with a dangerous weapon that could be used to harm them. A frisk can escalate into a field search if officers feel a suspicious bulge while patting down the woman’s outer layer of clothing or the outline of her purse.

Last year, New York City police officers stopped 46,784 women, frisking nearly 16,000. Guns were found in 59 cases, according to an analysis of police statistics.

via Continued at the NYTimes.com.

ABWW Heroine of the Day: Thelma Glass, Organizer of Alabama Bus Protests

Thelma Glass

Thelma Glass, the last surviving member of a black women’s group that in 1955 organized a yearlong bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., after the arrest of Rosa Parks for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, died on Tuesday. She was 96.

Ms. Glass, a professor of geography at Alabama State University, was the secretary of the Women’s Political Council, which leapt to action within hours of Ms. Parks’s arrest on Dec. 1, 1955. The women’s group, realizing that three-quarters of the bus riders in Montgomery were black, called on blacks to boycott the buses to put pressure on the city, the state and the bus company to stop forcing them to ride in the back and surrender their seats to white passengers.

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Negro Motorist Green Book

Can imagine taking a road trip that endangers your life? Can you imagine having to got to the bathroom in the bushes because there were no public facilities? Can you imagine having to pay to eat while being served at the back of the restaurant? This was the reality for African Americans less than 50 years ago. While traveling basic necessities are needed such as food, gas, water, restrooms and maybe an overnight hotel stay. Stopping for these necessities could bring danger in southern states due to the segregation created through the Jim Crow laws.

Postal employee and civic leader, Victor Hugo Green conceived the postal employee and civic leader in response to one too many accounts of humiliation or violence where discrimination continued to hold strong. Between 1936 and 1964, he reviewed hotels and restaurants that did business with African Americans during the time of Jim Crow laws and racial segregation in the United States. He printed 15,000 copies each year.The guide often pointed weary black travelers to “tourist homes,” privates residences made available by their African-American owners.

We need to remember our history and those who stuggle to get us this far.

Negro Motorist Green Book

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