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Feb 20, 2020 . 9 comments

North Carolina's Latest Scheme to Suppress Black Votes Gets Shut Down in Court

North Carolina's Latest Scheme to Suppress Black Votes Gets Shut Down in Court

Because it’s 2020 and racism is still alive and well, we have North Carolina, whose new voter identification law just hit a snag—and by snag, I mean it’s apparently sorta-kinda racist.

From Reuters:

A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday blocked the state’s voter identification law from going into effect, finding it was a discriminatory attempt to suppress the black vote, in a victory for...

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Feb 14, 2020 at 08:00. 11 comments

Court Says "Ha, You Thought" and Reverses $2.5M Settlement to Protect Confederate Monument

Court Says "Ha, You Thought" and Reverses $2.5M Settlement to Protect Confederate Monument

You know, quite often these days the news is just sad and anger-inducing. Tonight though, I’m happy to bring you a story that just warms my little heart.

CNN reports that a state court in North Carolina has reversed a ruling that would’ve provided $2.5 million in funds from the University of North Carolina to the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The money would’ve...

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Feb 09, 2020. 13 comments

Like the Good Ol' Boy He Is, Ben Carson Wants You All to Know That Donald Trump Is 'Not a Racist'

Like the Good Ol' Boy He Is, Ben Carson Wants You All to Know That Donald Trump Is 'Not a Racist'

Every black person with good sense can see that President Donald Trump likes to surround himself with conservative black people so he can point in any random direction and exclaim, from the book of wypipo proverbs: “How can I be racist? I have a black friend!”

Why else would he appoint former neurosurgeon and 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson to the position of U.S. Secretary of Housing...

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Jan 04, 2020. 3 comments

DaBaby Arrested, Held Without Bond in Miami on Battery Charges

DaBaby Arrested, Held Without Bond in Miami on Battery Charges

DaBaby will remain in a Miami jail until he can be extradited to Texas, a judge ruled on Friday. The 28-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested and charged with battery on Thursday night in connection with an alleged robbery that happened in Miami earlier that day. DaBaby was subsequently denied bond due to another outstanding warrant in Dallas, Texas.

According to TMZ, DaBaby—born...

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Zack Linly Zack Linly Dec 29, 2019. 10 comments

Racists Have Finally Gone Too Far: Tina Turner Mural Defaced With ‘Swastika’

Racists Have Finally Gone Too Far: Tina Turner Mural Defaced With ‘Swastika’

Police in Asheville, N.C., are investigating a truly heinous crime. The most abominable of offenses. The most dastardly of evil deeds. Some Nazi bigot vandal has spray-painted an off-brand “swastika” over a mural of none other than legendary “Queen Of Rock and Roll” Tina Turner.

That’s right, some cowardly, bologna smelling, stiff line-dancing, clapping on the one and three and a half, wet-dog...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Dec 28, 2019. 7 comments

Federal Judge Halts Latest Voter ID Law From North Carolina

Federal Judge Halts Latest Voter ID Law From North Carolina

Another day, another thwarted attempt at voter suppression from the Republican party.

CBS News reports that a federal judge has formally blocked a photo ID requirement scheduled to begin next year on that grounds that it inordinately targets black and Latino voters. This is not the first attempt at a voter ID law in North Carolina. In fact, voter ID was implemented in North Carolina’s 2016...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 24, 2019. 7 comments

In Wake of Deadly Charlottesville Protests, University of North Carolina Police Surveilled...Anti-Racism Activists

In Wake of Deadly Charlottesville Protests, University of North Carolina Police Surveilled...Anti-Racism Activists

Police at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, alongside state investigators, monitored the cellphones of antiracism protesters demonstrating against the campus’ Confederate statue, “Silent Sam,” in 2017.

NBC News broke the story, which comes just a week after the UNC System revealed it paid upwards of $2.5 million to a Confederate group to take the controversial rebel statue, which...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 19, 2019. 15 comments

"Reparations" for Confederates? UNC System Trustees Face Backlash After Paying More than $2.5 Million to Confederate Group to House 'Silent Sam'

"Reparations" for Confederates? UNC System Trustees Face Backlash After Paying More than $2.5 Million to Confederate Group to House 'Silent Sam'

Some are calling it a “payoff.” Others have called it “hush money” and “reparations.” The University of North Carolina System is calling it “a lawful and lasting path” to prevent Confederate statues and insignia from finding homes on its campuses.

But what it is, in practical terms, is $2.5 million handed directly from North Carolina’s public university system into the open palms of a...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 17, 2019. 9 comments

School Resource Officer Fired After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Body Slammed: ‘This Should Never Have Happened’

School Resource Officer Fired After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Body Slammed: ‘This Should Never Have Happened’

On Monday, I had the misfortune of reporting about a Vance County, N.C., school resource officer who was put on paid leave after picking up and slamming an 11-year-old student into the ground—twice.

School Resource Officer Placed on Leave After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Dragged, Body...

School resource officers are hired to help provide a safe learning environment in schools…

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 17, 2019. 6 comments

Black Woman Faces Prison Over Voting Law Created to ‘Rescue White People From the Curse of Negro Domination’

Black Woman Faces Prison Over Voting Law Created to ‘Rescue White People From the Curse of Negro Domination’

The morning after suffering a miscarriage in July, Lanisha Bratcher came face-to-face with yet another cruel reality of being black in America.

Police barged into her North Carolina home “like the Dukes of Hazzard” and according to the Guardian, she was informed that despite the unspeakable loss that she was still processing, there was a warrant out for her arrest.

Her crime? Voting in the...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 16, 2019. 16 comments

School Resource Officer Placed on Leave After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Dragged, Body Slammed

School Resource Officer Placed on Leave After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Dragged, Body Slammed

School resource officers are hired to help provide a safe learning environment in schools throughout the country, not drag and body slam 11-year-old students like this:

As a result, CNN reports that authorities are investigating the assault captured by surveillance video at Vance County Middle School in Vance County, N.C. The officer’s name has not been released and he’s been placed...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Oct 03, 2019. 17 comments

The Only Coup in U.S. History Was Orchestrated by White Supremacists

The Only Coup in U.S. History Was Orchestrated by White Supremacists

Donald Trump ratcheted up his veiled threats of a looming civil war on Tuesday night, tweeting that an upcoming impeachment inquiry was akin to a “coup.”

The claim is ludicrous on its face, but given the nature of Trump and his supporters’ feedback loop, many outlets felt forced to give the dictionary definition of what a coup d’état is (“the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing...

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Sep 26, 2019. 3 comments

Former Youth Director for North Carolina NAACP Accuses Supervisor of Sexual Harassment and Slams How National Handled Her Claim

Former Youth Director for North Carolina NAACP Accuses Supervisor of Sexual Harassment and Slams How National Handled Her Claim

A former youth and college director for the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is casting a harsh spotlight on the national organization over its handling of her claim of sexual harassment against her former supervisor.

Jazmyne Childs held a news conference Wednesday where said she was sexually harassed and touched by her then supervisor, whom she identified as the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, a man...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Sep 19, 2019. 13 comments

Are Only Black American Descendants of US Slaves Deserving of Reparations?

Are Only Black American Descendants of US Slaves Deserving of Reparations?

With the nation’s renewed focus on whether or how to compensate black Americans for the evils of generations of chattel slavery in the U.S. and its systemically racist aftermath, some have questioned who should qualify for reparations should such reparative justice come to pass.

William “Sandy” Darity, a Duke University economics professor and longtime proponent of reparations, tells the...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Sep 18, 2019. 1 comments

NC Sheriff Allegedly Was OK With Murder in Order to Hide Use of ‘Racially Insensitive Language’

NC Sheriff Allegedly Was OK With Murder in Order to Hide Use of ‘Racially Insensitive Language’

Talk about killing a story. A North Carolina sheriff has been indicted on charges he knew of a credible threat against a deputy but did nothing to stop it — even going so far as to encourage the wannabe killer to “take care of it” — in order to stop the deputy from releasing a recording that would reveal the sheriff using “racially insensitive language.”

According to WNCN CBS 17, Granville...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 27, 2019. 5 comments

#AtHomeWhileBlack: Police Drag Black North Carolina Homeowner From His Own House After False Alarm

#AtHomeWhileBlack: Police Drag Black North Carolina Homeowner From His Own House After False Alarm

A North Carolina man says he was humiliated and thought he was going to be killed when police dragged him out of his house wearing only his boxers after his home security alarm was tripped accidentally.

“This was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life,” Kazeem Oyeneyin of Raleigh, N.C., told WTVD.

Oyeneyin, a club and party promoter known as “Tim Boss,” told the station he had just...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 19, 2019. 14 comments

Ilhan Omar Slams Trump as ‘Fascist’ While He Cries ‘Wasn’t Me’ on the ‘Send Her Back’ Chants

Ilhan Omar Slams Trump as ‘Fascist’ While He Cries ‘Wasn’t Me’ on the ‘Send Her Back’ Chants

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar struck back Thursday against Donald Trump and his “Send her back”-braying fans, saying the raucous catcalls were not so much about her, but about what Trump stands for: fascism.

“I believe he is fascist,” Omar said Thursday, the Daily Beast reports. “I want to remind people that this is what this president and his supporters have turned this country [into]; this is...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 18, 2019. 21 comments

#TrumpRally Erupts in Raucous Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ as Trump Goes After Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar

#TrumpRally Erupts in Raucous Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ as Trump Goes After Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar

Donald Trump ramped up his efforts Wednesday night to demonize the four progressive, freshman congresswomen informally known as “the Squad,” reveling in a raucous crowd’s chants of “Send her back! Send her back!” in reference to his latest target, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Despite a House vote Tuesday to condemn racist comments Trump made telling Omar and her fellow “Squad” members to “go...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jun 30, 2019. 6 comments

North Carolina Man Sues Hardees for Civil Rights Violations for Shorting Him on Hash Rounds

North Carolina Man Sues Hardees for Civil Rights Violations for Shorting Him on Hash Rounds

If you look at the menu for Hardees’ breakfast platter—as you might be wont to do if you were craving a quick, affordable morning meal—you’ll notice that along with two slices of bacon, two scrambled eggs, and two biscuits sopped in sausage gravy, you’ll also get roughly a half dozen hash rounds.

Beloved reader, that is not what 58-year-old Tommy Martin says he got.

The Mount Holly, N.C.,...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jun 10, 2019.

Investigation Launched After NC State Trooper Fatally Shoots Deaf Man 

Investigation Launched After NC State Trooper Fatally Shoots Deaf Man 

The family of a deaf man who was shot dead by a North Carolina state trooper are left searching for answers as they wonder how 29-year-old Daniel Harris' encounter with police led to his death.

According to CNN, Sam Harris, Daniel Harris' brother, wonders if the shooting occurred because of some sort of misunderstanding between the officer and his brother, who was deaf and...

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