race-based discrimination

When bigotry wears a badge

The color of your skin or the sound of your name is probable cause for persecution:

That same year, Johnson arrested more than 100 Latinos at a local Division of Motor Vehicles office and accused them of using phony documents to obtain driver's licenses. In 2004, according to Hannah Gill, a researcher at the University of North Carolina, Johnson proposed that deputies visit the homes of people with Latino surnames to root out voter fraud.

I think the thing that is most frightening about this is the fact that voters seem to love this guy, which could encourage other sheriffs to follow his bigoted example.

Black farmers finally granted relief

Less equal than others in the eyes of the government:

We went to the (U.S. Department of Agriculture) to try to get a loan. My father, my mother, my grandfather and we were denied because of our race,” farmer Troy Murray said Monday. Murray said he wonders why the settlement took so long. “Why did it wait until we lost everything?” Murray said.

Sometimes the wheels of justice move so slow they become dangerous to those who are waiting. If you want to learn more about the Pigford case and subsequent settlement, here's a clearing house for associated documents.

An abject lesson in Islamophobia

Muslim clerics booted off flight to Charlotte:

Two Muslim religious leaders on their way to a Charlotte conference on "Islamophobia" said they were removed from a commercial flight Friday because the pilot refused to fly with them on board.

This story is dripping with irony. And the sad thing is, this pilot (and the passengers he claims complained about the clerics) would probably deny they had been swayed by Islamophobia.

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