Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:15am
The Department of Justice filed documents this week showing evidence that officers in the Alamance County deputies - some in leadership positions - shared and joked about a violent racist video game.
“Captain Mario Wiley emailed several other ACSO employees a link to a game premised on shooting stereotypical Mexican figures, including pregnant women and children, as they attempt to cross the U.S. border,” the document explains. “Blood splatters on the screen as the figures are shot, and the final screen of the game shows how many ‘wetbacks’ one has killed.”
Today, we know Nelson Mandela as the man who ended apartheid and inspired the world with his steadfastness and his forgiveness. But that legacy was very nearly extinguished by the death penalty.
The night before his sentencing at the 1964 trial for his resistance to a racist government, Mandela prepared himself to be executed. He scrawled an unapologetic statement that he planned to read to the judge after the sentence was handed down. Thankfully, he never used those notes.
A North Carolina Ku Klux Klan (KKK) group says that it made a mistake when it accidentally targeted a predominately black Florida neighborhood in an attempt to recruit more members.
“You say this was a recruiting effort; however, your group targeted a predominately black neighborhood,” WFTV’s Ryan Hughes told KKK leader Robert Jones in a telephone interview.
“Well, we don’t have no way of judging where we’re putting the fliers at,” Jones explained.
Normally I would accuse the speaker of using a double-negative in an attempt to conceal the fact that he does have a way of judging where they're putting the fliers (at), but this guy is plainly an idiot. Not only was his mama eating a steady diet of mercury-contaminated fish while she was carrying him, she was also biting the ends off thermometers and sucking the juicy mercury out to chase down the fish.
Submitted by Mojo Mom on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:27pm
by Amy Tiemann
A white Republican challenging black students' right to vote has a 97% success rate at removing these young minority voters from the rolls. Is that what we want for North Carolina?
It is starting to sink in that North Carolina's new voting laws go way beyond voter I. D.--which is problematic in itself--and lead straight into voter suppression. Now the U.S. Justice Department is suing the state for alleged racial discrimination in the laws. We thought era of poll taxes and bogus literacy tests was over in North Carolina, but now it looks like Justice Department intervention is necessary to keep our moderate Southern state from tumbling into new era of voter suppression.
"Parade had racial overtones; lots of Confederate flags, Obama bashing sticker on a tractor, and a John Deere tractor [pulling a trailer full of watermelons] had a poster that reads "WHITE HISTORY MONTH HUG WTE PPL." Certainly, a celebration of independence parade is not the place to bring up these issues. Hope Mills should do better," wrote Michael Kenneth.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 5:22pm
Confederate flag at old NC Capitol raises ire
AP Story by Michael Biesecker
RALEIGH, N.C. —
A Confederate battle flag hung inside the old North Carolina State Capitol to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War is raising concern with civil rights leaders.
The flag was raised inside the House chamber last week as part of an historical display intended to replicate how the antebellum building appeared in 1863...
North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barber was shocked Friday when he was shown a photo of the flag by The Associated Press.
"He is right that it has a historical context," Barber said. "But what is that history? The history of racism. The history of lynchings. The history of death. The history of slavery. If you say that shouldn't be offensive, then either you don't know the history, or you are denying the history..."
Submitted by KatyMunger on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 4:33pm
PLEASE JOIN PROGRESS NORTH CAROLINA IN TELLING CONGRESS: DO NOT REWARD HATE SPEECH & INTOLERANCE. Please sign our petition rejecting a bill recently introduced by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers that seeks to name a federal building in Raleigh after Jesse Helms.
As anyone who lived in North Carolina before 2000 knows, for decades Jesse Helms embarassed our state by standing for antiquated, racist, outdated political views. He fought against equal rights, civil rights and women's rights while absolutely villifying gay Americans with his obsessive hompohobia. He opposed a federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. and once accused kids who got free lunches of double dipping in the welfare system and suggested their food stamps be cut to adjust. Click thru to learn more.
This L.A. Times story highlights Republican efforts to beat Obama in North Carolina. Specifically, the story focuses on the Lee County GOP and its strategy to woo Latino voters into voting for Romney. Lee GOP front man Charles Staley predictably blames the media for creating the impression that the GOP is anti-Latino (I suppose the Republican assault on Latino immigrants in recent years had nothing to do with that impression), and then gives us this little tidbit of revisionist history:
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