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Study: Black males twice as likely to be suspended at schools in Virginia

According to a joint report released by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center, black males are twice as likely to be suspended from schools in the state than white male students.

Most African American students are being suspended for relatively minor offenses, such as disrupting the class or talking loudly.

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Community members urge prosecutor to charge Dione Payne murderers with rape, hate crime

Earlier this month, we reported on the murder of 16-year-old Dione Payne. The Ohio teen was beat to death by two white men, and according to media sources, police were investigating a possible motive.

Turns out that not only was Payne beaten, but sexually assaulted. Community  members are urging Franklin City Prosecutor Steven Runge bring forth hate and rape charges against the men.

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Man who killed Prentice Deitrich-Smith posted murder plot on Facebook, avoids life sentence

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A 19-year-old man avoided the death penalty after posting threats online against a man who he eventually killed.

18-year-old Prentice Dietrich-Smith lost his life in June after Christopher Dowen, 19, wrote that he was going to “keep beating your ass over and over again” on Facebook.

Dowen was found not guilty of murder and felonious assault Wednesday. Dietrich-Smith died after Rowen stabbed him at his Ohio home. 

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A Jewel in a Tarnished Crown

1900435-miss-france-2014-est-miss-orleanais-flora-coquerelA whirlwind of over a million racists and hateful remarks flooded twitter last week after a woman of color was crowned as the new Miss France. The radiant mocha toned Flora Conquerel was excited to be crowned and represent her country even admits the backlash against the multiracial beauty queen. Conquerel represents an ever-changing world where racial homogeneity is not the norm. She is not the first public figure of color to receive racist taunts and jabs at her beauty.

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Rare black Santa maintains longevity at Los Angeles mall

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For 10 holiday seasons Langston Patterson has claimed his throne as Santa Claus at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza during Christmas time. The mall located in the predominantly black part of the city, is one of the few in the country that features a black Santa.

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Gym teacher makes racist comment towards black student about skin color

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A North Carolina gym teacher at Hough High School had admitted to making a racist joke about the color of one of her student’s skin.

The student’s mother Suzette Henderson said the incident happened last month, but she just learned about the comments last Thursday at a meeting with her son, a school administrator and his 9th grade physical education teacher Meghan Beltz.

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In controversial art project, black artist ‘lynches’ two white students on college campus

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A black Sacramento State University student and artist is being accused of reverse racism after going public with an exhibit depicting two white men being lynched on campus.

Christina Edwards, a senior at the university said she wanted to send a strong message about the social injustices faced by African Americans then and now.

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Parents protest ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline education in New Orleans charter school

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Parents of some New Orleans students have pulled their children out of school and are protesting the “school-to-prison” pipeline approach to the educational experiences of their children.

About 12 families are protesting the practices of three New Orleans charter schools run by Collegiate Academies, due to what they believe is an environment not conducive to learning and preparing their children for college.

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Exhibit removes artist after hoax about high school ‘Charity Minstrel Show’

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A press release sent out to media outlets about a Chicago high school holding a minstrel show is not real after all. According to the release, West Chicago Community High School was slated to perform a “Charity Minstrel Show” in hopes of fostering dialogue about racism.

The entire story was made up by Jason Pallas, one of 14 artists participating in the West Chicago City Museum’s exhibit “Where History and Progress Meet.” Pallas’ work has since been removed from the exhibit.

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1.3 million Americans to lose unemployment benefits Dec. 28

On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans who have been receiving unemployment benefits will no longer have assistance. 

The end to the funds is due to a budget deal proposal by Congress. The deal fails to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, a key provider in federal funds for those who have reached their limit in state unemployment benefits.

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