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Charlie Rangel Says Tea Partiers are Like “White Crackers” Who Opposed Civil Rights

In a recent interview, Rep. Charlie Rangel spoke at length about the Tea Party, comparing them to segregationists in the Jim Crow south.

And he used “white crackers” to describe them.

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T.I. Says If Trayvon Was His Son George Zimmerman Would Be Dead

Rapper T.I. sounded off on the George Zimmerman verdict in a recent interview.

T.I. took his hat off to the poise and class with which Trayvon Martin’s parents have carried themselves through this ordeal.

Because according to T.I., if it had been his son George Zimmerman would be dead.

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Black Unemployment Falls to Year Low of 12.6%

Although it rose in June to 13.7%, the black unemployment rate fell in July to 12.6%, a low for the year:

U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, the fewest since March. The gains were enough to lower the unemployment rate to a 4½ -year low of 7.4 percent, a good sign in an otherwise lackluster report.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment fell from 7.6 percent in June as more Americans found jobs.

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Guest Post

If Our Freedom is Criminal, We Must Change the Laws

Original artwork by Taijhet Nyobi

 By Kai M. Green

I remember the night Troy Davis was lynched. I remember the anxiety I felt — the sadness and the worry. And then I remember thinking that I had no right to feel so much. I imagined what Davis and his family must have felt and I wanted to respect and honor that.

Just before the lynching, I went for a jog around my neighborhood in South Los Angeles. I remember running, sprinting, trying to rid myself of all that “so much” that I felt.

I was running towards a freedom of my mind, spirit and body. But my stride was halted when a police car crept up beside me.

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Everything You Need to Know About Trayvon’s Law

A great article in Ebony Magazine delves into the much-talked about Trayvon’s Law; legislation proposed and currently being fought for by the NAACP, the Dream Defenders, and many others.

The law is an impressively comprehensive attempt to protect black and brown youth from the kind of racism and vigilantism that has destroyed and/or claimed the lives of so many of us.

It includes:

  • The Repeal of Stand Your Ground laws
  • An end to racial profiling
  • A mandate for law enforcement data collection on homicide cases involving people of color

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Smithsonian Museum Expresses Interest in Displaying Trayvon Martin’s Hoodie

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has expressed interest in acquiring and displaying the hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Lonnie Bunch – the museum’s director, says the hoodie’s symbolic nature elicits larger questions about race in America.

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MUST WATCH: Jay Smooth Talks Don Lemon, Race and ‘Respectability’

Jay Smooth’s latest video blog absolutely shreds Don Lemon’s horrifically out-of-touch, black youth-shaming, “pull up your pants” rant, and gives an epic shout-out to the Black Youth Project 100 and the Dream Defenders.

A must watch.

Check it out below:

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Hampton U Business School Dean Doubles Down on Dreadlock and Cornrows Ban

We’ve previously reported on the Hampton University business school’s no-dreadlock-or-cornrows policy for students in a five-year MBA program who take the seminar class.

Although the outrage over the policy continues, the school has once again doubled down.

From WVEC:

Business School Dean Sid Credle believes the ban has been effective in helping his students land corporate jobs.

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18-Year Old Gabrielle Turnquest is the Youngest Person to Pass UK Bar Exam

18-year old Florida native Gabrielle Turnquest is the youngest person to ever pass the UK bar exam.

She graduated from Liberty University at just 16; the youngest ever at the Lynchburg, VA school.

She plans on heading back to the States to pass the American bar exam as well.

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New LAPD Program Allows Officers to Come Face-to-Face w/ Community Members on Racial Profiling

The LAPD has announced a new program where officers can come face-to-face with community members who accuse them of racial profiling.

The Community-Employee Mediation Pilot program will allow both sides to see things from the other’s perspective.

Neither party is required to agree with one another; and only conflicts that don’t involve use of force, injuries, or actual criminal misconduct will be eligible for the program.

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