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Rastafarian teen suspended for refusing to cut dreadlocks

A Louisiana teen has been placed on indefinite suspension for refusing to cut his hair. The boy was sent home from South Plaquemines High School when classes resumed Aug. 8 because his dreadlocks extended beyond the collar of his shirt, a violation of the school’s dress code. The ACLU of Louisiana has taken on the […]

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12-year Navy veteran discharged for refusing to cut hair

A 12-year Navy veteran has been discharged for refusing to cut her hair or wear a wig as demanded by officials. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jessica Sims is described as an exemplary sailor. For most of her time in the Navy, she had kept her hair in natural locks with a bun for most of […]

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In Ezell Ford shooting death, protesters continue to demand answers

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside of the Los Angeles Police Department’s headquarters over the death of an unarmed man fatally shot by police last week. Ezell Ford, 25, was killed during a confrontation with police on Aug. 11. Demonstrators called for a complete investigation into his death. 

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The price of blackness in America

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The following post originally appears on Gawker. It was written by Lanre Akinsiku. By: Lanre Akinsiku In undergrad, I drove a ’92 Ford Taurus that just hulked, tank-like, up and down the streets of Berkeley. The thing was conspicuous, an ocean liner. I was pulled over all the time, once or twice a week at one point. Often […]

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Military to ease up on hairstyle policy after complaints of discrimination from black recruits

The United States military is easing up on its hairstyle requirements to allow more styles that are popular with black women. The changes come in response to criticism from black service members and lawmakers that black recruits had been treated unfairly by the new restrictions. 

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City’s first openly lesbian councilwoman called ‘filth’ and ‘dirt’ during meetings

An openly gay city council member was called “filth” and “dirt” due to her sexual orientation by a heckler at a public meeting last month. The comments were directed at Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles, Richmond California’s first openly lesbian councilwoman. 

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Black UIC employee accuses staff of racism

A black employee at the University of Illinois at Chicago says his job was made a “living hell” due to taunts by co-workers. Chuck Conner, 49, who is a mechanic at the institution, says he’s received a black Santa Claus and a rope in the form of a noose while working there. 

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Teacher who was called ‘white trash’ wins $350,000 lawsuit

A former Maryland teacher has won a $350,000 jury award after accusing the school system of discriminating against him because he is white. In his lawsuit against the Prince County George’s school board, Jon Everhart alleged that a black principal forced him out of his job because of his race.

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Church denies family funeral because man was gay

  Julie Atwood was standing at her son’s casket when the phone rang. New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, the place where her son’s funeral was to be held the following day, was on the other line. What they told her was shocking.

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Report: more proof that the NYPD is unfairly targeting blacks and Latinos

According to data compiled by staff at New York Daily News, the controversial crime-fighting strategy known as “broken windows” policing disproportionately targets blacks and Latinos.  From the 1990s, when “broken windows” was implemented, the number of summonses issued each year has soared from 160,000 in 1993 to a peak of 648,638 in 2005.

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