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Study: Charter schools have made segregation worse in Chicago

According to a new study released by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, Charter schools have worsened school segregation in Chicago, and overall have made the city’s school system stronger. Analysts looked at data for 2012-13 and cites major factors as reading and math scores, reading and math growth and graduation rates as contributing factors for […]

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Report: black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than whites

According to an analysis by Pro Publica, black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than their white male counterparts. The analysis was based on 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012. 

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Supreme Court approves some of the worst voting restrictions in the country

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court overruled a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that reinstated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in North Carolina for midterm elections. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissented. 

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Involuntary manslaughter charge dropped against cop who killed 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones

  The involuntary manslaughter charge against a Detroit police officer who mistakenly killed a 7-year-old girl during a raid was dropped by a judge on Friday. 

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Cop fatally shoots man in own driveway, charges filed against officer

South Carolina native Ernest Satterwhite, 68, was a former mechanic who had a habit of ignoring police officers who attempting to pull him over. The great-grandfather is now dead after a slow-speed chase which led to his driveway got him killed by a 25-year-old police officer. 

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Man facing death penalty after shooting police who raided home

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A Texas man is facing the death penalty after killing a police officer who was part of a raid on his home. On Friday, May 9, 2014, Marvin Louis Guy shot an officer who he thought was an intruder. They were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home. 

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‘Django’ actress handcuffed, accused of prostitution after kissing white husband

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A black actress says she was handcuffed and detained by police after being mistaken for a prostitute while out with her white husband. Daniele Watts, who played slave CoCo in the award-winning film Django: Unchained, posted the news on her Facebook page. She said her arm was cut during the encounter with police in Hollywood. 

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Video: activist Ty Turner arrested for distributing voting rights leaflets

Activist and former North Carolina State Senate candidate Ty Turner was arrested during a Moral Mondays rally in Charlotte, NC. Turner was arrested and later released for distributing voting rights leaflets. Those who had assembled for Moral Mondays proceeded to go to jail to demand Turner’s release. As the crowd waited, Turner eventually arrived at the jail […]

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Video: St. Paul police allegedly Taser, arrest man for ‘sitting while black’

Video has surfaced of St. Paul, MN police allegedly tasering and arresting a man for “sitting while black.” In a video posted to YouTube, the entire interaction between the unidentified man, who is filming with his cell phone, and police officers takes place. 

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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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