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SC Senate Votes to Take Down Flag; House OK Still Needed

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Senate has voted  to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on the Statehouse grounds, though the proposal still needs approval from the state House and the governor. The bill requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber; the Senate approved it 37-3. Gov. Nikki Haley has said she wants the flag to come down and will sign the bill. This week's vote comes less than a week af ...

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For Black Homeowners, Great Recession has not Receded

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Most economists agree that the Great Recession, sparked by the housing market crash, officially ended in 2009, but the fallout from the crisis will continue to hurt Black families, especially Black homeowners, for decades to come, according to a new report commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “In 2007, median wealth e ...

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President Obama Speaks, Sings of ‘Amazing Grace’ in Memory of Rev. Pinckney

by Kenya Vaughn Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American “His sacrifice must lead to reconciliation,” said U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). Rev. Clementa Pinckney paid the ultimate price when a stranger was allowed to stranger join him and about a dozen others for bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last Wednesday. Pinckney, a South Carolina State Senator in ...

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Maryland Moves To End Confederate Flag Plates

By Kelly-Ann Brown Howard University News Service WASHINGTON – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings – Blake and several state legislators are calling for the removal of the confederate flag on Maryland license plates and from state-issued property. Maryland is one of four states working to remove the emblem from their specialty plates, along with Virginia, North Carolina and Tenness ...

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Support Grows for Taking Down Confederate Flag

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In what is quickly and unexpectedly gaining ground as a fitting memorial to the nine African Americans killed by a White supremacist at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., some of the most ardent defendants of the confederate flag are reversing course and saying for the first time that the flag should no longer fly over the Capitol in South ...

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Burned NC Church May be Investigated as Hate Crime

MEGHAN KENEALLY Digital Reporter Police are investigating whether a fire at a predominantly Black church in North Carolina is a hate crime, authorities have said. A blaze was reported at the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in east Charlotte just before 1 a.m. Wednesday and investigators have determined that it was arson, The Associated Press reported. "We completed our work on the scene and determined this ...

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Rachel Dolezal Resigns from NAACP Chapter Over Race Passing ‘storm’

THE GUARDIAN - Rachel Dolezal, the civil-rights leader in the middle of a firestorm over accusations that she has been misrepresenting herself as black, has resigned unapologetically from her post at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The story of Dolezal “passing” for a different race quickly went viral on Friday after her parents told a local news station that their daughter, ...

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Texas Officer on Leave Resigns Over Shocking Pool Party Response

McKinney, TX - A police officer's response to a neighborhood "disturbance" last weekend was so much more disturbing that he was given administrative leave. The unnamed cop from the McKinney, Texas police department was one of several who answered complaints about a pool party. Witnesses say that a fight broke out among teenagers and adults, and the official call to police was for “multiple juveniles who did ...

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Man Who Spent Three Years Incarcerated Without Trial at 16 Commits Suicide

Kalief Browder, the young man who was robbed of his youth after spending three years incarcerated at Riker's Island without being convicted of a crime, is dead of apparent suicide, the New Yorker reports. He was 22 years old. The New York native hanged himself in an air-conditioning vent, according to the magazine, whose 2014 profile on Browder lead to a groundswell of support around him and his case. Browd ...

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Racist Dr. Seuss Cartoon Goes to Auction, Nobody Bids

Think Dr. Seuss and immediately Cat in the Hat, Whoville and children's bedtime stories come to mind. But did you know he also illustrated racist cartoons? In a 1929 illustration for Judge magazine, he depicted Black people for sale with a racist sign in the image's background. "Take home a high-grade n****r for your woodpile. Satisfaction guaranteed." Last week, the illustration went to auction in Californ ...

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