Blake Paterson, Associated Press Updated 6:10 am PDT, Saturday, August 10, 2019 FILE-In this Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, the sun rises behind Main Street in the hometown of former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Ga. Former President Jimmy Carter's home county in rural south Georgia has been embroiled in a costly voting rights lawsuit that experts say could soon be replicated nationwide. less FILE-In this Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, the sun rises behind Main Street in the hometown of former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Ga. Former President Jimmy Carter's home county in rural south Georgia ... more Photo: David Goldman, AP Photo: David Goldman, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 FILE-In this Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, the sun rises behind Main … [Read more...] about In Carter’s home county, voting rights case tests democracy
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opinion Brian Dickerson Detroit Free Press Published 12:50 PM EDT May 15, 2019 Do women who undergo late-term abortions suffer as much as God wants them to? State Sen. Kim LaSata doesn't think so. Ever since the new state Legislature convened four months ago, LaSata and her Republican colleagues have been waiting for the chance to shove their deeply held religious convictions down the throats of Michigan's wayward women. Over weeks of hearings, they've heard physicians warn that GOP efforts to outlaw the surgical procedure commonly used to end second-trimester pregnancies would make such abortions more painful and hazardous for the women who undergo them. Tuesday, when the proposed ban finally came to a vote, LaSata's impatience with all those godless medical experts finally got the better of her. "Of course it should be hard!" the senator from St. Joseph exclaimed. "And the procedure should be painful! And you should allow God to take … [Read more...] about GOP legislator to colleagues: Let’s make abortions more painful
When the horses enter the gate for the 145th Kentucky Derby, their jockeys will hail from Venezuela, New Mexico, Panama and France. None will be African-American. That’s been the norm for quite a while. When Marlon St. Julien rode the Derby in 2000, he became the first black man to get a mount since 1921. It wasn’t always this way. The Kentucky Derby, in fact, is closely intertwined with black Americans’ struggles for equality, a history I explore in my book on race and thoroughbred racing. In the 19th century – when horse racing was America’s most popular sport – former slaves populated the ranks of jockeys and trainers, and black men won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. But in the 1890s – as Jim Crow laws destroyed gains black people had made since emancipation – they ended up losing their jobs. Maximum Security Rider Banned 15 Days for Derby Interference From slavery to the Kentucky DerbyOn May 17, … [Read more...] about How African Americans Disappeared From the Kentucky Derby
Meg Kinnard Associated Press Published 6:58 PM EDT May 4, 2019 Columbia, S.C. – Former Vice President Joe Biden charged Saturday that Jim Crow is “sneaking back in” as he emphasized the need to ensure voting rights are protected, which he said is lacking under the Trump administration. Biden drew several hundred people to a community center in Columbia as he opened his presidential campaign in South Carolina, home of the first-in-the-South primary and where black voters play a major role in the Democratic nominating process. In criticizing Republican attempts to reconfigure voting rules, including establishing identification requirements, Biden recalled the racial segregation laws of the past known as Jim Crow. “You’ve got Jim Crow sneaking back in,” he said, and added: “You know what happens when you have an equal right to vote? They lose.” Biden centered much of his speech around the need to restore decency to the White House, … [Read more...] about Biden: Trump administration allowing Jim Crow to return
NEWARK, N.J. — Senator Cory Booker was educated at Stanford, Oxford and Yale, but he likes to say he got his real education at Brick Towers, the dilapidated and dangerous housing project in inner-city Newark where he spent eight years as a tenant—not by necessity, but by choice. Living in a 16th-floor apartment that often lacked heat, hot water and elevator service, among poor neighbors trapped on the slum side of the American Dream, this celebrated black prodigy from a comfortable white suburb took an extended tutorial in urban adversity. He got a firsthand introduction to the policy issues that drove his agenda as a city councilor, mayor and New Jersey senator, and will now drive his newly announced presidential campaign. Brick Towers is gone now, but on a chilly gray morning in January, Booker was back at the intersection it loomed over for decades, riffing on the difference between thinking about policy and experiencing it up close. He noted that his former neighbor … [Read more...] about Is Cory Booker for Real?