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Obama looking to improve odds for minority boys

Obama looking to improve odds for minority boys

Long before he arrived at the White House, Barack Obama was the son of a single mother, challenged and tempted by the same societal ills that disproportionately keep African-Americans impoverished and behind bars. Now the nation’s first black president is unveiling a new initiative aimed at breaking down those obstacles, and pledging to continue the […]

Racial equality? Not really

Racial equality? Not really

Has the U.S. achieved Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a colorblind society? Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress in the past 50 years toward racial equality, a new poll shows. Despite a heightened sense of racial progress immediately following the 2008 election of the first black president, […]

Obama gets personal about Trayvon Martin case

Obama gets personal about Trayvon Martin case

President Barack Obama kept his own counsel after the six women deciding whether George Zimmerman deserved prison time for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin delivered their verdict, releasing just a written statement appealing for calm the day after the ex-neighborhood watchman had been cleared of all charges. But the president was quietly keeping tabs […]

Romney draws boos from NAACP crowd

Romney draws boos from NAACP crowd

Unflinching before a skeptical NAACP crowd, Mitt Romney declared Wednesday he’d do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. He drew jeers when he lambasted the Democrat’s policies. “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him,” Romney told the group’s […]

Barbour lives large on Mississippi-state jet

Barbour lives large on Mississippi-state jet

Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor who thinks the Ku Klux Klan is just a misunderstood community civic group, has a  new problem. Seems the guv is running around the country on the state’s 12-passenger Cessna Citation jet, treating the 12-passenger plane as his own personal limousine and running up more than a half-million bucks in […]

Race-based predatory lending fueled housing crisis

Race-based predatory lending fueled housing crisis

Predatory lending aimed at racially segregated minority neighborhoods led to mass foreclosures that fueled the U.S. housing crisis, according to a new study published in the American Sociological Review. Predatory lending typically refers to loans that carry unreasonable fees, interest rates and payment requirements. Poorer minority areas became a focus of these practices in the […]

Arizona Governor signs bill targeting ethnic studies

Arizona Governor signs bill targeting ethnic studies

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure. State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, said he believes the Tucson school district’s Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they […]

Racism, bigotry in health care protest

Racism, bigotry in health care protest

Racism and anti-gay bigotry reared their ugly heads Saturday as Tea Party participants protested the health care vote that is scheduled for a historic vote Sunday. Protesters taunted openly-day Democratic Congressman Barney Frank with “faggot,” “homo” and other homophobic slurs and called African-American Georgia Congressman John Lewis a “nigger” as he left the Cannon House […]