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Endorse This: Happy Birthday, Al Green!

What better way to appreciate the legendary singer than by having one of his own fans perform a (slight) homage?

April 13, 2016

Videos Of Police Shootings Don’t Always Tell The Full Story, Experts Warn

“Knowing what happens on video after it happens is totally different than knowing what the cop was thinking and what he will say he was thinking,” says one criminal justice expert.

November 25, 2015

‘Temporary’ Not Guilty Plea Entered For Charleston Suspect

Dylann Roof was arraigned on 33 federal hate crime and firearms charges, plus state murder and attempted murder counts.

July 31, 2015

Alleged Charleston Shooter Faces Federal Hate Crime Charges: Lynch

South Carolina does not have a hate crimes statute, and so the hate crime charges that Roof targeted the victims “because of their race and in order to interfere with their exercise of religion,” are part of the federal indictment, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

July 22, 2015
Dylann Roof (R), the 21-year-old man charged with murdering nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston last month, is helped to his chair by chief public defender Ashley Pennington during a hearing at the Judicial Center in Charleston, South Carolina July 16, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Dylann Roof To Face Trial In 1 Year; Gag Order Extended

State Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a tentative court date of July 11, 2016.

July 16, 2015
Comey's recent letter again clears Clinton of any wrongdoing

FBI Chief Says Agency Should Not Have Cleared Gun Sale To Dylann Roof

FBI Director James B. Comey said agency employees should have rejected Dylann Roof’s attempt to purchase a gun because Roof had earlier been arrested for possession of drugs.

July 10, 2015

Confederate Flag To Be Removed From South Carolina Capitol Grounds

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced that the Confederate flag will be removed from the State House grounds on July 10.

July 9, 2015

Meet Mike Pitts — The SC State Rep. Who Fought To Fly The Confederate Flag

Republican House member Michael A. Pitts is leading the opposition in favor of the Confederate banner.

July 8, 2015

5 Monuments To The Confederacy That Have Been Vandalized

One historian says: “I’m in favor of the vandalism.”

July 6, 2015
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Liberated By Grace

For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African-American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.

July 6, 2015

Woman Who Took Down Confederate Flag: ‘We Want An End To The Hate’

“I felt very strongly we needed that moment,” Newsome said. “We needed that moment to say ‘enough is enough.’ We want an end to the hate.”

July 2, 2015

President Obama Delivers A Speech For History

The president spoke of gun violence, the hunger of children, the brazen hatred that inspired the alleged shooter, yet it seemed fitting that he returned that night to a White House bathed in colors of the rainbow. One could almost see history making a great, wide turn toward freedom.

July 1, 2015

Another Black Church Burns After NAACP Warns About Suspected Arson Attacks

The NAACP warned black churches Tuesday to take “necessary precautions” as authorities in Southern states investigate whether several church fires over the last week were arsons.

July 1, 2015
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A Flag Hijacked By Modern Segregationists

The flag that is causing such a furor was not “the Confederate flag,” — it’s a flag that was hijacked and dishonored by racists and white supremacists in the 20th century.

June 30, 2015

KKK Cavalry Will Go To SC To Support The Confederate Flag

“It should be a peaceful rally. Like I said, it’s for the Confederate Flag.”

June 30, 2015

Vandalism: Confederate Flag Placed On Black Civil War Troop Memorial In Boston

It may be considered an act of vandalism to take down the Confederate flag in South Carolina — but it is actually a special act of vandalism to raise that flag up on a particular memorial in Boston, Massachusetts.

June 29, 2015

Four More Votes Needed To Remove Confederate Flag From SC Capitol

Four more members of the South Carolina House of Representatives must commit to vote in favor of removing the Confederate flag in order for the legislature to mandate its removal.

June 26, 2015

Obama Sings ‘Amazing Grace,’ Mentions Race, Guns, And Grace In Eulogy

President Obama ended his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in a way best befitting a man of the cloth: by singing “Amazing Grace.”

June 26, 2015

Watch: Obama Delivers Eulogy For Charleston Pastor — Sings ‘Amazing Grace’

Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine people killed last week in a shooting at the church. A suspect has been arrested and confessed to the shooting, citing white supremacy as the motivation.

June 26, 2015

This Week In Crazy: ‘There Can Be No Coexistence With The Left!’

Racism, what racism? It’s all the Devil’s fault. Send in the bees! These and other morsels of madness in “This Week In Crazy.”

June 26, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore Crashes Bill O’Reilly’s Party

Larry inserted himself into the Fox News host’s show, in order to give some aerial support to the one liberal guest against Bill’s flip responses. “‘So what’?! Slavery gets a ‘So what’?!”

June 25, 2015

The Confederacy Crashes In A Week. It Only Took 150 Years.

It would have been admirable for this change of heart regarding the Confederate flag to have happened without the cruel shock of a massacre of innocents.

June 25, 2015
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The Right To Be Free From Guns

What’s needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns.

June 25, 2015
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What If He Hadn’t Been Holding That Confederate Flag?

We can look forward to weeks of apologists trying to explain why we should ever see the Confederate flag flying anywhere near government property.

June 25, 2015

Jim Webb: The Pro-Confederate Flag Democratic Candidate?

Former Senator Jim Webb, who is exploring a candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made his chances sink even lower — by trying to mount some kind of measured defense of the Confederate flag.

June 24, 2015