In 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the disparity in sentences for crack vs powder cocaine from 100-1 to 18-1. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the new sentencing guidelines applied to cases where the defendant had been convicted before that law was passed but not yet …
Category Archive: Racism
May 22 2013
May 13 2013
Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma is at it again. During debate on a bill to end affirmative action in that state, she let loose with some of that famous right wing anecdotal “data” to show that black people are just lazy and unintelligent and that’s why they end up in jail.
May 07 2013
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly gave an interview to a TV station that shows him to be pretty much everything that is wrong with our criminal (in)justice system. Believe it or not, he actually argues that the NYPD’s stop and frisk program, which targets blacks and Latinos a staggering 87% of the time, isn’t racist enough.
Apr 29 2013
Another local politician, this time in Michigan and this time a Democrat, has been caught on tape using a racial slur. Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko called a black member of the township’s board of trustees a “nigger” and it was recorded and released to the press.
Apr 15 2013
Man, these guys seem to be coming out of the woodwork. A commissioner in Salina County, Kansas is in hot water after being taped in a session saying that if they’re going to renovate a county building they should hire an architect rather than “nigger-rigging” it.
Apr 12 2013
Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State now working for the Family Research Council, has a rather absurd column in the Washington Times claiming that marriage equality is “illiberal” and that there’s no comparison between the struggles for black civil rights and gay civil rights.
Apr 07 2013
Reading this story will make you check your calendar to make sure it really is 2013. In one Macon, Georgia-area school district, they still have separate proms, one for white kids and one that is integrated. And a group of students at the school is trying to change that.
Apr 02 2013
A New York Post reporter named Candice Giove recently exposed a New York EMT named Timothy Dluhos for a series of racist and disturbing tweets and for apparently being a neo-Nazi, or at least admiring Adolf Hitler enough to use a picture of him as his avatar. Since then, the reporter has been deluged with …
Mar 26 2013
There’s an important class action lawsuit going on in New York that challenges the NYPD’s stop and frisk program, which subjects almost 700,000 people a year to humiliating and unnecessary searches while walking the streets, almost all of them — 87% — black and Latino. And one police officer has a tape of his supervisor …
Mar 20 2013
A South Carolina State Representative named Kris Crawford, who is also a doctor himself, met with doctors opposed to the Affordable Care Act recently and made a very interesting statement on the matter. Whether the law was a good thing or not, it’s just good politics — at least in South Carolina — to oppose …
Mar 18 2013
One of the panel discussions at CPAC last week focused on how the Republican Party could more effectively reach out to minority voters. It featured K. Carl Smith of the Frederick Douglass Republicans, but one of the audience members, who claims to be a descendant of Jefferson Davis, showed exactly why the GOP has such …
Mar 05 2013
This is a rather disturbing story. 19 year old Matthew Herrmann was arrested in January for luring a black student into a house, putting a noose around his neck, calling him a nigger and threatening him with a knife, all to get him to stop talking to a white girl. And he was allowed to …
Mar 02 2013
A federal prosecutor in Texas is under investigation by the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility for asking a racially charged question during a trial, and drawing the ire of Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor as well. During a drug trafficking trial the prosecutor asked the defendant:
Mar 01 2013
The liberal Super PAC Progress Kentucky two weeks ago sent out a ridiculous and racist tweet about Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, saying that since she’s Asian, that explains why McConnell wants to send your jobs to China.
Mar 01 2013
You remember John Rocker, don’t you? He’s the former baseball pitcher who revealed himself to be a rank bigot in an interview during his playing career when he said that he hated New York because if you rode the subway you might have to sit next to a “queer with AIDS.” And foreigners. Boy does …