Analysis of racial polling shows whites more aware of racism

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More white Americans now share the view, long held by minorities, that racism is a national problem and should be confronted, according to an analysis of recent public opinion polling. The review, compiled by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in conjunction with the Northeastern University School of Journalism, concludes that a majority of […]

Gaps in Teacher Effectiveness Hurt Young, Minority Students

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Minority and low-income students are less likely to have consistent access to effective teachers between preschool and the third grade than students from high-income households, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C-based think tank. Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath, a researcher at CAP and a co-author of the […]

Former Cop Daniel Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years

(NNPA) – “Wrong is wrong: justice needs to be served,” is a statement that my client Jannie Ligons made when she was interviewed shortly after Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of rape, forcible oral sodomy and other charges against 13 African-American women. Ligons, a 58-year old grandmother and day care worker with no criminal history, […]

Attorney General defends executive actions on guns as legal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama’s executive actions curbing guns before Congress on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the president took lawful steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly. “I have complete confidence that the common sense steps announced by the president are […]

Inspector General says some emails on Clinton’s server were beyond top secret

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the classified emails found on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s home server were even more sensitive than top secret, according to an inspector general for the intelligence community. Inspector General Charles I. McCullough sent a letter to lawmakers last Friday saying that several dozen additional classified emails have been […]

Martin Luther King had complicated legacy on gun violence

(AP) – Martin Luther King Jr. was surrounded by guns, even though he didn’t like them. At times, armed foot soldiers protected the Baptist preacher and his family. As he led protests across the rural South, King often stood in proximity of guns — wielded by local police, state troopers or hostile people in the […]

High court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to deal a major blow to the power and clout of organized labor as it considers the free speech rights of government workers who say they shouldn’t be forced to pay fees to public-sector unions. The high court’s conservative justices seemed inclined during 80 minutes […]

Trooper in Sandra Bland traffic stop indicted, fired

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a contentious traffic stop last summer was fired Wednesday after being charged with perjury for allegedly lying about his confrontation with the Black woman who died three days later in jail. Trooper Brian Encinia claimed in an affidavit that Bland was “combative […]

New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues. Restrictions on carrying guns eased in Texas, for example, but got tighter in California. It is easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there is another step to take at the polls in […]

Ohio grand jury doesn’t indict officers in shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials are urging calm as they brace for expected protests after a grand jury voted not to indict a white Cleveland police officer for fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy who was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun. Small groups of protesters gathered Monday outside the Cuyahoga County Justice […]