No charges recommended in Clinton email probe, FBI says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign. But Comey called her actions “extremely careless” and faulted the agency she led for a lackadaisical […]

Human Rights Campaign shows support for “Common Sense” gun control

(NNPA) – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization for the LGBTQ community, showed support for the victims of the Orlando massacre by posting photos of the victims with their names and ages in each window of their downtown Washington, D.C. office. In huge block letters a sign […]

Lewis drama in Congress taken from civil rights playbook

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernard Lafayette was all smiles as he watched his civil rights comrade John Lewis commandeer the floor of the U.S. House for an old-fashioned, marathon sit-in over gun legislation. Lafayette goes back with Lewis to the student sit-in protests in Nashville, Tennessee, to the early days of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, […]

For minorities, pain is severe decade after housing peaked

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. housing bubble peaked a decade ago, soon to burst with far-reaching consequences, the pain was particularly severe for black and Hispanic Americans. A disproportionate number of minorities succumbed to subprime mortgages and foreclosures and lost their homes. Their collective loss of home equity and shift toward rental housing could […]

Muhammad Ali: Pride in the Face of Prejudice

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice OPINION – I remember it as though it were yesterday. Los Angeles was on fire. No, I do not mean figuratively, […]

SCOTUS: Prosecutors excluded Blacks from Jury; overturns all-white jury verdict

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a Black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-white jury that determined his fate. The 7-1 ruling in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster came in a case in which defense lawyers obtained […]

Officer acquitted on all charges in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man’s death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van. A judge also found Officer Edward […]

Report finds segregation in education on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority children. A report Tuesday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found deepening segregation of Black and Hispanic students at high-poverty K-12 public schools. These schools often offered fewer math, […]

Poll: Millennials more open to idea of slavery reparations

WASHINGTON (AP) — A vast majority of white Americans say there should not be reparations for African-American descendants of slaves, but more than half of Blacks say it’s a good idea and Hispanics are almost evenly split, according to a new poll. Time may bring about a shift in those numbers: More than half of […]

West Point launches inquiry into cadets’ fists-raised photo

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 Black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised, an image that has spurred questions about whether the gesture violates military restrictions on political activity. West Point is looking into whether the photo broke any rules, Spokesman Lt. […]