Black students around US complain of casual, everyday racism

BOSTON (AP) — It’s not always the slurs and the other out-and-out acts of racism. It’s the casual, everyday slights and insensitivities. Sheryce Holloway is tired of white people at Virginia Commonwealth University asking if they can touch her hair or if she knows the latest dance move. At Chicago’s Loyola University, Dominick Hall says […]

Supreme Court troubled by DA’s rejection of Black jurors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court signaled support Monday for a Black death row inmate in Georgia who claims prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman. Justice Stephen Breyer likened the chief prosecutor to his excuse-filled grandson. Justice Elena Kagan said the case seemed as clear a […]

Half of Black millennials know victim of police violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. The information, from the “Black Millennials in America” report issued by the Black […]

US Episcopal Church installs first Black leader

(AP) – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, installed Sunday as the first Black leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, urged Episcopalians to evangelize by crossing divides of race, education and wealth. Curry used the example of his own mother being given Communion at a white Episcopal parish before desegregation, and how that act persuaded his father […]

San Francisco school delays student election over lack of diversity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A student government election at a mostly Hispanic San Francisco middle school turned into a debate about the democratic process when the principal delayed the results because the winners did not reflect the school’s diverse student body. Everett Middle School Principal Lena Van Haren announced the winners on Monday, more than […]

Biden says he won’t run for president, a boost for Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he won’t run for president in 2016, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. Biden’s decision bolsters Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing as the front-runner by sparing her a […]

Rupert Murdoch suggests Obama isn’t ‘real Black president’

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, issued an apology Thursday after he faced social media backlash following his suggestion that President Barack Obama isn’t a “real Black president.” Murdoch was praising Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife on Twitter on Wednesday when he wrote: […]

Black Lives Matter marathon protest plan divides supporters

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State and local officials prepared for a planned Black Lives Matter protest at the finish line of Minnesota’s largest marathon on Sunday, with St. Paul’s mayor saying the city will do whatever’s needed to ensure the race goes smoothly. The plan by the St. Paul chapter to demonstrate at the […]

Wheels of justice slow at overloaded federal courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorney Martha Gomez has been waiting more than three years to hear from a federal court whether a group of farm workers in California’s Central Valley can proceed with their lawsuit alleging wage theft. The case in California’s Eastern District could result in payouts for thousands of migrant workers, but each […]

Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wallets of America’s middle class and poorest aren’t seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season. The Census Bureau, in its annual look at poverty and income in the United States, said both the country’s median income […]