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Aug 20th

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O'Reilly's view: Too blind to see

O'Reilly's view: Too blind to seeI was on a plane two weeks ago headed to California to visit my daughter when I first heard Bill O'Reilly's televised rant justifying the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

I watched as my fellow passengers, primarily white, received their daily dose of racial polarization. It was a very disturbing experience.
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"Where do we go from here?"

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In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the 'unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.' It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., address at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963
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After the March on Washington

The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice. More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by busses, trains, and occasionally planes. They came despite the scourge of segregation, which meant that many who were driving had to carefully select the places they could stop and eat (actually most brought goodies from home) or relieve themselves. Despite obstacles, a quarter of a million people showed up in Washington, gathering peacefully and with dignity. As a result of the March, the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, and the Voting Rights Act in 1965 was passed with more than three-quarters of the House and Senate supporting both Acts.
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Invisible children

Invisible children"I would say that, well, obviously my high school didn't prepare me for college."
--Darryl Briggs, youth leader and college student
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Jackie Jackson: A mother's love

Jackie Jackson: A mother's loveOn Wednesday, Aug. 14, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was scheduled to be sentenced to prison in connection with using campaign funds for personal use. Dozens of letters were sent to the judge on his behalf, but none more touching than the one written by his mother, dated May 28.
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Dropping the leadership baton

Dropping the leadership batonResearch shows that this generation of young people, no matter of their race, are likely to do less well than their parents did. Shackled by a trillion dollars worth of student loans and a flat labor market, the New York-based Demos organization says the student loan burden prevents young people from buying homes and amassing wealth. While there are some racial gaps, many young people enter the labor market already behind the space their parents occupied.
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'Stop and Frisk': Unconstitutional racial profiling

'Stop and Frisk': Unconstitutional racial profiling"No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life."

Those words came from U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin in her fiery 195-page ruling on the NYPD's "stop-and-frisk" program. After a two-month trial featuring dozens of interviews and statistical analysis of nearly five million police stops, Judge Scheindlin concluded what so many already knew: New York City's stop-and-frisk is an unconstitutional racial profiling program.
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