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Segregation among issues Chicago faces 100 years after riots

Jul. 24, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — On a hot July day in 1919, a black 17-year-old swimming in Lake Michigan drifted in a dangerous direction — toward the white section of a Chicago beach. White beachgoers, angry at Eugene Williams' intrusion, hurled rocks at him. One struck him in the head, and he drowned. And so began...

Biden criminal justice plan reverses part of 1994 crime bill

Jul. 24, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

Joe Biden is proposing to reverse several key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped write in an acknowledgment that his tough-on-crime positions of the past are at odds with the views of the modern Democratic Party. The former vice president is calling for an end to the disparity that placed stricter...

Black voters say they won't forget Trump's racist tweets

Jul. 24, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Robin D. Stephens lived through Jim Crow and thought the worst days of racism were behind her. Then President Donald Trump told four American congresswomen of color to "go back" to where they came from. "It was very hurtful to see the person who is the leader of the country that I live in...

Lawsuit challenges Louisiana Supreme Court districts

Jul. 23, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The maps used to elect Louisiana's seven state Supreme Court justices are discriminatory against African American voters, according to a civil rights group's lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge seeks a declaration that the districts violate...

Civil Rights panel: Disabled students of color punished more

Jul. 23, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urged the Trump administration on Tuesday to offer schools guidance on complying with federal nondiscrimination laws following a review that found students of color with disabilities are disciplined more harshly than their peers. The administration rescinded Obama-era school...

Koch exec, Black Lives Matter in group pushing prison reform

Jul. 23, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A criminal justice reform group that launched Tuesday has brought together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries executive in an unlikely collaboration focusing on finding solutions to problems like racial disparity and the...

Ex-Virginia governor says harassment probe was unfair

Jul. 23, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nation's first elected African American governor says he is the victim of an "unsound" and "biased" investigation of alleged sexual harassment. Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder posted a detailed rebuttal Tuesday on his website to an independent investigation commissioned by...

Hundreds of black deaths in 1919 are being remembered

Jul. 23, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like Washington and Chicago....

Marvel's next films will bring diversity, onscreen and off

Jul. 22, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel's push for more women and people of color in its immensely popular film franchise is extending to behind the camera as it launches its next round of films after the massive success of "Avengers: Endgame." Of the five films the superhero studio announced at Comic-Con on Saturday,...

Trump's 'go back' remark: In workplace, it might be illegal

Jul. 20, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion that four activist Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to countries "from which they came" has excited some in his political base. Yet in many of America's workplaces and institutions, the same language would be unacceptable and possibly illegal....