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Hate charge: White man drove car at interracial couple

Apr. 24, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A white Louisiana man is charged with a hate crime after allegedly running down an interracial couple. News outlets report Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies say 50-year-old James Descant holds "disdain" for mixed couples. Deputies say the black man and white woman were standing...

Straight talk on race becoming a must for white candidates

Apr. 24, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

After touring the National Lynching Memorial recently, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke of the "shame" he felt that some white people "kind of looked the other way during these lynching incidents." Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas has acknowledged he "clearly had advantages" as a white man....

Housing-strapped California debates density near job hubs

Apr. 24, 2019 1:20 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A controversial proposal to increase housing near transportation and job hubs faces a key test Wednesday as California lawmakers search for solutions to the state's housing affordability crisis. Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener's bill is one of dozens on housing before lawmakers this...

United Airlines agent charged after racial slur accusation

Apr. 23, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A United Airlines airport agent is accused of using a racial slur against a customer and faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The charge against Carmella Davano was filed in municipal court in Houston last month after a Feb. 26 incident at Bush Intercontinental Airport. United...

Town keeps playing Smith recording amid racist allegations

Apr. 23, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of a New Jersey shore town says they keep playing Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" on its boardwalk despite allegations of racism against the singer. Wildwood has traditionally started each day by playing the song. "It's an Irving Berlin patriotic song that has...

Harris adds to endorsements in early-voting South Carolina

Apr. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris is adding to her list of African American endorsements in South Carolina, the first test of the black vote in next year's primary elections. Harris' campaign tells The Associated Press that I.S. Leevy (LEE'-vee) Johnson is...

School marks Confederate Memorial Day with lynching teach-in

Apr. 22, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A historically black college in Alabama used the state's Confederate Memorial Day observance Monday to highlight the 1981 lynching of a black teenager by Ku Klux Klan members. An afternoon "teach-in" about the slaying of 19-year-old Michael Donald was planned at Alabama State...

Flyers remove statue of late singer Kate Smith

Apr. 21, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America." "The NHL principle 'Hockey is for Everyone' is at the heart...

Texas town reflects on dragging death ahead of execution

Apr. 21, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him. The 1998...

Harris' campaign focuses on black colleges for support

Apr. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically black college as "one of the most important aspects" of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect with voters. Not only is she one of only two...