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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...

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...

Angry Orchard apologizes after allegations of racial bias

Jul. 23, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

WALDEN, N.Y. (AP) — Angry Orchard has issued an apology and fired a manager at its Hudson Valley cidery following allegations of racial bias against black patrons who were celebrating a marriage proposal. Cathy-Marie Hamlet wrote on Facebook that white security employees at the Walden cider garden...

Alabama: Keep statewide elections for appellate courts

Jul. 23, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a Monday court filing, Alabama asked a federal judge to uphold the state's 150-year-old practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote and reject a lawsuit's claims that it is racially discriminatory. A federal judge will hear arguments next month in a lawsuit that seeks...

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 The administration rescinded Obama-era school...

Troubled New Mexico city faces racial discrimination lawsuit

Jul. 23, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico city plagued by lawsuits and a mayor whose home was raided in connection with a bid-rigging investigation is facing another lawsuit. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a former Las Vegas, New Mexico, deputy police chief recently filed a federal racial...

Man accused of harassing black official denies gun violation

Jul. 22, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A self-described white nationalist and "online troll" accused of harassing a black legislator pleaded not guilty on Monday to violating a condition of his release on gun-related charges. Max Misch, of Bennington, is accused of purchasing a firearm after a condition was imposed that...

Man sentenced to life in prison in housemate's fiery death

Jul. 22, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who admitted in a letter to a white supremacist organization that he fatally set his housemate on fire has been sentenced to life in prison. The Daily News Journal reports 53-year-old John Daniel Carothers pleaded guilty to murder Monday in Murfreesboro. Carothers...

ESPN reasserts political talk policy after attack on Trump

Jul. 21, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is making sure that its employees know there is not change in the network's policy to avoid talking about politics unless it intersects with sports after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticized President Donald Trump and his recent racist comments and ESPN itself on the air this...