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Georgia Court Reportedly Lists ‘Slave’ As Occupation On Questionnaire

A Georgia court is struggling to explain a report that it listed “slave” as an occupationon its juror questionnaire.

On Monday, a prospective juror in Dekalb County told local NBC affiliate 11Alive that he typed the letter “S” for “Sales” on the online questionnaire and said the word “Slave” popped up instead.

Court Administrator Cathy McCumber told the station that the online form is a month old but was derived from an older list that’s been used to survey jurors for 13 years. The web development company that the court contracted to make the form says the occupations are user-generated.

Georgia Court Reportedly Lists ‘Slave’ As Occupation On Questionnaire

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A Georgia court is struggling to explain a report that it listed “slave” as an occupationon its juror questionnaire.

On Monday, a prospective juror in Dekalb County told local NBC affiliate 11Alive that he typed the letter “S” for “Sales” on the online questionnaire and said the word “Slave” popped up instead.

Court Administrator Cathy McCumber told the station that the online form is a month old but was derived from an older list that’s been used to survey jurors for 13 years. The web development company that the court contracted to make the form says the occupations are user-generated.

McCumber told 11Alive she’s not sure if someone added “Slave” after the court put the questionnaire online or if it had always been listed among the other occupations.

The Dekalb County Court did not respond to our request for comment.

Some online commenters speculated that the incident was a bad joke or a prank by a disgruntled employee. Others simply expressed outrage that such a thing could even happen.

USA Today reader Peggy England called it a “low down dirty shame,” while Dallas resident Peter Klepinowski declared the following on 11Alive’s website: “The court needs to apologize and investigate.”

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Courage to Dissent

Courage to Dissent.

ourage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement—a groundbreaking legal history of the civil rights movement—written from a bottom-up perspective.

In this sweeping history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta–the South’s largest and most economically important city–from the 1940s through 1980, Tomiko Brown-Nagin shows that the movement featured a vast array of activists and many sophisticated approaches to activism. Long before “black power” emerged and gave black dissent from the mainstream civil rights agenda a new name, African Americans in Atlanta debated the meaning of equality and the steps necessary to obtain social and economic justice.

This groundbreaking book uncovers the activism of visionaries–both well-known legal figures and unsung citizens–from across the ideological spectrum who sought something different from, or more complicated than, “integration.” Local activists often played leading roles in carrying out the integrationist agenda of the NAACP, but some also pursued goals that differed markedly from those of the venerable civil rights organization. Brown-Nagin discusses debates over politics, housing, public accommodations, and schools. She documents how the bruising battle over school desegregation in the 1970s, which featured opposing camps of African Americans, had its roots in the years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Exploring the complex interplay between the local and national, between lawyers and communities, between elites and grassroots, and between middle-class and working-class African Americans,Courage to Dissent tells gripping stories about the long struggle for equality that speak to the nation’s current urban crisis. This remarkable book will transform our understanding of the Civil Rights era.

Courage to Dissent adds a remarkable array of figures to the pantheon of  civil rights lawyers and activistsA.T. Walden, Len Holt, Howard Moore, Jr., Margie Pitts Hames, Ethel Mae Mathewscourageous citizens who complicate our understanding of the movement.

The Voting Rights Act and the Supreme Court l “Commentaries On the Times Radio” l Thursday, February 28, 2013 10 pm ET LIVE

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20 Things The ‘Hood Expects Of President Obama | AllHipHop.com

20 Things The ‘Hood Expects Of President Obama

President Obama

Last month, I was a participant on a number of panels by The League of Young Voters, a conglomerate of some of most intelligent, grounded, and talented group of people I’ve come to know. However, whenever the topic of Obama came up sh*t got a little heated and everyone had the Rock’s eyebrow. Now granted, from a statistical standpoint most of these panelists were more equipped than I was. Still, when it came to the numbers I fell back. When the topic of Obama’s obligation to the Black and Latino community bent the corner, I had plenty to say, because now they were firmly planted on my block.

See, quite a few of us feel that President Obama is not obligated to do anything specifically for the Black and Latino community. I’ve heard, “He is not just the President of BLACK people, he is the president of all people,” or “Obama doesn’t control local politics.” And there is my all-time favorite: “So what you gonna do? Vote for Romney?” Yes, these are true statements – well, not the Romney bullsh*t. I would slap box with a bear before voting for Romney, but I do expect some things from my President, especially if he is a P.O.C. (President of Color)

 

 

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Massachusetts Senate race moves to ‘lean Democratic’

As the map above shows, if Republicans don’t hold Massachusetts, the prospect of seizing back the Senate majority looks decidedly daunting. The GOP would need to win all six tossup races just to gain a 50-50 tie in the Senate (assuming every state that is currently red or blue on our map stays that way). If President Obama wins reelection, 50-50 means Democrats would still control the upper chamber.  (On the map, yellow states are “tossup” races, the light blue and red ones are “lean” Democratic and Republican contests, and the dark blue and red states are “solid” Democratic and Republican races.)

 

Massachusetts Senate race moves to ‘lean Democratic’.

Top Romney aide Sununu suggests Powell endorsed Obama because he’s black

Top Romney aide Sununu suggests Powell endorsed Obama because he’s black

John Sununu, a top adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, suggested Thursday that Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because both men are African-American.

Asked Thursday on CNN about Powell’s endorsement, Sununu said the endorsement might be for reasons other than policy.

“Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama,” Sununu said.

Asked what those might be, Sununu pointed to race.

 

 

Top Romney aide Sununu suggests Powell endorsed Obama because he’s black.

Mitt Blows It In Britain

Mitt Blows It In Britain.