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Gingrich condemns black congressman, claims street gangs grew ‘by 40 percent’ under Obama

During a forum on race relations published online by CNN Sunday, CNN employee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) condemned a black congressman for failing to stop gang violence in his district, saying that gang membership has increased “by 40 percent” since President Barack Obama was elected. Speaking about…

Dana Perino: Where’s Obama speech on blacks shooting white babies in the face?

Fox News host Dana Perino on Sunday wondered why President Barack Obama would talk about how his experience as an African-American man related to the Trayvon Martin case but would not give a speech after black teens allegedly shot a white baby in the face. In remarks on Friday, the…

Steve King tells Univision host: Comparing immigrants to dogs is ‘complimentary’

Comprehensive immigration reform opponent Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Sunday told a host of the Spanish-language network Univision that his speech comparing immigrants to hunting dogs was intended to be “complimentary.” Speaking to a crowd in Pocahontas, Iowa in 2012, King had said that the U.S. should only allow the…

Ted Cruz: A path to citizenship is ‘profoundly unfair’

Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that he opposes a path to citizenship as a part of comprehensive immigration reform because it is “profoundly unfair.” In an interview that aired on Sunday, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Cruz if a majority of Americans were wrong to support a path to citizenship for the…

McCain: ‘Stand your ground’ in Florida and Arizona ‘needs to reviewed’

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday reacted to the acquittal of former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman by saying that states needed to reexamine so-called “stand your ground” laws that allow the use of deadly force without a duty to retreat. The Arizona Republican praised President Barack Obama for his “impressive”…

Donna Edwards schools Ben Carson for ignoring ‘systemic problems’ about race

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MA) explained to retired conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson on Sunday that he was making a mistake by refusing to talk about race because there are “deep systemic problems that really impact African-Americans.” Fox News Sunday invited Carson — who has been talked about as a possible 2016…

CNN’s Don Lemon schools white conservative: ‘Your privilege does not allow you to see… certain circumstances in society’

CNN anchor, Don Lemon, began his Saturday segment on racial profiling with conservative Ben Ferguson a bit skeptical — after all, it was only yesterday that Ferguson appeared on CNN to accuse President Obama of suggesting that all white women racially profile all black men during his Friday remarks. Lemon…

Bill Moyers and analyst Tom Diaz: ‘Stand Your Ground’ makes us more vulnerable to gun violence

The death of Trayvon Martin has ignited a debate not just over our justice system, but on laws such as “stand your ground” that contributed to the tragic result. In this video conversation, gun industry analyst Tom Diaz explains to Bill Moyers how a lethal combination of self-defense laws and…

Flashback: Watch Edward R. Murrow’s ‘Harvest of Shame’

The people who harvest our fruits and vegetables are, today, among the country’s most marginalized. They earn well below the poverty line and spend a substantial portion of the year unemployed. They do not have the right to overtime pay or to collective…  …

Obama on Zimmerman verdict: Trayvon Martin ‘could have been me 35 years ago’

President Barack Obama responded on Friday to a Florida jury finding neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman not guilty of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, saying the African-American teenager “could have been me 35 years ago.” “When Trayvon Martin was first shot,” Obama said during the daily White…

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