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AL. state Sen apologizes for calling blacks ‘aboriginals’

A powerful Alabama politician apologized Tuesday evening for an inflammatory remark made about African-Americans. State Sen. Scott Beason (R) was caught on tape in June calling blacks in Green Country, Alabama “aboriginal.” The scene was filmed during an undercover FBI investigation on whether politicians were bribed by special interests to…

AL. state Sen apologizes for calling blacks ‘aboriginals’

A powerful Alabama politician apologized Tuesday evening for an inflammatory remark made about African-Americans. State Sen. Scott Beason (R) was caught on tape in June calling blacks in Green Country, Alabama “aboriginal.” The scene was filmed during an undercover FBI investigation on whether politicians were bribed by special interests to…

Bachmann: Divert black farmer money to flood victims

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) used her tour of flood damage in Iowa Monday as an opportunity to assert that it was a waste to pay African American farmers who sued the government over discrimination. Bachmann and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told reporters that funds intended for a 1999…

ACLU calls on Justice Department to end racially biased searches by Illinois State Police

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, calling for an investigation into alleged persistent racial bias in consent searches conducted by Illinois State Police (ISP) troopers. Data collected under the Illinois Traffic Stop Statistical Study Act of 2003…

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of start of Civil War

RALEIGH, North Carolina — Americans on Tuesday mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the US Civil War, a bloody conflict that historians say still deeply influences the United States. “The Civil War is one of the most significant events in American history in terms of the way the…

Libya rebels reject truce plan, say Gaddafi must go

BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan rebels on Monday rejected an African Union initiative for a ceasefire accepted by Moamer Kadhafi, and said the only acceptable solution was the ouster of the veteran strongman. The rebel rejection came after NATO chiefs warned that any deal must be “credible and verifiable,” and as…

Gaddafi forces shell town after he accepts peace plan

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi shelled the besieged town of Misrata on Monday after the African Union said he had accepted a plan to end Libya’s civil war. Al Jazeera television quoted a rebel spokesman as saying five people died and 20 were wounded in Misrata, a…

Gaddafi exit ‘was discussed’ at meeting of African leaders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – An African Union official said Monday the issue of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s stepping down had been discussed during peace talks in Tripoli. “There was some discussion on this but I cannot report on this. It has to remain confidential,” said Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and…

African Americans worse off in 2011: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – African Americans are worse off and have less access to health care than white Americans this year compared to 2010, an annual report released Thursday says. In the 35th annual “State of Black America” report, the National Urban League (NUL) said African Americans have slid down on…

NY candidate Jack Davis: Bus blacks to farms to pick crops

Congressional candidate Jack Davis said in a Republican Party endorsement meeting that Latino farmworkers should be deported and that inner-city African-Americans should be bused to farms to pick crops. Several sources who attended the endorsement interview confirmed Davis’ statement to Buffalo News. The remark echoes a similar comment he made…

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