September 2, 2009
N-Word Alive and Well in Mississippi
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has accused the Mississippi Department of Public Safety of racially discriminating against Black state troopers in promotions, assignments and more. According to Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson, Black troopers have also been working in a hostile environment where the n-word is frequently used by coworkers. The NAACP, which brought the allegations to the feds, is now set to hammer out a solution with the Department of Public Safety. If they can’t reach an agreement, the matter goes to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Voting Rights and Wrongs in Georgia
The Justice Department has rejected Georgia’s voter verification program that required officials to check the citizenship status of potential voters through Social Security numbers and driver’s license data. Surprise, surprise: the feds said the process was inaccurate and racially discriminatory. But that hasn’t stopped Georgia officials. Now they want the feds to let them skip database searches and demand proof of citizenship upfront. They also want the Supreme Court to do away with the part of the Voting Rights Act that forces Georgia to get federal approval before tinkering with elections rules. The mandate was passed because of a bit of history called Jim Crow.
Racism Destroys Dream Home
A Black family in Duarte—a primarily Latino and white community in Los Angeles County—was forced to leave their home after intruders broke into the house and spray-painted racial slurs on the floors, dressers and mirrors. Ironically, an Obama wall calendar was left untouched. Channise Davy, who lived in the house with her four children, decided to stay in a nearby hotel and search for a new home. A recipient of Section 8, Davy said two landlords had already refused to take the family, and she was struggling to come up with rent and security deposits.
Nebraska GOP: This State Hates Immigrants
More than 1,000 people responded to a Nebraska Republican Party mailing campaign asking for their opinions on immigration and encouraging party contributions. Most respondents included donations and replied that they stood against amnesty and opposed offering benefits to undocumented immigrants nationwide. GOP state chairman Mark Fahleson (pictured here) then declared that the majority of Nebraskans are on the same page with the party about anti-immigrant legislation. The state recently passed a law requiring verification of citizenship before being eligible for public benefits, and Republicans are trying to deny undocumented students in-state fees for attending Nebraska colleges.