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A teen missed the bus to school. When he knocked on a door for directions, a man shot at him.

The 14-year-old was walking to high school after sleeping late and missing the bus when he decided to ask a neighbor for directions.<p>It was a banal request, but it nearly got the student from Rochester Hills, Mich., killed Thursday.<p>The woman who opened the door after Brennan Walker, who is black, …

Crime

Black men sentenced to more time for committing the exact same crime as a white person, study finds

Black men who commit the same crimes as white men receive federal prison sentences that are, on average, nearly 20 percent longer, according to a new report on sentencing disparities from the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC).<p>These disparities were observed “after controlling for a wide …

Criminal Sentencing

By the Numbers: Harassment Claims on Capitol Hill Peaked in 2011

2016 saw the lowest number of claims over the last 10 years<p>With two Democrats, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, …

Poll: A third of women say they’ve been sexually harassed or abused at work

A third of American women say they’ve been sexually harassed or abused in the workplace, according to a new poll, highlighting an issue roiling the …

Sexual Harassment

Poor Americans would lose billions under Senate GOP tax bill

Poor Americans would lose billions of dollars worth of federal benefits under the Senate GOP tax bill, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.<p>This is largely because the legislation would eliminate the individual mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to get health insurance or …

Health Care

Dick Gregory, Barrier-Breaking Comedian and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 84

LOS ANGELES — Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.<p>Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son …

Black History

Logical fallacy

For more information, see the Wikipedia article:<p>A <b>logical fallacy</b> can be any one of a number of formal or informal mistakes in a deductive proof.<p>Note …

Whales

Bill Maher apologizes for using racial slur during HBO show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Maher apologized Saturday for using a racial slur to describe himself as a house slave during a live segment for his HBO talk …

Comedy

A Heineken commercial puts Pepsi's 'protest' ad to shame

The ad, titled "Worlds Apart," pairs people who hold opposing views on hot-button social issues like feminism, climate change, and transgender rights.<p>The pairs, who initially aren't privy to each other's views, go through a bonding activity before the big reveal. They're then given a choice to chat …

Heineken

Christopher Hitchens Didn’t “Contemplate Conversion” on His Deathbed

April 20, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>A new book by <b>Larry Alex Taunton</b>, called <i>The Faith of Christopher Hitchens</i>, suggests that Hitchens was “contemplating …

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime review – disturbing history

What if the mass incarceration and policing of African Americans in the United States was conceived not by reactionary Republicans, but progressive Democrats? What if, in order to understand why police kill people daily and why there are about a million black faces behind bars in the United States, …

Political Science

Here’s What Being Good Without God Actually Means

The Pew Research Center took a look at what people without a religious affiliation think is essential to morality.<p>In recent years, researchers have begun to study the moral practices of a relatively new and growing group within America's religious landscape -- the "nones."<p>Nones are people who, when …

Religion

Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill papers over racism

I get joy from knowing that people have to look at Harriet Tubman’s proud and defiant black face every time they reach in their wallet. But it’s not enough<p><i>Update, 4.30pm EDT: According to reports, Andrew Jackson will still appear on the back of the $20 bill, with Harriet Tubman on the front</i><p>Today …

Black History

Russian man facing prison for saying 'there is no God' condemns 'absurd farce'

A man who is facing jail in Russia for writing "there is no God" has dismissed his prosecution as an "absurd farce".<p>Viktor Krasnov, 38, also added …

Beyoncé Taught Me It's Not My Job to Make White People Comfortable

My friends shouldn't feel uncomfortable when I speak up about black issues.<p>There's a scene from fifth grade that's seared in my brain: It's recess, and my friends and I are playing "Cheetah Girls." The iconic movie, about four best friends who sang in a girl group had just aired on Disney the night …

Feminism

Another Atheist Hacked to Death by Radical Muslims in Bangladesh

April 6, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>For the first time this year, and the first time in several months, an atheist has been slaughtered in Bangladesh.<p>Last …

The Slavery Papers: An Introduction

It's April, and we've already survived New Year's, President's, and Valentine's Days, Black and Women's History Months, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. While I detest the commercial exploitation of holidays, and question the origins of many, I <i>do</i> appreciate the fact that these days and commemorative …

Thomas Chatterton Williams: My black privilege

A couple of years ago, I participated in an Aspen Institute symposium on the state of race. During the roundtable that followed the panels, as I spoke about my experiences growing up black in the 1990s, I was interrupted by a Latino sociologist and former gang member from UC Santa Barbara. People …

Black Lives Matter

How Europeans became tall and fair-skinned 8,500 years ago

When agriculture arrived in Europe some 8,500 years ago, humans didn’t simply adapt their lifestyles and eating habits, but also their genes.<p>Researchers, led by geneticist David Reich at Harvard Medical School, analyzed the DNA of 230 ancient humans who lived between 3,000 and 8,500 years ago and …

Anthropology

White Felon Tries to Buy Gun Illegally: Shoots Self in Penis: Blames it on Black Man - The Ring of Fire Network

A felon from South Dakota is in police custody after telling police that a black guy shot him in the penis. That was a lie. The truth is that he shot …

Global Warming Will Destroy The Earth In The End

We like to think of our planet as perfect for life, having met all the conditions we know of for life to exist, flourish and thrive for billions of years. After all, here on Earth, with our not-too-thick and not-too-thin atmosphere, we’ve got liquid water on our surface, made possible by the …

Universe

Remembering New Orleans' Overlooked Ties To Slavery

After the U.S. banned international slave trading in 1808, more than 1 million people were forcibly moved from the Upper South to the Lower South.<p>Often, the first stop was the slave markets of New Orleans, where families were divided for good.<p>And today, little evidence of what happened in these …

Black History

Next time someone questions America's history of racism, show them this video

America has a long history of systemic racism: From the dehumanization of black people to justify slavery to the policies of segregation and mass incarceration that followed emancipation, the country has always made it difficult for many minorities to rise out of their literal and figurative …

Black Churches Are Burning Again in America

This week, there were fires in at least six predominantly African American churches. Arson at religious institutions has decreased significantly over the past two decades, but the symbolism remains haunting.<p><i>Updated on July 1, 11:50 a.m. ET</i><p>On Wednesday, July 1, a fire was reported at the Mount Zion …