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Southern Poverty Law Center
2 hours 10 minutes ago. Facebook
"The outcome of Slager’s trial should remind us of something we have known since the Rodney King verdict, twenty-four years ago: even video evidence cannot overcome subjective bias in the criminal-justice system.

"Taken in total, the reluctance of juries to hold police accountable is an inversion of the “fake news” crisis in the Presidential election. There, a gullible public believes...
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The Walter Scott Case Mistrial and the Crisis of Facts

Southern Poverty Law Center
4 hours 10 minutes ago. Facebook
“I want that guy every morning when he wakes up, and every time he has an opportunity for quiet and solitude, to think of what Tywanza said to him: ‘We mean you no harm. You don’t have to do this,’” said Andrew J. Savage III, a Charleston lawyer, referring to Tywanza Sanders, a 26-year-old man who died in the attack.

U.S. Seeks Death for Charleston Shooting Suspect. Victims’ Families Prefer Mercy.

“We know of at least three cases in Alabama where an innocent (later exonerated) person was convicted of capital murder and the judge overrode the jury’s recommendations for life."

“We think that override is a problem.”

In Alabama, You Can Be Sentenced to Death Even if Jurors Don’t Agree

"I can't stand it, because he's on the screen in front of me, and I can't touch him," says Dawn Herbert, who visits with her son via a video whose sound cuts out or freezes while he sits a few hundred feet away in his cell.

The superintendent of the Cheshire County Jail says what's being lost is "part of the social contract of being incarcerated."

"When one violates the law, one of the...
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Video Calls Replace In-Person Visits In Some Jails

Great analysis of how the media could be much better at covering white nationalists. We've been calling the "alt-right" what it is from the beginning: rebranded white nationalism.

"But, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the differences are insignificant. In fact, the name is one key part of a package, along with neat dressing and a clean-cut appearance, that makes the alt-right...
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How journalists are shaping the way Americans understand contemporary white nationalism

Some good news!

Fifty cities in Alabama have changed their bail practices to ensure that poor people charged with minor offenses no longer languish in jail when they can’t afford to post bond – reform that comes after the SPLC urged municipal courts across the state to end practices that unfairly punish the poor.

SPLC prompts 50 Alabama cities to reform discriminatory bail practices

Today in 1865, the 13th amendment abolished slavery, except as a form of punishment for a crime. Some Southern states responded with "an array of interlocking laws essentially intended to criminalize black life." We can still see the effect of the language of the 13th amendment on our system of mass incarceration today.

As editors from The Nation write in 1865: “In our country the bitter...
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December 6, 1865: The 13th Amendment, Prohibiting Slavery, Is Ratified

Formerly incarcerated undergrads started a group on campus to offer mentoring, support, and advocacy to other former inmates. One of them gives us this important reminder:

“You, you, you, you’re exceptional. No, I’m not. There are a million people inside. I left behind people who are dead, or who are doing long prison terms, or who are burned out and lost their minds, who are way smarter than...
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The Ex-Con Scholars of Berkeley

Legislators are already rushing to make it harder to vote in states like Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Trump’s Lies About Voter Fraud Are Already Leading to New Voter-Suppression Efforts

This is good news.

"Hundreds of women and children were released from two family detention centers over the weekend, after a Texas state judge sided with critics who say the facilities more closely resemble jails than child care centers."

Hundreds Of Immigrant Moms And Kids Freed From Detention After Texas Court Ruling

"Google had removed the lines suggesting that Jews and black people are evil and that blacks 'commit more crimes', but it is still suggesting Muslims were 'bad' and that Islam 'should be destroyed'. While Facebook has faced criticism in the wake of revelations about how the site had become a conduit for fake news, the problem facing Google is potentially even more intractable."

Google must review its search rankings because of rightwing 'manipulation'

"First, minority offenders may be more likely to be perceived as a disciplinary threat by correctional officers, regardless of an offender’s actual behavior. For example, a correctional officer may be more likely to perceive contraband in a black offender’s hand than in a white offender’s hand. A prison guard may also decide more quickly that a black offender is a threat as compared to a white...
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The Influence of Race on Solitary Confinement

Trump’s suspicion of immigrants is worrisome because Americans have seen this happen before, under some of our revered leaders.

"When President Woodrow Wilson, on April 2, 1917, asked Congress for a declaration of war, the writers and speakers of the era were familiar with the expression 'one hundred per cent Americanism,' as opposed to the hyphenated Americanism of, say, German-Americans,...
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The Toxic History Trump Shares with All of Us

More than sixty years ago today, in 1955, the Montgomery bus boycott began.

For over a year, 30,000-40,000 black residents of Montgomery, Alabama, walked and carpooled everywhere, and inspired a nation to seek justice—as they still do today and surely will 60 years from now.

The March Continues.
We are going to trial today against the Alabama Department of Corrections. We are hoping to force the state to provide constitutionally required mental health care to prisoners living in the nation’s most overcrowded prison system.

“Alabama’s failure to provide mental health care to the people it incarcerates puts lives at risk,” said SPLC Senior Staff Attorney Maria Morris. “This lack of...
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SPLC begins trial on behalf of Alabama prisoners with mental health needs

"The racism can be felt from the moment black inmates enter New York’s upstate prisons.

"They describe being called porch monkeys, spear chuckers and worse. There are cases of guards ripping out dreadlocks. One inmate, John Richard, reported that he was jumped at Clinton Correctional Facility by a guard who threatened to 'serve up some black mashed potatoes with tomato sauce.'"

The Scourge of Racial Bias in New York State’s Prisons

You should reconsider this framing, CNN.
Understanding the past persecution of black Americans is crucial to understanding the racism that pervades the country today.

The Horror of Lynchings Lives On