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Study Shows How 'Talking Black' Can Hurt You In Court
“Sounding Black” has often been attributed to being passed up for jobs, getting declined for housing, and a factor for being less successful in your career, but a new study shows that having a “Black accent” is also a problem when giving a courtroom testimony.
The forthcoming report found that Philadelphia court reporters accurately transcribed what linguists call “African-American English” only 40 percent of the time. On average, the 27 stenographers who participated in the research, got two out of five sentences correct.
In one example, “He don’t be in that neighborhood.” was transcribed to “We going to be in this neighborhood.” In this instance, the exact opposite of what was meant would have been entered into court records.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s true, radical legacy is being whitewashed by people looking for easy absolution
The celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes place this year amidst political chaos. In particular, it is occurring in the middle a weeks-long government shutdown that has pitted President Donald Trump, the leader of a party that is 90 percent white, against the most diverse Congress in American history over an idea that has been derided as racist and xenophobic.
Praise for Dr. King’s legacy will emerge from this partisan rancor. Rather than invoke unity, however, such praise exposes a difficult truth: King's legacy has become as segregated as the country he tried to heal.
Evangelical woman tells church to go fuck themselves after they insist she disown her queer daughter
After spending 20 years as a member of an Evangelical church, Susan Cottrell was absolutely convinced that “being gay was somehow wrong.” That is, until her own daughter came out as bisexual.
In a powerful new TED talk, the mother of five says her perspective completely changed the moment her 20 year-old-daughter, Annie, called from college to say: “Mom, I’ve got something to tell you. I’m attracted to girls. I think I’m bisexual. I prayed about it, Mom. I resisted, but it won’t go away.”
Cottrell’s immediate response: “Don’t give in. We’ll support you. How can I help?”
Up until then, Cottrell regularly attended a Bible study class where she and her peers were constantly told “homosexuality is a sin and we can’t accept it.”
Now, she had a choice to make.
Trump is forcing 4-H to stop welcoming LGBTQ kids & the guy who tried to block him just got fired
The youth development and mentoring organization 4-H is the latest target of the Trump administration. The group is under fire for being too nice to LGBTQ youth.
After the international youth organization issued diversity guidelines meant to grow membership by ensuring all children felt welcome, evangelical Christians and anti-LGBTQ hate groups targeted the group to try to get the policy withdrawn.
The Trump administration, beholden to the far right for power, has taken up the cudgel on behalf of their political overlords once again and this time they’re going to war against children.
How the Catholic 'alt-right' aims to purge LGBTQ members from the church
The call for action against the "Forces of Organized Perversion" landed in the inboxes of conservative Roman Catholics across the country just before Election Day.
“Have you had enough?” activist Randy Engel wrote in a column that first appeared on the conservative website RenewAmerica.com. “Or will you wait until the Homosexual Collective’s hobnail boot is pressed on the neck of your prone body or that of your child or grandchild before reacting?”
“Cast your vote for God, family, and nation,” she wrote.
Some Libraries Are Facing Backlash Against LGBT Programs — And Holding Their Ground
Education Dept. Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment that she says will fix a "failed" and "shameful" system that has been unfair to accused students. In what the administration is calling a "historic process," the proposed rules aim to significantly enhance legal protections for the accused and reflect a sentiment expressed by President Trump that men are unfairly being presumed guilty. More than a year in the making, the rules replace Obama-era policies on how to implement Title IX, the law barring gender discrimination in schools that get federal funding.
The new rules are drawing both applause and anger.
Among the most significant changes is that schools can make it harder to prove allegations by raising the level of proof needed. Instead of requiring only a "preponderance of the evidence," as the Obama administration had directed, schools could demand "clear and convincing evidence." And many schools may well be forced to raise the bar, since the regulations also require that the standard for students be the same as that used for faculty and staff.
Why has a ‘No Gays Allowed’ billboard gone up in Times Square?
A billboard that says “NO GAYS ALLOWED” was put up in Times Square in New York City.
The sign is part of a campaign by a group called Citizens for Transparency to shed light on the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a hate group that has been behind several recent legal campaigns to limit protections for LGBTQ people.
The billboard directs people to NoGays.org, a website that gives information about ADF’s agenda, which includes fighting anti-discrimination laws, supporting conversion therapy, and promoting the myth that allowing transgender people to use the appropriate restroom will lead to violence against women.
Georgia Legislator, Arrested At Work, Says She Was ‘Singled Out As A Black Female Senator’
Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) was arrested along with more than a dozen other protesters at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon at a demonstration asking the state to “count every vote” from last week’s gubernatorial election. Protesters shouted “Let her go!” as Williams was handcuffed while the General Assembly was in session.
Williams, a civil rights advocate who organized domestic workers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice and spent about six hours at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.
“There are countless Georgians who cast their ballots and still don’t feel like their voices are heard,” she said in a statement after being released. “I joined them down on the floor, and I was singled out as a Black female senator standing in the rotunda with constituents.”
Dan Reynolds Says His LGBTQ Activism Invites Backlash On All Sides, But 'Everybody Has to Do Their Part'
Dan Reynolds is not afraid of alienating some in his audience. The Imagine Dragons frontman has been a fierce and outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community for the last few years, and has seen his fair share of criticism for being so vocal.
Reynolds opened up about that criticism in a recent interview with Vulture. The artist said that many of his critics were conservative parents who didn’t agree with his message of equality. “Going into this, I knew there would be people on the far right who were going to be upset,” he said of his activism. “People tell me they won’t allow their kids to go to my concerts anymore; that when I get to heaven, God’s going to be upset with me because I made so many kids gay.”
Scotland is officially requiring schools to include LGBTI history in their curriculum
Rightwing fake news site run by a gay man implicated in conspiracy to derail Mueller investigation
Gateway Pundit, the far-right fake news website founded and run by a gay man, Jim Hoft, has walked back accusations made against special counsel Robert Mueller after the FBI opened an investigation of those accusations. Hoft is frequently called “the dumbest man on the internet” for his wild conspiracy theories and constant mistakes.
Yesterday, the website ran a post under this headline: “**EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS** : Special Counsel and Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Accused of Rape By ‘Very Credible Witness ‘ —MUCH MORE TO COME #BelieveAllWomen.”
Paul McCartney Advocates for 'Sensible Gun Control Laws' Ahead of Midterm Elections
Paul McCartney took to social media to share his opinion on gun control in the U.S. on Tuesday (Oct. 30).
Black voters won’t take the Blexit ramp to vote for Trump
In an effort to radically change the dynamic, conservative television pundit Candace Owens is urging black Americans to join her in a new political campaign to break bonds with a half-century of fealty to Democrats. Her movement is called “Blexit.” You see what she did there: black and exit.
Trump is no friend to black voters or their interests. Long before he mounted a race-baiting presidential campaign, Trump had established his bonafides as someone who was, in the words of The New York Times’ David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick, “obsessed with race for the entire time he has been a public figure.”
Two packages sent to Joe Biden, one to Robert De Niro match other mailed pipe bombs
Two suspicious packages found Thursday addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and another that was sent to Robert De Niro at his office New York City are similar to the pipe bombs that have been sent to other political and media figures in the past few days, according to the FBI.
AFTER BOMBS TARGET HIS CRITICS, TRUMP DEMANDS MORE LOYALTY
Here's how many times Trump attacked pipe bomb targets
Ex-gays to march to show 'Jesus' love delivered them from LGBTQ lifestyle'
A group of people who claim to be former ‘homosexuals’ and ‘transgenders’ will take to the streets Los Angeles to show Jesus changed them. They want to show that people can stop being LGBTI.
The Freedom March is a collective of people who claim to no longer be LGBTI. Their second ever march is happening on 4 November.
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Think of the late fees! Man burns library books in antigay protest
And for the latest in Trump-era Neo-Nazi chic…
A man filmed a 26-minute video outside the Orange City, Iowa library, burning a series of books with LGBTQ content.
A group known as “Rescue the Perishing” has taken responsibilty for the “protest,” claiming that they filmed the video as a denouncement of recent gay pride celebrations held in Orange City. The man in the video is Paul Dorr, director of Rescue the Perishing, which he describes as “a crisis center and pro-life, pro-family movement.”