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Hate crime initiatives launched in U.S. after back-to-back racist shootings

The Justice Department unveiled a plan Friday to combat hate crimes including new guidelines for law enforcement officials and local leaders in conjunction with a slew of state grants focused on hate crime prevention programs and data gathering.... Read more»

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Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

President Joe Biden commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood.... Read more»

Americans cite inflation as top problem facing the country

A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday indicates that inflation is the most concerning issue facing the U.S. public, as a declining share of Americans say the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and racism are big problems. ... Read more»

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How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the U.S.

The treatment of Ukrainian versus Central American, African, Haitian and other asylum seekers has prompted criticism that U.S. refugee policy is racially and religiously discriminatory, favoring white, European, mostly Christian refugees over other groups.... Read more»

Ukrainian refugees welcomed with open arms, unlike people fleeing other war-torn countries

The European Union’s response to Ukrainian refugees stands in stark contrast with the treatment of the international students, African and Asian migrants and the untold number of refugees and asylum-seekers of color from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh also fleeing Ukraine. ... Read more»1

Az Senate GOP leader says Wendy Rogers could face censure for white nationalist speech

Discussions are underway at the Arizona Senate about possibly censuring Sen. Wendy Rogers over her recent inflammatory comments and her speech to a white nationalist conference over the weekend, according to the chamber’s second-ranking Republican. ... Read more»

Ducey: GOP legislator with white nationalist ties ‘still better than’ a Democrat

Gov. Doug Ducey said he has no regrets about spending $500,000 to elect a Republican state senator with open ties to the white nationalist movement — saying it’s still better than having a Democrat in her seat.... Read more»

Replacements for removing derogatory names on federal lands published

The Department of the Interior’s Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force published a list of replacement names for the geographic features with the name “sq***,” which was officially declared a derogatory term last year by Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland.... Read more»

The 'groyper army' is looking to make white nationalism mainstream. It has key allies in Arizona politics.

The self-styled “groyper army” - a collection of white nationalists whose goals include normalizing their extreme and racist views by aligning them with so-called “traditional” values - is now moving into the mainstream, and their annual conference will have a major Arizona presence.... Read more»

Wendy Rogers, Kari Lake and Joe Arpaio listed as speakers at white nationalist conference

Arizona Republicans Sen. Wendy Rogers, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake are scheduled to speak at a white nationalist conference in Florida designed to be a rival to the Conservative Political Action Conference. ... Read more»

Move 2023 Super Bowl out of Arizona? That’s what faith leaders want because of voting bill restrictions

Faith leaders from around the country are calling for the NFL to move the 2023 Super Bowl out of Arizona, citing several bills they characterize as voter suppression. ... Read more»

GOP pushes to have Az teachers post lessons online over 'critical race theory' fears

To allow parents to scour lessons for elements of "critical race theory," Arizona teachers would be required to upload a list of every book and worksheet they use in their classrooms online for parental review if a Republican-backed bill becomes law.... Read more»

Court says Arizona inmate can sue over confiscation of music, religious texts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that an Arizona inmate’s lawsuit can proceed against corrections officials who confiscated his hip-hop CDs and Nation of Islam books as banned materials. ... Read more»

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: 5 things I’ve learned curating the MLK Collection at Morehouse College

For the past 11 years, civil rights historian Vicki Crawford has worked as the director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, and here she details five of the countless aspects of his life that stand out. ... Read more»

Nativist Republicans call on Arizona Gov. Ducey to militarize border to stop 'invasion'

Ken Cuccinelli - a top Citizenship and Immigration Services official in Donald Trump’s administration - spoke at the Arizona Capitol while flanked by several Republican state legislators to urge Gov. Doug Ducey to use Arizona’s National Guard to turn immigrants back at the border. ... Read more»

Librarians decry GOP moves to ban books in schools

Free-speech organizations, including state and national library associations, describe the GOP’s push in at least 30 states to rid school libraries of books they denounce as inappropriate or even pornographic as the biggest such assault in decades. ... Read more»

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