Civil Rights Leaders Speak Out Against Conferderate Flag Display at Old NC Capital Building

Civil Rights leaders are speaking out against the hanging of a confederate flag inside of the Old North Carolina Capitol building.

The flag is part of a display The to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and is meant to replicate how the building appeared at the time.

The state’s Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison says the flag should be viewed with that historical context in mind.

But the president of North Carolina’s NAACP chapter says that context doesn’t make the flag any less offensive.

Roland Martin: CNN Executives Hold Back Black Anchors

Former CNN pundit Roland Martin alleges the leadership at the news network are uncomfortable with hiring black anchors as hosts.

Martin says he came to CNN looking to have his own show, and drew high ratings for specials he hosted, but never received his own show.

From the Huffington Post:

“You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘I can do this,'” he said.

NYPD Cop Tells Innocent 13 Year-old Boy to “Stop Crying Like a Little Girl” During Stop and Frisk

During the second week of Floyd v. City of New York Stop and Frisk trial, an officer admitted to commanding an innocent 13 year-old boy to “stop crying like a little girl” during a stop and frisk.

The boy had done absolutely nothing wrong. Officers stopped him for reaching into his waistband.

No gun was found, but he was still handcuffed and taken to the station.

Daughter of Mother Whose Baby Was Killed Says Mom May Have Killed Him for Life Insurance Money

The daughter of Sherry West, the Georgia mother whose 13 month-old was killed, says her mother may have pulled the trigger.

21 year-old Ashley Glassey says West lost custody of her at the age of 8, and that they’d recently reconnected and speak regularly.

The night her little brother Antonio was killed, Glassey says West was already asking her about collecting life insurance money, and that her story has changed.

Why I Am Here for Marriage Equality: Changing the Conversation for Queer POCs

As we wait for the Supreme Court to offer its rulings on DOMA and Prop 8, a noticeable division has arisen between the mainstream LGBT agenda, and those of us who prefer and advocate for a more radical politics, namely for queer people of color. The tension is justified and wholly understandable. Many argue that the “gay marriage” movement is essentially an agenda that privileges and is spearheaded by wealthy white men, and accordingly usurps media attention from more pressing issues affecting queer populations of color, such as violence against trans people, youth homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. These arguments are absolutely correct, and I agree wholeheartedly. But as a result, it has become trendy for some to vehemently undermine, if not oppose, the significance of marriage equality for queer people of color. Quite curiously, marriage equality is now being oriented as some sort of “oppression vacuum,” wherein the premise seems to be that if marriage equality was off the table, the aforementioned issues would be getting their due attention. Ironically, this viewpoint actually seems to put a lot of stock in marriage equality, and a lot of faith in the mainstream media as a whole. My purpose here is not to respond by championing the wonderfulness of marriage equality, but instead to caution against oversimplification.

Petitions Demand Rick Ross, Industry Take Responsibility for Rape Lyrics

In the wake of widespread outrage regarding a Rick Ross lyric making light of date rape, petitions have been launched demanding that the rapper and the music industry take responsibility for his offensive words.

A petition on asks that Ross “publicly apologize for glorifying drugging/raping women.

Meanwhile, a site called has launched a petition of their own (through called “Rape, Ross, and Responsibility #RRR”

Two Teens Accused of Murdering 13 Month-Old Baby Will Be Tried as Adults

According to USA Today, the two Georgia teens accused of killing 13-month old Antonio Santiago and shooting his mother in the leg will be tried as adults.

The baby’s mother Sherry West says she was pushing her baby in a stroller when 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins and 15-year-old Dominique Lang approached her demanding money. When she did not comply, Elkins pulled out a gun and shot West in the arm and her baby in the face.

Elkins is also being charged with a robbery and shooting that occurred 10 days prior to the slaying of Santiago.

Kansas Considering Bill Allowing for People Living with HIV/AIDS to be Quarantined

The state of Kansas is currently considering a bill that would allow those who are HIV positive to possibly be quarantined and separated from the rest of society:

Lawmakers are close to passing a new law discriminating against those who have HIV or AIDS, forcing them to be isolated or have their movements restricted.

Kansas House Bill 2183, which has passed in the Kansas Senate, will update the state’s public health statute by allowing quarantine of Kansans with ‘infectious diseases.’