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We’re finally entering the 2010s in LGBTQ+ rights, but still in the 1960s with racism June 29, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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People killed by police, 2015. 550 and counting.

“Deaths by guns, though—the great majority suicides, accidents or domestic violence—have been trending slightly upwards. This year, if the trend continues, they will overtake deaths on the roads.

“If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms, in the near future. […] Moreover, civil immunity would be granted to those who use deadly force, meaning they would not be liable for the injury or death of student.”

Study of media coverage on New York stations [PDF] finds that black suspects are disproportionately represented in crime stories. “51% of the people the NYPD arrest for murder, assault, and theft are Black…but 75% of the people local news stations broadcast as responsible for those crimes  are Black.”

Five fires at black churches over six days. Knoxville, June 21; Macon, GA, June 23; Charlotte, NC, June 24: all deliberate arson. Warrenville SC, June 26: cause still undetermined. Tallahassee, FL, June 26: official theory is that it was an electrical fire. We can only hope.

20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Washington DC 10/10/15. Worth attending.

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