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White supremacists set to rally outside White House a year after deadly clash

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:51 PM

United States President Donald Trump tweets a generic condemnation of racism a year after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

FACE OF RACISM. A member of the Ku Klux Klan attends a rally on July 8, 2017 calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Wave of protests grip NFL after Trump urges fan boycott

Sep 25, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Trump ignites a firestorm of criticism after comments on Friday, September 22, in which he described NFL players who chose to take a knee through renditions of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as 'sons of bitches' who should be fired

IN PROTEST. Maurice Smith #27 and Julius Thomas #89 kneel with Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins during the National Anthem prior to an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

St Louis police face growing criticism over protest tactics

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union takes the first steps toward a lawsuit over questionable police tactics, requesting the city preserve video and other evidence

PLEA. Demonstrators protest outside of the St. Louis city jail following the arrest of 123 people yesterday protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 18, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Protests over St Louis police shooting turn violent for third day

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:41 AM

(UPDATED) St. Louis remains on edge after at-times violent protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the shooting death of a black man

FRONT LINE. Police confront demonstrators who were protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 16, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Congress sends anti-white supremacist measure to Trump

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:12 AM

The joint resolution calls on the Trump administration to improve data collection on hate crimes and speak out against increasingly prevalent hate groups

HATER. This file photo taken on July 08, 2017 shows a member of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Thousands join anti-racism march in Boston

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:41 AM

UPDATED Thousands of anti racism demonstrators flood the streets of Boston dwarfing a gathering of white nationalists in the city

COUNTER-PROTEST. Counter-protestors chant 'Black lives matter' ahead of a "Free Speech rally to be attended by far-right figures. Screenshot from Rappler video.

Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:04 AM

3rd UPDATE The Republican president – who one day ago solemnly denounced racism and singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo Nazis as criminals and thugs – also hit out at the alt left over the weekend melee

BLAME GAME. US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

New generation of white nationalist groups flourish under Trump

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Encouraged by President Donald Trump and buoyed by social media a new generation of extremist startups has taken root mostly created by angry young white men anxious to exploit fears of Latino immigration and radical Islam

FACE OF RACISM. This file photo taken on July 08, 2017 shows a member of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump slams 'evil' racism, singles out KKK, neo-Nazis

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Trump has taken heat from Democrats and Republicans alike for his initial response to Saturday s August 12 violence in Charlottesville Virginia

RAGE. Hundreds of protesters gather outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on August 14, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Creators behind 'Game of Thrones' stir race controversy with 'Confederate'

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A newly announced show on HBO sparks a heated backlash in a country still grappling with the legacy of slavery and its generational impacts on African Americans

MEN BEHIND 'THRONES' In this file photo, writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for 'Game of Thrones' during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Pepsi drops ad accused of mocking 'Black Lives' protests

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:10 AM

The spot provokes an outcry and widespread derision on social media claiming Pepsi is seeking to profit from the social justice movement

CONTROVERSIAL. A scene from the Pepsi ad shows model Kendall Jenner (L) giving a policeman a can of Pepsi. Frame grab courtesy Pepsi

Justice for Theo: In France, 'police abuse is an everyday thing'

Feb 14, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Activists speak of discrimination and abuse by police as protests continue after rape of black man in Paris suburb

ANGER. French gendarmes stand guard in front of protesters holding a flare and a banner during a demonstration against police brutality on February 10, 2017 outside a police station in Marseille, southern France. Hundreds of people took part in the protest following the case of Theo, a 22-year-old youth worker who required surgery after his arrest on February 2, 2017.  Boris Horvat/AFP

'Yes we can': Barack Obama's complex legacy

Jan 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Whatever the historians write Barack Hussein Obama – America s first black president – can certainly claim some bona fide successes; but one dream got lost along the way

Jury condemns U.S. church shooter to death

Jan 11, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Dylann Roof 22 was convicted last month of 33 federal charges – including hate crimes resulting in death – in connection with the shooting spree at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston South Carolina

A man stops to observe the makeshift memorial in front of Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on January 4, 2017. Logan Cyrus/AFP

U.S. jury ordered to deliberate more over South Carolina shooting

Dec 03, 2016 - 8:15 AM

It isn t always easy for two people to agree says Judge Clifton Newman as he instructs the jury to try again

NO CONSENSUS? This handout photograph obtained April 8, 2015 courtesy of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, shows the combination mug shot of Michael Slager, 33, who faces charges for murder in the death of Walter Scott, 50, in the city of North Charleston on April 4, 2015. File photo from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office / AFP

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Nov 21, 2016 - 1:06 PM

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VP-elect Pence downplays flap over 'Hamilton' appeal on diversity

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:34 AM

Mike Pence seeks to defuse the swirling controversy over the November 18 performance he attended in New York of a hugely popular play that many see as a symbol of the multicultural left in America

US Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. Dominick Reuter/AFP

Defeated Democrats grapple with loss of working class whites

Nov 17, 2016 - 7:53 AM

We have to talk to blue collar workers We need blue collar workers to vote blue we need the message and the messengers to connect with them and pull them back

Supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react to television reports during election night at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on November 8, 2016. Angela Weiss/AFP

Charlotte lifts curfew after protests over fatal shooting

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:07 PM

Charlotte authorities lift a curfew that had been set following sometimes violent protests over a fatal police shooting of a black man in the southern US city

Police surround demonstrators outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Charlotte police release video of black man's fatal shooting

Sep 25, 2016 - 10:37 AM

3rd UPDATE Questions remain unanswered however since the entire incident was not captured on camera

Screenshot of the video release. AFP Photo/Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Family releases shocking video of Charlotte shooting

Sep 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM

3rd UPDATE Police have refused to release body cam and dash cam video of the September 20 shooting which they say shows that Keith Lamont Scott posed a threat to officers

Charlotte protesters ignore curfew, hold peaceful demos

Sep 23, 2016 - 2:00 PM

UPDATED North Carolina s governor has declared a state of emergency in Charlotte and several hundred National Guard troops and highway police officers were deployed to reinforce the local force

'STOP KILLING US.' Protesters walk past riot police blocking off a ramp to a highway during a demonstration against police brutality in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 22, 2016 following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police two days earlier and two nights of riots. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Unrest flares anew in US city after police shooting

Sep 22, 2016 - 9:42 AM

UPDATED The new wave of violence comes after Keith Lamont Scott 43 was shot dead in an apartment complex parking lot on Tuesday September 20 after an encounter with officers searching for a suspect wanted for arrest

Residents gather for a vigil and march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

National Guard activated after fatal Milwaukee shooting

Aug 15, 2016 - 6:24 AM

While an uneasy calm had returned to the affected neighborhood by Sunday afternoon Mayor Tom Barrett says the city still faces a very volatile situation

A handout picture made available by the Milwaukee Police Department shows a damaged police car after violence broke out in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, August 13, 2016. Milwaukee Police Department/Handout/EPA

3 police officers killed in Baton Rouge shooting

Jul 18, 2016 - 12:05 AM

5th UPDATE This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing says Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17: Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

Funerals begin for slain Dallas police officers

Jul 14, 2016 - 12:29 PM

The funerals start one day after US President Barack Obama addressed a public memorial service honoring the slain police

People visit a growing memorial of flowers and balloons in front of the Dallas Police department headquarters on July 13, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Obama makes call for unity at Dallas memorial

Jul 13, 2016 - 10:20 AM

I m here to say we must reject such despair I m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem

US President Barack Obama speaks during an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on July 12, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. AFP Photo

Obama heads to Dallas to bring some 'comfort'

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:41 AM

White House: The president is hoping to offer some measure of comfort

US President Barack Obama speaks on the shooting in Dallas, Texas, on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw, Poland on July 8, 2016. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Dallas shooter planned larger attacks, police say

Jul 11, 2016 - 11:58 AM

The past week s violence shocks a country seemingly inured to its epidemic of gun violence and injects new urgency into the national debate on race relations and how white police deal with black suspects

BLACK LIVES MATTER. A small group of Black Lives Matter protesters meet on the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge in Dallas, Texas, USA, July 10, 2016. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Protests in US cities as Dallas shooting rocks race relations

Jul 09, 2016 - 2:03 PM

3rd UPDATE Leaders of the Black Lives Matter protest movement condemn the Dallas violence but vow to uphold planned weekend marches

Dallas police shooting: What we know

Jul 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The sniper style attack during a protest in Dallas is said to be the single deadliest day for law enforcement since September 11 2011

DALLAS SHOOTING. Police attempt to calm the crowd as someone is arrested following the sniper shooting in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Photo by Laura Buckman/AFP

Obama to head to Dallas as shooting rocks US race relations

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:30 AM

US President Barack Obama who has ordered all flags on government buildings lowered to half mast for 5 days has made it clear that violence against police had no possible justification

GOING BACK. In this file photo, US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference after a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (both not seen) in Warsaw, Poland, July 8, 2016. File photo by Jakub Kaminski/EPA

Dallas suspect said he wanted to kill white cops – chief

Jul 08, 2016 - 10:49 PM

The suspect was killed in the explosion the city police chief says but before that he revealed some of his possible motive to negotiators

AFTERMATH. A Dallas police officer watches a police line in Downtown after 11 police officers were shot during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, USA, July 8, 2016. Photo by Ralph Lauer/EPA

Obama condemns 'calculated and despicable' Dallas attack

Jul 08, 2016 - 6:14 PM

We still don t know all the facts What we do know is that there has been a vicious calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement Obama says at a NATO summit in Warsaw

DALLAS ATTACK. Dallas police officers face protesters on the corner of on the corner of Ross Avenue and Griffin Street after eleven police officers were shot during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, USA, July 8,2016. Photo by Ralph Lauer/EPA

Snipers kill 5 police in 'vicious' US attack

Jul 08, 2016 - 1:00 PM

4th UPDATE The protest is one of several nationwide over the fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana this week

DALLAS SHOOTING. Protestors yell after police officers arrest a bystander following the shooting at a protest in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Photo by Laura Buckman/AFP

Racially charged joke causes controversy for Clinton

Apr 13, 2016 - 8:21 AM

A racially charged comedy routine between Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has prompted outrage and mockery

In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) speaks with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after a rally at the Javits Center on March 2, 2016 in New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

Chris Rock confronts race issue head-on at Oscars

Feb 29, 2016 - 10:17 AM

The comedian wastes no time raising the controversy over the 88th Academy Awards lack of African American acting nominees addressing the issue from his first words and discussing virtually nothing else in his monologue

TOP FORM. Host Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Dream fulfilled: Dancing, at 106, with America's black president

Feb 23, 2016 - 8:27 AM

I thought I would never live to get into the White House and I tell you I am so happy

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet 106-Year-Old Virginia McLaurin during a photo line in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month, Feb. 18, 2016. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

Beyoncé takes US by storm with new activist role

Feb 09, 2016 - 8:18 AM

Beyoncé has suddenly transformed from crowd pleasing entertainer to outspoken spokeswoman for the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement

Judge declares mistrial in Freddie Gray police case

Dec 17, 2015 - 10:53 AM

It is now up to prosecutors whether police officer William Porter should be retried with another jury at a later date

DEMAND FOR JUSTICE. Protesters rally at the site of last April's riots after the jury deadlocked in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter in West Baltimore, Maryland, USA, December 16, 2015. Shawn Thew/EPA

Chicago appeals for calm after police shooting video

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:21 AM

The graphic video is the latest in a string of police shootings caught on camera that have sparked mass – and sometimes violent – protests and engulfed the United States in a debate over racism and the use of deadly force by police

A frame grab from a dash cam video released by the Chicago Police on November 24, 2015 which shows the fatal shooting of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald (C) by Chicago police officers (L) in Chicago, USA, October 20, 2014. Chicago Police/Handout/EPA

Touchy-feely activism

Nov 15, 2015 - 11:06 AM

On the issue of racism in US universities the extremism of a few has overshadowed the efforts of the many to reach out to other groups and expand the bases of support

Hillary Clinton interrupted by 'Black Lives Matter' protesters

Oct 31, 2015 - 1:39 PM

Yes they do Clinton responds rolling with the interruption And I m going to talk a lot about that in a minute

File photo by Spencer Platt/Pool/EPA

FBI, Justice Department probe violent US school arrest

Oct 28, 2015 - 8:43 AM

The incident in South Carolina comes amid a heightened focus on police brutality in the United States after a string of incidents – some deadly – involving law enforcement officials and African Americans

Framegrab from YouTube video

State of emergency in Ferguson as teen charged in police shootout

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:40 AM

St Louis County executive Steve Stenger says county police will immediately take charge of police emergency management in Ferguson and surrounding districts

ON GUARD. Officers from the St. Louis County Police, wearing riot gear, guard the perimeter of the scene of an officer-involved shooting on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, August 10, 2015. Sid Hastings/EPA

Jailhouse death of US black woman ruled suicide

Jul 24, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Bland s family disputes an initial conclusion that Bland committed suicide insisting she was happy about starting a new job and had no reason to kill herself

CRUCIAL MOMENT. Frame grab from a handout dash camera video released 21 July 2015 by the Texas Department of Public Safety the traffic stop by Trooper Brian Encinia (L) of Sandra Bland (R) as he points a reported taser at her to remove her from her vehicle in Prairie View, Texas, USA, July 10, 2015. Texas Department of Public Safety/Handout/EPA

Woman who died in US jail victim of officer's 'ego' – family

Jul 23, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Sandra Bland 28 was found hanged in her jail cell 3 days after being pulled over for failing to signal a lane change and getting into an argument with a state trooper

CRUCIAL MOMENT. Frame grab from a handout dash camera video released 21 July 2015 by the Texas Department of Public Safety the traffic stop by Trooper Brian Encinia (L) of Sandra Bland (R) as he points a reported taser at her to remove her from her vehicle in Prairie View, Texas, USA, July 10, 2015. Texas Department of Public Safety/Handout/EPA

South Carolina senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:01 AM

The proposal now is set to go before the House of Representatives amid growing public demands for the red white and blue banner to no longer fly outside the legislature in the state capital Columbia

STARS AND BARS. The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

South Carolina governor calls for removal of Confederate flag

Jun 23, 2015 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED The flying of the Civil War battle flag – seen by some as a symbol of lingering racist sentiment in the American South but by others as a hallmark of Southern pride and heritage – has returned to the spotlight since the massacre

STARS AND BARS. The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

US church reopens in triumph over massacre

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:42 PM

UPDATED The service offers still grieving Charleston a chance to mark what many argue is its triumph in thwarting the shooter s reported aim to foment racial hatred

EMOTIONAL. Parishioners mourn inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 21 June 2015. The African-American church in the southern US city of Charleston where nine people were slain by a white gunman reopened for services the same day. PEPA/DAVID GOLDMAN / POOL