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Racism

Open Carry Texas Reschedules Walk On Houston's Mostly Black 5th Ward To Fight "Racist" Gun Laws


by: Joe Deshotel

Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 01:17 PM CDT

Open Carry Texas turns 1 year old today and it looks like the gun rally they planned in Houston's predominantly Black 5th Ward I reported on last month is back on for August 16th. After a month of criticism over racial insensitivity they have recruited an African American, and follower of Louis Farrakhan, named Maurice Muhammad as a special guest.

C.J. Grisham, OCT's founder, says open carry is a "universal right" and believes the media has been unfair in characterizing the organization as white male "rednecks." He says this description is a disservice to their minority members. Having seen many pictures and videos of OCT events I can attest that the group is predominantly white and male but does have minority members.

See what Grisham told Muhammad in a radio interview below the jump...

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Yes June Was White History Month And So Is July


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

It's a cruel fact that as America becomes a more tolerant and diverse place it becomes easier for the aggressively ignorant among us to make a name for themselves.

That's what appears to have happened when "Timeless Classic," a rural classic car dealer on Highway 71 in Texas proclaimed June to be "White History Month."

That's all I can think when I see a sign that says something so obvious.

There was a time when White Europeans were in the dark ages while other civilizations flourished, but when it comes to the United States the history we are taught is of European colonization and specifically from that perspective.

More below the jump...

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Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement


by: Omar Araiza

Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM CDT

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad."

Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine):

"Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is pervasive. We're seeing marriage under assault in the courts, including, sadly, the Supreme Court of the United States. It struck down the California marriage laws. California had a referendum. They asked the voters of California, 'Do you want marriage to be a traditional marriage between one man and one woman?' And the voters of California -- those crazy right-wing kooks -- said, 'Yes, now that you mention it, we like marriage to be between one man and one woman!' Went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court said, 'You can't say that,' and struck it down. You want to know what judicial activism is? Judicial activism is judges imposing their policy preferences on the words of the Constitution."

Olson thought Ted Cruz's comments on gay marriage made the junior Senator sound like he was stuck in the past. Specifically, in the 1960's, when supporters of interracial marriage bans spewed the same arguments Cruz now reiterates against gay marriage.

Remarks by Olson and video below the jump.

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Swing And A Miss: Kung Fu Saloon Can't Kick Racist Accusations at Texas Bars


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 02:55 PM CDT

The Kung Fu Saloon just can't kick the accusations of racism that have plagued all three of their bars. Patrons or would-be patrons, have consistently complained that the dress code is selectively enforced against minorities.

Now an ex-event planner says she was trained to screen calls and deny customers who sounded "too ghetto" or "too Asian." The term "ghetto" she said, was code word for African American and added, "I never saw a white person turned away."

When she did not she heard comments like, "Why is it so dark in here? Why is it so Asian in here? Did you not screen these phone calls?"

The claims have led to negative press, a visit and investigation by City Council and even worse Yelp reviews.

See Kung Fu's response below the jump...

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Texas is the New California


by: SaraChicaD

Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:32 PM CDT

(Thanks to Sara Ines Calderon for cross-posting this! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

This post originally appeared in Latinopia.

When you think of Texas, "progress" is hardly a word that comes to mind for most, but I can't seem to get the association out of my head. I see my Californian friends scrunch up their noses and furrow their brows when mentioning the potential for progress in Texas, but I think that's mostly because they focus on the now, as opposed to the how.

California wasn't always a bastion for liberal politics - it is, after all, the place that gave birth to Nixon and Reagan - as a matter of fact most recently as the 1990s the state saw a wave of anti-Latino politicking that would rival Arizona's most recent efforts.

Texas, I would argue, is in the same place, historically speaking.

Find out why below the jump.

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Texas is the New California


by: SaraChicaD

Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 07:32 PM CDT

(Thanks to Sara Ines Calderon for cross-posting this! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

This post originally appeared in Latinopia.

When you think of Texas, "progress" is hardly a word that comes to mind for most, but I can't seem to get the association out of my head. I see my Californian friends scrunch up their noses and furrow their brows when mentioning the potential for progress in Texas, but I think that's mostly because they focus on the now, as opposed to the how.

California wasn't always a bastion for liberal politics - it is, after all, the place that gave birth to Nixon and Reagan - as a matter of fact most recently as the 1990s the state saw a wave of anti-Latino politicking that would rival Arizona's most recent efforts.

Texas, I would argue, is in the same place, historically speaking.

Find out why below the jump.

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UT Student Assembly To Consider A Resolution To Support Undocumented Longhorns


by: aineeathar

Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 06:16 PM CDT

(Great guest post from a very brave UT student leader! - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Last night, I bared my soul to the University of Texas- Austin's Student Government Assembly. As an undocumented Pakistani resident, my life is filled with fear that few can understand or imagine. But only by showing the world the reality of being undocumented can we cut through the misconceptions and vicious, racist stereotypes to create a dialogue on justice and civil rights.

For weeks, I've planned Undocumented Longhorns Week with the Center for Asian American Studies, Events+Entertainment, the University Leadership Initiative, Asian Pacific Desi American Collective, the Multicultural Engagement Center, and UT student leaders. Oct. 14th to 18th will be filled with events, panels, and workshops on the thorny subject of comprehensive immigration reform, complete with personal stories shared by undocumented UT students that emphasize why we must stand on the right stand of history. Our keynote event is the Undocu-Asian Teach-In.

I shared my story to urge the student assembly to pass AR 16, A Resolution to Support Undocumented Students and Undocumented Longhorns Week which recognizes the groundbreaking work immigrant youth in Texas have done to promote college access and community justice.

UT SG ultimately sent the resolution to the Legislative Affairs Committee, where it will be considered in three parts and a decision will be made on Tuesday, Oct. 15th. I urge you to pressure our student leaders to make the right choice.

Read more on the importance of supporting undocumented Longhorns after the jump.

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Austin's Kung Fu Saloon Finally Responds to Accusations of Racism


by: Chaille Jolink

Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM CDT


Monday afternoon Facebook exploded with this photo of two men wearing roughly similar outfits, yet only one of them was denied entrance into Kung Fu Saloon based on a dress code.

Stephen Robinson, the gentleman on the right, was turned away based on the length of his shorts yet Michael Frey, the gentlemen on the left, was let in wearing shorts of a similar length.

They were with a large group of people and pointed out that the doorman had admitted the man on the left earlier. According Scott Hundall on social media the response of from the door man was that they did not want people dressed too "ghetto" inside the bar. This statement is what prompted the large group of patrons to take their business elsewhere.

As Stephen Robinson told KEYE news yesterday:

"He told me essentially it looked too ghetto and apparently they can't have a ghetto bar in that crowd and that's why I wasn't allowed to go in," said Stephen Robinson.

Read more below the jump.

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Would Trayvon Martin Have Been Safe in Texas? Revisiting Texas Self Defense Laws


by: Edward Garris

Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 08:41 PM CDT

Since Saturday's verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin - and even before then - there has been no shortage of excellent analysis on the reasons behind the verdict, implicating everything from lack of evidence to inherent racism in the jurors to inherent racism in our criminal justice system.  

I give you three of my favorites: one from Emily Bazelon at Slate, in which she discusses the state of the law in Florida; another from Justin Peters, also at Slate, written before the verdict and articulately laying out the truly difficult burden facing the prosecutors; and finally a trenchant and wide-ranging reflection from Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic.  

Read more about Texas' own stand your ground law after the jump.

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Federal Judge Edith Jones: African Americans and Hispanics Prone to Acts of Violence


by: Edward Garris

Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 11:00 AM CDT

More than 90 years ago, future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo wrote about judges:

"Deep below consciousness are other forces, the likes and the dislikes, the predilections and the prejudices, the complex of instincts and emotions and habits and convictions, which make the man, whether he be litigant or judge."

On February 20 of this year, Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit gave a talk sponsored by the Federalist Society, a conservative group, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, in which, according to a complaint filed yesterday, she made the following points:

•The United States system of justice provides a positive service to capital-case defendants by imposing a death sentence, because the defendants are likely to make peace with God only in the moment before imminent execution;

•Certain "racial groups like African Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime," are "'prone' to commit acts of violence," and get involved in more violent and "heinous" crimes than people of other ethnicities;

•Claims of racism, innocence, arbitrariness, and international standards are simply "red herrings" used by opponents of capital punishment;

•Capital defendants who raise claims of "mental retardation" abuse the system;

•The United States Supreme Court's decision in Atkins v. Virginia prohibiting execution of persons who are "mentally retarded" was ill-advised and created a "slippery slope";

•Mexican Nationals would prefer to be on death row in the United States rather than in prison in Mexico;

•The country of Mexico does not provide and would not provide the legal protections that a Mexican National facing a death sentence in the United States would receive.

To read about the ethics complaint, read below the jump.  

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