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June 30, 2015  

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions 2015: ‘Not All Settled Law’

The U.S. Supreme Court has wrapped up its term with a bumper crop of history-making decisions. The court may have settled several controversial matters of law, but it also has triggered questions about the politicization of the justices and their seemingly limitless authority as the last word on laws enacted by Congress and presidential action.

Josh Blackman, an assistant professor of law at the South Texas College of Law and an expert on constitutional law, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the intersection of law and technology, discusses key decisions of the court’s term.

Author of Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare, Blackman deconstructs the court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act. 

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June 29, 2015  

Obama Makes ‘Historic’ Speech, But Is Oblivious to History

President Barack Obama has received rave reviews for his eulogy Friday (June 26) of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney—the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., who was assassinated by a white-supremacist gunman during a prayer and bible-studies meeting at the church on June 17. The killer also massacred eight others.

But, as Leid Stories points out, the president’s panegyric on several counts was oblivious to history and decidedly revisionist. 

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June 26, 2015  

So, What Have We Learned About Race in America?


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June 25, 2015  

Sister Hillary Preaches the Word, and Nothing’s Sacred

The June 17 massacre of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., by a white-supremacist gunman provided Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton the perfect opportunity to go stomping for black votes. She was not about to let a crisis go to waste.

Clinton on Tuesday appeared at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri, and to enthusiastic applause laid out her political vision and agenda for African Americans. Clinton’s speech was meant to convey her deep understanding of the issues affecting African Americans and her connection with this constituency, but as Leid Stories reveals, Clinton’s address confirmed the candidate’s own racism, the distorted views she has of people of color, and her sense of entitlement.

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June 24, 2015  

The Charleston Massacre: A Political Dilemma, A Political Windfall

A week after nine people attending a prayer and bible-study service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., were massacred by a 21-year-old white-supremacist gunman, the nation finds itself in swirls of predictable discussions about “race” and “racism.”

Leid Stories looks at how, in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, those discussions have little to do with actually ending white supremacy.

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June 23, 2015  

Diversion and Distraction: Flagging Down ‘Progress’ in South Carolina

And now the nation is embroiled in a debate over whether the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of South Carolina’s statehouse and other governmental buildings and properties.

It’s a diversion and distraction from the matter that America for centuries has refused to address, says Leid Stories: white supremacy.

It was what informed the design of the “battle flag” in 1863 to galvanize the 13-state Confederacy’s fight “to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race,” as the flag’s designer, William T. Thompson, explained. It was the motivation for Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old gunman who massacred nine people attending a prayer and bible-study meeting last Wednesday at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Leid Stories discusses the intentional effort to avoid the reality America has known and lived for hundreds of years.

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June 22, 2015  

The Charleston Massacre: Solace, Solidarity and Lots of Sidestepping

An outpouring of concern and support for the jolted, grieving congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., is helping to blunt the impact of the massacre last Wednesday of nine of its members, including its pastor, and wounding of three others at a prayer and bible-study meeting.

Dylann Storm Roof, 21, the alleged lone gunman, believes he struck a blow for white supremacy in America. (A 2,000-word “manifesto” posted on Roof’s website laments the inability of whites to keep African Americans, Jews and Latinos in check and maintain total control.) But “official” opinion—even by President Barack Obama—seems to disagree with Roof’s declaration of his motives. This was not an act of terrorism but of hate, the revisionists say, and the remedy urgently needed is gun control.

Leid Stories discusses their political sidestepping.

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June 19, 2015  

The Charleston Massacre: Playing with Our Minds and History

The massacre of nine members, including the pastor, of Emanuel African American Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., two days ago during a prayer meeting has gripped the nation and prompted a wide-ranging discussions on how and why it happened.

But media discussions and reports generally are deliberately avoiding the historical context for the mass murders and uniformly are reporting the carnage as a “hate” crime.

Leid Stories explains how and why our collective reality is being distorted.   


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June 18, 2015  

Massacre in South Carolina: A ‘Hate Crime’ or Something Else?

Rachel Dolezal and the ‘Science’ of Racial Identity

A prayer meeting Wednesday night at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the oldest AME church in the South, came to a violent end when a white gunman who was among the congregants opened fire, killing nine, including the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the church and a member of the state Senate. Police are calling the attack a “hate crime.” But is it something else?

And now, the world of “science” chimes in on the Rachel Dolezal saga. An article published yesterday by Live Science features “experts” on ethnicity and racial identity debating whether Dolezal can “choose” an identity different from the one she was born with. Leid Stories discusses the false construct of race and identity in America as central to the science of domination and control.

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June 17, 2015  

In the Dominican Republic, Mass Deportations of Haitians Loom

Rachel Dolezal’s Racial Dilemma Is An Old American Story

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic face deportation if by the end of the day today they aren’t able to comply with complicated, widely criticized laws the government has set for their residency and citizenship in the country.

Veteran journalist Kim Ives, a prizewinning documentarian and editor of the news weekly Haïti Liberté, explains the history and impact of these race-based laws, which have rendered more than 500,000 Haitians in the Dominican Republic stateless.

The Rachel Dolezal saga continues to dominate the headlines, with new stories highlighting deep family dysfunction. But the story that started it all—her self-assigned racial identity as an African American woman—is in fact an old American story, says Leid Stories. 

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