MSNBC analyst Michael Eric Dyson ripped Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday, saying that Paul's meeting with anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy was a "deal-breaker" in the Tea Party presidential candidate's efforts to connect with black voters.
"He figures that he gains more by siding with a Cliven Bundy than by being opposed to his vitrolic viewpoints and racist beliefs," Dyson said of the senator. "And you would think that Rand Paul would be more careful in the aftermath of what happened in Charleston, and the nation's swing against Confederate flags and other symptoms of racial animus in this country."
Paul and Bundy met at a campaign stop on Monday, after which Bundy said he was "in tune" with Paul while the senator, apparently ignoring Bundy's remarks about "the Negro" last year
As the 2016 campaign heats up, an episode from his tenure as Florida governor reveals why Bush's image as a "uniter, not a divider," as his older brother used to put it, may not stand up. The state's deeply flawed purge of felons from its voting rolls in advance of the 2000 presidential election remains a scar that still has not healed for many in the state.
"I'll never the forget people that came up to me and said, You let them steal our votes,'" Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), who became state's first African-American elected to Congress since Reconstruction when she won her seat in 1992, told The Huffington Post. "So many people were just wiped off the rolls -- people who'd been voting for years and years. You had the obligation to prove that you weren't a felon."
The felon purge wrongfully denied thousands of legitimate voters the ability to participate in a presidential election pitting Republican George W. Bush against Democrat Al Gore.
Black churches are burning again in the South. According to Hatewatch, at least six Black churches have been damaged or destroyed by fire.
The series of fires some of them suspicious and possible hate crimes -- came in the week following a murderous rampage by a white supremacist who shot and killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
The fires also occurred at a time when there is increasing public pressure to remove the Confederate flag one of the last hallmarks of white superiority -- from government buildings and public places as well as banning assorted Confederate flag merchandise sold in retails stores and online.
A new report from New America, released a week after a white supremacist gunned down nine people in a black church in Charleston, finds that since the September 11, 2001, attacks, "nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims."
The New York Times reports that this threat is "familiar to police officers," three-quarters of whom list antigovernment extremism as a greater threat to their communities than "Al Qaeda-inspired" violence:
If such numbers are new to the public, they are familiar to police officers. A survey to be published this week asked 382 police and sheriff's departments nationwide to rank the three biggest threats from violent extremism in their jurisdiction. About 74 percent listed antigovernment violence, while 39 percent listed "Al Qaeda-inspired" violence, according to the researchers,
The leader of a white supremacist group that has been linked to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns, including those of 2016 presidential contenders such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Rand Paul, records show. Cruz, a senator from Texas, said Sunday night that he would be returning about $8,500 in donations that he had received from the Texas donor, Earl Holt III, who lists himself as president of the Council of Conservative Citizens. "We just learned this evening that Holt had contributed to the campaign," a spokesman for the Cruz campaign said in an email to the New York Times. "We will be immediately refunding all those donations."