by Donna Brazile (CNN) — Even from the moment they were set down in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s immortal words “all men are created equal” have always been awkward and challenging. They’re not awkward and challenging because they’re incorrect. On the contrary, they’re some of the truest words ever put to paper. Instead, they’re awkward and challenging because — for a nation built by slaves, where only a fraction of the population owned land and even fewer could vote, where an entire gender was held at bay for centuries — these words were the sand in our collective eye that urged us, always, to be better, fairer and more decent to one another.
Tag: Hate crimes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Porn publisher Larry Flynt says he doesn’t want to see the avowed racist serial killer whose gunshots left him paralyzed 35 years ago put to death for his crimes. In an essay published Thursday in The Hollywood Reporter (http://bit.ly/1cxjSA8), Flynt says that while he would love to take pliers and a pair of wire cutters to Joseph Paul Franklin, he does not believe in the death penalty.
Tea Party Protest (AP Photo/File) PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education plans to investigate a controversial “Redneck Day” celebration two months ago at an Arizona high school. One Queen Creek High student wore a Confederate flag during the May 1 event. Civil rights activists say that created a racially hostile environment.
Mark Carson was shot point-blank in Greenwich Village on May 17 by an unidentified gunman. (Facebook Photo) NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of shooting a Black gay man in New York City’s Greenwich Village after taunting him with slurs has pleaded not guilty. Elliot Morales entered the plea Tuesday as prosecutors alleged that shortly after his arrest he admitted shooting the victim.