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A Lame Civil Rights Record

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(Politico) – Civil rights leaders and community activists cheered when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Thursday that the Justice Department would be investigating the Ferguson Police Department for possible civil rights violations—a move prompted by the August 9 shooting death of an African-American teen at the hands of one of the St. Louis suburb’s white police officers.

The reaction is understandable. The Justice Department’s civil rights division—which is investigating whether Ferguson’s police force engaged in a pattern and practice of abuses—has for decades been instrumental in pursuing justice in matters and places where local action would have been unlikely. Think voting rights and desegregation in the Deep South of the 1960s.

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Shelby County election candidates claim fraud

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Candidates who lost in Shelby County races in last month's election are suing election officials, alleging fraud.
 
The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1wb4tyE ) reports that nine candidates have filed suit against the Shelby County Election Commission, seeking a recount or the setting aside of results.

Police short on Hispanic officers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by an officer in a nearly all-white police department in suburban St. Louis refocused the country on the racial balance between police forces and the communities they protect.
 
But an analysis by The Associated Press found that the racial gap between black police officers and the communities where they work has narrowed over the last generation, particularly in departments that once were the least diverse.

Black Women Hit Hard by Unemployment

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While unemployment rates have fallen for nearly every group of Americans after the most recent recession, there appears to be no reprieve for black women.
 
An estimated 10.6 percent of black women age 20 or older are unemployed, a figure unchanged from a year ago, International Business Times reports, citing Friday’s jobs report from the Labor Department. The overall unemployment rate for blacks in August was 11.4 percent, compared with 5.3 percent for whites and 7.5 percent for Hispanics.

Pam Oliver Says She Was Humiliated After Being Demoted

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Veteran sports reporter Pam Oliver is speaking out about being demoted from her longtime position as the Fox Sports network’s “A team” sideline reporter. In April, Oliver received news that she was being placed on the “B team,” and Erin Andrews, who is young, white and blond, would be taking over her position. Assumptions were made about Oliver being sidelined to make way for Andrews, who was only hired two years ago from ESPN, because of her age and looks.