Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that additional National Guard troops would enter Ferguson, Missouri, following criticism against him from Missouri's Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder after a night of violence and protests in the St. Louis suburb.
Chaos erupted in Ferguson on Monday night after the announcement that a grand jury would not indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated National Guard units on Nov. 16, but Kinder criticized the Democratic leader for a lack of National Guard officers deployed in Ferguson on Monday night.
The hashtag "#PrayForFerguson" was trending nationwide on social networking site Twitter Tuesday morning as people shared their pleas for peace, love and healing following Monday's announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for fatally shooting an unarmed African-American teen.
In the moments following the announcement, #Ferguson was used more than 50,000 times a minute.
Those following the unrest that erupted in Ferguson streets Monday night used the hashtag #PrayForFerguson to share prayers such as @johnlcooper's "God, help us LOVE" more >>
Rudy Giuliani is on the receiving end of a social media backlash for suggesting that a majority of black people are killed by other black people, not white police officers, for which Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson called the former mayor a "white supremacist."
"We've tried to make the police force of New York City as proportionate as we possibly can. We go out of our way to do that," Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, when asked to respond to an analysis in The Washington Post that shows which police departments in the U.S. are not as diverse as the communities they serve — New York City not being among them.
"I think we do a pretty good job, not a perfect job. I find it very disappointing that you're not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks." more >>
The state Supreme Court in Mississippi, where same-sex marriage is not recognized, will hear arguments Jan. 21, 2015, from a woman who has asked the state to recognize her gay marriage so that she can be granted a divorce.
Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon, who married in California in 2008, cannot be granted a divorce in Mississippi due to the state's constitution and statutes, DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ruled last year.
"All same sex Mississippi couples lack a right to have their marriage recognized by the state regardless of whether newly arrived here, having lived here all their life or anywhere in between," The Associated Press quoted Assistant Attorney General Harold E. Pizzetta III as saying in briefs. more >>
Sixteen North Carolina judges have either resigned or retired after gay marriage became legal in the state last month when a judge ruled that an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
In October, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn of Asheville struck down the ban and ruled the amendment unconstitutional in response to a Charlotte-based lawsuit.
Reports from the administrative office of the courts note that "between the ruling on Oct. 10 and the end of the month, 16 magistrates left their jobs, but the state wouldn't release why they left," Time Warner Cable News-Charlotte reports. more >>
As I read the story of Michael Brown who was shot and killed August 9th, 2014 by Darren Wilson, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, my heart immediately went out to the family. The pain of losing a child, I'm told, is one of the most difficult to endure.
The St. Louis County grand jury decision will no doubt fuel the flames of racism and hatred, but what if we look through a different lens...
What if more people knew that many of America's founders did not support slavery? The truth is that many of the Founding Fathers were responsible for planting the first seeds of equality and for the eventual end of slavery. John Quincy Adams was often referred to as the "hell-hound of abolition movement" for his efforts against slavery. As historian David Barton rightly noted, "This was a fact made clear by Richard Allen. Allen had been a slave in Pennsylvania but was freed after he converted his master to Christianity. Allen, a close friend of Benjamin Rush and several other Founding Fathers, went on to become the founder of the A.M.E. Church in America. In an early address 'To the People of Color,' he explained: 'Many of the white people have been instruments in the hands of God for our good, even such as have held us in captivity, [and] are now pleading our cause with earnestness and zeal'." more >>