In the wake of the jury deadlocked on whether to charge Michael Dunn for first-degree murder charges against the late Jordan Davis, pastors and Christian leaders have criticized Florida's Justifiable Use of Force law, most often referred to as the "Stand Your Ground" law.
Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted murder, but the Florida jury came to no consensus on Saturday on whether to convict or acquit the defendant in the African American teenager's 2012 murder.
Dunn, who is white, shot into Davis' car 10 times after the teenager ignored his requests to turn his music down and "mouthed off" to him. The defendant also claimed that Davis had a shotgun, but police found no weapons inside the car. more >>
Georgia motorists can now sport a specialty license plate with the background of a Confederate battle flag after state officials approved the design earlier this month.
Previous license plates had a small Confederate flag, while the new one will cover the entire plate, and will feature a gold frame with the words "Sons of Confederate Veterans," CBS Atlanta reports about the design that was approved by the state's Department of Revenue on Feb. 1.
This move comes after the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group that claims it personifies "the best qualities of America" and seeks to "preserve the history and legacy of these [Confederate] heroes, so future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern causes," had requested that the state approve a larger design. more >>
Venezuelans living the United States have come together to support the student-led opposition in Caracas and other cities, calling on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to respect their right to peacefully protest.
Hundreds have rallied in places like Times Square, Washington, D.C., Boston, Miami and Los Angeles to be the voices of those in their country that are fighting against government corruption, poverty and widespread violence.
"Our message is to make our American neighbors aware of the cry we are going through. We're fighting for freedom and democracy," said Henry Moreno, a Los Angeles resident involved in area protests, to The Christian Post. "This is a socialist government that has sided with Cuba and has given all of its resources away. Currently, there is no inventory of food or security in Venezuela." more >>
Genesis Carmona, a Venezuelan beauty queen and marketing student who was in a coma following a gunshot wound to the head, died Wednesday. She was shot during a peaceful demonstration amid the country's ongoing political turmoil.
Carmona's death marks the fifth fatality in Venezuela since students led a march last week against government corruption, violence and poverty.
"How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?" said a relative of Carmona, who asked to remain anonymous, reports New York Daily News. "She only needed one more semester to graduate." more >>
After being branded as possibly the most racist preacher in America because of his opposition to interracial relationships, Bro. Donny Reagan of Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ in Johnson City, Tenn., is apologizing to anyone who may have been offended by his message.
"If I offended you, I'm sorry and I'm asking you to forgive me," said Reagan in response to critics of his viral 2013 message in which he railed against interracial relationships that was posted on YouTube Tuesday.
Reagan explained that even though he doesn't believe in interracial relationships, he isn't a racist. more >>
President Obama is launching a new initiative to help young men of color. It's called My Brother's Keeper.
The President told Charles Barkley in a television interview last night that he wants create special educational, mentorship and apprenticeship programs – for a specific segment of the population.
"We're going to pull together private philanthropies, foundations working with governors, mayors non-profits and we're going to focus on young men of color and find ways in which to create more pathways to success for them," the president told Barkley. more >>