Don Yelton, a North Carolina county precinct GOP chair, resigned from his position on Thursday after he was reported using the N-word and saying "lazy black people" want "the government to give them everything" in an interview which aired on "The Daily Show" Wednesday.
In the interview conducted by correspondent Aasif Mandvi, Yelton discussed North Carolina's restrictive new voting law which the Justice Department is challenging in a lawsuit.
According to an NPR report, the lawsuit challenges provisions in the new law passed soon after the Supreme Court invalidated a major part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in June. It takes issue with provisions that limit early voting periods and argues that requiring a government photo ID is an illegal form of discrimination against minorities in voting. more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) and other groups have blasted Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for what they say was a highly-offensive joke he made about Nigerians at an event in Houston on Monday.
Cruz, a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act, was talking about the reported glitches with the launching of the official website, and said:
"You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately… They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website." more >>
Last Saturday morning I woke up still shaken by the movie "12 Years a Slave" after watching it in the theater with my wife on Friday night.
On Sunday morning, I was still reeling.
I never thought Hollywood could deliver a dignified, honest sensitive portrayal of slavery and the pernicious effects of racism in America but it has in this film and I encourage everyone, if you can take it, to go and see it. more >>
Motivational speaker and evangelist Nick Vujicic urged members of the congress in Paraguay to kneel for prayer during a parliament session in which he thanked God for the nation while asking God to forgive their sins.
Vujicic was in the South American country last week as part of his month-long speaking tour where he shared his life's story and how his faith has led him to live a life without limits despite not having any limbs.
During Vujicic's visit, the Paraguayan congress invited him to speak during one of their routine sessions where a few legislators were taken by surprise when he asked them to join in a moment of prayer. more >>
A recently discovered skull in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia may challenge the traditional notions of human evolution.
Researchers writing for Science Magazine found skulls at Dmanisi, one of which bore a strong resemblance to skeletons found in Africa from the time period.
The significance? The various species predating Homo Sapiens may have been subsets of the same species rather than different species as the traditional evolutionary theory posits. more >>
New York City is likely to start giving students time off to observe Muslim holy days Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha starting next year in honor of the estimated 13 percent of Muslims among its 1.1 million student population.
The New York Daily News reports that both Democratic and Republican candidates who will face off for the city's mayoralty next month agree that schools should be closed for the two Muslim days as they do for both Christian and Jewish holy days.
"The origins of this nation (are) people of many different faiths coming together. That's why we have to respect Muslim faiths by providing the Eid school holidays for children in our school system," said Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio. more >>