CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS & ATTORNEYS FILE LAWSUIT IN NORTH CAROLINA, FOR DISENFRANCHISING BLACK RESIDENTS

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Two law firms and a civil rights committee filed a lawsuit monday. The suit claims black residents have had their voting rights violated, in North Carolina.

According to NewsOne: Attorneys from the Washington-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and two private law firms filed the suit…The suit alleges that the black residents who account for about a third of the population in Jones County, N.C., are prevented from electing candidates who represent their needs because the county elects commissioners at large rather than by district. The complaint alleges the at-large system prevents black residents from electing black candidates from their communities, and says the at-large system dilutes black voting power.

A black person reportedly has not served on the Jones County board since 1998 and white commissioners have constantly made decisions that benefit whites and disenfranchises blacks.

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https://newsone.com/3667139/black-north-carolina-residents-face-racial-bias-when-voting-new-lawsuit-says/

OBAMA SIGNS LEGISLATION TO OPEN CIVIL RIGHTS ERA COLD CASES


By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

President Barack Obama, on December 16, 2016, signed legislation that will get rid of time limitations on civil rights cases that happened prior to 1970. This will allow cold cases that happened during the Jim Crow era, to be reopened by local, state and national law enforcement officials.

This is an expansion on a bill titled the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime bill. The bill was originally introduced in 2005, by activist Alvin Sykes. He named the proposed bill after Till, after he promised Till’s mom that he would have the case of her son ( who was brutally lynched and murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman in 1955) reopened. The lynching of the 14 Till, by two white men who would ultimately be found not guilty by a racist all-white jury, is believed by many to be the last straw the sparked the civil rights movement.

In 2008, the bill was made into law.

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https://newsone.com/3621079/president-obama-signs-emmett-till-bill-to-reopen-civil-rights-cold-cases/