Daily Archives: October 31, 2014

AFL-CIO Leader Trumka urges fight against racism

Editorial note:  Below are excerpts from a speech made by Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, at the Missouri State AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis, Sept. 15, 2014.  He addresses the killing of Michael Brown, an 18 year old unarmed African-American man by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, MO. The AFL-CIO represents…

White racial misperceptions affect cops, courts, prisons

http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/rd_Race_and_Punishment.pdf Racial perceptions of crime are a key cause of the severity of punishment in the United States, officials from the Sentencing Project in Northwest have concluded. “Whether acting on their own implicit biases or bowing to political exigency, policymakers have fused crime and race in their policy initiatives and statements. They have crafted harsh…

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