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Selling Racism

10/06/2006

Since the start of his latest book tour, Patrick Buchanan has appeared on just about every major television and cable network in the country, often more than once.

A prominent member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is under fire for publishing an essay in which he argues that Africans were fortunate to have been sold into slavery, and the civil rights movement was "irrational."

In just four years, the number of racist skinhead crews in the United States has more than tripled, threatening a renewed era of street violence, according to the Fall 2006 issue of the Center's Intelligence Report.

Federal immigration agents conducted illegal searches and relied on racial and ethnic profiling while carrying out a massive series of raids that terrorized residents of several towns in southeast Georgia in early September, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Students across the country challenged cliques and stereotypes as they took part yesterday in the fifth annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program.

About 300 students with emotional disturbances in Louisiana's East Baton Rouge Parish school district will begin getting the services they need under an agreement that resolves an administrative complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Southern Disability Law Center and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana.

The Pentagon's claim it has a "zero tolerance" policy for racist extremism in the military is astonishing, given that military officials have failed to discharge an airman who posted an Internet message calling for the deaths of Jews and non-whites, writes Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen in a letter (PDF) to a high-ranking military official.

An Arizona jury, acting in a lawsuit sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, ordered border vigilante Roger Barnett to pay $98,750 to a family of Mexican-Americans he terrorized in 2004.

The U.S. Supreme Court today hears arguments in a pair of lawsuits that could undo much of the progress made by communities working to abolish de facto school desegregation since the 1954 Brown v. Board decision.

In another victory for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Immigrant Justice Project (IJP), a forestry company agreed to pay more than $200,000 to resolve claims that it systematically cheated and threatened workers.