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The Delaware Historical Society began its conversation about race last night.

Panelist and longtime Wilmington activist Bebe Coker told the audience that there has to be admission that institutional racism exists.

Charles Madden, executive director of the Hope Commission, noted that 62 percent of African-American men in Wilmington are either in prison or on probation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the poverty rate for African Americans is twice that of whites and that the median income for white is $20-thousand more than for black residents.

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ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) - A private school in southeast Virginia says three students have been disciplined for using "blackface" to depict an African-American character in a video.

Isle of Wight Academy Headmaster Benjamin Vaughn says the video was presented in a senior government class that illustrated a landmark Supreme Court case. One of the students in the video is in blackface representing an African-American woman.

The Daily Press reports that the video was made several weeks ago but came to light this week through social media.

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Ninety-one year old Justice Henry Ridgely Horsey died last Thursday.

He served on Delaware’s Supreme Court for 16 years from 1978 to 1994.

WBOC reports that as a justice he issued more than 200 opinions from the bench many of which became land mark decisions.

The most significant was a decision which set the Supreme Court format for the 1986 Batson case which ruled that attorneys could not keep prospective jurors off the case based on race.

Speaking on behalf of the court Justice Randy Holland said it was an honor to serve with him.

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ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man will serve six months in jail for hanging a black-faced dummy in his front yard.

Media outlets report that 52-year-old Jack Eugene Turner of Rocky Mount was sentenced on Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court.

Turner was convicted in September of violating a state law that prohibits hanging a noose to intimidate. His next-door neighbors are black.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - Christiansburg High School has barred vehicles with Confederate symbols from its parking lot.

Multiple media outlets say the ban is part of a contract that students and parents must sign for parking privileges at the school.

Montgomery County schools spokeswoman Brenda Drake tells The Roanoke Times that the school added the parking rule this year to be uniform with its dress code and lockers policy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is issuing statewide guidelines to prevent discriminatory profiling by law enforcement based on race, gender and other characteristics.

Frosh has scheduled a Tuesday news conference about the initiative. He says the guidelines are similar to ones issued in December by the U.S. Justice Department, which called on states to adopt their own. Frosh says Maryland is the first state to issue its own guidance.

He says it goes further than current Maryland law, but departments would have to adopt the policies.

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DELMAR, Del. (AP) - Dozens of Confederate flag supporters held a rally Saturday as they drove to the Delaware Confederate veterans monument in Georgetown.

The Wilmington News Journal  reports that more than more 40 drivers participated in the procession. The drivers started in Delmar and then drove to Harrington and Georgetown.

Organizer Kenneth Morris, with the Sussex County Mudslingerz organization, says he was helping to lead the rally in order to defend what he called his "heritage."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking state lawmakers to meet in Richmond next week to hammer out a consensus on new congressional districts.

The Democratic governor sent a letter to legislative leaders Tuesday asking them to work together in a nonpartisan and transparent way to redraw Virginia's congressional maps ahead of a court-ordered special session on redistricting set for Aug. 17.

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A racist Instagram post apparently was part of a larger problem for Stephen Decatur High School.

The Salisbury Daily Times has obtained video of a fight that occurred on January 21st between white and black students in a hallway at dismissal time.

The newspaper says an anonymous source, who provided the video, said that the post started because someone was jumped during school.

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The deaths of two African Americans at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York have sparked protests across the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders how we as a nation may bridge that divide.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and Community Legal Aid Society are targeting Delaware's charter school laws, saying they violate the rights of minority students and students with disabilities.
 
The two groups filed a complaint Wednesday with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education against the state and the Red Clay school district in northern Delaware. It alleges Delaware's charter school law and policies have significantly contributed to the resegregation of public schools.
 

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The racial and ethnic makeup of Northern Delaware is now headed toward parity by 2060.

That means that it will reflect the kind of diversity that is now found in Philadelphia.

It is part of a long term trend in diversity in counties like Kent and New Castle.

And what had once been virtually all white communities in rural areas like Cecil and Dorchester counties in Maryland have changed dramatically since 1960.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, shows divisions in the country that will require more than just government policies to repair.

The Washington Post reports that O'Malley commented on Ferguson during an appearance Sunday at a Democratic picnic in New Hampshire. O'Malley, a Democrat, is considering a presidential run. His visit to New Hampshire was his third to the state that holds the nation's first presidential primary.

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The entry policies of the Northbeach bar in Dewey Beach are being questioned after 32 year old Michael Brown claimed that he and other African American males were denied entry one evening.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a video posted on Facebook shows some white patrons were also denied that night.

Eventually, Brown was allowed in.

Alex Pires who owns the bar said he was there that night and gave instructions to his doormen to try to keep an even ratio between men and women patrons.

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Sussex County Council member Sam Wilson found himself explaining his decision not to provide a $100 grant this week to a program run by the Lower Sussex Branch NAACP Youth Council because the name included the phrase colored people.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Wilson said he believed that the group only advocated for black people to the exclusion of white people.

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The gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is calling on challenger state Attorney General Doug Gansler to apologize for injecting race into the campaign.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Brown’s campaign manager charged that the attorney general has used race to divide people.

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Issue of Race

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Attorney General Douglas Gansler told campaign volunteers that his rival in next year's Democratic gubernatorial primary, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, is relying on his race to get elected.

The Washington Post reports that the comments were captured on a recording of a July 15 meeting in Annapolis provided to the newspaper by someone not employed by either campaign.

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Rep. Andy Harris

“Get over it.”

Those were the words of Congressman Andy Harris had for those disappointed by the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the shooting death of an African American teenager.

The Eastern Shore Republican told WMAL, “We’re hung up on this one case, where this one fellow was, in fact, found not guilty by a jury.”

The Maryland congressman went on to say “That’s the way the American law system works.”

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This week found Christina Superintendent Freeman Williams defending the school district’s efforts to address an investigation that found black students were being disciplined more often and more harshly than white students in similar circumstances.

The investigation by the US Department of Education looked at three years beginning in 2008.

Superintendent Williams told a public meeting Wednesday that the district is confident it will be able to resolve man of the issues that have been identified.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A published report says Maryland's public schools are becoming more racially segregated as the state's student population grows more diverse.

The report, published by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA finds that 54 percent of black students were enrolled in schools where at least 90 percent of the students were minorities in 2010, up from 33 percent in 1989.

Researchers also found increases in school segregation for Latino students.