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11:07 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Video of Racial Student Violence at Stephen Decatur High

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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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5:15 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Essay: Bridging the Racial Divide

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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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11:34 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Delaware Charter School Discrimination Case Filed

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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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7:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Delaware Becoming More Diverse

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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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11:53 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Governor O'Malley Comments on Events in Fergeson

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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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7:43 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Northbeach Bar in Dewey Beach Has Seen Controversey

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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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10:36 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Sussex County Leader Criticized Over NAACP Remarks

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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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9:18 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Gansler Remarks on Race Draws Criticism in Gubernatorial Campaign

Attorney General Doug Gansler
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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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9:34 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Race Enters Maryland Gubernatorial Contest

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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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9:43 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Quick Retort From Rep. Harris on Zimmerman Verdict

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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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9:56 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Racial Discipline Disparity Gets Hearing In Christina School District

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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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10:52 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Racially Segregated Public Schools Up In Maryland

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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.

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