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Suspect in Charleston church shooting charged with hate crime

The accused Charleston church shooter now faces federal hate crime charges for allegedly targeting his victims on the basis of their race and religion. “We think that this is exactly the type of case that the federal hate crimes statutes were, in fact, conceived of to cover,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday as Read More…

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Confederate flag’s half-century at South Carolina Capitol ends

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — It took just a few minutes, simultaneously somber and festive, to put a bookend on the Confederate flag’s 54-year run at the South Carolina Capitol grounds. A crowd of hundreds erupted in cheers, and sang a farewell refrain more associated with sports arenas, as uniformed highway patrol officers lowered the flag Read More…

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Black church fires often associated with acts of hate

It’s a visceral and involuntary reaction, perhaps even knee-jerk: A black church burns in the South and our minds race immediately to hatred. It must be arson. It must be the handiwork of some despicable white supremacist. That was the sentiment on display across social and traditional media these past two weeks. The NAACP, while Read More…