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Racism in America

Racism in America

Pastor calls off planned Koran burning after global protests

The pastor who planned an "International Burn-a-Koran Day" tomorrow called off the protest last night after his plans were widely condemned.

Obama confronts race issue head-on amid fury over preacher's sermons

BARACK Obama yesterday made the most racially pointed speech yet of his presidential campaign, bluntly addressing anger between blacks and whites.

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'Klansman' gets three life terms

A REPUTED Ku Klux Klansman was sentenced yesterday to three life terms in prison for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in south-west Mississippi.

Paper sorry for 'black folk' carol

AN AMERICAN student newspaper has apologised for publishing a satirical Christmas carol entitled O Come All Ye Black Folk that ridiculed black students and affirmative action policies.

TV icon fights for career after racist tirade

ONE of the best-loved comedians in the United States is fighting to save his career after an astonishing on-stage outburst in which he launched a tirade of racial abuse at two black hecklers.

White man jailed for 15 years over racist attack

A WHITE man accused of beating a black man over the head with a baseball bat was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday in a New York hate-crime case that focused on the defendant's use of a racial slur.

White power prison gang goes on trial

WITH nicknames such as The Snail, Blinky and The Turtle, they hardly sound like the most ruthless prison gang in United States history. But a California court has begun to hear details of a 30-year reign of murder, terror and extortion behind bars by white supremacists.

Rosa set for a place of honour

CIVIL rights pioneer Rosa Parks, who died on Monday aged 92, could become the first woman to lie in honour at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington.

Racial tensions simmer as blacks bear brunt of slow official response

THE rapper Kanye West spoke for many. "George Bush doesn't care about black people" was his judgment on the President's performance in dealing with Hurricane Katrina's horrific impact.

Bail breach

FORMER Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen was sent to prison yesterday pending an appeal of his manslaughter conviction for murdering three civil rights workers in 1964.

US still fighting demons of racist heritage

THE murder of Emmett Till, a black teenager dragged from his bed by two white men, beaten, shot and dumped in the Tallahatchie River, has been an open sore in the impoverished community of Money for five decades. His only crime was to wolf-whistle at a white woman behind the counter of a grocery store.

Ex-Klansman faces dying in jail after 60-year sentence

THE 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen faces dying in prison after he was jailed for the maximum 60 years yesterday for masterminding the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers.

Families welcome Klan conviction

THE families of three civil rights workers beaten and shot to death 41 years ago in Mississippi have welcomed the conviction of an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klan man.

Ex-Klansman convicted of killing civil rights workers, 41 years on

AN 80-YEAR-OLD former Ku Klux Klansman was convicted of manslaughter yesterday in the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers - exactly 41 years after they disappeared.

Mississippi faces up to its past

A REPUTED Ku Klux Klansman went on trial yesterday accused over the notorious killings of three civil rights workers four decades ago that inspired the film Mississippi Burning.

US Senate set to apologise over its failure to outlaw lynching

THE United States Senate was due to say sorry yesterday for its failure to make lynching illegal, despite frequent opportunities to do so.

'Klansman' charged with 1964 murders

A REPUTED Ku Klux Klan member has been charged with murder more than 40 years after one of the most notorious crimes of the civil rights era in the United States - the "Freedom Summer" killings of three young civil rights workers.

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