Race Ethnicity & Culture

6:28am

Sun June 30, 2013
Code Switch

A Look At Three Types Of Lawyers Who Defend The Poor

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 10:43 am

In Gideon's Army, Brandy Alexander defends a 17 year old on trial for armed robbery who she believes is innocent. He faces a 10 year mandatory minimum if convicted.
Dawn Porter

This year marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision: Gideon v. Wainwright in which the justices ruled, unanimously, that defendants in criminal cases deserved legal representation in state courts. If defendants could not afford counsel, the state would have to provide it. Those lawyers are known as public defenders. A new HBO documentary, Gideon's Army, follows three black public defenders working in the Deep South. It airs on Monday.

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4:42pm

Sat June 29, 2013
Code Switch

Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays?

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 5:07 pm

Field director Charles White of the NAACP speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The court ruled that a key part of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.
Win McNamee Getty Images

This was a week in which the country was reminded of our continuing struggle with race — and how we're still not quite sure how to talk about it.

The conversation started with the actions of the Supreme Court: A key provision of the Voting Rights Act was dismantled, and the University of Texas was told to re-evaluate its affirmative action policy.

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3:08pm

Sat June 29, 2013
NPR Story

Measuring The African-American Financial Divide

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 5:07 pm

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

We continue this week to dig into the findings of our poll of African-American communities and how black Americans rate many aspects of their lives. We conducted the poll with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

While the gap between the well-off and poor in the U.S. has stretched wide in recent years, we found that black Americans describe their financial divide as a nearly 50-50 split, and it affects how they view their world. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.

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9:06am

Sat June 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Paula Deen's Next Cookbook Is Canceled

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 1:12 pm

Celebrity cook Paula Deen during an appearance last Wednesday on NBC-TV's The Today Show.
Peter Kramer AP

6:35am

Sat June 29, 2013
Code Switch

PR Experts: How To Prove You're Not A Racist

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 1:44 pm

Paula Deen dissolved into tears during her appearance Wednesday on NBC's Today show with Matt Lauer. The celebrity chef told Lauer she was not a racist, but image experts say she'll have to work harder to convince the public.
Peter Kramer AP

The empire of Paula Deen is crumbling.

Sears and Walgreens are among the latest companies cutting business ties with the celebrity chef, and Ballantine Books has announced that it will no longer publish her cookbooks.

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