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With Val Demings’ and Cheri Beasley’s losses, there are still no Black women in the U.S. Senate
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With Val Demings’ and Cheri Beasley’s losses, there are still no Black women in the U.S. Senate

Originally published by The 19th By Candice Norwood, The 19th The Senate has had no Black women since Kamala Harris became the country’s first woman vice president nearly two years ago. This year, two candidates had a chance of changing that: Cheri Beasley of North Carolina and Val Demings of Florida. Both Democrats, they emerged as competitive candidates in races that favored their Republican opponents, even surpassing them in fundraising. But both fell short Tuesday, Decision Desk HQ projects, and the Senate will remain without a Black woman. The president’s party typically loses seats in the midterms, and Demings and Beasley competed in Republican-leaning battleground states. Demings lost to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who was first elected in 2010, and Beasley to R...
How Ron DeSantis Blew Up Black-Held Congressional Districts and May Have Broken Florida Law
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How Ron DeSantis Blew Up Black-Held Congressional Districts and May Have Broken Florida Law

This story was originally published by ProPublica. Originally published Oct. 11, 2022. By Joshua Kaplan, ProPublica Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was incensed. Late last year, the state’s Republican legislature had drawn congressional maps that largely kept districts intact, leaving the GOP with only a modest electoral advantage. DeSantis threw out the legislature’s work and redrew Florida’s congressional districts, making them far more favorable to Republicans. The plan was so aggressive that the Republican-controlled legislature balked and fought DeSantis for months. The governor overruled lawmakers and pushed his map through. DeSantis' office has publicly stressed that partisan considerations played no role and that partisan operatives were not involved in the new map. ...
White man pleads guilty to hate crime after Black man attacked outside of store in Florida
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White man pleads guilty to hate crime after Black man attacked outside of store in Florida

A White man pleaded guilty today to a federal hate crime after a racially-motivated attack in Florida, federal authorities announced. According to a plea agreement, on Nov. 17, 52-year-old Robert Lashley traveled to a Family Dollar store in Citrus Springs, Florida, where the unidentified victim was shopping. Lashley followed the victim to the parking lot and struck him multiple times. Lashley and his co-defendant, Roy Lamar Lashley, used racial slurs towards the victim before, during and after the attack, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The victim sustained multiple injuries stemming from the attack. Lashley faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of mandatory supervised release and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been announced ...
White woman sentenced to 4 years after 4 Black women killed in DUI crash
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White woman sentenced to 4 years after 4 Black women killed in DUI crash

The sentencing of a White woman who was driving under the influence and crashed into a vehicle with 4 Black women inside, who were killed in the accident, has sparked outrage. Heather Finley was sentenced to four years in prison after striking a plea deal with prosecutors. The four Black women, all mothers with about 8 children between them, were traveling home after leaving a bar in Florida when Finley’s vehicle crashed into their car, killing all four women in 2018, reported WESH. According to an arrest affidavit, Finley said she was traveling 59 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the collision. Prosecutors said three of the women were killed instantly, and the fourth died at the hospital, reported ClickonOrlando.com. The judge accepted the plea deal and said it was the only way ...
Black historian says he and group threatened by man in pick up truck, called n-word in Florida
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Black historian says he and group threatened by man in pick up truck, called n-word in Florida

A renowned Black historian reportedly said he was and a group of people were targeted by a White man who shouted racial slurs and drove his truck toward the group earlier this week in Rosewood, Florida. Dr. Marvin Dunn, professor emeritus in psychology at Florida International University, said he and several people were surveying a five-acre property he co-owns when a White neighbor approached them and questioned what they were doing. Unsatisfied with the response, the man got in his Ford pickup and drove past the group several times, yelling the n-word and nearly struck the professor's son during the attack, reported the Miami Herald. One of the people in the group called the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, who came to the scene after the incident. Dunn called the incident a hate crim...
Florida man found guilty of federal hate crime after attacking Black driver, giving Nazi salute in road rage incident
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Florida man found guilty of federal hate crime after attacking Black driver, giving Nazi salute in road rage incident

A Florida man was convicted today of a federal hate crime for attacking a Black man and his family during a road rage incident. According to court documents, a jury in Tampa convicted Jordan Patrick Leahy, 29, of interfering with a motorist's right to use the street for racially-motivated reason. The incident happened Aug. 8, 2021, when Leahy pulled up next to Black man who was with his 4-year-old daughter and girlfriend. Prosecutors said Leahy made hand gestures pretending to shoot and swerved his vehicle into the man's lane in an attempt to run the family's car off of the road. Leahy chased the family and sideswiped their vehicle, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Leahy fled the scene after sideswiping the vehicle but stopped at a red light. Pr...
Deputy in Florida resigns after aggressive traffic stop, handcuffing pregnant Black woman
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Deputy in Florida resigns after aggressive traffic stop, handcuffing pregnant Black woman

A deputy in Florida has reportedly resigned after handcuffing a pregnant Black woman during a traffic stop earlier this month that was caught on video. Ebony Washington said she was driving home from Gainesville with her three children in the vehicle around midnight when the family was pulled over, reported News4Ajax. Washington, who is four months pregnant, said did not pull over immediately because she wanted to find an area that was well lit. She turned on her hazards lights when she found a comfortable spot. “It was dark and I was with my kids. I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to be able to not have anyone else around,” Washington told News4Ajax. In the body camera video, Bradford County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason DeSue sounds agitated. “Pull the vehicle over or I...
Judge blocks “Stop WOKE Act” peddled by Florida Gov. DeSantis
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Judge blocks “Stop WOKE Act” peddled by Florida Gov. DeSantis

A judge in Florida declared today that a state law dubbed the "Stop WOKE Act" restricts race-based discussions in business and education was unconstitutional. In a 44-page ruling, Tallahassee U.S. District Chief Judge Mark Walker said the so-called "Stop WOKE Act" violates the First Amendment and vague in language. He also declined to issue a stay, which would allow the law to remain in effect if appealed by the state, reported the Associated Press. The controversial law, pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, takes aim at ideology that argues racism is systemic in U.S. institutions. The judge said it's applied to diversity, inclusion and bias training in businesses, the "Stop WOKE Act" turns the First Amendment "upside down" because the state is muzzling speech by restricting the certa...
Florida man arrested weeks after video showed him pulling rifle on Black landscaper
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Florida man arrested weeks after video showed him pulling rifle on Black landscaper

A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly pointed an assault rifle at a Black landscaper in an incident caught on camera last month. In a Facebook post, Clearwater Police Department identified the suspect as 44-year-old David H. Berry, 44. The landscaper was allegedly threated after the suspect accused him of blocking his driveway in a Clearwater neighborhood. The two men are seen on video arguing over the parking dispute. RELATED: Video: White man pulls out AR-style gun on Black man landscaping in Florida Clearwater Police and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office seized Berry's weapons in late July on a risk protection order. Berry was taken into custody last week and is faces a charge of aggravated assault. It's unclear why police didn't arrest the suspect i...
Florida teacher quits after staff allegedly removed posters of Black heroes
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Florida teacher quits after staff allegedly removed posters of Black heroes

An elementary school teacher reportedly quit his job after a district employee allegedly took down a collage of pictures that showed Black heroes he had on the wall of his classroom. Michael James, who was a teacher at O.J. Semmes Elementary School, sent a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Escambia County Superintendent Tim Smith on Monday. In the letter, he said a district employee allegedly removed his posters because they were "age inappropriate,” reported the Pensacola News Journal. The pictures taken down included Martin Luther King Jr., Harriett Tubman, and George Washington Carver. James reportedly said he put up those posters because the majority of students were Black and he wanted them to be inspired. James reportedly resigned Tuesday morning, just one day befor...