As Michelle Alexander so brilliantly documented in her book The New Jim Crow, America’s atavistic and punitive drug laws are largely responsible for our booming prison-industrial complex that destroys millions of lives — disproportionately those of people of color. Those laws are slowly starting to change but one of the biggest hurdles to change is [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 6, 2013 11:11 am|
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Thursday October 30, 2008 12:33 pm|
The College Republican and McCain campaign volunteer who staged her own mugging and blamed backwards “B” scratched into her face on a fictitious big black Barack Obama supporter is out of jail.
Ashley Todd, 20, will be required to undergo mental health treatment. If she stays out of trouble, her criminal record will be expunged.
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Friday October 24, 2008 1:07 pm|
The hoaxster who scratched a “B” into her own cheek and claimed that a fictional black Obama-supporting thug did it now blames the media for blowing her politically-motivated hate crime into a political firestorm: “She just opened up and said she wanted to tell the truth,” Bryant said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “She was upset with the media for blowing this into a political firestorm.”
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Friday October 24, 2008 12:47 pm|
The executive vice president of Fox News predicted that if Ashley Todd’s claims of mutilation at the hands of a black man turned out to be a hoax, the McCain campaign would be toast:
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Thursday October 23, 2008 2:09 pm|
Here’s the Drudge Headline, which was in 72-point font before it got bumped for a story about Bloomberg’s term limits: SHOCK: MCCAIN VOLUNTEER ATTACKED AND MUTILATED IN PITTSBURGH…’B’ CARVED INTO 20-YEAR OLD WOMAN’S FACE… DEVELOPING…
Here’s the Pittsburgh Post Gazette story that Drudge is construing as a politically-motivated crime. A 20-year-old McCain staffer was brutally mugged outside a bank: