Supreme Court To Examine ‘Ministerial Exception’ Case – Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Oct. 5.) will hear one of most important religion cases in decades, centered on the degree to which religious institutions should be exempt from anti-discrimination laws. (Read more)

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Nash-Rocky Mount superintendent open to talking about testing policies – Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

This letter is in response to the Letter to the Editor on Sept. 26 in reference to Baskerville Elementary School.

As superintendent of the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System, I firmly believe that all children can learn and can achieve to the maximum level of their ability. As a school system, we believe strongly in our students and their ability to learn and to achieve. With master teachers, strong leadership and proven implementation of instructional practices, students can and do outperform traditionally anticipated achievement levels. (Read more)

Note: This response could not have come from a better source. Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Rocky Mount NC: High scores raise questions about validity of testing – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Barber says NAACP will challenge redistricting plan–Source: NBC 17

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina NAACP plans to challenge the new Congressional districts in court, the Rev. William Barber said Thursday.

Barber said the districts, which were drawn by a committee of the Republican-led General Assembly, violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Read more)

What baseball tells us about racism – Source: Salon

Despite recent odes to "post-racial" sensibilities, persistent racial wage and unemployment gaps show that prejudice is alive and well in America. Nonetheless, that truism is often angrily denied or willfully ignored in our society, in part, because prejudice is so much more difficult to recognize on a day-to-day basis. As opposed to the Jim Crow era of white hoods and lynch mobs, 21st century American bigotry is now more often an unseen crime of the subtle and the reflexive — and the crime scene tends to be the shadowy nuances of hiring decisions, performance evaluations and plausible deniability. (Read more)