Landon Donovan’s stoppage time goal will dominate the news cycle today, but we don’t want to lose sight of our civil rights-related news:
- More than forty-five years after African American teenagers Charles Moore and Henry Dee disappeared while walking a Mississippi road at night, their families may finally have achieved closure. The bodies of Moore and Dee were discovered just days after their disappearance, but it was not until 2007 that a former Klan members was convicted in connection with their deaths. Now, relatives of Dee and Moore have settled a lawsuit accusing Franklin County, MS, of complicity with the murders.
- Two of the four protesters arrested while sitting in at a recent meeting of the Wake County School board here in North Carolina have written their version of Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, expressing their willingness to break the law in order to attack a larger injustice, in this case the county’s new diversity policy. The policy does away with the county’s right to allocate students in Wake County schools taking into account socioeconomic status.
- President Obama, embroiled in a lose-lose controversy over the flapping tongue of General Stanley McChrystal, took a few moments to declare his support for gay rights and for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Meanwhile Hawaii’s governor is deciding whether or not to veto a law that would extend the same legal protections to unmarried heterosexual and gay couples as to married heterosexual couples.
- Finally, Paul Thurmond, son of the notorious segregationist Strom Thurmond, lost his primary bid for the GOP nomination for South Carolina’s first congressional district. To an African American. Republican.