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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
The shooting of seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis marked yet another tragic and senseless death of an unarmed, innocent, African-American teenager. Rather than seeing Jordan or his friends for what they were -- ordinary teenagers -- Mr. Dunn saw a threat and recklessly acted with lethal force.
Brentin Mock writes for Demos about our case in Terrebonne Parish challenging the discriminatory at-large system of voting. He highlights the state's long history of voter discrimination and argues that "vestiges of that Louisiana-styled white supremacy can be found today in Terrebonne Parish (county), where African Americans have been unable to serve as judges in their district’s court system since it was founded in 1822."
Leah Aden writes a blog post for the American Constitution Society in which she describes, in detail, LDF's challenge to Terrebonne Parish's discriminatory at-large system of voting. Aden explains that without this litigation, plaintiffs and other Black voters in Terrebonne wouldn't have recourse to change their treatment as second-class citizens.
In a conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren, Alliance for Justice president Nan Aron, and retired federal judge Nancy Gertner about professional diversity on federal courts, Sherrilyn Ifill highlighted the importance of racial diversity in particular.