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Civil Rights

Shaquanda Cotton
The story that freed a 14-year-old girl from youth prison.

Paris, Texas
Racial tensions plague a Texas town.

The Jena 6
The groundbreaking account of a racially twisted case that led to the largest civil rights demonstration in a generation.

Billy Ray Johnson
An expose of racial injustice that led to a $9 million jury verdict.

School discipline disparities
The first national assessment of stark inequality in public schools.

Highway robbery in Tenaha, Texas
You can drive into this town if you're African-American, but you might not be able to drive out of it—at least not with your car, cash or valuables.

The Aaron Hart case
A mentally-retarded Texas teen with an IQ of 47 is sentenced to 100 years in prison for sex assault.

Does crackdown cross line?
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's crackdown on illegal immigrants stirs racial profiling claims.

In minority neighborhood, cancer risk soars
Hispanic kids suffer worst leukemia rates in the shadow of the Houston Ship Channel.

"On May 21, my blogging colleagues and I posted a Chicago Tribune story written by Howard Witt regarding the plight of six young men in a place called Jena, Louisiana. How could any of us have known what this article, these posts would spur in terms of a 'new civil rights movement.' Nearly four months to the day, tens of thousands of Americans marched on the premise that every citizen deserves equal justice."

-- Shawn Williams, Dallas South Blog