Category Archives: South Carolina

When a black man ran for Senate in the South… in 1944

A good 10 years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case, the Supreme Court in 1944 struck down another pernicious plank of formalized racism: the whites-only primary election. In response, South Carolina became a center of African-American political activism — with the first Black-led splinter challenge to the Democratic Party and… Read More »

Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death

A jury has sentenced to death the man who murdered nine people in a Charleston church basement in 2015. The twelve jurors deliberated for about three hours before sentencing Dylann Roof, 22, to die. To impose the death penalty, they had to reach a unanimous decision. It is the same jury that found Roof guilty… Read More »

Judge Declares Mistrial in Walter Scott Shooting

A judge declared a mistrial Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a South Carolina former patrolman, after the jury said they could not come to a unanimous verdict. In a statement read by Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, the jury said “We as the jury regret to… Read More »