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The Republican nominee for Delaware’s lone House seat Scott Walker has accused the state’s Democratic congressional delegation and its governor of being racist.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he took aim at Delaware’s first African American congressional member Lisa Blunt-Rochester calling her an “Aunt Tom”.

During a long rant he called the state’s senior Senator Tom Carper who is running for reelection a “redneck” and described former Vice President Joe Biden as a “racist loser.”

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It was an effort to spark dialogue with students in the aftermath of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year.

But the “Pyramid of White Supremacy” graphic used for a diversity class at Salisbury University has sparked controversy.

It’s a one credit-course for those majoring in elementary education.

Professor Erin Stutelberg says that she didn’t want her students to see white supremacy only through the eyes of groups like the KKK.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Confederate statue in Virginia has been vandalized for the second night in a row.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the word "racist" was again found spray-painted in red on the base of the Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond on Wednesday morning, this time joined by the words "Ban KKK." The word "racist" was found in the same spot Tuesday, before being cleaned.
The latest vandalism is the third such incident in the state this week, after "#2 BETTER LUCK NEVER" was spray-painted on a memorial to the Confederate dead in Norfolk on Monday.

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(AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has created a new commission to study racism and radicalization and what policy changes can be made to make the state more inclusive.

The commission is part of the governor's response to the deadly Aug. 12 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

McAuliffe signed the executive order Thursday creating the commission. His office has not yet announced who will be part of the new group.

The commission is also tasked with hosting events to "promote a public dialogue on unity and reconciliation."

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Student leaders at dozens of U.S. universities are decrying the weekend violence in Virginia in a statement that says campuses should be safe for students, not "places of violence, hate and racism."

The statement signed by the undergraduate student body president at Ohio State University and his counterparts at more than 120 schools in 34 states and Washington, D.C., stretching from California to Florida and New Jersey.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - State Democratic leaders have called for a House of Delegates candidate in Virginia Beach to drop out of the race after recent revelations of racist statements.
 
Media outlets report the House Democratic Caucus issued a news release Tuesday calling for Tom Brock to drop out of a June 13 primary for the 21st District seat. The caucus also released a screenshot of a 2011 Facebook conversation, where Brock made several racist statements.
 

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As Donald Trump is about to take the oath of office around thirty-two organizations yesterday joined together to form the new Delaware Civil Rights Coalition.

The aim of the organization is to bring together civil rights and religious groups from all three counties.

And they will deal with issues involving women, Muslims, African Americans and the LGBT community.

But formation of the group comes in the wake of the contentious presidential campaign in which charges of sexism and racism permeated the political battle.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's lieutenant governor is coming under fire for a comment about recent acts of racism and hatred in the state.

Local news media outlets report that Republican Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford has been criticized for saying in a tweet that hate is not "new" and that he would rather people "show their real colors than hide."

Rutherford's tweet was in response to state Democratic Sen. Cheryl Kagan. Kagan was criticizing Rutherford for not linking an uptick in race-based incidents to the election of Donald Trump.

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Frustration has boiled over with a group of Delaware’s African American leaders who have been dissatisfied with the response by Governor Jack Markell to allegations of racism in state government.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Faith in Action Coalition said last week that they have lost faith in Markell to confront the issue.

Over the last year the group has gotten testimony from around 200 state workers of color who claim that they have faced discrimination.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Students at Wesley College in Dover have expressed outrage over two racially charged cartoons that appeared in the student newspaper last week.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one of the cartoons depicted an African-American woman saying she was getting an abortion. The other depicted a black man telling a gardening tool it looked "like a hoe."

Tiffany Griffin, a Wesley senior, said the anger over the cartoons spread over social media.

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Salisbury University officials say it was African American students who were involved in a recent racist drawing on the campus.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the university confirmed the students were black but did not release their names citing federal law.

The image was discovered in the Blackwell Library on April 10th of a stick figure being hung accompanied by a racial slur.

It also had "#whitepower" underneath.

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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - A satirical essay by a high school student in Glen Burnie that calls for the destruction of black people is stirring outrage in the community.

In a North County High School class, a teacher recently assigned students to write a satirical essay modeled after "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift - a 1729 essay mocking heartless attitudes toward the less fortunate.

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A conversation last night at Theatre N in Wilmington found a panel examining the health impacts of racism.

At the gathering Marlene Saunders, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers Delaware Chapter, said that racism has a physical impact.

She said there were studies that showed the ramifications included high blood pressure and other heart related problems.

Meanwhile, Dr. Camara Jones, president of the American Public Health Association, said that racism also had an impact on the kind of health care people receive.

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There was a protest of around 25 people outside Governor Jack Markell’s office in downtown Wilmington.

It was held by the NAACP and black ministers who called on the governor to act in response to the widespread allegations of racism in state government.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Reverend Silvester Beaman of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church said there should be zero tolerance such behavior.

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There’s a recommendation that the Delaware Department of Labor be overhauled in the wake of an investigation that found allegations of racism and an unhealthy work environment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it has learned under a Freedom of Information Act request that the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget has called for changes to deal with a lack of professionalism and cultural insensitivity.

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Ruth Starr Rose painted what are considered to be some of the most significant portraits of an African American family on the Eastern Shore. A white woman who lived in Talbot County she rendered these paintings and images at a time when Jim Crow was in full swing. In part 2 of our series Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush explores the activism in her art and her work as one of the most significant artists to depict the stories of Negro spirituals. Her work is on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore through April 3rd.

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The new Labor Secretary in Delaware has gotten high praise from a coalition of ministers and the NAACP after accusations have swirled around agency of racist atmosphere in the agency.

Patrice Gilliam-Johnson is African American and has known Governor Jack Markell for decades.

She is chairwoman of the Organizational Dynamics program at Wilmington University.

The appointment comes after 73 year-old John McMahon announced his retirement as his agency faced accusations of racism in a report by the coalition of ministers.

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Delaware Labor Secretary John McMahon is stepping down amidst allegations of workplace racism in his agency.

He announced yesterday that he will be retiring at the age of 73.

The issue of racism in Delaware state government has gotten the attention of Governor Jack Markell who recently received a report by African American leaders that found state employees complaining of a racially hostile environment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Markell is expected to name a replacement in the coming days and he praised him for his work during the Great Recession.

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Discrimination against state employees was the subject of a closed door meeting yesterday between Governor Jack Markell and a coalition of Delaware leaders from the African American community.

They presented him with a report drawn from testimony by state employees that says there is rampant racism within state government.

The Wilmington News Journal says that the report makes six recommendations on how agencies deal with discrimination in the office.

Last year, the group took testimony from around a 100 state workers across Delaware.

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African American pastors in Delaware are investigating – what they say – is racism by state employees.

The interviews are being carried out by the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council and the NAACP.

Eventually they will hand over a report to Governor Jack Markell.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the ministers and NAACP say they have heard accounts from African American workers.

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At a Millville, New Jersey glass company plant a noose was allegedly placed on their property where two African Americans from Delaware were working construction last month.

The Millville police are investigating the allegations by 43-year old Kyle Winters of New Castle and 46 year old Vance Thorpe from Wilmington that the noose was placed at the Nipro Glass site where they had been working.

Nipro issued a statement saying that the allegations, if true, were contrary to its policies and training provided to contractors it hires.