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Hate with a beat: White power musicupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 17:05:00

Picture a field full of heavy-set men sporting shaved heads and covered with tattoos. They pump their fists in the air and dance raucously in front of a stage festooned with Nazi flags and racist skinhead symbols. Others, including a few women, watch around the perimeter.

'Swimming upstream,' white supremacist groups still strongupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 00:30:00

Quick. Think of a white supremacist group.

Muhammad Ali returns to the Olympic stage, once again, in Londonupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 20:28:00

Fifty two years ago, a triumphant Muhammad Ali stood on top of a podium in Rome, representing the United States as a gold medalist in the heavyweight boxing division at the Summer Olympic games.

UEFA probes alleged racism by Croatia fans at Euro 2012updated: Sat Jun 16 2012 10:43:00

European football's governing body opened disciplinary proceedings Saturday against Croatia over what it said was racist behavior by its supporters during a Euro 2012 match against Italy.

Former Polish striker condemns racismupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 12:56:00

Former Poland striker Emmanuel Olisadebe says that racism is still a big part of the game, but is being confronted.

Racism reported at Euro 2012updated: Fri Jun 08 2012 03:39:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto reports on accusations of racism at the upcoming Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and the Ukraine.

Dutch Euro 2012 squad face 'monkey chants' in Polandupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 03:39:00

The captain of the Dutch national team says his players were subjected to racial abuse at a training session in the Polish city of Krakow this week, just days before the Euro 2012 football tournament was due to begin in Poland and Ukraine.

Euro 2012 hosts Ukraine and Poland hit back at racism accusationsupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:03:00

Euro 2012 hosts Ukraine and Poland have told CNN World Sport a documentary accusing football fans from both nations of racism was "unbalanced and biased."

Is Poland ready for Euro 2012?updated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:03:00

Poland has spent billions to upgrade its infrastructure, but is it enough for Euro 2012 fans?

Ignore racism? Fat chance, Rushupdated: Sat May 05 2012 13:48:00

It's always funny to get tweets and e-mails from followers of radio entertainer Rush Limbaugh. None of them ever actually think of checking the facts out before they begin their ignorant, vile and rambling rants. I suppose that's to be expected because all they are doing is following their feckless leader, Limbaugh.

'Racist' cake sparks outrage in Swedenupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 16:39:00

An Afro-Swede group wants the arts minister to resign for helping cut a cake that depicted an image some feel is racist.

Sweden's art minister takes heat over 'racist' cakeupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 16:39:00

Sweden's culture minister was feeling the heat Wednesday after a weekend art exhibit in which she cut up a cake baked into the shape of a cartoonishly stereotyped African woman.

London's Metropolitan Police faces racism claimsupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 09:08:00

London's Metropolitan Police was under fire Friday after 10 cases involving alleged racism by police officers were referred to the independent police watchdog for investigation.

AC 360° study: African-American children more optimistic on race than whitesupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 13:55:00

A white child and a black child look at the exact same picture of two students on the playground but what they see is often very different and what they say speaks volumes about the racial divide in America.

Trayvon Martin case stirs extremists, groups sayupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 20:02:00

The national conversation over Trayvon Martin's killing is loud and intense. In some places, it's also vile and violent.

Zimmerman brother: We've gotten threatsupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 20:02:00

Robert Zimmerman Jr. talks exclusively with Piers Morgan about how his family is getting threats since Trayvon's death.

French parfumier Jean-Paul Guerlain fined over racist remarksupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 22:29:00

French perfume designer Jean-Paul Guerlain was fined 6,000 euros ($8,000) Thursday by a Paris court for racist remarks he made during a French television interview.

Europe's blind spot on anti-Semitismupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 09:30:00

What would prompt a 23-year-old man, born and raised in France, to chase a small, terrified Jewish girl into a school courtyard, look her in the eye and shoot her in the head?

Could more have been done in Toulouse?updated: Fri Mar 23 2012 09:30:00

Questions are emerging after the death of the Toulouse terror suspect. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.

Jewish groups decry 'anti-Semitic' Venezuelan state media articleupdated: Sun Feb 19 2012 17:25:00

Two Jewish organizations are calling on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop what they say are anti-Semitic attacks by his government's media.

Manchester City complain to UEFA over racist abuse of Balotelliupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 12:00:00

Manchester City have lodged an official complaint with European football's governing body after striker Mario Balotelli claimed he was racially abused during Thursday's match away to Porto.

How can sport tackle match-fixing?updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 10:26:00

Laureus Academy members Steve Waugh, Boris Becker, Gary Player and Sergey Bubka on how to stop match-fixing.

Perception or reality: Why GOP still can't persuade enough blacks to join the partyupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 10:32:00

At a forum this week focused on recruiting more black Republicans, the message was clear: "We have a sales and marketing problem."

Anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey leave questions, raise worriesupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 19:33:00

Synagogues firebombed and defaced by graffiti. Windows smashed at shops owned by Jewish merchants. Is anti-Semitism on the rise?

Pair convicted in Lawrence race murderupdated: Sun Jan 08 2012 13:36:00

Two men are found guilty in London of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

Ron Paul: Codger, crank or more?updated: Mon Dec 26 2011 11:17:00

Texas congressman Ron Paul now leads among Iowa Republicans and has tied Newt Gingrich for second in New Hampshire. Republican conservatives have cycled through a series of "Not Mitts." Is it now Paul's turn?

Ron Paul on taxes, Iraq, newsletterupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 11:17:00

CNN's Gloria Borger interviews GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul about several key campaign issues.

Racism row: Does Suarez need educating?updated: Wed Dec 21 2011 16:29:00

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez "needs education" after continuing to protest his innocence despite being punished for racial abuse, according to a former English player.

Sepp Blatter talks racism in footballupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 14:24:00

FIFA President Sepp Blatter talks to CNN's Pedro Pinto about racism in football.

Davids: Soccer not tackling racismupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 13:36:00

Former Dutch football star Edgar Davids has called on authorities to take a stronger stance against racism.

Edgar Davids on racism in footballupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 13:36:00

Edgar Davids speaks with CNN's Alex Thomas about Champions League clashes and his experience with racism in the sport.

Sepp Blatter under pressure to step downupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 22:44:00

The chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association discusses calls for Sepp Blatter to step down from FIFA.

Twitter reacts angrily to Sepp Blatter's comments on racismupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 08:56:00

FIFA president Sepp Blatter told CNN Wednesday that on-field racism was not a problem in football, remarks which caused a stir on the social-networking site Twitter.

FA charge Liverpool's Suarez over alleged racial slurupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 16:27:00

Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has been charged by the English Football Association (FA) with making racist remarks towards a fellow player.

Barbour on Cain: I'm very surprisedupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 07:43:00

Gov. Haley Barbour says he's surprised by the allegations made against Herman Cain and wants to see how it all plays out.

Herman Cain and the decline of black conservatismupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 07:43:00

Not long ago, presidential candidate Herman Cain made headlines when he said blacks were brainwashed for not considering conservative ideas. On other occasions he declared that racism was no longer a problem and blamed the poor for being poor.

Metropolitan Police investigate racism claims against Chelsea's Terryupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 20:23:00

London's Metropolitan Police on Tuesday said they are investigating allegations that Chelsea and England captain John Terry aimed a racial slur at an opposing player during an English Premier League match last month.

Invisible women: Black Britons struggle to be heardupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 11:46:00

When riots broke out in London on August 6, Charmaine Scott watched as a diverse group of people took hold of her hometown, smashing glass windows and setting buildings and automobiles ablaze.

The invisible womanupdated: Fri Oct 14 2011 11:46:00

Four black British women describe the difficulties they've faced living in the United Kingdom.

Rick Perry's rock -- not our problemupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 10:56:00

The number one song on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop charts this week is a romantic little ditty called "Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay".

Rick Perry pushes back on racism chargesupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 10:56:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry defends his actions after reports that a hunting ranch leased by his family used a racial slur.

Black voters aren't 'brainwashed'updated: Tue Oct 04 2011 06:18:00

Herman Cain's assertion that blacks' overwhelming support of the Democratic Party was evidence of their having been "brainwashed" was the latest salvo in an intra-racial war of words over the state of black politics.

Cain: Blacks 'brainwashed' against GOPupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 06:18:00

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain says the idea that African-Americans won't vote Republican is "brainwashing."

Herman Cain denies GOP's horrible history with blacksupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 06:01:00

You would think that a black man born and raised in Georgia, who was a teenager during the civil rights movement, would understand the transition of African-Americans from voting overwhelmingly Republican to strongly supporting the Democratic Party.

Obama speaks to blacks' concernsupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 13:19:00

CNN's Dan Lothian reports on President Obama's outreach to African Americans and their concerns.

Obama's race problem is black and white -- and greenupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 13:19:00

Even as he charges into his re-election battle, President Barack Obama has a festering weakness on a flank that, by all accounts, ought to be rock solid: the one held by African-American Democrats. Their support for his programs, belief in his leadership and enthusiasm for another term is softening just as he needs it most.

Obama urges black community to 'march with me'updated: Sat Sep 24 2011 23:02:00

While acknowledging the hard-hit black community and budding criticisms in its ranks, President Barack Obama said in a speech Saturday night to the Congressional Black Caucus that he wouldn't give up -- and urged members of the black community to join him to jump-start the still-sluggish economy.

GOP slams 'Buffett Rule' to cut debtupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 07:28:00

CNN's Candy Crowley reports on the Obama administration's latest idea to cut the debt.

Why Obama's black critics are wrongupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 07:28:00

Throughout President Barack Obama's political career, he has been dogged by insinuations or, indeed, accusations that he is not "black enough" to warrant strong support from African-Americans.

Unfunny racism: Black comic's anti-Mexican rantupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 20:51:00

Haven't we seen this episode before?

Williams: I'm not anti-Mexicanupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 20:51:00

Comedian Katt Williams responds to the controversy caused by remarks he made about Mexican-Americans at a comedy show.

Cain: 'We are where we hoped to be'updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 08:06:00

Despite finishing fifth in the Iowa straw poll, Republican Herman Cain tells CNN's Candy Crowley he remains positive.

Could a black man win the GOP nomination?updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 08:06:00

We have seen Michele Bachmann being asked questions about her relationship with her husband, Marcus.

Rise of right wing extremism in Europeupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 12:04:00

Right wing extremists have the potential to carry out as much destruction as groups like al Qaeda, says Matthew Goodwin.

Europe's resurgent far right focuses on immigration, multiculturalismupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 12:04:00

The far right in Europe has enjoyed a renaissance over the past 30 years, driven by resentment of the growing powers of the European Union and by rejection of the "multiculturalism" that has accompanied rapid immigration from the developing world.

After 50 years of racial strife: Why is Greensboro still so tense?updated: Tue Jun 07 2011 16:08:00

The midday buzz of Greensboro business chatter fills the Liberty Oak Restaurant & Bar, where black and white diners make deals over fine white tablecloths.

Surviving a 'massacre'updated: Tue Jun 07 2011 16:08:00

Rev. Nelson Johnson, a survivor of the 1979 "Greensboro massacre," gives an account of his survival.

Annual report: Anti-Semitic incidents down worldwide but still highupdated: Sun May 01 2011 11:12:00

Anti-Semitic incidents worldwide dropped sharply in 2010 from their peak in 2009, according to an annual report issued by an Israeli university on the eve of the nation's Holocaust Memorial Day.

Police praise Scotland fans despite Neymar racism claimsupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 06:31:00

London's Metropolitan Police have praised the good behavior of Scotland fans during Sunday's match against Brazil, despite claims by Brazilian striker Neymar that a banana was thrown at him as a form of racist abuse.

Law Center: Suspect in MLK Day bomb attempt wrote on supremacist sitesupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 01:49:00

A suspect in the attempted bombing of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade frequently posted his beliefs on white supremacist websites, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

Designer Galliano apologizes, says anti-Semitism has 'no place'updated: Wed Mar 02 2011 23:13:00

Fashion designer John Galliano could face up to six months in jail if convicted of making anti-Semitic remarks.

Designer to face trial over anti-Semitic remarksupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 14:04:00

Designer John Galliano will stand trial for racial insults stemming from anti-Semitic comments he allegedly made against at least three people, the Paris prosecutor announced Wednesday.

People.com: John Galliano: Damaging New Racist Revelationsupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 14:36:00

"People like you would be dead," the designer is heard saying in a shocking video

Travel guide helped African-Americans navigate tricky timesupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 17:10:00

Ernest Green hit the roads of the segregated South as a teen in the 1950s, using a travel guide that pointed out safe havens where African-Americans could eat and stay.

License plate to honor Ku Klux Klanupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 18:17:00

A Mississippi proposal wants to honor a Ku Klux Klansmen with a specialty license plate.

Official: Bomb found on King Day in Spokane had rat poison, pelletsupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 15:49:00

A backpack bomb discovered last week along a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in Spokane, Washington, contained a chemical found in rat poison and was packed with little metal pellets, apparently as shrapnel, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

FBI will consider recent neo-Nazi activity in Spokane bomb discoveryupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 19:15:00

The FBI will consider recent local neo-Nazi activity in its investigation of a backpack bomb found this week along a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in Spokane, Washington, but it has no evidence of any connections, the agency told CNN on Thursday.

'The Next Big Story' from Soledad O'Brienupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 11:09:00

Below is an excerpt from Soledad O'Brien's memoir "The Next Big Story," published November 2 by Penguin Books. The story begins in 2006, just after she has obtained exclusive access to Martin Luther King Jr.'s papers and has reported on them for CNN's American Morning.

NPR right to fire Juan Williamsupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 06:01:00

Imagine for a moment that there was a prominent American conservative journalist who ignorantly disparaged an entire minority group on national television, got fired for it by the nation's largest public radio media organization and then still managed to pull down a $2 million payday with the television network where he made the remarks.

Juan Williams fires backupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 06:01:00

CNN's American Morning discusses the boundaries for journalists after Juan Williams speaks out about being fired.

Protesters call for boycott of Guerlain following racist remarksupdated: Sat Oct 23 2010 17:00:00

Dozens of protesters wearing black crowded the sidewalk Saturday outside the Guerlain boutique in Paris, France, calling for a boycott of the cosmetics company following racist remarks made by a former executive on French TV this month.

Opinion: What the Great Recession stole from black Americaupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 10:56:00

CNN's Soledad O'Brien looks at how some are fighting debt from the pulpit in "Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special," premiering at 9 p.m. ET on October 21.

FDR's lessons for Obama on power of the black churchupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 08:30:00

At the middle of his first presidential term, Barack Obama faces major electoral challenges, some of which have come to involve questions of religious identity and power.

Preston on Politics: Steele's invitation to Obama still standsupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 05:35:00

When the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced a year ago this month that President Obama would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Michael Steele criticized the decision and pointedly asked what had Obama accomplished to deserve such a high honor?

What happened to Obama, the communicator?updated: Thu Oct 07 2010 05:35:00

Simon Schama and Michael Gerson tell "Parker Spitzer" the president is failing to explain his vision to voters.

Why is Harvard honoring bigotry?updated: Thu Sep 23 2010 13:08:00

At a time when our nation's top university is more diverse than ever before, Harvard's recent decision to honor its former professor Marty Peretz on Friday for setting up an undergraduate research fund in his name comes as a big, disappointing surprise.

Professor at historically black college questions 'black national anthem'updated: Mon Sep 06 2010 13:36:00

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" is an uplifting spiritual, one that's often heard in churches and popularly recognized as the black national anthem. Timothy Askew grew up with its rhythms, but now the song holds a contentious place in his mind.

Dr. Laura blew chance to talk about raceupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 05:28:00

The beauty of having your own radio or TV show or column is that you have a wonderful opportunity to address many of the significant issues of the day by using the enormous platform that has been bestowed upon you.

Dr. Laura breaks down racial rantupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 05:28:00

Dr. Laura Schlessinger attempts to explain her incendiary comments last week and tells why she's leaving her radio show.

Is the N-word ever OK?updated: Tue Aug 17 2010 09:19:00

CNN's Don Lemon and a panel discuss the fallout from Dr. Laura Schlessinger's radio rant using the N-word.

From white or black, the N-word is not OKupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 09:19:00

I was out roaming the streets of east London with a group of friends back in 2007 when we stumbled across this sweaty hipster club tucked between an old church and a bank. It wasn't a very large space, holding maybe a couple of hundred people, but what it lacked in size was more than made up in the energy coming from the predominantly white, eclectic crowd on the dance floor.

The black church and black womenupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 14:21:00

Black church members talk relationships, love and what really keeps black women single.

Does the black church keep black women single?updated: Tue Aug 10 2010 14:21:00

Legs covered in skin-toned stockings, her skirt crisp to the knee, Patty Davis slips on the black heels she has shined for the day.

Tea Party Express dismiss racist claimsupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 10:54:00

Tea Party Express members say racist claims about the movement are being exaggerated by left wing opposition groups.

Tea Party Express fighting back against racism chargeupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 10:54:00

The tea party movement has been called a lot of things -- from racist to the voice of the people. One tea party group is on a mission to change how the movement is perceived, especially when it comes to race relations.

Essence Magazine defends choice of white fashion directorupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 10:32:00

The editor of Essence Magazine defended Wednesday her recent hiring of a white fashion director -- a first for the 40-year-old publication that celebrates black women.

Sherrod: We need to get beyond raceupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 11:47:00

Former USDA official Shirley Sherrod tells HLN's Robin Meade how the uproar over her words have affected her family.

Minor flaps obscure real race issuesupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 11:47:00

In the midst of a prolonged recession, two wars, and an ongoing environmental catastrophe, it is unfortunate that inconsequential controversies about race are among America's most widely discussed subjects.

Are there racist elements in Tea Party?updated: Mon Jul 19 2010 06:09:00

CNN's Candy Crowley asks Sen. McConnell and Rep. Hoyer about recent issues regarding the Tea Party movement and race.

Why we passed our Tea Party resolutionupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 06:09:00

This week at the NAACP annual convention, we passed over 75 resolutions. They addressed critical issues from education equity, to fixing our broken criminal justice and immigration systems, to our top priority: jobs, jobs, jobs.

Tea Party leader says he's done talking about race controversyupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 06:06:00

Tea Party activist Mark Williams says he's done discussing the controversy stirred up by his attack on the NAACP, accusing a fellow movement leader of turning the debate into "a World Wrestling style personality conflict."

NAACP passes resolution blasting Tea Party 'racism'updated: Fri Jul 16 2010 09:13:00

The NAACP has passed a resolution that condemns what it feels is rampant racism in the Tea Party movement. Members passed the measure on Tuesday at the organization's 101st annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

NAACP and Tea Party at war?updated: Fri Jul 16 2010 09:13:00

NAACP President Ben Jealous and Tea Party's David Webb spar over alleged claims of racism within the Tea Party movement.

Mel Gibson and America's hidden racismupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 12:04:00

Actor and director Mel Gibson appears to be at it again. This time the issue is not a tirade berating Jews and women in front of police officers. Instead, it's an outrageous message that was apparently left on his girlfriend's answering machine and likely was never supposed to come under public scrutiny.

Obama is not 'antidote' for racismupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 11:31:00

William Jelani Cobb, author of "The Substance of Hope," talks about Pres. Obama and the "angry black man" stereotype.

Even discussing 'angry black man' stereotype provokes angerupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 11:31:00

Here are some sound bites from the post-racial era:

Sparks wins Dem spot for Ala. governorupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 14:02:00

Ron Sparks clenches the Democratic slot in Alabama's gubernatorial race.

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