Tag: Virginia

Virginia Strikes Down Jim Crow-Era Law Requiring Couples to Disclose Their Race on Marriage Applications

Photo: iStock For nearly 100 years, the Commonwealth of Virginia has required all couples seeking a marriage license to disclose their race. On Friday, a federal judge found that requirement unconstitutional, writing that the rule “burdens their fundamental right to marry.” As the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, Judge Rossie D. Alston ruled on a lawsuit brought […]

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Supremes to Review Whether Lee Boyd Malvo, Serving Life as Accomplice to the DC Sniper, Deserves a New Sentence

The nation’s highest court on Wednesday is set to review the life sentences handed down in the early aughts to a then-teenage Lee Boyd Malvo, convicted of multiple murders as an active accomplice of John Allen Muhammad, the serial killer known as the D.C. Sniper; a review that has even won the support of some […]

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A Doctor Who Prescribed 500,000 Doses of Opioids Is Sent to Prison for 40 Years

A Virginia doctor who prescribed more than 500,000 doses of opioids in two years was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Wednesday for leading what prosecutors called an interstate drug distribution ring. The overprescription of painkillers is one of the roots of the nation’s opioid crisis, and patients of Dr. Joel Smithers traveled hundreds […]

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Virginia Man Sues Local Paper, Reporter for Accurately Reporting His Family’s Slaveholding History

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Here’s the thing about descending from a “First Family of Virginia”—there’s going to be an abundance of receipts about your family’s slaveholding past. One Charlottesville man, apparently, couldn’t abide the publication of those receipts and is suing a local newspaper and professor for disclosing his family’s slaveholding past—and having the […]

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Virginia Girl Recants Story of Boys Cutting Off Her Dreadlocks

It was a story bound to unleash a storm of news coverage: A black 12-year-old girl reported that three white boys had pinned her down in a school playground and cut off her dreadlocks. It was the same private Christian school in Virginia where the vice president’s wife was a part-time teacher, which only fueled […]

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Virginia Girl Who Accused White Classmates of Cutting Off Her Hair Now Says Her Story Was False

Photo: iStock Speaking to reporters last week, a 12-year-old black girl appeared terrified and distraught as she recounted how she was attacked by three white sixth grade classmates. They held her down, cutting her dreadlocked hair and called it “ugly” and “nappy,” she said. Now, she and her family say none of it ever happened. […]

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A Black Mother Gives Birth to Baby in a Bathtub After Being Turned Away From Hospital

Screenshot: WTKR TV Leo and LeeAnn Bienaime were like many first-time parents: apprehensive, unsure, and deferential to the advice of their doctors. But late last month, when the couple went to the hospital after LeeAnn reported feeling “intense” contractions, doctors told her to go home and come back later. The Bienaimes followed the hospital staff’s […]

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How Energy Companies Corrupt State Politics

In 2017, a coalition of Democratic activists and party leaders led a “Blue Wave” in Virginia, flipping 15 Republican-held House seats and becoming a vessel of hope for Democrats nationwide. This year, every seat in the Virginia House of Delegates is an open race, and Democrats have a shot at taking control of the state […]

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Couples in Virginia Can Marry Without Disclosing Their Race

A lawsuit filed by three couples in Virginia has led to a statewide directive from the attorney general: No one applying for a marriage license in the state should be forced to declare his or her race. The lawsuit, filed in federal court against state and county authorities on Sept. 5, said that the couples […]

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To Hell With Y’all: Charlottesville Judge Rules Confederate Statues Will Stay

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: Virginians far and wide stand and protect the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. This a Sept 2017 image on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va.Photo: Steve Helber (AP) Well it was a good idea while it lasted. I’m referring to the removal of public monuments of known racists. But the […]

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Virginia Theological Seminary, With Deep Roots in Slavery, Sets Aside $1.7 Million to Pay Reparations

Photo: Wikimedia Commons The Virginia Theological Seminary, in what is being called a first for an institution of its kind, has set aside $1.7 million in a fund to pay reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans that toiled on its campus during the 1800s. Unlike some other institutions of late when it comes to […]

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Quadroon? Moor? Virginia Sued for Making Those Who Wed Say What They Are

[ Please sign up here to have the Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox. ] Would you identify yourself as a Quadroon or a Moor? How about an Aryan or a Nubian? Those were among the more than 200 categories that Brandyn Churchill and his fiancée Sophie Rogers were given to choose from as […]

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‘Octoroon,’ ‘Mulatto’ or ‘Aryan’: Couples Sue Virginia to Stop It From Forcing People to Choose a Race in Order to Get a Marriage License

Photo: iStock Three couples in Virginia are invoking the names of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple whose fight to be legally wed led to the striking down of laws banning interracial marriage, in their quest to stop Virginia from requiring racial ID — including outdated or outright offensive terms like “quadroon,” “mulatto” and “Aryan” […]

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Fake Invasion, Real Defense Cuts

President Trump often boasts about his enthusiasm for robust Pentagon spending — now at more than $700 billion annually — and argues it should be even higher in the future. Yet he seemed quite comfortable this week desperately raiding the defense budget for the second time to deliver on his thwarted campaign promise to build […]

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Family of Minor League Pitcher With Tampa Bay Rays Is Reportedly Killed

After three people were found dead in Keeling, Va., on Tuesday morning, a manhunt for the killer ended with a suspect running naked through the streets and briefly choking a bystander shortly before he was arrested. The victims were the wife, child and mother-in-law of Blake Bivens, a minor league pitcher with the Tampa Bay […]

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GOP Lawmaker Said Sticking Wands In Women’s Vaginas Helps Them Make Better Decisions About Abortions

Bryce Reeves, a Virginia state senator, once suggested that sticking wands up women’s vaginas can help them make better decisions about whether to get an abortion. Reeves, who still represents the state’s 17th district, made the comments in 2012 to defend a proposed Virginia bill that would have required an invasive “transvaginal” ultrasound for women […]

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Searching for Hints About 2020, All Eyes Turn to a Reshaped Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — On a sweltering afternoon, Kirk Cox, the powerful Republican speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, was chatting to voters and handing out free hot dogs at a campaign event when he was approached by a woman. The two made small talk before the woman, Vanessa Wilkerson, 62, cautioned the conservative lawmaker […]

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In Southern Appalachia, Searching for the ‘Big Bang’ of Country Music

ImageA scene outside Bristol, Tenn., where the famous Bristol recording sessions showcased future stars of the country music scene.CreditMike Belleme for The New York Times While the rest of America was roaring to jazz during the ’20s, in a small corner of the South, where back roads snake through early-morning mist and porches are used […]

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