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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Friday, December 19, 2014

How Exercise Changes Our DNA: Enter Epigenetics

Scientists know that certain genes become active or quieter as a result of exercise. But they hadn’t understood how those genes know how to respond to exercise.

Enter epigenetics, a process by which the operation of genes is changed, but not the DNA itself. Epigenetic changes occur on the outside of the gene, mainly through a process called methylation. In methylation, clusters of atoms, called methyl groups, attach to the outside of a gene like microscopic mollusks and make the gene more or less able to receive and respond to biochemical signals from the body.

Scientists know that methylation patterns change in response to lifestyle. Eating certain diets or being exposed to pollutants, for instance, can change methylation patterns on some of the genes in our DNA and affect what proteins those genes express. Depending on which genes are involved, it may also affect our health and risk for disease.  - NYTimes.com

 

No #Reparations for Blacks but #Nazis, til now, received Social Security from the US Government

It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' - Yahoo News

File:Nazi Swastika.svgPresident Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.

The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the United States. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the Third Reich's network of camps where millions of Jews died to a rocket scientist who helped develop the V-2 rocket that Nazi Germany used to attack London.

The speed with which the legislation moved underscored the outrage the AP's findings triggered among lawmakers on Capitol Hill — and American taxpayers. The House unanimously approved the bill Dec. 2 and the Senate passed it by voice vote just two days later.

No Social Security for Nazis is the law in U.S.

President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.

The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of dollars in retirement benefits after being forced to leave the U.S. Recipients ranged from the SS guards who patrolled the Third Reich's network of camps where millions of Jews died to a rocket scientist who helped develop the V-2 rocket that Nazi Germany used to attack London.

Lawmakers Move To Strip Former Nazis Of Social Security Benefits

Nazi War Criminals Collected Millions in Social Security Benefits

Suspected Nazi War Criminals Collected Millions In Social Security Benefits After Fleeing The U.S.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fight against racism in Cuba: From Whitening To Afrocubanismo

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According to Afro-Cuban activists, racism against blacks in Cuba is systemic and institutional. They say, to this day, blacks are excluded from tourism related jobs, relegated to poor housing, have poor access to health care, are excluded from managerial positions and are more likely to be imprisoned.

Carlos Moore is an Afro-Cuban activist who has spent his life writing about racial injustice in Cuba and says race is the country’s most pressing issue. In 2008, he sent a scathing letter to Cuban leader Raul Castro demanding racial reform. In it, he states: “You are a descendant of Europeans born in Spain; I am a descendant of Africans born in the Caribbean. We are both Cubans. However, being Cuban confers no specific privilege on either of us as human beings”.

It was a luxury of civil protest he could only afford to write while exiled in Brazil. According to Moore, “There is an unstated threat. Blacks in Cuba know that whenever you raise race in Cuba, you go to jail. Therefore, the struggle in Cuba is different. There cannot be a civil rights movement. You will have instantly 10,000 black people dead”. He says a new generation of Cubans are looking at politics in another way.

That new generation is going the way of the world wide web. Henry Gomez, a White Cuban living in Florida, noticed that some of the most outspoken voices against racism in Cuba are bloggers. So he founded Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty (BUCL).  | theGrio

From Whitening To Afrocubanismo • Africanglobe.net | Africanglobe.net

Driven by the prospects of emancipation and an opportunity to play a prominent role in nation building, Afro-Cubans enthusiastically joined the struggle for independence against Spain. But any hopes for racial democracy were curbed shortly following the U.S. military presence in Cuba from 1898 to 1902 and again from 1906 to 1908 that emboldened the conservative ruling class, who pursued policies that actively sought a “whitening” of the nation (blanqueamiento) by subsidizing immigration from Europe, mostly Spain, and extricating Blacks and mulattos from every aspect of national life.

Cuban elites of the early twentieth century viewed Afro-Cuban cultural forms as the antithesis of European civilization and progress they sought to impose on their unruly societies. To be sure, the specter of an Afro-Cuban uprising styled after the Haitian Revolution—a common fear among the ruling establishment in many colonial societies—also animated this policy of whitening.

More than 600,000 Spaniards are estimated to have immigrated to Cuba between 1902 and 1931, and while ‘whitening’ lost all intellectual respectability in the wake of the death of scientific racism in the 1940s, it did serve to shift the demographics of Cuba, as the island nation was one of the more Spanish of the Latin American republics. But most damaging effects of whitening to the social and economic fabric of the young nation was the further marginalization of Blacks and mulattos, which contributed to an internalized oppression.

Taking efforts to fight prejudice in Cuba to the barrios

According to her studies, less than 20 percent of Cubans who leave the country in search of a better future are non-Whites. For that reason, most of the remittances sent home by immigrants—an essential source of income for much of the population—go to White families.

According to the 2002 census, while unemployment stood at 2.9 percent among Whites, it rose to 6.3 percent among the Black and mixed-race workforce. And with respect to higher education, 4.4 percent more Whites than non-Whites held a degree.

These figures have not been updated with information from the 2012 census.

President Raul Castro has referred to increasing the presence of Blacks in political office.

In the legislative National Assembly elected this year, 37 percent of seats are held by non-whites.

For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun - NYTimes.com

Black activists launch rare attack on Cuba about racism - Los Angeles Times

 

Will Cuba extradite Assata Shakur to the US?

assata-shakur-us-cubaWhat’s next for Assata Shakur? With Havana’s humanitarian release of American Alan Gross—A USAID worker who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years on accusations of espionage—President Obama announced a resumption in relations between the two countries after 53 years.
“Neither the American nor the Cuban people are well-served by a rigid policy that’s rooted in events that took place before most of us were born,” Obama said Wednesday in his White House speech. “It’s time for a new approach.”
In exchange for the Gross’s release, the U.S. released the three remaining members of the “Cuban Five,” Cuban citizens who were convicted of spying in Miami in 2001.  Cuba also released 53 political prisoners, and a valuable U.S. spy who is a Cuban native.  | theGrio

▶ Obama Restores Diplomatic Relations With Cuba: Greenlight To Hunt Assata Shakur - YouTube
President Barack Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of hostility drew the ire of two prominent Cuban-American members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) expressed relief that Alan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) who was arrested in 2009 and accused of being a U.S. spy after allegedly supplying satellite photos and computer equipment to members of Cuba’s Jewish community, was released on Wednesday. Gross’ release was the opening move of a major policy shift that will lead to the restoration of regular diplomatic rules with Cuba, suspended in 1961, and the opening of an American embassy on the communist-ruled island.
Sires, who was born in Cuba, added
“Nothing the Cuban regime does is humanitarian in nature, particularly when it continues to deny the Cuban people basic human rights while utilizing fear, incarceration, and unwarranted force to maintain control,” said Sires in a written statement on Wednesday. “While I am relieved that Mr. Gross will finally be home with his family, I would be remiss not to wonder how the family of murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster feels as his killer, Joanne Chesimard, still roams freely in Cuba. Chesimard [a.k.a. Assata Shakur] is currently listed by the FBI as the number one most wanted terrorist and has been enjoying political asylum in Cuba for 30 years.
“It is a dangerous precedent to concede and utilize Americans detained abroad as mere pawns for trading,” Sires added. “Not only will this be an open invitation for rogue regimes and actors to follow the same playbook, but it potentially places many American lives overseas at risk.”


FBI places Assata Shakur on 'Most Wanted Terrorist' list
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced that Assata Shakur (formerly known as Joanne Chesimard) has been added to its Most Wanted Terrorists list. The May 2 bulletin gave Chesimard, a black nationalist, the dubious distinction of being the first woman to be placed on the list.
Ms. Shakur was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army when, on May 2, 1973, she was driving through New Jersey with two others. The car was pulled over for a broken taillight and a gunfight ensued with police. One officer and one man from Ms. Shakur’s group were killed.
Despite being injured, she managed to flee from the scene but was eventually arrested and, in 1977, convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. But in 1979, The New York Times reported, she “escaped from Clinton Correctional Institute for Women after three male visitors drew handguns, kidnapped two guards and seized a prison minibus in order to drive out of the grounds to two getaway cars. They left the guards handcuffed but unharmed.”

Related news:
Assata Shakur: Wanted Dead or Alive in New Jersey (FCN, 03-23-2012)
FCN Interview: Assata Shakur: From exile with love (FCN, 06-11-2002)
My interview with Assata Shakur (FCN, 06-11-2002)
The FBI's Dirty War Against Black America and Political Dissent (NOI.org/cointelpro/)

The Truth Behind US-Cuban Relations & the Low Price of Gas: Isolates And Weakens Russia

Power Moves: US-Cuba Deal Isolates And Weakens Russia

putinLurking behind the mainstream media's portrayal of a diplomatic victory lies the real story. On the surface it appears as if the Obama administration has finally done some needed landscaping on its backyard but this is more of a vehicle to remove allies from Russia and damage it economically. The Ruble is in free fall after the oil cartel took a hit albeit most likely a temporary one to damage its rivals. The most powerful government agency you have never heard of the Office of Foreign Assets Control has used sanctions like the most deadliest weapon on Putin associates and oil conglomerates. Cuba has deep relations with Russia going back decades and has much to offer the US otherwise there would be no reason for any relations.

Western Bankers Have Committed Two Acts of War Against Russia | Pakalert Press

The Time Parameters for World War III

The Russian financial situation is about to go critical, despite their ability to temporarily weather the storm related to falling oil prices. The WSJ is reporting, the next driver of the Russian crisis is unquestionably going to begin in the Russian banking system because as the WSJ stated “…global banks are curtailing the flow of cash to Russian entities, a response to the ruble’s sharpest selloff since the 1998 financial crisis.” In other words, Western banks are cutting off all financial liquidity to Russia. This will soon paralyze the Russian economy.  

Russia’s banks are now isolated from the Western world. This is an act of war! The only question remaining is when Putin will launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike upon the West in order to preserve its economy? Will Putin wait until 25% of his oil reserves are gone? Will he wait until 50% of his oil reserves are spent? Before you answer, keep in mind that Putin will need his oil reserves to fight World War III.

After receiving this news, yesterday, I reached out to my contacts with the information hoping to have these developments debunked. Unfortunately, my sources provided  information which seems to collaborate the fact that we are headed for war.

Putin: West Is Trying to 'Defang' the Russian Bear - ABC News

President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying away from its heavy reliance on oil and gas and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover.

He also promised never to let the West chain or defang his proud nation, evoking the symbolic Russian bear.

Speaking with strong emotion during a live news conference that lasted more than three hours, Putin displayed his traditional defiant stance toward the West, which he insisted is trying to destroy Russia to grab Siberia's great natural resources.

Putin: West wants to put Russian bear 'on a chain'

Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the West on Thursday for causing his country's economic crisis, saying it would take two years to recover.

"Sometimes I think, maybe they'll (the West) let the bear eat berries and honey in the forest, maybe they will leave it in peace," Putin said at a news conference in Moscow, using a metaphor to refer to Russia's famed symbol. "They will not. Because they will always try to put him on a chain, and as soon as they succeed in doing so they tear out his fangs and his claws."

US-Cuba: 10 Things To Know After Historic Deal

Russia

Russian Ruble Continues to Fluctuate, Creating Panic Among Consumers | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

The Russian economy has been hit hard by a combination of falling oil prices and Western sanctions. Those sanctions, introduced with the aim of forcing Putin to change course in Ukraine, have had little effect, writes Angus Roxburgh at the Guardian—at least, not on their intended subject.

"But since the measures show no sign of having any effect on his thinking, and yet the west is considering even more sanctions, there is obviously another goal—to punish Putin for his actions, regardless of whether he changes his mind. Sadly, it is not Putin who feels this punishment. It is the Russian people."

Putin: I feel no responsibility for collapse of rouble | World news | The Guardian

Vladimir Putin's Billionaire Buddies Have Lost An Astounding Amount Of Money In The Last Few Months | Celebrity Net Worth

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Another sign that America is morally bankrupt: Poll: Most Americans Say CIA Torture Acceptable

WSJ/NBC Poll: Most Americans Say CIA ‘Harsh Interrogation’ Acceptable - Washington Wire - WSJ
More-Say-CIA-Interrogation-Methods-Were-Justified-than-UnjustifiedMost Americans don’t object to the CIA’s interrogation techniques that some call torture, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
After being told the CIA used “harsh interrogation practices on suspected terrorists,” 51% of those surveyed said the practices were “acceptable under the circumstances.” Only 28% said the interrogations were wrong and 20% said they didn’t have an opinion.
President Barack Obama ended the practice, known legally as “enhanced interrogation”, early in his White House tenure. But 45% of those polled said the CIA should continue to use them, while just 28% said they are wrong and should not be used.
That big CIA ‘torture’ report? Americans just shrugged. - The Washington Post
A new poll from the Pew Research Center is the first to gauge reactions to last week's big CIA report on "enhanced interrogation techniques" -- what agency critics call torture.
And the reaction is pretty muted.
The poll shows people says 51-29 percent than the CIA's methods were justified and 56-28 percent that the information gleaned helped prevent terror attacks.

Elijah Muhammad taught there is life on Mars: Curiosity Rover Finds Methane on Mars

Is there human life on Mars?
For the purposes of this article, let us look at what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad revealed, from his teacher, about what is http://i.ytimg.com/vi/vUEQSTT0zRQ/0.jpgon Mars and what the scientists would find there, to see if it fulfills the three pre-conditions for divine prophecy mentioned above.
Pre-condition No. 1The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, in his 1972 "Theology Of Time" lecture series, gives us a precise description of the life the scientists would find on Mars, along with the nature of their civilization. In the "Theology Of Time," the Hon. Elijah Muhammad states concerning Mars and its life; "It’s our Mars and our people (meaning original) so God taught me." He goes on to say, "Our Fathers made it (Mars) with some type of intelligent beings like ourselves. They are not animals. They are intelligent people. ...They show signs of civilization and they look something similar to us. Not exactly, but they look similar. They walk on two feet and they are not White folks."

Curiosity Rover Finds Methane on Mars: What It Could Mean for Life - Yahoo News
Curiosity Rover Finds Methane on Mars: What It Could Mean for LifeNASA's Curiosity rover has recently made a surprising find on Mars that could help scientists get one step closer to figuring out if the Red Planet has ever supported life.
The 1-ton Curiosity rover also discovered a fleeting spike in the levels of methane at its landing site, Gale Crater. Over the course of four measurements in two months on Mars, average methane levels increased 10 fold before quickly dissipating, but the cause of the fluctuation is still unknown.
Researchers are particularly interested in finding methane on alien worlds because living organisms produce an overwhelming amount of the gas on Earth. While finding significant amounts of methane on Mars isn't a sure-fire sign of past or present life — geological processes can also produce the gas — it's still a good starting point, according to many scientists. [The Search for Life on Mars in Photos]

Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Rock, Finds Water
NASA's Curiosity rover is continuing to help scientists piece together the mystery of how Mars lost its surface water over the course of billions of years.
The rover drilled into a piece of Martian rock called Cumberland and found some ancient water hidden within it. Researchers were then able to test a key ratio in the water with Curiosity's onboard instruments to gather more data about when Mars started to lose its water, NASA officials said. In the same sample, Curiosity also detected the first organic molecules it has found. Mission scientists announced the discovery in a news conference today (Dec. 15) at the American Geophysical Union's convention in San Francisco, where they also unveiled Curiosity's first detection of methane on Mars.

Words of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad
Let us deal briefly with the Sun of our Solar Galactic System as the powerful source of the gravitational and attracting force on our nine planets the light of which causes all of them to rotate at the same speed of 1,037 1/3 miles per hour around the Sun. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us that these planets all have life on them representing different civilizations and worlds that have come to birth in the circle of the Sun. They form a family referred to in our lesson as the Big Ten. What gives life to the Sun and what is the fuel that lights up her regenerating power? It is a symbol of the Divine Creator and is represented in our Universal Flag of Islam. It is red in color and covers the whole sphere of our flag extending in all directions giving life to our nine planets; but what is the source of her light, energy and life source? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad has stated and emphasized in his book, “How to Eat to Live,” that the Sun in Arabic is feminine and is represented as she. The word feminine in syllables encompasses in her suffix the number nine.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lennon Lacy: Was 17-year-old teen lynched for having a white girlfriend?

Lennon Lacy death probed by FBI amid claims he died because of relationship with white woman | Daily Mail Online

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/12/12/2401A43E00000578-2871740-image-m-2_1418402935160.jpgThe FBI is investigating the hanging death of a black North Carolina teenager after his family questioned an official ruling that he committed suicide, it was today revealed.

Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt from a swing set in a largely white trailer park in Bladenboro, Bladen County, less than a mile from his home, in August this year. 

Although the state medical examiner ruled Lennon's death a suicide based on reports from law enforcement and a county coroner, his family argued that it was a 'race-based homicide'. 

They pointed out that the teenager - who had no history of mental illness - had washed his uniform and packed his bag in preparation for a big football game just hours before he was found hanging.

Was my 17-year-old son lynched, in the year 2014? The police still won't tell me | Claudia Lacy | Comment is free | The Guardian

My son – a black teenager who had the world going for him, who was looking forward to playing in a big football game with his high-school team that same night – was found hanging from a swing set in the middle of a white trailer park. And within hours the police had decided it was suicide.

It doesn’t look like that to me. We don’t know what happened to my son three months ago, and suicide is still possible. But there are so many unanswered questions that I can’t help but ask:

Was he killed? Was my son lynched?

It’s hard to think that in 2014, with a black man in the White House, such a thing could have happened in the United States. I remember as a very young child, growing up in Bladenboro there was a sign in the window of the grocery store: WHITES ONLY, it said. But as I got older and went to school I was raised to think of myself as an equal, who could do anything alongside anybody.

7 Things To Know About Lennon Lacy’s Mysterious Hanging Death (LIST) | Global Grind

The Best Explanation For How Lennon Lacy Hung Himself: Magic

On Friday morning, August 29, 17 year old African American Lennon Lacy, of rural Bladenboro, North Carolina, was allegedly found hanging from a children’s swing set in a predominantly white trailer park less than a half mile from his home. Within hours, authorities on the scene determined ‘suicide’ - despite strenuous objections from the Lacy family, despite the fact that the shoes found on the body were a size-and-a-half too small and didn’t even belong to Lennon, despite the fact that the belts used to make the noose did not belong to Lennon, and despite the absence of a suicide note (not that they bothered searching for one).

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev: 'Nearly total isolation' for 17 months, set to emerge in court this week

He spends most of his days in "nearly total isolation," according to his attorneys, locked behind a heavy steel door in a tiny cell in the most restricted wing at Fort Devens medical prison 40 miles outside Boston.
His only visitors have been members of his legal team and his two older sisters — though the sisters have come to see him only a handful of times and always under the observation of an FBI agent. He has not been allowed to mingle with or talk to any other inmates — either verbally or through notes. His only other regular contact has been with prison personnel, who slide meals through a slot within a thick glass observation window in a corner of his cell door.
The closest Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has come to experiencing the world beyond his cell in more than 500 days has been through "very limited access to a small outdoor enclosure," according to court records. And that's only "on weekdays, weather permitting."  - Yahoo News

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It’s another example of why you should never trust the government.
Back in April federal officialdom told us Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev was shot in the throat and unable to talk. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was trotted out to confirm this fantasy story. He said Tsarnaev was in “serious but stable condition” and “not yet able to communicate yet.”
Then we were fed a more theatric version where the young Tsarnaev attempted to take his own life when he was supposedly trapped in a boat. “It is thought the teenager placed a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger in a desperate bid to avoid capture and a possible death penalty,” claimed the British version of the National Enquirer, The Mirror. “Reports say the bullet passed through his throat, just missing his spinal cord, and  came out the back of his neck.”


▶ Chilling photos of Boston bombing suspect when captured - YouTube
▶ Things you don't know about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - YouTube
- The media portrayed Dzhokhar as a bad guy, this is a different side of him, a normal side, a side they should've shown too.
- This video doesn't prove whether he's innocent or not, we're just showing you a different side of Dzhokhar.
- You don't know anything about him, you only THINK you know, and what you think you know is what the media has been showing you.
Video of Tamerlan being arrested alive and saying podstava at 00:07 which means set up in russian:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzCR0I...
You could also hear Tamerlan screaming his brother's name, Dzhokhar, at the end of the video.
Video of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar surrendering:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtxIEo...
Video of Dzhokhar or Tamerlan saying I'm coming out but cops still shooting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzCR0I...
▶ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'Acted Like Nothing Happened' Day After Marathon, Friend Says - YouTube
▶ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Normal Student - YouTube
Sierra Schwartz, a former classmate of "suspect two," Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, appeared on ABC News on Friday morning where she said that the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was a normal kid when they went to school together. She said it was shocking to hear that her classmate, someone who had never seemed anything other than a "quiet" and "shy" person, could commit the attack on marathon watchers.
▶ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Deceased Photo's Boston Bomber Patsy (HD) - YouTube

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Conservative Supreme Court to decide on allowing Confederate-Flag License Plate

© Texas Department of Motor Vehicles This photo provided by the Texas Department of

Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of the Confederacy license plate.

Supreme Court to hear Confederate-flag license plate case from Texas - The Washington Post

The Supreme Court will review whether Texas’s rejection of a proposed license plate featuring the Confederate flag violated the free speech rights of the group that wanted the special plates.

Courts are divided over whether government may choose among the political messages requested for state-issued plates or whether such messages should be recognized as the speech of the motorist and entitled to more protection.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit said Texas officials were wrong to turn down a request from the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The requested plate would have featured the group’s logo: a Confederate battle flag framed on all four sides by the words “Sons of Confederate Veterans 1896.”

Supreme Court to decide on 'Confederate' license plates

The Supreme Court said Friday it will decide whether states that issue specialty license plates must include potentially controversial ones with Confederate battle flags or abortion-related messages.

At issue is whether the 1st Amendment's protection for the freedom of speech put limits on the range and type of messages displayed on these state-issued plates. Judges have been divided over whether these license plates are seen as carrying the state's message or instead expressing the private views of the motorist.

Sons Of Confederate Veterans News, Photos and Videos - ABC News

 

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