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Jami Floyd

Legal Analyst

Jami Floyd appears in the following:

Opinion: Too Tired to Talk About Affirmative Action

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I am tired of explaining why it is  still necessary in the 21st Century. I am tired of the  divisiveness of the discussion. I am tired of having to justify my  place at the table. Just tired. 

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Opinion: Voter ID Laws Saw a Setback this Week, But the War Rages On

Friday, October 05, 2012

Pennsylvania just bought itself some time to fully litigate the effects of this law without the pressure of a national election hanging in the balance.

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Explainer: What to Watch for in this Action-Packed Supreme Court Term

Monday, October 01, 2012

There are so many good cases and issues to consider this term, I can’t write about them in a single post.

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Opinion: Laws Restricting the Right to Vote are Wrong

Friday, September 28, 2012

The laws are in reality a Republican response to 2008's record turnout of African-American and Hispanic voters.

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Opinion: Brain Injuries Should Be Chief Concern in NFL Football, Not Bad Refs

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This week, when millions of football fans were talking about the bad reffing that cost the Green Bay Packers the game on Monday night, I couldn't share the moment with my father, who suffered repeated concussions as a player.

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Opinion: Mohammad and the 1st Amendment: Crying Fire in the 21st Century

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Can American ideals of free speech rooted in the First Amendment co-exist with the reverence for the Prophet Mohammad rooted in Islam?

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Review | Power Play: Toobin’s Take on the Rocky Relationship of the Obama Administration and the Roberts Court

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin's latest book The Oath is not just a title.  It is the beginning.  He starts his new book with the oath.  The president's oath, that is.

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Opinion: Remembering Selma From Super Tuesday to Bloody Sunday

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

As every year, the 2012 Selma march follows the route John Lewis took with Dr. King and other pioneers of the civil rights movement. Instead of watching the horse race of election cycles, perhaps March 7 would be better spent reflecting on our collective conscience.

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Opinion: Mourning Breitbart the Man, Not the Pundit

Thursday, March 01, 2012

While I often shared his jumping off point – that the news media is broken – his fix for that dysfunction was to retaliate with propaganda of his own making – right-wing paranoid conspiracy theories.

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Opinion: CA Shouldn't Wait for SCOTUS To Overturn Prop 8

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The California initiative process is a cop-out. It relieves lawmakers of the responsibility of making the difficult decisions they were sent to Sacramento to make, and it leaves the public holding the bag containing the really tough questions.

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Opinion: Why the GOP Lost Black Voters

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As we head into what everyone seems to agree will be the defining contest for the GOP, I find myself wondering whether African Americans have a reason to vote Republican.

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In MLK's Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right

Monday, January 16, 2012

Listen to excerpts from Sunday's event hosted by Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, managing editor of The Global Game, as they discuss Dr. King's battle for equal education for all.

Panelists included:

  • Cami Anderson, superintendent of the Newark public schools
  • Fredrick C. Harris, professor of political science and director of Columbia University's Center on African-American Politics and Society
  • Rachel Moran, dean of the UCLA School of Law
  • Harvard Sitkoff, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire
  • John A. Stokes, an original plaintiff in the Brown v. Board of Education case 
  • Touré, journalist and cultural critic
  • Villy Wang, founder, president and CEO of BAYCAT 
  • With live performances by:         

  • Toshi Reagon
  • Manhattan Country School      
  • Manhattan Theatre Lab 
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    On MLK Weekend, Remembering the Quiet Soldiers

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the team of lawyers who fought in Brown and the cases that followed. One of those attorneys, Robert L. Carter, passed away just last week.

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    Opinion: Two Anniversaries, One Vision of Nonviolence

    Monday, January 09, 2012

    Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance on Sunday, one year after a shooting spree that claimed six lives and left her gravely wounded.

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    Opinion: Obama, Roosevelt, and the Power of Progressivism

    Wednesday, December 07, 2011

    “Many people will hear the word Progressivism and immediately think of liberals or Democrats—but they’re not synonymous.” - Glenn Beck

    I’ve always thought of President Obama as more of a Progressive than a Liberal.  I know, I know.  Labels again.  But sometimes they are helpful. On Tuesday, with his speech in Kansas, harking back 100 years to Theodore Roosevelt, Obama confirmed my suspicions.

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    Opinion: Harasser or No, Cain isn't Qualified to be a Candidate

    Tuesday, November 01, 2011

    Twenty years ago, last week, Clarence Thomas took his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court although, as I have suggested on this page before, he was not at that time, qualified to do so.  The hearings on the matter of his qualification had been derailed by allegations of ...

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    Opinion: Justice Thomas' 20 Years on Bench - Still Unqualified After All These Years

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Political pundits who continue to focus on Thomas’s lack of questioning prowess, activists who file disbarment petitions about Clarence and Virginia Thomas’ financial disclosure forms, and ex-girlfriends who rehash the old sexual harassment complaint that failed to undermine his credibility the first time around, all continue to miss the critical point: The nature and quality of the justice’s jurisprudence.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: Herman Cain Dismisses Racism, Making Him Easy to Dismiss

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    The legacy of racism is visible everywhere to anyone who wishes to see it. Herman Cain does not. This is why I refuse to support him.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: Why Republicans Should Thank Sarah Palin for Leaving the 2012 GOP Field

    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    For her part, the turning point probably came when Palin realized that the people she would have to fear most, if she ever got serious about a run in 2012, were the people in her own party. Party stalwarts like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove were not about to hand the GOP nomination over to a loose cannon like Palin.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: What Rick Perry's Racist Rock Says About his Judgement

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    One question everyone has been asking me, since the story surfaced, is whether this story is a death knell for Rick Perry with black voters? Honestly, I don't think Rick Perry was counting the black vote.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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