December 18th, 2009
11:02 AM ET

Violence based on hate has to stop

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

Don't look now, but Pennsylvania might be the new Mississippi.

Some Americans resist any attempt to compare the modern plight of Latino immigrants to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Likewise, when it comes to race issues, many whites in the Northeast like to think of themselves as morally superior to their counterparts in the South. Both these groups need to brush up on their history - and pay closer attention to current events.

In 1967, the Justice Department brought to trial 18 men - including at least one law enforcement officer - in Meridian, Mississippi, charging them with conspiracy to deny three slain civil rights workers their civil rights "under the color of state law."

Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney became martyrs for the civil rights movement when they were beaten and shot to death in June 1964 for what some of the locals considered the unpardonable sin of helping register blacks to vote during Mississippi's "freedom summer."

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Sound Off: Your comments 12/17/09

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, many of you wrote in with opinions on the health care reform bill. We also heard from many of you about the custody battle David Goldman is fighting for his son in Brazil. What did you think? Let us know!


I agree with Howard Dean. It has become an insurance company’s bill. President Obama has included some good elements in the bill concerning the pre-existing condition clause. The public option should prevail and scrape the rest. Start fresh and regulate the bill properly. It is puzzling why the private sector believes that they are privy to no regulation. The regulations were always there, they never were enforced.

This is a last Ditch effort on few of us here in Texas that Supported Obama and some of us that don't but we all still agree that we need Health care reform. My Idea : A Sales tax of several cents to put in a pool that we all get excess to with no limits...Over time they can figure the proper amount to maintain a pos balance. I don't know why they try to make it harder than it really is. A Man should be able to exist on this planet without the fear of Imprisonment or seizure of personal items for just existing. The US constitution supposes to protect us from that! Mandating is not acceptable or will be tolerated by most of us if it takes food off our tables.


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