If You Don’t Know! Morning News & Politics: Black Teen Executed in 1944 May Get New Trial…AND MORE!

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The youngest person to ever be executed may get a new trial if a judge agrees to the request brought forth by his supporters. In 1944, 14-year-old George Stinney was executed for killing two white girls. But, according to a lawsuit filed last month on Stinney’s behalf, he was convicted on a shaky confession in a segregated society. A judge may refuse the request as the punishment has already been carried out but the group is looking to clear all charges against Stinney for the crime. [HuffPost]

So this happened. A local anti-gay Republican has won an election to the Houston Community College Board of Trustees after he misled voters into believing that he was African-American. Dave Wilson sent out campaign fliers with black people along with captions that read “Please vote for our friend and neighbor.” He also announced that he was endorsed by Ron Wilson (an African-American former state representative) but in the fine print on the flier it was revealed that the Wilson he was referring to was his white cousin in Iowa. Shady. [ThinkProgress]

Education officials in Pakistan have banned Malala Yousafzai’s memoir, I Am Malala, from 40,000 schools, claiming the teen shot by the Taliban does not represent Pakistan. In fact, Adeeb Javedani, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, said the 16-year-old is representing the West. [DailyMail]

Over the weekend 40 armed men, women and children gun advocates waited outside a Dallas, Texas restaurant parking lot to intimidate potential and current members of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America as they gathered for a membership meeting. Members of Open Carry Texas (OCT) — an open carry advocacy group — pulled up in the parking lot and started getting guns out of their trunks. The group waited the members to come out and the restaurant owner refused to call 911 in fear of inciting a riot. Read about it here…[ThinkProgress]

PHOTO CREDIT: South Carolina Department of Archives

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