Tag Archives: Baton Rouge

Alton Sterling case is just further proof that our justice system is not colorblind

By Robert Mann Was there any doubt the U.S. Justice Department would absolve the Baton Rouge police officers who killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling last July? I never expected federal prosecutors would vindicate Sterling’s death by charging one or both of … Continue reading

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Will the great flood sink Baton Rouge or inspire its rebirth?

By Robert Mann The news from Baton Rouge last month was a city immersed in crisis and death, divided and virtually at war with itself over the death of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man killed by Baton Rouge police … Continue reading

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‘Louisiana is strong. Our hearts are huge, our need is great’

By Robert Mann Everywhere I’ve been in Baton Rouge the past two days, I’ve witnessed remarkable compassion, grace and optimism. Much of this city and region remained under water on Monday. Tens of thousands are homeless. At least 11 are dead. … Continue reading

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Guns are killing, not protecting, us

By Robert Mann My LSU students had barely unpacked their bags in London in early June before the awful news landed that a shooter had killed 50 and wounded another 53 people in Orlando. What had originally been a trip … Continue reading

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What’$ in a name?

By Tom Swain New Orleans has not decided where to put its monuments to Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee after they are removed this summer. Let me suggest that its more progressive sister city to … Continue reading

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Profiles in Courage: Visit Baton Rouge takes a pass on “religious freedom” bill

By Robert Mann I’ve been asking Louisiana chambers of commerce and convention and visitors bureaus to comment on the proposed “religious freedom” bill by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, that would allow private businesses to refuse gay customers based on … Continue reading

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Hubert Humphrey’s year in Baton Rouge and how it helped shape our civil rights laws

By Robert Mann Shortly after noon on Monday, March 30, 1964, U.S. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (D-Minn.) stood at his polished mahogany desk in the Senate chamber and launched what would be an 83-day debate over the proposed Civil Rights Act … Continue reading

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