February 21st, 2014
08:48 PM ET

Racial incidents sparks outrage at Ole Miss: Student assaulted, called N-Word

Police are pushing for criminal charges against three freshman males suspected of placing a noose on the campus statue of civil rights icon James Meredith.

They also allegedly draped a flag with a confederate battle emblem over the statue's head.

Officials haven't released any names but the students sought for questioning were expelled from the fraternity Sig Fi Epsilon.

Ole Miss racial incidents have many feeling uneasy

In a separate race-related incident Monday night, an African-American student who is a third-year senior at the school, reported to police that someone threw alcohol at her from a moving car while also hurling racial slurs.

Officials say it's unclear if the two incidents are related.

CNN's Nick Valencia is in Oxford Mississippi with the student's first national interview.

Filed under: Education • News • Racism • Social Issues
December 19th, 2013
09:07 PM ET

'Duck Dynasty' fans outraged over Phil Robertson suspension for gay remarks

A national conversation has started after a popular 'Duck Dynasty' star was suspended by A&E for controversial comments about sexuality, religion and race.

Supporters of Phil Robertson have come out swinging.

They claim the self-proclaimed redneck is being unfairly targeted for speaking publicly about a divisive issue that a large percentage of the population still agrees with.

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas weighed in on TV reality star's forced leave from the series.

Palin, Cruz, Jindal: 'Duck Dynasty' star suspended over intolerance of politically correct

Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also defended Robertson in a post to his Facebook page titled: "Free Speech Matters"

"The reason that so many Americans love Duck Dynasty is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith," Cruz said.

Does their argument add up?

CNN's Tom Foreman has more OutFront.

Filed under: Celebrity • Gay Marriage • LGBT • News • Religion • Same-sex marriage • Sex • Social Issues • Television
July 31st, 2013
11:11 PM ET

Is it not okay for a woman to shed a tear?

Newsweek just released an article about The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.

It's a nearly 3,400- word piece about her career, but only two words from that article are making headlines: "I cried."

Abramson admitted that she cried after an article suggested she was a failure.

But would we still see that same type of headline if it was a man who cried?

OutFront CNN Contributors Margaret Hoover and John Avlon.

Filed under: Politics • Social Issues
March 29th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Fmr. player Kwame Harris speaks out on being gay in the NFL

There are lots of recent reports that a professional football player may be coming out in the coming weeks. There has never been an openly gay player in the NFL or on any major league sports team, for that matter.

But some - like former San Francisco 49er, Kwame Harris - have come out after leaving the league.

Harris has never spoken publicly about his sexuality - until today. He spoke only to his former teammate Coy Wire.

OutFront tonight: Former NFL Player Coy Wire.

Filed under: Social Issues • Sports
March 26th, 2013
08:18 PM ET

Same-sex marriage dividing the GOP

Poll after poll, we've seen a stark political divide when it comes to same-sex marriage

A new CBS poll shows 37% of Republicans support legalizing same-sex marriage while 63% of Democrats support it.

But Erin Burnett asked the CBS polling team for a breakdown by age, and the result was that among Republicans under 50, a plurality of 49 percent supports legalizing gay marriage, versus only 46 percent who oppose it.

But among Republicans under 50, a plurality 49% supports legalizing same-sex marriage while 46% oppose.

Burnett points out that its just one indication of how split the Republican Party is on this issue.

Outfront tonight: Republican Strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro - who signed a legal brief meant to influence the Supreme Court Justices to support same-sex marriage - and Ralph Reed, the chairman of the faith and freedom coalition.

Filed under: Gay Marriage • News • Politics • Social Issues • Supreme Court