Cosby controversy: 6 signs of rape culture


Over the past few weeks, new attention has been paid to longstanding allegations that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted multiple women over the course of his career. As new information and accusers are brought to light, we are reminded of an unshakable feature of American life: rape culture. By “rape culture,” I refer to the ways that our society and its ...

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They Said People Would Die If Stop And Frisk Was Reformed. Here’s What Really Happened


“More black Americans and more Hispanic Americans are going to die,” said Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. “It will end in buckets of blood on city streets,” wrote The New York Post’s Andrea Peyser. “[T]he blood of new crime victims will be on their hands,’ wrote the New York Post’s editorial board. “Will the city once again become the Crime ...

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This Is What School Districts Are Doing To Prepare For The Ferguson Verdict

Schools in the Ferguson/St. Louis Area and the Raising of Young Black Males in Light of the Killing of Teenager Michael Brown

Some schools in the Ferguson, Missouri area are preparing for the worst. The grand jury deliberating whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown is expected to make a decision this month, and CNN reports that the announcement could come as early as Sunday. In anticipation of this ruling and the possibility ...

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Disagreements Between Liberian Officials and Aid Groups Affect Efforts to Contain Ebola


The global response to the Ebola virus in Liberia is being hampered by poor coordination and serious disagreements between Liberian officials and the donors and health agencies fighting the epidemic, according to minutes of top-level meetings and interviews with participants. Even now, three months after donors began pouring resources into Liberia, many confirmed cases still go unreported, countries refuse to ...

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Overnight, Police Arrested Ferguson Demonstrators Who Chanted ‘Indict That Cop’


Police arrested about six people overnight after they tried to block a street in a protest calling for a grand jury to charge a white police officer over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in August. A few dozen demonstrators, some chanting “Indict that cop”, gathered outside the city police station late on Wednesday in sub-freezing temperatures. They ...

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Michael Brown’s Father To Protesters: ‘Hurting Others Is Not The Answer’


In a video released Thursday, the father of Michael Brown called for calm and asked the public to act peacefully in the coming days when a grand jury plans to announce its decision on whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager. Demonstrations in St. Louis Wednesday night led ...

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The Consequences of Letting the Government Invade Your Privacy


On Tuesday the Senate voted on the USA Freedom Act, legislation designed to give Americans more privacy from the federal government. The bill was a specific attempt to stop the government from collecting phone records, a process that was revealed last year by Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who released classified documents outlining the authorization for such collection. However, ...

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There’s a Lot That Needs Fixing, So Why Focus on Immigration?


Is executive-order toughness on immigration reform really worth shutting down our $4 trillion government again in a standoff with Republicans? Sure, the U.S. immigration system itself—a bit rickety under the weight of 11 million undocumented immigrants and ranked ninth (pdf) out of 30 countries by the Immigration Policy Center—could use some fixing. But what else rooted in Washington policymaking doesn’t need ...

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Was Black Teen Lynched in North Carolina?


Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old teenager, was found hanging from a swing set in a mostly white trailer park this summer in North Carolina, and local community members, church leaders, lawyers and activists feel that his death being ruled a suicide by local police officers was a rush to judgement. A letter presented to US attorney Thomas Walker earlier this week ...

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Dr. Samori Swygert: Here’s How the Conflict In Ferguson Resembles the Little Rock 9 Case…

Governor Elect Jay Nixon highlights new jobs programs for Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon the reincarnation of Gov. Orval Faubus and the Little Rock 9 by Dr. Samori Swygert It’s important to have an understanding and knowledge of history to gain a perspective of the current climate and the future.  This is why we must develop and maintain physical archives of history.  We are progressing into an age where literature is ...

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