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Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and Michael Brown Prove There is No Greater Crime Than Being Black

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Kevin Dedner, MPH It’s different this time. That’s what we told ourselves after Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by a Hispanic man who considered him suspicious as the teen walked in a gated Florida community. We said it after Jordan Davis was fatally shot at a Florida gas station by a white man who complained about the teen’s loud music. ...

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Dr. Mary Canty Merrill: Today, Ferguson… Tomorrow, Who Knows?

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By Mary Canty Merrill, PhD Friends, someone asked me today when people (namely Blacks) are going to stop talking about Ferguson and move on.  I’ve already shared some of my feelings about this situation, but each day it seems that new and disturbing reactions, scenes and information surface, and I’m reminded that some people just don’t get it – or ...

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Dr. Wilmer Leon explains who poor blacks became targets of the police

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By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III “America, that has been ringing the bells of the world, proclaiming to the nations and the peoples thereof that she has democracy to give to all and sundry…America that has arraigned Turkey at the bar of public opinion and public justice against the massacres of the Armenians, has herself no satisfaction to give 12,000,000 ...

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From Eric Holder: A message to the people of Ferguson

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Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man’s death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system. At a time when so much ...

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Carl Dix: We need to stop having to tell our sons to be afraid of police

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  by Carl Dix I’m writing from Ferguson, Missouri, where I’ve been for the past couple of days, uniting with people taking to the streets to demand Justice for Michael Brown. This police murder, and the way all of society has been impacted by the righteous resistance to that murder, has brought a painful subject back up for many people. ...

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When is it ever OK for an officer to use deadly force?

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WASHINGTON — The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has reopened the debate over law enforcement protocol and the use of deadly force. Brown, 18, was shot multiple times on Saturday by a police officer while he and a friend were walking down the street in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. Accounts differ on what led to the ...

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CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids

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Recent controversies over coverage of Gaza suggest that reporters can get into trouble over appearing too sympathetic to Palestinians (NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin) or too critical of some Israelis (CNN’s Diana Magnay). But some opinions are perfectly acceptable. On his July 27 show, CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer went on a rant about Palestinians: In the Middle East, the ...

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Why the ForHarriet.com founder was wrong for not supporting Eric Garner

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by Agyei Tyehimba Some of you read this title, saw my name and picture above, and thought, “Another Black man (a Nationalist at that) is bashing Kimberly Foster for her controversial article “Why I Will Not March for Eric Garner.” Foster’s July 22nd article on the forHarriet.com website has sparked the righteous indignation of many in the progressive Black community, and in my ...

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Ken Williams: Here’s how you solve the youth violence problem in America

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by Ken Williams People often see ‘profile’ and think about the negative connotation of racial profiling that plagues the country to this day. A more positive profile that should be used to solve the education gap, crime, poverty and high rates of incarceration requires an ‘academic profile.’ This type of profile would enhance partnerships between police, social services, and schools. ...

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Is the NAACP asleep at the wheel when it comes to TV Buffoonery?

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By Ezekiel J. Walker Back in the early 19th century, black people were made to look like “coons,” “buffoons,” “mammies,” and other stereotypical caricatures for mainstream white audiences but we could always trust on the good ol’ NAACP to hold us down. Like in 1915, The Birth of a Nation, which is still considered one of, if not the most ...

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