Society

Rikers Island guards beat inmate while he was handcuffed

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Reported by Liku Zelleke Shocking images released to the public show a man that looks like he has been beaten mercilessly. His eyelids have swollen so much that his eyes aren’t visible. His lips are distorted. All over his face are splotches of black, blue and red. The picture is of Robert Hinton, 27, an inmate at Rikers Island. It ...

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Veteran on TV calls Obama a “Puppet War Criminal” just like Bush

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Ken O’Keefe is a veteran and political analyst who has a growing following.  O’Keefe has been highly criticial of US and British foreign policy, stating that countries in the west have found ways to make war profitable at the expense of people around the world.  According to O’Keefe, many of the wars that the US has embarked upon have had ...

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Nelson Mandela’s widow is speaking loudly about climate change

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Graca Machel, the widow of the late Nelson Mandela, is using her voice to make the world a better place.  Machel appeared at the United Nations Summit on Tuesday to warn the world that our leaders have not yet made the adjustments necessary to deal with serious problems involving climate change. “There is a huge mismatch between the magnitude of ...

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This video shows what happens when black people run into the police

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Police brutality has been under the spotlight since protests erupted in response to the police shooting of the late Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  Even before Brown’s shooting, Dr Cornel West, Carl Dix and others had already planned for an October month of resistance against police brutality and misconduct.  Ferguson is one tiny town on the radar screen, but there ...

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Undeniable proof that white people don’t mind putting black people in prison

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Racism can sometimes be like the elusive boogeyman that no one admits to actually exist.  Most of the statistics show that America is clearly a racist country, but yet there are some people, like Bill O’Reilly, who deny that white privilege is real.  But check out this excerpt from The Boston Globe article about racism that will knock your socks ...

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A Mother’s White Privilege | Elizabeth Broadbent

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  As the ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri show us, America’s racial tensions didn’t disappear when George Wallace backed down from the schoolhouse door. Dr. King didn’t wave a magic wand, and we never got together to feel all right. White America remembers this at ugly flashpoints: the Rodney King beatings, the OJ Simpson trial, the Jena Six, Trayvon Martin’s ...

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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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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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Man shot, paralyzed over unpaid parking tickets

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Every time you think that police beatings and shootings can’t get any worse, you hear another story like this one.   A man was shot in the back this week in Lehigh County in Pennsylvania and paralyzed over none other than a set of unpaid parking tickets.  When 38-year old Kevin McCullers was shot, the police officer said that he ...

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