Man loved impersonating cops….until he ran into a real one


By Nigel Boys John Arthur Benedict, 69, apparently likes pretending to be a police officer so much that he bought “police interceptor” markings because he believed his Ford Crown Victoria was a “police edition,” according to NBC2. The Florida man didn’t stop there, however, because he also installed strobe lights and a spotlight so that his vehicle would properly look ...

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Do Poor People Really Spend Money Like They Are Rich?

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April V. Taylor The recent push by lawmakers in Missouri to limit the types of food poor Americans can purchase with food stamps has reignited a debate regarding what poor people spend their money, particularly what government subsidies and assistance should be spent on. The assumptions and stereotypes that poor people make irresponsible decisions when it comes to spending their ...

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National Disgrace: U.S. Now ‘World Leader’ In Child Poverty

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April V. Taylor According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), child poverty rates in the United States are now some of the highest in the world, with, “[Children’s] material well-being highest in the Netherlands and in the four Nordic countries and lowest in Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and the United States.” More than half of all public school students in ...

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Black Immigrants Outnumber U.S.-Born Blacks In Some Cities

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April V. Taylor A new report from the Pew Research Center reveals that nearly one in ten Black people in America are actually Black immigrants.  The number of Black immigrants living in the United States has quadrupled in the last three decades growing from 800,000 in 1980 to now include an estimated 3.8 million people. The Pew report is based ...

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New Program Helps Defendants And Families Fight The Court System

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April V. Taylor As people all over the country contemplate what it means for the United States to be the most incarcerated country in the world and for more Black men to be under the control of the criminal justice system than what were enslaved in 1850, many Americans are forced to consider the issue of mass incarceration on a ...

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Blacks Experience Less Than Three-Fourths The Quality Of Life As Whites

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April V. Taylor The National Urban League, a civil rights organization, has issued it’s 39th annual “State of Black America,” report. The annual publication assesses racial equality as it relates to economics, education, health, social justice and civil engagement. The findings reveal that Black people have been challenged “on every front,” specifically in terms of accountability for police misconduct, widening ...

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Indiana HIV Outbreak Being Declared A Public Health Emergency

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April V. Taylor The largest single HIV outbreak in the history of the state of Indiana is taking place in the southern part of the state.  According to Fox 59, one small town has been consumed by the outbreak, and authorities are reporting 55 confirmed cases, with the number likely to grow as more people are tested. State health officials ...

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Noam Chomsky: White People’s Fear Of Revenge For Slavery Is ‘Deeply Rooted In American Culture’

Slave Rebellion

April V. Taylor Renowned linguist and activist Noam Chomsky has been speaking with philosopher George Yancy as part of a feature for the New York Times in which he discusses race and racism in America.  In the most recent installment, Chomsky discusses  the roots of American racism and the legacy of black enslavement and subjugation in America, going into detail ...

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United Nations Slams U.S. As The Only Country That Sentences Children To Die Behind Bars

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April V. Taylor There are a lot of things about the American criminal justice system that make this country one of the cruelest and harshest places a person can be sentenced to jail or prison. Two of the most sinister aspects are the way children are treated and harsh sentencing, and the fact that these two aspects combine to make ...

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Dr Boyce Watkins: President Obama has nice words in Selma, but his people are among the most tortured on the planet


by Dr Boyce Watkins People have ranted and raved about the brilliant and inspirational speech given by President Barack Obama in Selma.   I applaud the president’s willingness to speak, and we know that such speeches can serve to inspire those who care about the future of this country. However, it is also important for black people to look beyond words ...

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