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Police shooting victims lives worth less than ham sandwich

Police shooting victims lives worth less than ham sandwich

| December 16, 2014

The archaic grand jury system By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In Tom Wolfe’s best-selling The Bonfire of the Vanities, New York State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously said “a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich, if that’s what you wanted.” Given the recent failure of grand juries to indict Darren Wilson, a white […]

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Blacks, browns seen as savages

Blacks, browns seen as savages

| December 15, 2014

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist An African American friend of mine keeps asking, in utter amazement, how it is not obvious that there was something wrong when Officer Wilson fired 13 shots at an unarmed Michael Brown.  As she has said:  “Brown was unarmed! How can you justify shooting him at all, let alone […]

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‘A Litany For Those Who Aren’t Ready For Healing’

‘A Litany For Those Who Aren’t Ready For Healing’

| December 15, 2014

By the Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound. Let us not rush to offer a band-aid, when the gaping wound requires surgery and complete reconstruction. Let us not offer false equivalencies, thereby diminishing the particular […]

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A license to kill black men

A license to kill black men

| December 15, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist From nearly the moment he was attacked by a New York City police officer July 18, the world has, via that chilling video, watched Eric Garner die. Are we now about to see the “traditions” that led to his death and—thus far—have enabled his killer to escape justice die, […]

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Technology and the continuing Civil Rights Movement

Technology and the continuing Civil Rights Movement

| December 12, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive and dreaming today, his “I Have a Dream” speech might be broadened to include technology equality along with racial parity, according to some civil rights activists. “Dr. King could not have predicted what was next. But, we now see what […]

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AT&T faces $10 billion race discrimination suit

| December 12, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–A group that advocates for economic inclusion and fair contracting for black-owned media recently filed a $10 billion dollar lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against AT&T and DirecTV. The National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) filed the lawsuit for an unnamed company that “owns seven original […]

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At National Council of Teachers of English Conference, I Met Authors, Listened to Atty. Edelman, Addressed Social Justice and Dined Well

At National Council of Teachers of English Conference, I Met Authors, Listened to Atty. Edelman, Addressed Social Justice and Dined Well

| December 11, 2014

By Madeline Marcelia Garvin Knowing a year in advance that the National Council of Teachers of English, of which I am an Emeritus member,  was holding its convention in Washington, D.C., for a couple of months I toyed with attending. Then, when I received a proposal request form to present, I perused the suggested topics, […]

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The Christmas creep

The Christmas creep

| December 11, 2014

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Did you notice that some stores are already touting Christmas sales? They are encouraging people to start buying for Christmas now. We’ve been experiencing this “Christmas creep” for years. Some of us are reluctant to call it “Christmas Creep” because there is no Christ or Christianity in the profligate spending […]

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Demanding equal protection: Emergency Manager lawsuit moves forward

Demanding equal protection: Emergency Manager lawsuit moves forward

| December 10, 2014

Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Citizen The Emergency Manager lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder will move forward on the grounds that African Americans are not treated equally under the state law, Public Act 436. Based on the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was adopted after slavery […]

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Same old problem, same old response

Same old problem, same old response

| December 10, 2014

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist In 1983, it was Michael Stewart, 25. He was a graffiti artist who was beaten to death in police custody in New York.  No one paid a price for his death. On the day of Stewart’s arrest, the Committee Against Racially Motivated Police Violence was holding a news conference. […]

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