Tag: michael brown

Counting victims of police violence

Counting victims of police violence

| March 24, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—As Eric Holder ended his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he said, “The troubling reality is that we lack the ability right now to comprehensively track the number of incidents of either uses of force directed at police officers, or uses of force by police,” he said, at […]

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Systematic racism in America

Systematic racism in America

| March 18, 2015

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department sheds a brighter light on a serious racial injustice malignancy that is not isolated or unique to that besieged city. What the Justice Department concluded in Ferguson, after months of intense investigation, exposes a systematic […]

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The next chapter in the struggle for racial justice

The next chapter in the struggle for racial justice

| March 17, 2015

By the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black United Church of Christ Is it the straw that broke the camel’s back or the spark that ignited a forest fire? Any way you look at it, the events of Aug. 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo., awakened many Americans to a reality too well known in communities of color […]

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Ferguson police say community aided in arrest of shooting suspect

Ferguson police say community aided in arrest of shooting suspect

| March 15, 2015

Let us simply say that there seems to be some hope in Ferguson, and perhaps the nation. According to this story, the community played a role in the break in this case, demonstrating that most folks are not looking for an “us versus them” situation but rather want fair and just solutions. Again, there will […]

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Two police officers shot in Ferguson  – CNN.com

Two police officers shot in Ferguson – CNN.com

| March 12, 2015

This type of “retaliation” will not help solve problems between the police and the community. A big question arises around this shooting: If the shots came from the hill as a number of witnesses report, it could indicate that some expert shooter was involved, given the seeming accuracy of the shooter. Anyone who has handled a […]

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In Selma, Obama proved that he is ‘black enough’

In Selma, Obama proved that he is ‘black enough’

| March 11, 2015

Click here to watch video of the president’s speech. Click here to read the full text of the president’s speech. By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief SELMA, Ala.–Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama was dogged by one question: Is he black enough? The question was repeated so often that after showing up late for […]

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Obama Stands By Report on Ferguson, Missouri Police Bias Against Blacks

Obama Stands By Report on Ferguson, Missouri Police Bias Against Blacks

| March 6, 2015

While this report is sure to anger many, particularly in the law enforcement community, many others, especially in “minority” communities will see it as vindication and proof that repeated reports of police abuse and violation of citizens’ constitutional rights by police agencies is not just paranoid ramblings. In fact, some in the police community have […]

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Record-level of criminal exonerations in 2014

Record-level of criminal exonerations in 2014

| February 24, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions. According to a recent report by The National Registry of Exonerations, the next highest total […]

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Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of Hip Hop

Time to reform the ‘thug’ image of Hip Hop

| February 10, 2015

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist One of my mentors asked me why I was so quiet and not making my voice heard in the streets protesting for justice. First, because, “I Can’t Breathe.” I am still in mourning over all these babies being gunned down by the people who are supposed to protect us. It […]

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Black protest in the U.S.: Early slave rebellions set stage for modern day protests

| February 6, 2015

In this time of renewed civil rights protests sparked by the death of black citizens such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and a hosts of others, it seems appropriate to note that the history of Africans in America is not only one of achievements in areas such as science, invention, entertainment, politics, religion […]

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