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. […]
By Herb Boyd Special to the NNPA NEW YORK (NNPA)—Black Americans old enough to recall the shock of seeing and hearing what had happened to Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 are sure to get a fresh whiff of the atrocity in learning about the tragedy of Lennon Lacy in Bladenboro, N.C. Lacy, 17, was […]
Call it demonic possession, call it extreme mental illness—we are living in a crisis era in which violence runs rampant. When it is violence against the most vulnerable in our population, it is especially gut-wrenching. Today’s headlines lead many to wonder if things are deteriorating. There is, however, some reason to believe that what’s happening […]
Black women are murdered by men, often their present or past husbands or lovers, at a rate that is nearly three times the murder rate of white women killed by men, according to a report by the Violence Policy Center.