Black Bodies and the Thin Blue Line

Broken Thin Blue Line

Yolhuru Williams: Our nation can no longer afford to function as two societies, separate and unequal, deeply divided, and policed by the racially insensitive Thin Blue Line.

Are Ferguson Protests Effective?

Bart Station Shutdown

Randy Shaw: People need to “do something” after another racially charged police killing, and the killer’s exoneration. But it is hard to see how local protests absent a specific target or achievable goal advance the larger agenda of reducing police violence against blacks.

Four Hundred Years a Slave

Four Hundred Years: Slavery to Ferguson -- Sharon Kyle:

If we are to ever come to a place in this country where the nation agrees that this is a national problem that deserves national attention, we’ll first have to learn how to analyze it and get to its source. But we can’t do that without learning how to be honest with ourselves.

Slavery in America: Back in the Headlines

Slaves in America

Daina Ramey Berry: People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 hundred years of slavery, but it wasn’t.

Remembering Thanksgiving

How Thanksgiving Began

Rev. Irene Monroe: It is in the spirit of our connected struggles against discrimination that we can all stand on a solid rock that rests on a multicultural foundation for a true and honest Thanksgiving.

Officer Darren Wilson Isn’t the Point

Ferguson Institutionalized Racism

Tina Dupuy: There’s a tendency among those unwilling to accept the idea of institutionalized racism to err on the side of the law and believe police wouldn’t be stopping and arresting black people if they weren’t committing crimes. When you’re in handcuffs everyone looks guilty.

In Such Injustice, Are Words Enough?

bending arc toward justice

Karen Wolfe: As the world reacts to the decision not to have a trial about the killing of Michael Brown, we see pictures and video that range from peaceful protest to enraged destruction. Online exchanges are getting heated, and some activists think words are too tame for what is happening.

Developing a 21st Century Solution For a 20th Century Problem

Black Lives Matter

Jamala Rogers: The 2014 election was more than a Democratic shellacking; it was the consolidation of states’ rights around a white supremacist ideology and strategy.

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