Unarmed and Unaware

Unarmed Black Men 18

Sharon Kyle: It’s easier for me to find out the amount of space debris orbiting Earth than it is for me to know how many unarmed black men have died at the hands of the police across the United States so far this year.

The United States Oligarchy

United States Oligarchy

Sharon Kyle: The bottom line is that the American people don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of having their interests represented when their interests collide with big business or a small cadre of elites.

Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man, Again

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Sharon Kyle: So now I’m intrigued and confused. If he was mistaken for the murder suspect, why would he have to cop a plea and why is he behind bars, and why haven’t the bullets been removed and oh yeah – why was he shot in the first place?

No Race on Noah’s Ark?

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Sharon Kyle: Whether we are talking about Liz Taylor playing “Cleopatra” or Russell Crowe standing in to represent every man, the outcome is the same – disproportionately high rates of unemployment for people of color.

Activists Send Divided Message in Brentwood

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Sharon Kyle: Standing at the corner of San Vincente and 26th, hundreds rallied to express their dissatisfaction with Obama’s deportation record. Then just a few feet away, a smaller group of environmental activists voiced opposition to the Keystone Pipeline XL.

American Racism Past and Present

race relations in America

Sharon Kyle: 20 years after Los Angeles erupted in civil unrest, still with major differentials in employment, housing, healthcare, education, and wealth between whites and blacks, are we sitting on a powder keg again?

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg’s Son Robert

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We don’t often hear about the minor children of people who have been sentenced to die. The media typically covers the story up to and including the execution. Rarely are we given any insight into what happens in the lives of children in the aftermath of their parents execution.

Remembering 9-11

9/11

Sid went on, beaming with pride as he spoke, his grandson had landed a job at Cantor Fitzgerald – a brokerage firm in Manhattan. And to top it all off, he was in love with a very nice young lady. He and his fiancé Angie, who also worked at the firm, were living together and making plans to marry.

Gabby Douglas and the Brown Paper Bag Test

Gabby Douglas Medal

Sharon Kyle: Colorism gives unearned advantages to Blacks of lighter complexion and demeans and degrades Blacks of darker complexions. For white people reading this who are unaware of this practice, there is a test known as “the brown paper bag test” used to determine where your skin color placed you in the pecking order.

The Elderly, Poverty, Alzheimers — And Me!

My mother - Glenda Hooker

Sharon Kyle: Five years ago, if someone were to tell me that the United States treats its elderly like discarded trash I would have ignored them. Today, I’m seeing it with my own eyes. I suspect we’d find quite a few homeless people are homeless because first they had dementia.

Independence Day, For Some

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In 1852, former slave and legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass was invited to give a speech at a 4th of July event to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

May Day Los Angeles

May Day Los Angeles

May Day was observed all over the nation with marches, rallies, sit-ins and demonstrations occurring simultaneously in all of the major metropolitan areas including Los Angeles. Dick and I spent a good deal of the day in the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

Racial Justice in the Criminal Justice System

LA City Council Adopts Ferguson-like Citation Program -- by Patty Bellasalma

Sharon Kyle: While most Americans are cognizant of the disproportionate representation of Black and Brown men in our prisons, fewer are aware of criminal justice system’s selective enforcement of laws and selective use of penalties which often results in racially biased outcomes.

What Good Is Black History Month?

obama tuskegee airmen

Sharon Kyle: I have this gnawing sense that with the exception of official national holidays, the only time our nation honors people with a special day or month is when they are members of an exploited group.

The Movie, “The Help”

the help cast

Sharon Kyle: As demonstrated in 1973, the Academy Awards can be used as a megaphone to reach those who are oblivious to the continued state of segregation and, as a result, racial inequality that persists in the United States.

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