David Love: In the Tulsa Sheriff’s Office, wealthy white men such as Robert Bates can pay to play slave patrol, play with black lives such as Eric Harris, and even take them.
David Love: More people behind bars than in the dorms. What could it be about the South that would explain this? Could it be a tradition of slavery, racial violence and Jim Crow segregation, a legacy of criminalizing and dehumanizing people and of just not treating folks very well?
David Love: The U.S. economy is rebounding, the stock market is thriving, and unemployment is down to levels not seen since the Great Recession. But how is black America doing these days? Not well.
David Love: 50 years since the march from Selma to Montgomery, we are reminded that institutional racism, racial disparities in wages and wealth, and discrimination based on color are still a harsh reality of American life. And we have a long way to go.
David Love: In his presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan promoted the idea of the “welfare queen” — the stereotypical inner city black woman who has numerous children out of wedlock, and buys drugs and Cadillacs with welfare money.
David Love: Like the Republicans and their Tea Party base, Netanyahu has curried favor with his rightwing settler base, thriving on racial scapegoating and division for political gain.
David Love: As the nation participates in the MLK Day of Service, which is important, we should also resist the temptation to dilute his message or believe that our job is done once we have volunteered a few hours of our time.
David Love: If the NYPD treats the mayor this bad in public, imagine what they do to black men when no one is looking.
David Love: As President Obama rights old wrongs and casts off anachronistic and failed Cold War policies, the last thing the federal government should want to do is perpetuate the sordid legacy of COINTELPRO, kangaroo trials, and Hoover’s quest to neutralize black activist leadership, including Assata Shakur.
David Love: The truth is that the anti-brutality protests are not about death, but about life and the right to live that life without feeling it is threatened by those who vowed to serve and protect us.
David Love: America, something has happened here, and you should take note: The movement against police abuse has made it to the Capitol steps.
David Love: once again, as we face another case of an unarmed young black man gunned down by the law in cold blood without recourse, without justice, we have to decide what to make of this information, and what to take from it.
David Love: Everyone in the black community either has heard of or experienced firsthand the grandma who ordered the child to go fetch the tree branch.