t’s been 45 years since draft-deferred Ohio National Guardsmen aimed their M-1 rifles and .45 pistols at unarmed Kent State College students, killing four and wounding nine on May 4, 1970. You have to be well into middle age now to remember that day. My memory is stirred whenever I look at three photos: John […]
Joe Palermo: Police brutality in Ferguson or Baltimore or Oakland represents the failure to bring real economic reforms that might have a chance of ameliorating the suffering of the poor and unemployed. Yet the political will doesn’t seem to exist to enact any of the bold programs necessary to alleviate the long-term suffering of America’s growing underclass.
s residents of Maryland and the nation brace for what could potentially be another night of civil unrest in Baltimore, it is important to pause and reflect on what has brought us to the current moment. It would be easy to attribute the violence now taking place in the nation’s 20th largest city to external […]
Rev. Hannah Petrie: In the era of “Black Lives Matter” it’s time to expand that vision to the lives lost via gang affiliation, which claims 3 to 5,000 lives per year in the United States.
Steve Singer: Peaceful protests took place on Saturday and no one paid much attention. Some protestors turned violent by Sunday and the story suddenly became those crazy black folks are destroying their own communities again.
David Love: In Baltimore, the Bloods and the Crips street gangs are putting down their weapons and are marching together against police brutality. That sounds like a good plan, but the police see it another way.
David Love: When society reinforces the notion that black men are a threat, then sets in motion laws and policies to address and ultimately eliminate that threat, is it any wonder that the brothers are missing? If the disappearing of black men is not genocide, then what should we call it?
Cheryl Dorsey: We now know that Freddie Gray’s apparent fatal spine injury was not the first delivered at the hands of a Baltimore police officer.
Hasira Ashemu: Come with us O’ brothers and sisters as we embark upon this journey of America’s religious righteousness, let us in unison and with open hearts and minds explore the world of westernized religion and some of its accompanying foibles.
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.
Hasira Ashema: I tell you what. When so-called white males take to social media and start to exclaim these type of messages, you know for a fact that the days of racism are truly numbered.
Hasira Asheua: o you have any idea how many so called black and brown people lives have been destroyed by the criminalization of the very substance that is now making young white millionaires? No, I mean really, do you?!?!
Tiffany Phillips: As a kid, I didn’t have the “cookie baking” grandmother (at least not on my mom’s side). My grandmother was more the whiskey drinkin’, sharp-tongued, spitfire grandma who could be downright ornery sometimes.