Frank Fear: Jobs are the centerpiece, especially jobs associated with making and doing things. Enhancing access to technical education is important, the type of skills-based education associated with the trades and applied professions.
Scot Nakagawa: By sensationalizing Black-Asian tensions (and isolating these tensions from the tensions between Blacks and whites, whites and Asians, Asians and Latinos, Native Americans and settlers, etc.) while also ignoring the context for them, the media also heightens those very same tensions.
RJ Eskow: Police officers in urban America, like correctional officers, are themselves often struggling to escape economic hardship.
Dave Zirin: Tyrone endured the long, indecent ritual towards execution right in the middle of Baltimore, the location of both the state’s death row as well as its lethal injection chamber.
Charles Hayes: The whole American economic system has come to depend upon a foundation of indentured slave-wage workers for a wide variety of goods and services absolutely necessary for the success of those considered the upper class.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Desperately grasping at the reins of power, Negro politicians have always been adept at regurgitating the ruling class’ language in order to deflect from their own record of neglect, disservice or outright dereliction.
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?