Hasira Asheuma: The reactionary, repressive and divisive forces along with their media mouthpieces would love for us to buy into the paradigm that police brutality, income inequality, and social justice are unmistakably black vs. white issues.
Michael Haas: If police forces throughout the country were to call upon the Honolulu Police Department for technical assistance, the situation in Ferguson might never have happened.
David Love: Recent events provide lessons on the intractability of poverty and racism in America, should we choose to heed the warnings and change course.
André Coleman: Patrisse Cullors seizes the moment to remind the world that Black Lives Matter.
Edward Wasserman: The local legal system, it seems, was wholly incapable of responding to the panicky over-reaction, needless endangerment of onlookers, and staggering absence of command judgment that left Hérisse dead, instead of locked up in a drunk tank to await his hangover and an angry magistrate.
Alvaro Huerta: While I became accustomed to being pulled over, frisked and questioned by the police in the projects, I never expected this harassment to follow me to UCLA, when I first enrolled as a freshman math major.
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 […]