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Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

Teach Young Black Men 'The Lesson' and Save Their Lives

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | August 22, 2014 | Black Voices
When my sons got their driver's licenses, I wasn't worried about the high cost of auto insurance or what car was best for them. I was terrified of what they would experience driving while black. It was time for "The Lesson" on how to survive when stopped by police.
Marian Wright Edelman

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'Who's Looking for Me?': God's and America's Invisible Children

Marian Wright Edelman | August 22, 2014 | Politics
I hope every Black leader, parent, grandparent and preacher will mount a united and irresistible voice to end the structural exclusion of millions of children from the education and other opportunities required to keep them from dead-end lives.
Phillip Martin

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How to Rationalize the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men at the Hands of Police: It's the Narrative, Stupid

Phillip Martin | August 22, 2014 | Black Voices
The news accounts in recent weeks are tragically similar, from Los Angeles to Staten Island to Ferguson. Unarmed black men killed by police. But four years before anyone knew where Ferguson was located on a map, there was the fatal shooting of Danroy Henry Jr., known to his friends and family as "DJ."
Jeza Belle

I'm White, Gay, and Dating a Black Man: What I've Learned About Racial Profiling

Jeza Belle | August 22, 2014 | Gay Voices
Over the years, the startling consistency of the manner in which I am addressed while he is ignored has become a quasi joke between us.
Robert F. Darden

Soundtrack for Ferguson: 10 Black Spirituals

Robert F. Darden | August 22, 2014 | Religion
In August 1964, mourners sang "We Shall Overcome" at the memorial services and funerals for Andrew Goodman James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi. Fifty years later, it is still being sung at services and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

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Let's Have Their Backs

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | August 22, 2014 | Religion
I am praying today, with my hands raised high, for a nation in which black boys are not feared, a nation in which they also need not fear for their safety.
Emily Richmond

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What Ferguson Means to Students

Emily Richmond | August 22, 2014 | Education
In addition to concerns in Ferguson about lost learning time educators have a more urgent worry: making sure students who typically rely on school meals don't go hungry.
Heather Gautney

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Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | August 22, 2014 | Politics
Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

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Voter Registration in Ferguson Inspires Rather Than Disgusts

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | August 22, 2014 | Black Voices
For all those who loved "Big Mike," and all the other unnamed youth who have died to "justifiable" or "legal interventions" by law officers and know that Ferguson deserves change: be inspired -- register and vote for justice and for the fulfilled promise of peace.
Damon Davis

An Illustrated Analysis of Op-Ferguson

Damon Davis | August 22, 2014 | Politics
I created these political cartoons to express my feelings about the current situation in Ferguson, MO. I am a native of St. Louis, by way of East St. Louis, Illinois, a community that mirrors Ferguson in it's racial and socio-economic climate.
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

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Sorbo's Ferguson Rant: 'Oh Well...'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | August 22, 2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Sorbo's rant about Ferguson and... American history in general (I can't say "African American" anymore, according to Sorbo) doesn't really deserve a response.
Jessica Eaglin

May the Odds Be (Never) in Minorities' Favor? Breaking Down the Risk-Based Sentencing Divide

Jessica Eaglin | August 22, 2014 | Crime
The U.S. criminal justice system is built on the premise that one size does not fit when meting out justice. An individualized sentencing practice is key to a fair and just sentence.
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

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Are People Ditching Banks and Going Online for Loans?

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | August 22, 2014 | Business
In the past, if you needed a loan for your car, home improvements or to consolidate your credit cards, you would need to get dressed up and head down to the bank to beg for money. The Internet has made things a little easier.
Atima Omara

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Let Them Not Have Died in Vain

Atima Omara | August 22, 2014 | Black Voices
There needs to be an organized national movement that proposes and lobbies for policy changes in law enforcements that need it and then in the state legislatures, Governor's Mansions, and Congress. Let the deaths of Martin, Garner, Bell, Grant, and countless others not be in vain.
Michael W. Waters

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Michael Brown and Our Great Opportunity

Michael W. Waters | August 22, 2014 | Black Voices
No one who cares about the death of Michael Brown, or the scourge of police brutality, can ever choose not to vote, again. Period. Not only did people die so that you could vote, people die because you do not vote.
Keesha Beckford

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Dear White Moms

Keesha Beckford | August 22, 2014 | Parents
I need to know that you are not merely worried about this most tragic of worst case scenarios befalling my son; I need to know that you are out there changing the ethos that puts it in place. That you see this as something that unites us as mothers, friends and human beings.
Terry O'Neill

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What Does the Crisis in Ferguson Have to Do With Reproductive Justice?

Terry O'Neill | August 22, 2014 | Politics
The central tenet of reproductive justice is that every woman has the right to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.
Robert Ross

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More Caring, Less Fear

Robert Ross | August 22, 2014 | Impact
Rather than spending dollars on drones and other questionable, expensive military equipment, it is time that local law enforcement officials shift those resources toward training on how to more effectively engage their local communities, especially young people of color.
David A. Love

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The Killing of Black Men Is an American Human Rights Disaster

David A. Love | August 22, 2014 | Black Voices
For decades, American civil rights advocates have connected the dots between the domestic fight for civil rights and the international struggle for human rights.
Credit.com

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The Slacker's Guide to Paying Off Debt

Credit.com | August 21, 2014 | Money
Even a slacker can be debt-free. Here's how.
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