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H. A. Goodman

How Does Wilson Fire Six Shots, While Getting Beaten, Without Gunshot Residue on Michael Brown?

H. A. Goodman | September 1, 2014 | Politics
What if Brown was pretending to charge after taunting verbally, in an arrogant act of defiance, with the intent of pulling back? What if Brown was running, but quickly turned back to surrender, and Wilson mistook that for charging, what then?
Sanford Jay Rosen


Police Tactics Again Under the Spotlight in Racially Charged Demonstrations: When Will They Ever Learn?

Sanford Jay Rosen | August 29, 2014 | Black Voices
Let's get real, America. Only by acknowledging and dealing with the continued importance of race as a principal underlying cause of our deficiencies can we ever hope to deal with and resolve those defects in our nation.
Rep. Alan Grayson


Acknowledging the Reality of Police Brutality

Rep. Alan Grayson | August 29, 2014 | Politics
As recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, move from headlines to history, I would like to say a few words about two very sensitive subjects: police brutality, and racism.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson


Beverly Hills Back in the Hot Seat for Racial Profiling

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | August 29, 2014 | Black Voices
Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.


WATCH: These Mind-Controlling Parasites Are Freaky, And Apparently There Are A Lot Of Them

TEDTalks | August 29, 2014 | TED Weekends
How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?
H. A. Goodman

The 'Perfect Crime' in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense

H. A. Goodman | August 29, 2014 | Politics
The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.
NCLR Action Fund

Narrowing the Racial Divide in the War on Drugs

NCLR Action Fund | August 28, 2014 | Latino Voices
Just look at the facts, and it becomes clear that America's egregious rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos stem from the enforcement of unfair sentencing laws -- laws that are grounded in racist policy, and that are desperately in need of reform.
Madison T. Shockley II

My Family Has Been Racially Profiled Everywhere from Harvard to Our Own Home

Madison T. Shockley II | August 28, 2014 | World
I fit the description. I was a black man.
Stephen Downing


The Militarization of American Policing

Stephen Downing | August 28, 2014 | Crime
The military mission is to confront and kill a defined enemy. The peace officer has no enemies. His or her mission is to protect the community and everyone within it. No matter what crime they may have committed, all are entitled to the protections of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and due process.
Michael W. Waters


Any Negro Will Do

Michael W. Waters | August 28, 2014 | Black Voices
Could it be that, in a nation that has legalized racial profiling through such policies as "stop-and-frisk," the persecution of pigmentation makes African Americans indistinguishable from each other in the eyes of the law -- so much so that all are feared as imminent threats?
Tamara N. Holder


Want Less Police Misconduct? Demand They Receive Better Education... Including Chokeholds

Tamara N. Holder | August 28, 2014 | Crime
Still, even a department bans the method, it must initially educate officers on the proper method. Otherwise, officers may continue to use the same chokehold during an arrest thay they used as kids when they were wrestling with their brothers on the living room floor.
Adam Levin


4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

Adam Levin | August 28, 2014 | Money
But if you think you're protected from losing cash by using a debit card, perhaps you need to rethink your definition of protection. Debit cards get scammed the same as credit cards, but that's where the similarity ends.
Etan Thomas


Athletes Take a Stand for Mike Brown

Etan Thomas | August 29, 2014 | Sports
These critiques of athletes are not new. They have been articulated for years, in barbershops, bars, social media, various articles and blogs, by the everyday fan to the most celebrated scholars. But many still are misguided and inaccurate.
JoAnne Page

Broken Windows Is No Replacement for Stop and Frisk

JoAnne Page | August 27, 2014 | New York
Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision of New York as a city that is "safe and fair" is within reach. With welcomed reforms to stop and frisk, he is on the right track. But this progressive agenda will quickly be derailed if the Mayor allows overly aggressive quality of life arrest tactics in poor communities of color to substitute for stop and frisk.
Clay Calvert

Docs v. Glocks Case Fires Up in Florida: ACLU Files Brief on First Amendment Speech Rights

Clay Calvert | August 27, 2014 | Politics
Florida physicians are caught in the National Rifle Association's crosshairs of censorship. That's the gist of the ACLU Foundation of Florida's argument in a brief filed this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the case of Wollschlaeger vs. Governor of Florida.
Sandip Roy


An Unlikely Sliver of Hope from Ferguson

Sandip Roy | August 27, 2014 | Black Voices
Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here was one more old scab to pick at -- immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities.
Orlando Jones


There's a Hole in My Bucket

Orlando Jones | August 26, 2014 | Politics
Since a number of the discussions I've recently had about the events in Ferguson, MO seem to devolve into accusations that I'm either a racist, a liar or an idiot allow me to immediately address some facts that are not in dispute
Burke E. Strunsky


Ferguson Needed a Robert F. Kennedy, Not a George S. Patton

Burke E. Strunsky | August 26, 2014 | Crime
RFK knew how to inspire people. It wasn't a cheap, button-pushing inspiration, but the kind that grew out of his direct awareness of what people had experienced and where they were coming from. As a prosecutor, I often look to his words for guidance.
Paul S. Collins

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Edgar Allan Poe

Paul S. Collins | August 26, 2014 | Books
He once went by "Littleton Barry," and his brother was a poet.
John Roman, Ph.D.

How Deadspin Can Maximize Its Innovative Effort to Collect Police Shooting Data

John Roman, Ph.D. | August 25, 2014 | Crime
In the wake of the recent deaths at police hands of Michael Brown and so many others, people have rightly called for a thorough empirical analysis of how often and under what circumstances the police shoot civilians.
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