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Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC and a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is the host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KPFK-Radio and the Pacifica Network.

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The Second Slaying of Walter Scott

(12) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 9:56 AM

It's getting so predictable you can mail the script in. A young, or not so young, unarmed African-American is gunned down by a cop. It makes brief news -- except the news is not really news but the script. He was reaching for the officer's gun, or his Taser or...

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Why the Former South Carolina Cop May Walk in Scott Shooting

(68) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:38 PM

Former North Charleston Police officer Michael Thomas Slager has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott. At first glance, it seems a virtual slam dunk to nail Slager on the charge. There's the clear as a bell video shot in broad daylight which shows Scott in...

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Nice Try Rand Paul But It Won't Work

(154) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Freshly minted 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul has a few good things going for him. He has talked back to the war hawks. He wants to radically rein in out of control intelligence spying. He wants to chip away at the draconian drug laws that still incarcerate mostly minorities...

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Why I Applaud Ex-Oklahoma University Frat Levi Pettit for Confronting Racism

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 12:22 AM

Former Oklahoma University fraternity member Levi Pettit recently stood before a bank of cameras and microphones, flanked by a bevy of black elected officials, ministers and civil rights leaders at a black church in Oklahoma City. He apologized for his racially insensitive acts and ignorance. This was the...

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Stephen A. Smith's GOP Delusion Is Nothing New

(160) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 3:50 PM

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith has gotten quite a reputation for being a controversial tell-it-like-he-sees-it guy. That's fine in sports punditry. He's an ex-jock, and in that world pretty much any inanity will fly. But when Smith pursed his lips and ventured outside sportsdom to quip that blacks

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If Ferguson Stays Ferguson, Blacks Have No One to Blame but Themselves

(76) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 7:36 PM

Ferguson will hold municipal elections April 7. The mayor and five of the six city councilpersons are white. Three are up for reelection. Since Michael Brown was gunned down by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the one loud refrain has repeatedly been how could a city...

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Nothing New in the Ape Crack About Michelle Obama

(77) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Silly, sick, demeaning cracks made by such as the canned Univision host Rodner Figueroa likening First Lady Michelle Obama to a Planet of the Apes character are not new. Four years ago, the then CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, Walt Baker, took much heat and lost a lot of...

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Racist Video Casts Ugly Glare on Colleges' Blind Eyes to Frat Racism

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Five years before the racist video by the disgraced Oklahoma University fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon ignited a firestorm of student and public rage, hundreds of students and faculty members were up in arms over the "Compton Cook Out" at the University of California, San Diego and several other...

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The Issue for the Supreme Court Is Not Obamacare, But Obama

(1260) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 9:02 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was lambasted as a turncoat, traitor and betrayer by conservatives when he cast the deciding fifth vote in 2012 upholding the constitutional soundness of the Affordable Care Act. This allowed states and the federal government to put in an array of measures to...

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Why We Still Need a Selma

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:02 AM

One week after Alabama state troopers bludgeoned civil rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge outside Selma on March 7, 1965 a visibly shaken Lyndon Johnson called for and addressed a joint session of Congress. His message was clear. His administration would pull out all stops to pass a voting...

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Trayvon Martin Remains a Challenge to America

(29) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Two days before the third anniversary of the killing of Travvon Martin by rogue, one-time, self-styled neighborhood-watch captain George Zimmerman, the Justice Department said in a terse announcement that it would not file federal civil-rights charges against Zimmerman in connection with the Martin slaying. The announcement was denounced by Martin's...

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Fifty Years Later, Questions About Malcolm X's Assassination Remain

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Five years ago Thomas Hagan was paroled after having served 44 years in prison for his part in the murder of black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Hagan, who went by the name "Talmadge Hayer" at the time of the murder, is the only one of a trio of convicted assassins...

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Sony Back on the Racial Hot Seat

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Amy Pascal chairperson of the Motion Pictures Group of Sony Pictures Entertainment is gone. Film producer Scott Rudin apologized profusely and has kept a deliberate low to no public profile. Both took much deserved heat last December when a stack of hacked leaked emails caught them taking silly and ugly...

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GOP Hammers Obama Again With the Taxing the Rich Myth

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 3:05 PM

The ink was barely dry on President Obama's projected 2016 budget proposal when GOP leaders virtually declared the proposals DOA. The real issue is not the amount Obama wants to spend on domestic and defense programs. But his audacity to again say that some of the funding on these programs...

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Why Brian Williams Got Away With Pandering to Racial Stereotypes about Black Gangs

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 10:44 AM

Now it turns out that temporarily defrocked NBC news anchor Brian Williams may have blatantly lied about being terrorized by gangs during the Katrina debacle in 2005. Williams repeatedly said that during his stay at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans covering the Katrina nightmare he and other guests...

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Suge Knight Arrest Again Reinforces Thug Image of Black Males

(13) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 9:02 PM

First it was fallen rap mogul Suge Knight's arrest for murder. Second the alleged murder took place in Compton. And third, it was rap. This is the perfect dysfunctional storm to get the tongues clucking again that Knight, rappers, and by extension young black males are hopelessly ensnared...

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The Three Slayings of Michael Brown

(14) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 8:46 AM

18-year-old Michael Brown had the dubious distinction of being slain three times. The first was, of course, his being gunned down by now former Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. The second slaying was in some ways just as painful to his family, friends, and the thousands that demanded Wilson be...

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GOP Holds and Will Continue to Hold Lynch Hostage to Holder

(9) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Texas Senator John Cornyn wasted no time with U.S. Attorney General designate Loretta Lynch. He asked her point-blank, "How are you going to be different from Eric Holder?" It was not a question. It was a demand. Lynch gave him the requisite answer, "I am not Eric Holder." That won't...

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The Other Mr. Cub I Remember

(6) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 6:01 PM

As a kid growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, I loved baseball. But most blacks then didn't love the Chicago Cubs. There were two reasons for that. The Cubs played at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side, and blacks almost literally took their lives in their hands...

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Even More Housing Segregation on Tap If the Supreme Court Has Its Way

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 3:07 PM

The Supreme Court is poised to do what many realtors, developers and mortgage lenders have long chomped at the bit at. That is to gut the 1968 Fair Housing law. The law forbade intentional, and by extension, disparate discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. The implicit understanding in...

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