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Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. Hutchinson is the author of ten books on race and politics in America.

His featured interviews and comments on race and politics have appeared in numerous national publications: He is a frequent guest analyst on CNN, Fox, and American Urban Radio Network:

He is the National Political Writer for New America Media and a regular contributor to: the Grio, and Electronic Urban Radio Network. He is the host of The Hutchinson Report on KTYM and KPFK Radio Stations.

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The Daniele Watts Stop Tosses the Glare Again on the Racial Profiling Debate

(7) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Two predictable things happened the instant Django Unchained star, actress Daniele Watts, an African-American, was detained by an LAPD officer in Studio City, California in response to a lewd public behavior call. The first was that Watts' loudly charged that she was being detained only because she was...

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The Red Flag Flies High Again on Prosecution in Brown Slaying

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 8:06 PM

A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela "Tough on Crime" Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate. Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen...

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President Obama's Golf Rejection Much More Than Poor Timing

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:10 PM

President Obama was rejected by not one, not two, but three golf courses in the New York City area during the recent Labor Day holiday weekend. Could anyone in their wildest imagination envision a sitting U.S. president being booted from a golf course or any other venue before he even...

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Where's the Outrage Over Oklahoma Cop's Alleged Assault on Black Women?

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw has been hit with a 16 count indictment on charges of first degree rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, stalking, forcible oral sodomy and burglary. These are charges would virtually insure that any other man so charged would be buried so deep...

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Just How Is Obama's Foreign Policy a Failure?

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:31 AM

The one constant from a pack of GOP senators, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, failed GOP Republican Presidential candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney, and the usual suspect legion of right wing bloggers, websites and writers has been that President Obama's foreign policy is a mess. They greedily snatched...

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Fast Food Workers Need a Real Break Today

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 2:32 PM

A couple of generations of school kids have grown up on the catchy McDonald's advertising jingle, "You deserve a break today." But during every working moment of those years McDonald's workers have gotten anything but a break when it comes to working hours and worse, their wages for those hours....

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Hillary Got It Right on Ferguson and Race

(52) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 8:24 PM

Hillary Clinton was pilloried and battered for days on end for not uttering a peep about the Michael Brown slaying, the Ferguson disorders, and most importantly race. Clinton took heat on this for the simple reason that she almost certainly will run for president and likely win. It would look...

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Beverly Hills Back in the Hot Seat for Racial Profiling

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 2:03 PM

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. Though they later back pedaled and expressed regret about the arrest, they still contended that Belk was detained not because...

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Now It's the School Police That Are Becoming Militarized

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 3:36 PM

The ridiculous and terrifying sight of dozens of police dressed and packing assault-style weapons as if they had just stepped out of a combat zone in Iraq or Afghanistan in Ferguson, Missouri was horrifying enough. Now we find that an increasing number of America's school police are packing semiautomatic weapons....

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More Than Race Fuels the 'Support Darren Wilson' Campaign

(17) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 4:45 PM

"Support Darren Wilson," these three words emblazoned at the top of the GoFundMe website in support of the Ferguson, Missouri cop that gunned down Michael Brown said it all. In the span of less than 48 hours, nearly 5000 donations were received, and the site got tens of thousands of...

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Holder Has a Compelling Case in the Brown Killing

(10) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder has a compelling federal case in the Michael Brown killing if he decides to bring civil rights charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop Darren Wilson.

He's certainly taken almost unprecedented lightning fast first steps in that direction. He's got a phalanx of FBI agents assigned to...

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The Second Slaying of Michael Brown

(9) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 6:39 PM

The instant the news broke that 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by a Ferguson, Missouri cop the inevitable happened. Police officials dusted off a well-worn "cover themselves" template. They would either hold a press conference, publicly release, or leak documents that depicted Brown as having gang ties, smoked dope, dealt...

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Brown and Ford Slayings Prove that Racial Profiling Just Might Kill

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:11 PM

The surprising thing about U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's tale of being pulled over twice as a college student driving on the New Jersey Turnpike and again as a federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. at a convention of Al Sharpton's National Action Network last April was that there was no...

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Why It's Nearly Impossible to Nail Cops for Deadly Force

(40) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:11 PM

18 year-old Mike Brown is the latest name to add to the again growing list of victims of brazen overuse of deadly force by cops. Brown was allegedly gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer with his hands raised after a stop. He fit the usual pattern of those...

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The Nixon That Watergate Exposed

(12) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 6:07 PM

In the decades following the national convulsion over Watergate, Richard Nixon has had not only something of a fond revival but a near rehabilitation. He is revered in some circles as an enlightened, even visionary statesman, a savvy, pragmatic politician, and the Republican who showed the party how to win....

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The James Brown I Remember

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 6:02 PM

That evening at a concert in the late 1960s, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, was memorable. The performer was James Brown. And as always, he was the usual frenetic, non-stop, consummate singer, entertainer, and showman. I and the hundreds of others at the concert had come to know...

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The Never-Ending Ben Carson Silliness

(26) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 9:23 PM

The silliness about a Ben Carson presidential bid just got sillier. With much fanfare, he recently gathered a flock of supposedly well-heeled donors, boosters, and political operatives in Palm Beach, Florida, and announced that he's formed a PAC with the presumptuous name One Nation to prep for his 2016 White...

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President Obama's Executive Pen Powers the Right Challenge to GOP

(4) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 10:01 AM

President Obama did two crucial things in signing his latest executive order. The first was that it requires prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This is a measure that's long past due...

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Feds Should Take a Hard Look at California Highway Patrol Beating Case

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:15 AM

The instant that the video went viral that showed a California Highway Patrol officer pounding a hapless woman (later identified as Marlene Pinnock) into the pavement on the side of a Los Angeles freeway on July 1, the cry went up for a federal probe and possible prosecution of the...

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Race Will Continue to Haunt Rand Paul

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 4:54 PM

There's good news and bad news for Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul on the thorny issue of race. First there's the good. He's far and away the only 2016 GOP prospective presidential candidate who has made even a smidgen of an effort to crack the GOP's toughest of tough sales...

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