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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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Why We Still Need a Selma

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 12:02 PM

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

(24) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 3:26 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

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:38 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

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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 | 4:05 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 | 11:44 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

(11) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 10:02 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 | 9:46 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 | 4:56 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 | 7:01 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 | 4:07 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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The GOP's Game Plan to Beat Hillary

(21) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 3:22 AM

The presumptive 2016 GOP presidential candidates who showed up at the Republican National Committee's annual winter confab in San Diego did not mention Hillary Clinton, at least not publicly. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, for his part, played it close to the vest and stuck to the basics. He focused on...

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Hunt Terrorists, Don't Scapegoat Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 9:15 AM

The instant the horrific news hit that yet another pack of seemingly deranged nut cases debased Islam by shooting up the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store, nearly every Muslim organization, diplomat, and head of state, no matter their political views, roundly condemned the attacks. All were...

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'Selma' Got It Right About Johnson, The FBI and King

(9) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 1:44 PM

The debate is sharp over whether the movie Selma got it right about Lyndon Johnson and his relationship with and to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A counter argument challenges the film's depiction of Johnson as at best wary of King and his mass street action campaigns in Selma in...

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North Korea's Racial Slur of President Obama Is Business as Usual

(14) Comments | Posted December 28, 2014 | 2:35 PM

The racial taunt by North Korean official's of President Obama as a monkey was no real surprise. The regime has blasted Obama before with border line racial jabs. Obama is the most visible and inviting target for North Korea to single out for blame and vitriol after its...

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Brinsley Was Our Worst Nightmare

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Five days before Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley gunned down New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, I received a memo and a preliminary report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This is a national organization dedicated to tracking the number of officers killed in...

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Elizabeth Warren Is Good and Bad News for the Democrats

(22) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 10:06 AM

For the record, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly said she's not running for president. She has not encouraged any of the burgeoning draft movements for her to run. But she's coy enough to let the legions that implore her to run to keep imploring her to do just that....

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The Ezell Ford Autopsy Report Casts Another Glare on the Autopsy Debate

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 8:30 PM

The slaying of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Ezell Ford have one other thing in common other than they were unarmed black males slain by police officers and their killings ignited a national furor. Their autopsies have been the subject of intense scrutiny, debate, controversy and disbelief. Prosecutors...

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The Chokehold Is Still Alive and Well Courtesy of the Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 6:34 PM

Police departments nationally scrambled furiously in the aftermath of the chokehold death of Eric Garner and the non-indictment of the officer that applied the hold to publicly declare that they do not use the chokehold. They waved and cited inter-department regulation after regulation to prove that they bar the use...

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How the White South Became the White South Again

(39) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 10:53 PM

Lyndon B. Johnson made history in two ways with his trouncing of GOP rival Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election. The first is that he won a greater percent of the popular vote than any other presidential winner in more than a century. He scored nearly 500 electoral votes...

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