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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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GOP Still Drinking Its Kool Aid On Black Voters

(36) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:57 AM

You can count on it like clockwork in the run-up to a presidential election. A GOP presidential candidate will make a much-publicized declaration that the GOP will shift gears and go all out to court black voters. The candidate will trot out the same shop worn arguments. The Democrats have...

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Who is Burning America's Black Churches---And Why?

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:11 PM

The count of black churches in the South that have been torched is not the six that have been burned since the massacre of nine blacks at Charleston's Emmanuel AME Church, but 37. The church burnings occurred in a period of not two weeks but over 18 months.


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Is Charleston a Turning Point For America on Race?

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 12:25 PM

The Charleston memorial services for the nine blacks massacred at Emmanuel AME church were more than memorial services; they may mark a turning point for America on race. The massive national and international attention, combined with the raw tears and emotions at all the services, again drove home the shock...

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Why The Confederate Flag Will Continue to Fly--For Now

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says take it down. Present GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush says take it down. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will say a qualified take it down. The "it" is the Confederate Flag. They now want the flag removed from the South Carolina State House....

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Police and Prosecutors Still Foot Drag on Hate Crimes

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 3:03 PM

The suspected racially motivated massacre at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by alleged shooter Dylann Roof drew shocked gasps, rage, and a renewed focus on hate violence in the country. That's fine. But it doesn't focus on the continued greater danger. And that's that hate crimes, and especially...

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Police and Prosecutors Still Foot Drag on Hate Crimes

(6) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:37 PM

The suspected racially motivated massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by alleged shooter Dylann Roof drew shocked gasps, rage and a renewed focus on hate violence in the country. That's fine. But it doesn't focus on the continued greater danger. And that's that hate crimes, and especially...

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Spokane NAACP President Proves Actions, Not Race, Is What Counts in Civil Rights Battle

(21) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 8:16 PM

In February, 2015, the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter sought action on job discrimination and civil rights violations complaints, took on Comcast, secured legal support for a transgender sexual assault victim, filed police racial profiling complaints, demanded an investigation of KKK literature in the area, and an FBI investigation of other...

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Why Conservatives Love to Fan the Black Murder Myth

(10) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Conservative blogs, webs, newspapers, and pundits are at it again screaming that young black males are killing each other with abandon in city after city. They repeatedly toss out the supposedly raging murder violence in Baltimore, Chicago and now New York City as proof that black on black carnage has...

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The Sleaze Hit on Hillary Won't Work

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 6:11 PM

The one, and really so far only, real attack angle that the GOP will exploit to the hilt against 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton is the sleaze factor. It will go like this: Hillary, and by extension hubby Bill, have such a long and checkered history of shady dealings,...

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Bush Name May Not Sink Jeb Bush

(17) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Weeks before Jeb Bush announced that he was exploring a 2016 presidential run and actually taking steps to put some campaign pieces together, surveys and polls were hastily taken to see whether the Bush name would render a potential run by him still born. Most showed that the Bush name...

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Waco Biker Mayhem Again Raises the Fierce Racial Double Standard

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 11:24 PM

We've seen it so often that it's now become laughable, pitiable, and disgraceful. But more than anything else it strikes to the heart of a grotesque truth about American hypocrisy. The "it" this time is the blatant and outrageous casual, almost matter of fact, infuriating racial double standard by law...

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Baltimore PD Indictment Is One Thing, Conviction Is Another

(137) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 6:48 PM

A Maryland prosecutor has charged a Baltimore police officer with a major felony charge in the killing of an unarmed young black male who was not charged with any crime. The case has drawn intense media attention and stirred public rage. Prosecutors in bringing charges are confident that they can...

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Baltimore Is the First Big Test for Attorney General Lynch

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:10 PM

In the days immediately before Loretta Lynch's confirmation as Attorney General, one of her advisors noted that she felt that law enforcement is good for minority communities. He went further and said that she feels strongly that police and minority communities have much more in common than differences....

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The GOP Will Still War on Lynch

(69) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Attorney General Loretta Lynch at long last won the first round of battle with the GOP with her confirmation. But it's only the first round. The 43 GOP senators who vote against her confirmation made clear by their vote against her that she will be on the same political hot...

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GOP's Confirmation of Lynch Won't Change Anything With Obama

(116) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 5:23 PM

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell hinted that a vote will finally come on Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. Another GOP senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, assured that a Senate vote on Lynch is practically days away. It probably will happen this time. The GOP has been pounded, lambasted and pulverized for...

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The Second Slaying of Walter Scott

(15) 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

(76) 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

(163) 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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