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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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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

(16) 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

(8) 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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The Tale of Two Police Abuse Cases

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 7:28 PM

If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill. First there's the CHP. On July 19, this writer received a detailed reply from...

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GOP Will Find a Way to Blame President Obama on Ukraine Jet Downing

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 10:40 AM

The monstrous downing of a Malaysian jet liner apparently by Russian backed separatists in the Ukraine did something that few thought could happen. It has gotten GOP leaders momentarily to agree with President Obama when he pointed the finger squarely at Russia for the horrific attack. But don't expect the...

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Eric Holder Said the Obvious: Racism Drives the Obama Bashing

(38) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder finally said the obvious and that's that racism drives and has always driven the relentless bashing of President Obama. In the past, Holder has strongly hinted that "racial animus," as he put it in his frank charge, has been the mainstay behind the GOP's non-stop, take...

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Method to Madness in GOP Talk of Obama Impeachment

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:12 PM

In times past, Sarah Palin's blunt call for the impeachment of President Obama for his alleged bungling of the border crisis would have been laughed off, as it deservedly should. Simply consider the source to understand why. But Obama didn't laugh it off. During his recent swing through Texas, without...

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GOP Hypocrisy Rides High on Border Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz was the most outrageous of all the GOP Obama basher on the border crisis. He called President Obama's policies "lawlessness" and virtually accused him of hatching a diabolical plan to open up the borders to any and every one who wanted to come in. Cruz's...

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California Highway Patrol Freeway Beating Casts Ugly Glare on Assault on Black Women

(23) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 4:13 PM

Yet we have another beating by a police officer of an unarmed, apparently non-resisting civilian. There's yet another video that captures the assault it in all its graphic, violent and brutal detail. And yet, as is increasingly the case, the victim is a black woman.

In this case, the...

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The Supreme Court's Relentless War Against President Obama

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 3:16 PM

In a C-SPAN Interview in April, 2013, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was asked pointedly his thoughts about President Obama. The characteristically terse, and guarded Thomas simply said, "I shook hands with him at the inauguration to be polite but I've had no in depth conversation." He did not elaborate....

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President Obama Keeps Hearing the Silly Charge He Has Failed Blacks

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:24 AM

From the moment that he set foot in the White House in January, 2009 President Obama has had to hear the silly charge that he has miserably failed blacks. He's repeatedly heard it for two reasons. The first is obvious. He's black, but more than that he actually practiced civil...

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