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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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GOP Holds and Will Continue to Hold Lynch Hostage to Holder

(8) 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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GOP Smears Hillary With Obama

(22) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 11:16 AM

GOP strategists have gleefully played up President Obama's plunged poll ratings as if they were Hillary Clinton's. The metamorphosis of Clinton into Obama is amazing to see. First, endlessly cite the mid-terms elections not as a rebuff of Obama's performance and popularity but of Clinton's. Next, tirelessly cite polls and...

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Feds Need Look No Further Than Rodney King for the Case Against Wilson

(32) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 4:47 PM

In August 1992, nearly three months to the day after the four LAPD officers that beat black motorist Rodney King were acquitted on nearly all charges by a jury with no blacks on it, Lourdes G. Baird, the United States Attorney for California's Central District, stepped before a battery of...

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President Obama Should Follow Bush Sr.'s Example and Green Light a Wilson Prosecution

(64) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 8:44 AM

On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was "sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later, following the acquittal of four LAPD cops...

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'We Love You, Bill Cosby!'

(13) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 8:57 PM

The scorecard on Bill Cosby reads like this: A dozen or more women have said with only a slight variation in the time, place and circumstance that Cosby seduced them, propositioned them, promised them favors, put them up, even paid them, then drugged or plied them with alcohol and sexually...

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Juror Bias the Biggest Barrier to Indicting Wilson and Cops That Kill

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:52 AM

If, as seems likely, the St. Louis County Grand Jury refuses to indict Ferguson cop Darren Wilson for slaying Michael Brown it won't be solely because of a weak, ineffectual, half-hearted, and highly selective presentation of evidence by the County prosecutor. It won't be because of massive counter pressure from...

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Is Cosby Still the Darling of the Right?

(18) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 4:38 PM

In May 2004, comedian, social critic and philanthropist Bill Cosby took the stage at Constitution Hall in his hometown of Philadelphia. It was a gala commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown decision on school segregation. Cosby was being honored for his by then...

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Jury Way Out on a Federal Prosecution of Darren Wilson

(508) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 1:20 PM

The moment that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown, the cry went up for a federal investigation and prosecution of Wilson on civil rights charges. Brown's family and attorney and many civil rights leaders had absolutely no confidence that Wilson would ever be arrested, charged or indicted....

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The Issue Again Won't Be Loretta Lynch But President Obama

(17) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch by any account has the highest legal and educational pedigree imaginable to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General. In fact, from the first moment that her name was dropped weeks ago as a possible replacement for Holder, the accolades were non-stop about her accomplishments...

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