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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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The Second Deadly Assault on Sandra Bland

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 2:46 PM

It started within moments after Sandra Bland was found hanging in a Waller County jail cell. And it hasn't let up for one moment since her dubious death. The "it" is the non-stop litany of
of veiled and not so veiled hints, innuendoes, digs, and crass, snide, accusing comments,...

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It's Not About Hillary's Emails, But Hillary

(262) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 9:30 PM

Three, remember that number.

That's the number of times Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will have been dragged before the GOP controlled House Select Committee to testify about Benghazi if she testifies as reports say this October. The date hasn't as yet been officially confirmed. This time the panel...

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GOP Peddles Hard the 'Hillary Can't Be Trusted' Line

(204) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 9:12 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is the runaway pick among voters when asked who among the presidential candidates is the most credible, honest and trustworthy, and even the most compassionate. Her rank on the voter trustworthy meter is far higher than that of Barack Obama and easily tops that of...

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President Obama Took Another Big Step Toward Ending Grotesque Drug Sentencing Laws

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 6:23 PM

A week before Christmas in 2013, President Obama sent a modest shot across the bow of the harmful, wasteful and grotesquely racially-biased drug sentencing laws when he granted clemency to eight, mostly low-level drug offenders. Obama essentially followed a lead that then Attorney General Eric Holder took when...

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Trump Is the GOP's Trump Card

(3) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Donald Trump is again the GOP's go-to guy to breathe life into a swatch of disconnected and alienated GOP hard-right faithful. Here's why he's so important in that respect. The Republican National Committee and GOP presidential contenders former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul talk big about...

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Yes, a Cosby Can Be Prosecuted

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 6:57 PM

The moment the first of the 45 women to date publicly accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them, the big question on the lips of many was: Could Cos be criminally prosecuted? The legal experts hashed the question back and forth and at the end their general consensus...

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GOP Still Drinking Its Kool Aid On Black Voters

(45) 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?

(1) 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.

That...

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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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