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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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Black Lives AND Police Lives Both Matter

(16) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 9:48 AM

It's not, and never should have been, an either or proposition to say black lives matter or police matters matter. The slaying of a police officer must and should be denounced with the same vigor, passion and outrage as the unwarranted slaying of an unarmed African-American. The sad thing is...

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A Hate Crime is a Hate Crime No Matter the Color of the Perpetrator

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 2:32 PM

There isn't much left in the way of pejoratives that can't and haven't been said about Vester Flanagan. He was disturbed, deranged, a psychopath, maniacal, the epitome of evil, and a flat out nut job. The pejoratives dumped on him are certainly much deserved. The gunning down of TV reporter...

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Katrina's Message on America's Poor Still Unheard

(47) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:09 PM

There was a very fleeting moment in the aftermath of the Katrina debacle, August 29, 2005, that the message that there are a lot of poor in New Orleans and America who are routinely ignored, neglected, and reviled had gotten through. In that very fleeting moment there was a torrent...

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Unfortunately, Ben Carson Is No Laughing Matter

(252) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 6:19 PM

A year before the first GOP presidential debate, the thought that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson could be anything more than comic relief in the 2016 presidential contest was pure delusionary. But Carson is not only still around in the GOP's crowded presidential field, he, like Donald Trump, is gapping the...

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The Julian Bond I Remember and Honor

(9) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM

I can't tell you how many times I sparred with former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond on TV shows and in print during the years he headed the NAACP over the policy and direction of the NAACP. No matter how fierce our debate, I was always struck by the dignity and...

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What Bernie Does for the Democrats

(116) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 3:40 PM

The Democratic Party's single biggest worry in the run up to the 2016 presidential campaign should not be which GOP contender its nominee will face. It should be can the Democratic nominee do what President Obama did in 2008 and again in 2012 and turn the campaign into a crusade...

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What I Saw in Watts 50 Years Ago and What I See Today

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:26 PM

I and a couple of friends stood transfixed with hundreds of others on the corner several blocks from my house in South L.A. watching what seemed like a horrid page out of "Dante's Inferno". But this wasn't the classic writer's epic poem. This was real life. Liquor stores, a laundromat,...

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What Makes This GOP Presidential Debate Matter

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:26 PM

The debate has fiercely raged ever since the first modern era glamour presidential debate in 1960 between Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon over whether presidential debates really matter. The short answer from the mountains of research on the question is "no." Most...

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Danger Sign in Bail for Alleged Cincinnati Police Shooter

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Predictably it took almost no time for ex-University of Cincinnati Cop Ray Tensing who is charged with the murder of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose to make his $1 million bail. His father allegedly put up his house and cash as collateral for the 10 percent or $100,000 that...

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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

(267) 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

(2) 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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