While the Task Force's final report, released this week, does include some smart recommendations that could improve the criminal justice system, they missed two key opportunities to reform police practices.
On Saturday, May 16, 2015, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools held a conference titled, Race, Rights, and Responsibility: What Educators Can Do to Help Our Students Think Critically about Protest, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberty.
If the voices and concerns of ordinary Americans aren't at the center of this debate, we can expect the ticking time bomb of urban unrest to explode in more and more communities. Without major reforms, the recent upheavals in Ferguson and Baltimore may simply be a precursor to a wave of 21st century riots.
Now that another killer cop has been acquitted in Cleveland, I'll get straight to the point and answer the question posed by the title of this post about Baltimore's Freddie Gray with a single word: No.
Mosby's courageous decision to prosecute makes her just one of the many black women over the decades who have worked hard to quell the scourge of police brutality. Black women have played a substantial role in bringing national and international attention to the issue, both in the past and today.
Faculty should be hired and evaluated on the basis of their teaching, research, and professional service, and should be free to speak as citizens and persons without fear for their jobs.
Few people discussing the recent riots and protests in Baltimore have bothered to question why young people would feel angry enough to destroy their own neighborhood. Some have suggested the unrest can be blamed largely on the "breakdown" of the family structure in poor neighborhoods, particularly in poor communities of color, where fathers are frequently absent.
Veteran recording artist Maysa doesn't usually hesitate to sing about what's on her mind. But the recent Baltimore unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, led her to question the inclusion of the song "Tear it Up, Tear it Down," on her new album Back 2 Love.
I have family that has dedicated their life in state jobs helping people, I know the need, and don't agree that to help one the other has to be ignored. At a time when Baltimore City youth needs more help than ever, Governor Hogan made it clear that those needs are not a priority.
...asked my 9 year-old last month. Otherwise absorbed in a rousing Fifa 15 match, he looked up from the iPad when the news upstaged Isco's corner kick.
The horizons of my professional life have always extended beyond our borders. This global perspective has shaped my views on the best ways to address some of the world's most intractable issues -- education, poverty, economic opportunity, health care.
To paraphrase the Stark words from Game of Thrones, summer is coming. Ferguson and Baltimore are likely to be the beginning of a series of (looking for a neutral term here) conflicts. Thus, it behooves us to try to think about the recent events in Baltimore in clearheaded, non-partisan ways.
Whether the location is urban or rural, America is embroiled in racial setbacks which aren't characteristic of progress we've made on other fronts. Here is a person who gives me hope and who I hope will be an inspiration to you as well as we commit to move forward positively and proactively.
Philadelphia has a long history as an incubator for social justice activism, from the abolition of slavery to the Black Power movement. Moreover, with its high unemployment and poverty, low wages, and high incarceration rate, the city could become another Baltimore.
Something amazing happened on Friday at my school... my students exercised their right to conduct a peaceful protest. They organized their strategy within a week; attributing leadership credit to one they called "Ms. Kelly."
We have heard a lot in the last couple of weeks about the impact neighborhoods may have on the outcomes of children who grow up in them. New research reinforces the idea that neighborhoods do matter.