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Driving While Black

Philando Castile's Driving Record Raises Questions About Racial Profiling

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices

ST. PAUL, Minn. ― A black St. Paul man whom police fatally shot during a traffic stop last week appears to have been previously cited by police at l...

America: Hurting in Black and Blue

Bob Herbst | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Bob Herbst

America is divided and hurting, and police-community relations is one big part of that hurt. But there will be no healing between black and blue, no unity, without justice. The cameras are not going away.

Black People Ticketed For Not Wearing Seat Belts In Florida Twice As Often As Whites

The Huffington Post | Tyler Tynes | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

Black people in Florida are being stopped and ticketed for minor seat belt violations nearly twice as often as white people statewide and up to four t...

'Driving While Black' Is Real, Study Finds

The New York Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics

Rufus Scales, 26 and black, was driving his younger brother Devin to his hair-cutting class in this genteel, leafy city when they heard the siren’s ...


Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.02.2016 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

As a society, we need to come to grips with the way people of color are judged and punished for behavior that is seen as harmless in white people.

Driving While Black, Female and Fearless

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 07.24.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Getting behind the wheel, Bland had three strikes against her. She was black, female and fearless, a combination that is antithetical to all the vaunted white-centered narratives of driving and freedom in the U.S.

Sandra Bland Should Never Have Been In Jail In The First Place

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

"You mind putting out your cigarette, please?" That's the question Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia asks motorist Sandra Bland about nine minutes int...

Study: Black Drivers Stopped More Than Whites In Connecticut

Reuters | Richard Weizel | Posted 04.08.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Black automobile drivers in Connecticut are stopped by police at far higher rates than white drivers and by a very wide margin in several ...

Losing Isaiah: Is Self Censorship a Way to Avoid Driving While Black?

Torraine Walker | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

How much freedom of expression does Black America withhold in exchange for a measure of safety in White America? What do we gain by that, and what do we lose? How much of our flavor, our life rhythm do we have to suppress daily to fit in, thrive, and survive?

Living While Black?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Maybe not your life. But somebody's....

Ferguson and Beyond

Stephen Wyse | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Stephen Wyse

As a lawyer in that system, I know that the American criminal justice system is institutionally racist, even though the vast majority of people that work within it are people of good will. We can change the system, but that requires us to recognize the problem and commit to making the necessary changes.

Teach Young Black Men 'The Lesson' and Save Their Lives

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

When my sons got their driver's licenses, I wasn't worried about the high cost of auto insurance or what car was best for them. I was terrified of what they would experience driving while black. It was time for "The Lesson" on how to survive when stopped by police.

When White Parents Have 'The Talk' With Black Sons

Marlene G. Fine | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Marlene G. Fine

It had never occurred to us that we would need to add training in "how to act in the event that you're stopped by the police" to our list of teenage driving skills. So, we had "The Talk" with both of our sons before they learned to drive. While aching inside, we rattled off the drill.

For Rosa Parks, December 5, 1955

Janus Adams | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Here, on the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott sparked by Rosa Parks keeping her historic seat, I'd like to tell you a story. Think of it as a relay race. As the baton is passed runner-to-runner, year-after-year, think of the goal line as justice.

‘The Talk' Has a Double Meaning for Black People

Ron Thomas | Posted 09.23.2013 | Black Voices
Ron Thomas

What's most unsettling about Martin's fate is that no black parent -- no matter how watchful or even paranoid -- would have thought to issue a warning against "walking with Skittles."

Stop Racial Profiling: In Support of the Students and Professors at Providence College

Khanh Ho | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Khanh Ho

We should take seriously the complaints of the concerned students and faculty at Providence College; if they're talking about it now, it's probably gotten way out of control.

Why Are So Many Black Drivers Being Pulled Over In Chicago Suburb?

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Andrew Schroedter | Posted 02.21.2013 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: Why are Evergreen Park police pulling over so many black drivers? The motorists believ...

Voter Suppression and Driving While Black

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Non-white motorists are more likely for moving violations than whites. Combine discriminatory policing with photo ID laws and you've got a perfect tool for keeping black and brown people from the polls.

The Hurtful Legacy of Herman Cain's "Suspended," "Brother From Another Mother" Presidential Campaign

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Ronald B. Robinson

For a sustained period, Cain was the GOP candidate who most successfully stimulated the nostalgia for the good ole days of the "great communicator," Ronald Reagan, among "the base."

Reflecting on the Gates Arrest

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Luce

The Gates arrest uncorked pent-up emotions and helped reveal a dirty national secret: racial profiling is real, it violates the highest ideals of our country, and it demeans the daily experiences of too many people.

Whether Gates or Health Care, Race Matters

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Discussions of race are not merely a distraction from more important matters; they are essential to understanding political mobilization around many of the significant policy issues facing us today.

"Driving While Black," "Negro Riots," and Two Nations

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

On August 11, 1965, an all-too-frequent stop of a black man by a white police officer exploded into one of the worst urban riots in American history.

The Gates Affair: Why We Care

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Inheritance is White, poor credit scores, Black. A missing woman is White and a fugitive on the loose is Black.

"Flying While Arab" Continues to Soar

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

"Miss!" A large man with a crew cut pointed at me and exclaimed, "You have a bomb in your shoe!" This dude was talking to me. I was shocked.