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Large Racial Gap In Poll Of The Media's Ferguson Coverage

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Media

A new poll found that residents of St. Louis County had starkly divergent views about the media's conduct in Ferguson depending on their race. The ...

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.

#After Ferguson, 100% Voting and Race Conversations

Laura Barrett | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Ever so tentatively, it feels like a new day is dawning here in the Show-Me state -- a day in which many residents are challenging their local and state police around basic law enforcement procedures.

Ferguson, Dr. King And The Non-Violent Uprising

Shane Claiborne | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

We need to learn from Ferguson so that we will be prepared for the Fergusons of the future. We can prepare ourselves and our communities to respond to violence without letting it overtake us. We can fight evil without becoming evil. We can find the third way that is neither fight nor flight.

Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.13.2014 | Crime
Lev Raphael

The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).

More Details About Video Capturing Witness Reaction To Michael Brown Shooting

AP | JIM SALTER | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a ...

How A Race Riot During Childhood Stayed With Me Forever

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

My mother's parting words were about tear gas. 'If you're hit by some and can't breathe and your eyes begin to burn, cover your face with this cloth,' she said. It was 1968 and my family was living in Washington, D.C., where I was born.

MILBANK: Ferguson Tragedy Becoming A Farce

The Washington Post | Dana Milbank | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

What happened in Ferguson, Mo., last month was a tragedy. What’s on course to happen there next month will be a farce....

Yesterday's Black Voices Matter Today

Nathan Fulcher | Posted 09.12.2014 | Education
Nathan Fulcher

I'm white. Male. In my 30s. College Educated. From Iowa. I also teach African American Literature at a public high school in Los Angeles. Telling that to people I have just met usually gets a second look.

Ferguson and the Dilemma of Black Journalists

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 09.12.2014 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

It seems there hasn't been this many black journalists on TV since Trayvon Martin and therein lies the problem. Diversity in the newsroom is not only a necessity but needs to be constant.

How The Notorious B.I.G. Turned Fear and Rage Into Genius

Timothy Cooper | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Timothy Cooper

"Ready to Die" is a multifaceted masterpiece, but its driving force is Biggie's supplication for America to recognize a young black man wrought with the fear and rage of existing in a life rooted in continuing stagnation.

Blacks and Whites Aren't Having the Same Conversation on Race

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

On one side of this discussion are those who are holding up the shooting of Michael Brown as an example of the racial inequality in this country and in the justice system in particular. On the other side of this discussion are those who see racism as a hoax to be disproved.

Police Mistakes in Ferguson Involve Gender as Well as Race: The Forgotten Lessons of Los Angeles' Christopher Commission

Mary Anne Case | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Mary Anne Case

We would do well to remember the lessons that the 1991 Christopher Commission drew from its investigation into the police practices that led to Rodney King's beating at the hands of the LAPD and the riots that followed.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 3 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

This move could result in the release of thousands of low-level federal inmates caught up in the drug war. For a president who, hitherto, had the most conservative pardon record in recent history (e.g. in Obama's first term, he pardoned 1 in 50 applicants, while Ronald Reagan pardoned 1 in 3), such a shift is noteworthy.

Michael Brown Was No Angel -- Neither Was I

Randye Hoder | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Randye Hoder

Being a teenager is a time when many people take foolish risks and act stupid. In the world I came from, that was OK. Because I was white and privileged, I had time and space to grapple with my problems and the chance to fulfill my promise. Michael Brown, black and male, never will.

The Feminist Agenda Does Not Exist, But the Code of Ethics for Journalist Does

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 09.11.2014 | Media
Rev. Marie Siroky

It is important because what happens in our world affects us all. One used to be able to trust networks and media -- and that is fading fast.

How To Fix An Out-Of Control Police State

The Atlantic | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

The power of the State—of government, in other words—is awesome. And nowhere is that power greater than when it controls life, death, and liberty....

Tired of All the Talk About Ferguson?

Susan Naimark | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Susan Naimark

You don't need to be a radical activist to model civility and fairness. You do need to commit to paying attention to the world around you, perhaps in new ways.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 2 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

What changes have come about since our #EndMassIncarceration petition? Well, there's been about 20 developments and victories in the way of criminal justice reform (not including changes at the state/local level), at least 6 of which that are having or will have measurable impact.

The Global Politics of Cities

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

As the rush to urbanization intensifies in non-democracies such as Iran, China, and Pakistan, is it not inevitable that their cities, with populations truly dwarfing the few hundred thousand inhabitants of ancient Athens, carry within the seeds of political change?

Video Shows Witnesses' Disbelief Following Michael Brown Shooting

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

A video airing on CNN Wednesday showed witnesses' immediate reactions to the shooting death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and kill...

Protesters Planning To Block Part Of Interstate Arrested Near Ferguson

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A planned highway shutdown fell through Wednesday as a wall of officers in riot gear kept people who planned to protest the Fer...

Pharrell On Ferguson: 'This Is Going To Be The Longest Hangover In Race Relations, Ever'

Posted 09.10.2014 | Black Voices

Yesterday (Sept. 9) marked a month since the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and the unarmed teen's family has issued a new call for the ...

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 1 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

At the core of all of this is an ignominious reality at odds with one of the nation's most (publicly) cherished ideals, and one of our Constitution's most sacred laws: the Fourteenth Amendment right to "equal protection of the laws."

Chain Reaction

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Dan Duffy

In the end, many things eventually fade away, both good and bad. When the good fades away, the vacuum is consumed by hate. When the bad fades away, it is consumed by love. I have not given up on love.