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Racial Profiling

The Problem With Broken Taillights

Alan P. Sherouse | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion
Alan P. Sherouse

A broken taillight can also be a life-altering offense for some brown-skinned motorists. Among immigrants, fear persists that a minor traffic violation could lead to deportation and the splintering of family.

Should the Police Be Armed?

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.16.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

The cellphone video "reality footage" just doesn't stop. Black men are shot, killed, handcuffed. The shortcomings of their prematurely terminated lives soon become public knowledge, vaguely justifying the shocking wrongness of the officer's action -- always poisoning the grief.

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

Hundreds Gather For Walter Scott's Funeral

Reuters | Harriet McLeod | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices

SUMMERVILLE, S.C., April 11 (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners gathered on Saturday morning at a South Carolina chapel to remember Walter Scott, an Afri...

Man Vows Suit Over Prior Excessive Force Complaint Against Michael Slager

Reuters | Harriet McLeod | Posted 04.10.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - A South Carolina man emerged on Thursday to say that the high-profile, videotaped shooting death of another black man by a police officer ...

Walter Scott's Killing Is a Direct Result of the State of Policing in America Today

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 04.09.2015 | Crime
Ezekiel Edwards

Video or no video, prompt investigation and appropriate action following a police shooting -- just as with any possible crime -- should be the rule nationwide, not the exception. But these incidents are more than just bad-apple cops: The problem of unjustified lethal force is endemic.

South Carolina Residents Say State Has 'An Atmosphere Of Racism'

Reuters | Harriet McLeod | Posted 04.09.2015 | Black Voices

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., April 8 (Reuters) - For the dozens of protesters who descended on the working-class South Carolina city of North Charleston on...

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 04.06.2015 | 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?

Cop To Black Teen: 'F**k With Me, I'll Break Your Leg' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.06.2015 | Crime

A Minneapolis cop was caught on camera threatening to break the leg of a teenager who said he was racially profiled. Hamza Jeylani, 17, said he and...

Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For Detroit Man Brutally Beaten By Police

Reuters | Serena Maria Daniels | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea for a man charged with drug possession who was dragged from his car, struck several times i...

It's Not Just Ferguson

Karen Dolan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Karen Dolan

When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong. A democratic society that purports "freedom and justice for all" can't coexist with one that profiles and criminalizes poor people and communities of color.

Video Shows Cops Brutally Beating Unarmed Black Man In Michigan

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices

The violent arrest of an African-American motorist by two white police officers in Inkster, Michigan, was caught on video and shows police brutally be...

Racism Brews Hotter While Too Many of Us Sip Our Coffee in Silence

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Maybe random conversations about race can't be meaningful. Maybe we can't expect relative strangers in a busy coffee shop to connect over the subject. But I tire of all the reasons we can't make progress on this issue. People don't want to talk about race, period, not with strangers, not with friends, not over dinner. It's as if we won't acknowledge it.

What Ever Happened to Post-Racism?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We must make this country a nation of equal protection under the law with equal opportunity for everyone. If we truly would like to be post-racial one day, we cannot continue to live in denial, or turn a blind eye towards reality, or remain complacent today. It's as simple as that.

Mississippi Town Erects Emmett Till Museum 60 Years After His Killing

Reuters | Bryn Stole | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Six decades after the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, the small Mississippi Delta town where two white men were ac...

Sheriff Arpaio Admits Violating Court Order In Racial Profiling Case

AP | Jacques Billeaud | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for immigration crackdowns and a defiant political style has offered to publicly apologize and fork out mone...

Public Shaming: We've Gone Too Far

Ross Ellis | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
Ross Ellis

In order to stop public shaming, we should all be held accountable and be role models to our children, our peers and others. Lead by example and show words of kindness can and do make a world of difference.

Trayvon Martin Remains a Challenge to America

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Martin was more than just another young black male gunned down in an act of senseless violence. He became and will remain a challenge to the nation to do something about that violence.

Discovering Racial Audits

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

The challenge in addressing race relations in America has always been struggling to find the right place and time. In order to effectively embark upon that journey, police may need to be their own first respondents in addressing race and ethnicity within their own communities.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Director: 'Lazy' Racial Biases May Affect Law Enforcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The director of the FBI said on Thursday that law enforcement officers may develop a cynicism that can lead them to treat minorities unf...

Lawyers For Joe Arpaio Seek Meeting In Racial Profiling Case

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Lawyers for embattled Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio have asked a federal judge to order a settlement confe...

How Wearing The Wrong Jewelry Can Get You Locked Up

justice.gawker.com | Donovan X. Ramsey | Posted 01.28.2015 | Black Voices

Andre Perry is 32 years old. He's a commercial photographer, lives in Brooklyn, and loves fashion. He's also black. A month ago, Perry was stopped at ...

Is America a Sheep or a Goat?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.

Nas Explains How Police Misconduct Exposes America's Weakness

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.28.2015 | Black Voices

The reactions following last year’s non-indictments of police Officers Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri and Daniel Pantaleo in Staten Island, Ne...