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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 01.23.2015 | 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...

Oklahoma Pastors Don Hoodies To Protest Proposed Bill

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion

A proposed bill in Oklahoma would make it illegal to conceal one's identity in public "by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise." Many have taken t...

Blasting Away Black Faces and Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.21.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why does Chief J. Scott Dennis believe it to be good policy and practice to further target (literally and figuratively) people who have paid for their past mistakes? Does he think his policy has no real impact on the loved ones of those whose pictures his officers blast away?

Rep. Peter King Is Wrong: Spying Based on Faith Fails to Keep Our Communities Safe

Farhana Khera | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Farhana Khera

Singling out American Muslims for blanket surveillance does not make our nation safer. Spying based on race, ethnicity or religion has failed to identify criminal activity while undermining the very trust between American Muslims and law enforcement that is needed to fight real threats.

Kendrick Lamar Weighs In On Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.09.2015 | Entertainment

In his cover story with Billboard, Kendrick Lamar discussed the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other African-Americans by police in the pa...

Did Religious Profiling Allow Paris Terrorists to Proceed Undetected?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Sahar Aziz

As they enlarge the blanket scrutiny of Muslims without individualized suspicion, French law enforcement is more likely to waste resources investigating innocent people. Meanwhile, the guilty have more opportunity to plot undetected.

Wrestling With 'Justice While Black'

John Thompson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Black Voices
John Thompson

Perhaps the best thing about Justice While Black, by Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles, is the way that it puts individual faces on the persons, disproportionately African-American males, who are systematically abused by the criminal justice system.

How Do Mothers of Slain, Unarmed Black Daughters Grieve?

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 12.30.2014 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

The pain of Dominika Stanley over the senseless loss of her baby girl, Aiyana, is unimaginable. Hard to suffer, too, is the crushing weight of isolation and alienation as the world responds to tragedies like that of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown Jr., and Eric Garner to the exclusion of the loss of black women's and girls' lives.

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

While grading term papers in the undergraduate course I teach at USF, "From Slavery to Obama," I found myself watching the televised funeral of one the NYPD officers recently assassinated by an apparently deranged African-American man. The coincidence prompted me to reflect on the moral and political challenges confronting our nation as we commence the new year of 2015.

Historic March Against Police Brutality: Why You Should Have Been There

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 12.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Lisa Kaas Boyle

On December 27th, as post-Christmas shoppers crowded The Grove shopping center, the streets around it in The Miracle Mile of Los Angeles closed down for something entirely uncommercial: A peaceful protest against the police brutality across our nation.

For Black Boys, It's a Different Story

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Sharon Van Epps

A couple of months before Tamir Rice died with an Airsoft gun in his hand, I stopped my son and a black friend as they were headed out our back door to meet a classmate at the park, loaded down with Nerf guns.

A Blueprint for Local Police Reform to Improve Legitimacy

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While we certainly don't have all the answers, it's time to start talking about and funding constructive ways to reform policing to quell anger by improving legitimacy and community relations.

Why We Should Respect Law Enforcement

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

What is needed now is calm and thoughtfulness, and a real willingness to engage in dialogue on both sides. But respecting law enforcement is a critical part of that equation.

No Real Conversation About Race

Marlene G. Fine | Posted 12.19.2014 | Media
Marlene G. Fine

The news media--people in our society who could play a pivotal role in creating a "dialogue" about such injustices as police killings of young black men--have fallen short.

Locked Behind Prejudice: Questions from a (Hopeful) Ally

Max Dorfman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

One observation may be subjective -- often it's not completely -- but when millions speak, it's a greater truth, one no one can reasonably deny. No one wants to be treated poorly. We are all Americans. And more importantly, we are all human beings.

'So the Guy Couldn't Breathe. So?'

Rick Horowitz | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Ferguson. Staten Island. Cleveland. Won't anyone stand up for those poor cops? Maybe this guy...

Eric Holder: Profiling Continues

James Zogby | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

I first met Eric Holder during the Clinton years when he was serving as Deputy Attorney General. Back then, my community was deeply troubled by FBI harassment, the government's use of "secret evidence" to detain individuals and profiling of Muslim or Arab-looking individuals at airports around the country.

Black Men Openly Carrying a Gun in a Holster Will End Racial Profiling in America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

A legal, constitutionally protected way to defeat racism is right in front of us. After all, everyone can relate to not wanting to be viewed as a criminal, regardless of how they feel about climate change or taxes.

Justice for Some, But Not All: New Anti-Profiling Rules are Civil Rights Setback

Deepa Iyer | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

In this significant national moment, as communities around the country raise their voices to demand accountability and humane treatment by those that serve and protect us, the federal government is sending the opposite message.

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

Comprehensive National Policy That Outlaws Racial Profiling Should Cover State, Local Police

Ranjana Natarajan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Ranjana Natarajan

Racial profiling continues to plague our nation despite the constitutional guarantee of equal treatment under the law.

What You May Not Know If You Have Never Been Accused of Being a Drug Mule

Mitch McEwen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Mitch McEwen

Often when I tell white Americans about my experience with police, their response is one of incredulity. It strikes me that after the events of Ferguson and Staten Island, perhaps we are doing ourselves a disservice by not sharing these stories and not being open to hearing them.

WATCH: 7 Times Black Male Comedians Warned Against Police Brutality Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

The current concerns over police relations in America have been an ongoing social justice issue for decades. It is also a subject many comedians h...