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Racial Profiling

Teach Your Kids To Talk To Strangers

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We may think we're teaching safety when we tell them to disregard the unfamiliar, when we tell them to turn away from strangers, but what we're teaching is intolerance and indifference.

WATCH LIVE: Ending Mass Incarceration in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

We are at a pivotal moment. Supporters of mass incarceration have argued that locking people away is needed to fight crime, but the imprisonment rate has climbed regardless of fluctuations in crime rates, giving the United States the highest incarceration rates in the world.

Amateur Videos Reshaping Police Use of Deadly Force

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

Over the past year, countless amateur videos have flooded the internet involving alleged accounts of police misconduct towards citizens.

UN Issues Scathing Assessment of U.S. Human Rights Record

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

While in some areas, like LGBT rights and freedom of speech, the United States' human rights record fares far better than that of other parts of the world, in many areas -- including national security, criminal justice, social and economic rights, and immigration policy -- the U.S. has an abysmal record compared to other liberal democracies.

ACLU Says Two Black Men Were Victims Of Racial Profiling

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices

DENVER, May 5 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detain...

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Baltimore -- Riot v. Rebellion

Shermin Kruse | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

I am struck by the different lenses through which identical events unfold and the challenges involved in unification.

Little Hope in Baltimore for the '2s,' '3s,' and '4s'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Baltimore City is not unlike many inner cities throughout the country where unemployment rates for black youth tops 50 percent, and black adult unemployment hovers around 20 percent. Blight saturates neighborhood.

Contempt of Cop & Deadly Force

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl Dorsey

Bad police tactics can lead to bad shootings. Poor planing and a lack of communication between partner officers can lead to excessive force or even deadly force. An inability to empathize and relate to the community served can also lead to devaluation of a human life.

Isaiah Washington: A Hotel Tried To Kick Me Out 'For Being An Uppity Negro'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.24.2015 | Black Voices

Isaiah Washington told HuffPost Live on Thursday that he was "racially profiled in Silicon Valley" on Saturday, April 18. Washington explained to H...

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Admits Private Investigation Into Judge's Wife

AP | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio dropped a bombshell in court Thursday when he said his former lawyer had hired a private investigator to look into the wife...

Controversial Arizona Sheriff Faces Contempt Hearing In Profiling Case

AP | JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 04.21.2015 | Crime

PHOENIX (AP) — A law enforcement officer provided a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office on Tuesday during a contempt...

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...