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What The DOJ Is Not Doing To Keep Police Accountable

Kirsten John Foy | Posted 09.28.2016 | Black Voices
Kirsten John Foy

We cannot achieve any legal, political or social progress without legal, political and social consequences for individuals -- not just institutions.

Trump The Arsonist Plays Firefighter

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.24.2016 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Electing a president whom Colin Powell calls "an international pariah" might please those who like nothing better than "sticking it" to friends and enemies alike. Shall America model itself on Trump by being pathologically thin-skinned, stiffing our creditors, and evading responsibility? With such a leader, who needs enemies?

Police Endorsement Of Trump Shows Black Lives Don't Matter

Melissa Bartick | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Melissa Bartick

When one group of Americans is brutalized, there is no "justice for all." Every American is at risk. But last straw came when the Fraternal Order of Police chose to endorse Donald Trump for President.

Questioning The Tyre King Narrative

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

But when gun violence is perpetrated by uniformed police officers, the angle of light changes. We're not sure what to think. We see a political split. A national divide. Black Lives Matter. Blue Lives Matter.

T.I. Is Standing Up To 'All Lives Matter' In Powerful New Video

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.16.2016 | Black Voices

T.I. is telling “the new racism is to deny that racism exists,” in his “Warzone.” The video was released exclusively on streaming media platf...

The Gazebo Where Tamir Rice Was Killed To Be Displayed At Museum

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 09.15.2016 | Black Voices

The gazebo in Cleveland, Ohio where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed is being moved to be put on display at a museum in Chicago. The structure was di...

Does Korryn Gaines' Death Mark A Tipping Point?

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 08.10.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

A few months ago, most probably would have believed that Gaines' best course of action was to comply with the police in order to get herself and her children home safely. But "a few months ago" was before Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Here's What's Missing From 'Black Lives Matter'

Parthiv N. Parekh | Posted 07.26.2016 | Black Voices
Parthiv N. Parekh

Under the current circumstances, BLM is not only a valid movement, but a direly needed one.

Tamir Rice's Neighborhood: A Short Drive But Far Removed From RNC

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― The snow has long melted. The police car’s muddy tracks are gone. There’s a colorful new garden. Kids play at a water park around th...

There's Something Disturbing About The Way Cops Act Just After They've Shot Somebody

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics

The ubiquity of cellphone, dashcam and surveillance video has transformed the way the public understands police violence. But as scene after scene unf...

Standing Together Against Injustice

Steven Choi | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Steven Choi

This year, as our communities get out the vote in the 2016 presidential elections, we keep in mind all these injustices that continue to plague black and immigrant communities.

'What About Black-on-Black Crime?' What About Pink Polka Dotted Unicorns?

Torri Stuckey | Posted 07.19.2016 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

To the misguided folks, who use legalized murder of black men as an opportunity to publicly chastise the black community, shame on you! Valid concerns or not, the timing of your crusade will never be appropriate.

Searching For Solutions

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

As long as the privileged aren't confronted with crime, poverty, economic deprivation or racism, it's far too easy to wash their hands of a responsibility all Americans should share, a more just society.

'Being Mary Jane' Producer Shares 'Paranoia' Over His Son's Safety

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.18.2016 | Black Voices

The shooting deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and five police officers in Dallas, has inspired producer-director Salim Akil to write an ope...

Powerful Photos Of Men In Hoodies Explore What It Means To Be Watched

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.14.2016 | Arts

In John Edmonds’ photograph above, a figure in a blue hooded sweatshirt turns away from a camera that hovers close by. There’s a strange contradic...

The One Step that Police Could Have Taken to Save Two Black Lives in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis

Marty Rudoy | Posted 07.16.2016 | Crime
Marty Rudoy

It goes without saying that if the Sterling and Castile incidents had been handled differently, that the outrage that erupted when the videos became known would not have happened. The protests in Dallas would not have happened, and the shootings in Dallas would not have happened.  Seven deaths, and a shaken nation, are the result of police practices that appear faulty.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Cop?

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Helen Eisenbach

1. What does the phrase "protect and serve" mean to you? 2. Are you comfortable shooting a gun? 3. Do you consider people who don't look like you to be human beings? 4. Define the phrase "civil servant."

Why Blacks and Whites Must Talk About Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Dallas Police

Raquel Eatmon | Posted 07.11.2016 | Women
Raquel Eatmon

About an hour in, a 60-something-year-old man began an upbeat conversation about LeBron James. "I just don't know how he made it, he beat terrible odds, it's just incredible!" He said. Others cheerfully agreed. I did too, but I had some questions.

Black Lives Matter (Especially If You're White)

Ryan Phipps | Posted 07.10.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

My prayers today are with all of those we know of (and those that we don't) who have had their lives irreparably altered by gun violence. My prayers are with our president, our congress, and all those who serve in law enforcement.

A Black Boy's Fear

Quassan Castro | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Get up. Dry your tiresome red eyes. Bow down on both knees. Say your prayer. Light your candle.

Why The Cops Who Shot Alton Sterling Will Go Free

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

It's unfortunate that the law protects cops who escalate tense situations instead of de-escalating them and using non-lethal force. But this is not only 1 percent of police officers or just a few bad apples -- it's systematic and routine.

Boys Playing With BB Guns Ordered To Write Essays On Tamir Rice

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.03.2017 | Black Voices

In 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a police officer while playing with an airsoft toy gun in a Cleveland park. February of this year,...

The Dangers of Transcending Race

Randy Miller | Posted 06.10.2016 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

According to Webster's dictionary, to transcend something is to rise above or go beyond the limits of. When I hear anyone say that a Black person has transcended race, I cringe.

No Accountability. No Trust.

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

While I am no legal expert on the details of the court decision yesterday or whether the charges against him and each of the other officers were carefully made or effectively prosecuted, nor a spiritual expert on the officers' motives, nor an administrative expert on Baltimore police training, one fact continues to remain clear: No one has yet to be held accountable for the death of Freddie Gray who was alive and well before being detained and put into that police wagon. That same fact still applies to almost ALL of the young African-American men and women who have been shot or choked or beaten to death by police or who have died in police custody --despite all the publicity about these police crimes. And that is why there is so little trust in communities of color for the police that are supposed to serve them and keep them safe.

Putting a Price on a Human Life

Mark Gerzon | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Mark Gerzon

How much is one human life worth? The answer, if you are an American inside the borders of our country, seems to be in the range of $6 million. The family of the 12-year-old shot by police in Cleveland, Tamir Rice, was awarded $6 million.