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Eric Holder On Racial Issues In America: 'We, As A Nation, Have Failed'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices

Attorney General Eric Holder, who in the past has spoken frankly about racial inequalities in the U.S. criminal justice system, will revisit the subje...

Why the Black American's Fight for Civil Rights Still Isn't Over

Terrance Hamm | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Terrance Hamm

On Monday a grand jury chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Innumerable people were immediately outraged, erupting in fury. The criminal justice system must be reformed to promote civil rights for African Americans.

In Light of Michael Brown, We Must Connect the Dots

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Jumaane D. Williams

Perhaps the call to examine this one case would be understandable if justice came more often, but we've seen these unjust acts in communities of more color for far too long.

Darren Wilson Wasn't the First: A Short History of Killer Cops Let Off the Hook

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 11.25.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

As the history of the battle against racist police violence so pointedly teaches, the public outcry and agitation must continue not only in Ferguson but across the nation.

The Difference We Haven't Overcome: Why the Color Line Endures in America

Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Robert T. Carter, Ph.D.

Before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, recedes in the rear-view mirror, let's be straight with ourselves about what the events surrounding his death tell us about race in America.

Heartbreaking Illustrations Document The Last Words Of Unarmed Black Men

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

The recent shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown has revived a national conversation about race and police brutality, about "walking while black...

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

After Ferguson, America Still Can't Discuss Race

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

For at least the last two decades, the Democratic Party has been defined both by being the party of African-Americans and by an extraordinary timidity when it comes to speaking out about racism. In this regard, the relative silence is not surprising and is unfortunately exactly what is expected.

My Global Kids Story

Global Kids | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids does a great job of channeling the qualities that are inherent in teenagers but often criticized: their energy, their natural rebelliousness, their passion.

A Victory for All New Yorkers, Stop and Frisk Reforms Move Forward

Vincent Warren | Posted 04.02.2014 | New York
Vincent Warren

Nobody standing here today is pretending this is Mission Accomplished. The problem hasn't been solved. The reality is tomorrow, a kid will be humiliated on his way home from school or someone on their way to the store will get stopped and frisked for no reason.

Bring Back Bratton

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.27.2013 | New York
Reese Schonfeld

Bill Bratton used to be New York City's Police Commissioner. Before that he was the best police commissioner that Boston ever had, and after that he became the best police commissioner that Los Angeles has ever had.

Not Just Trayvon: The Justice Department's History Of Civil Rights Cases

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA and CONNIE CASS | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced "not guilty" in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. The U.S. government must get "j...

Black and White

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 09.20.2013 | Crime
Arzu Kaya Uranli

When a leader puts distance between him or herself and his or her people, there is always a problem.

How Can I Protect My Son From Becoming Another Trayvon Martin?

Melanie Coffee | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

The verdict unites some communities and divides others. The main thought that I can't really shake loose is: How can I protect my son from being another Trayvon Martin?

Cop Involved In Amadou Diallo Killing Gets Gun Back

AP | Posted 10.03.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has agreed to restore a service revolver to one of the four officers involved in the shooting o...

Rev. Al Sharpton Forum In D.C. Grapples With Trayvon Martin Cases

AP | Posted 04.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The mother and fiancée of two men fatally shot by New York City police officers are expressing solidarity with the family of Trayvon Ma...

The Trayvon Martin and Tulsa Shootings: The Time for Inaction Is Over

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.10.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

It's time all of us engage in a long-term conversation on the elephant in the room -- race. And as the Trayvon Martin case tragically proves, the topic cannot be discussed without dedicating an equal amount of time towards a serious look at our justice system.

Racism without Racists: George Zimmerman and the Conundrum of Modern Bigotry

Edward Wyckoff Williams | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices
Edward Wyckoff Williams

The conundrum of racism without racistscreates a society in which black males are perceived always and everywhere as the perpetrator, never given the dignity applied to a victim.

What Do We Tell Our Children?

Janus Adams | Posted 05.28.2012 | Parents
Janus Adams

In truth, "the talk" cannot save African-American boys. The larger talk that should be had with all children might.

'NYPD-KKK' At Bronx Protest After Cops Kill Unarmed Teen

Posted 02.07.2012 | New York

Tensions are growing between Bronx residents and the NYPD after the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham Thursday. "I never wanted...

FDNY in Black and White

Dan Collins | Posted 10.11.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

New York has the least diverse fire department of any major U.S. city, and what we learned in a recent court hearing is that blacks and Hispanics who don't take the FDNY test on the assumption that the system is gamed for white guys are absolutely right.

Violence Never Has and Never Will Be The Answer

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Let us remember that even in the face of fire hoses, hate groups and imminent death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. never faltered in his dedication to peaceful opposition.

Bronx Juries: More Woe for the NYPD

Len Levitt | Posted 08.06.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Ticketgate's main stage is the Bronx, where more than in any other borough, juries don't trust cops. And cops don't trust Bronx juries.

NYPD To Shrink To Smallest Size Since 1992

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Budget cuts have forced the NYPD to dramatically shrink its ranks while 300 officers, without badges or guns, continue to collect pay checks. By 20...

Troubling Questions on Police Foundation Freebies

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly now acknowledges he spent $30,000 at the Harvard Club between 2006 and 2009.