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On the 'A' w/Souleo: Artist Creates Mock Police Sketches To Address Issue Of 'Wanted' Youth

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Over a nearly three decade period from 1980 to 2008, U.S. incarceration rates have accelerated from an estimated 500,000 to 2.3 million people. Dispr...

Slavery's Shadow: Reparations and the Cost to Build a Nation

Antonio Moore | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

In a piece recently written on Forbes.com entitled "If There Should Be Reparations For American Slavery The Amount Should Be Around About Nothing"...

With Liberty and Justice for All?

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
J. Randall O'Brien

We are, this year, 50 years removed from the civil rights movement's "Freedom Summer" of 1964. To be sure, changes in our society have been nothing short of revolutionary. Yet over half a century later, one wonders if white supremacy remains rooted in the American psyche. Is there a racial caste system in America?

Watch: Incarceration Nation

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There are more African Americans under correctional control today -- in prison or jail, on probation or parole -- than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.

Ending the New Jim Crow: Mapping New Drug Policies in NYC

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

We want to make sure that new approach is informed by everyday New Yorkers, especially those of us who are targets of drug war-related policing and violence.

Fifty Years Later: The Black Church Since 1963

Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.

Having come this far by faith, with a renewed dedication to prophetic action and critique, Black churches are poised on the edge of a future, still too full of the provincial, but instilled with possibilities for insurgent renewal and change.

Detours and Danger Warnings on the Road from Slavery to Freedom

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

How far have we come on the road from slavery to freedom isn't just a rhetorical question 150 years later. A people who don't know their history are more likely to repeat it. The resurgence of hate crimes and emergence of mass incarceration of males of color remind us that freedom requires constant vigilance and justice needs a fire that burns in all of us. I believe that we are in the second post Reconstruction era. Although some forms of continuing racial intolerance are overt, some forms are subtle, covert, technical, political, and very polite. Wrapped up in new euphemisms, better etiquette and clever political rhetoric, it's still, as Frederick Douglass warned, the same old snake. Let's call it out systematically, oppose it nonviolently, and move forward on becoming a free and just nation.

Four Books for Martin Luther King Day

Ben Jealous | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ben Jealous

It is our loss if we don't stop for a moment and seize the opportunity to reflect on how we can unite our country and move our democracy forward. Here are some books to read during the MLK Day holiday.