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Racial Profiling

Ferguson, Five Weeks Out and 800 Miles Away

Blair Forlaw | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Blair Forlaw

There must be tens of thousands of people like me who spent years living and working in St. Louis, but now reside somewhere else. And, like me, many probably left a piece of their hearts in St. Louis. That's why we scan the national news frequently for the latest on our old home town. This was especially true during "Ferguson."

Much Ado About Theatrics: 'Django Unchained' Actress Gets to Follow the Rules Too

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 09.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. But I'm afraid this latest example of alleged racism and discrimination by the LAPD plays more as a reenactment of the boy, or in this case, girl who cried wolf.

5 Life Skills to Teach Black Boys: A Parent's Addendum to The Common Core

Valerie Wilson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Valerie Wilson

Know the balance between deference toward authority and personal dignity. At times, you will have to exercise restraint in the face of humiliating circumstances. At other times, you will be compelled to take a stand. Both options require courage, but the outcome is unpredictable.

'Django Unchained' Actress Explains Why She Refused To Give LAPD Her ID

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices

As previously reported, last week two Studio City police officers in Los Angeles detained and allegedly mistook "Django Unchained" star Daniele Watts ...

Police Allegedly Mistake Black Actress Kissing White Partner For A Prostitute

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 09.16.2014 | Black Voices

UPDATE: Sept. 16 -- In a press release Sunday, LAPD said officers were responding to a radio call of "indecent exposure". A "concerned citizen" had ca...

Mom: 'They Killed My Son Because He's Black'

AP | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) — A woman has criticized police in the Utah County city of Saratoga Springs over the fatal shooting of her 22-year-old s...

9/11: On Terror, Grief and Forgetting

Jay Dodd | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

What 9/11 did to us as a nation is solidify tensions of Brown/Black bodies carrying terror. From the security line to workplace to college campuses, brown bodies are policed and monitored. But this is how we are. This is the America we foster and develop.

US Slammed for Failure to Fulfill Legal Obligation to Eliminate All Forms of Race Discrimination

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Three weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the CERD published a scathing report detailing how the U.S. has failed to fulfill its legal obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Since the U.S. ratified this treaty, it is part of U.S. law.

For Black And Hispanic New Yorkers, There Are Broken Windows Wherever They Go

New York Daily News | Sarah Ryley | Posted 09.09.2014 | Crime

A Daily News analysis finds blacks and Hispanics are far more likely to be ticketed in low-crime, primarily white neighborhoods, with 32 of the city's...

#HealSTL: A Movement to Fix the Wrongs That Have Plagued Ferguson

Yasmine Taeb | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Yasmine Taeb

A sense of awakening has occurred in Ferguson, an awakening that by all accounts has given residents a sense of self-determination that will follow them to the ballot box.

How Does Wilson Fire Six Shots, While Getting Beaten, Without Gunshot Residue On Michael Brown?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

What if Brown was pretending to charge after taunting verbally, in an arrogant act of defiance, with the intent of pulling back? What if Brown was running, but quickly turned back to surrender, and Wilson mistook that for charging, what then?

Beverly Hills Back in the Hot Seat for Racial Profiling

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.

What Does It Feel Like to Be Racially Profiled?

Quora | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Quora

I am an American of Indian (sub-continental) descent, and I have been racially profiled. I can understand why this happens, but it can be frustrating at times, and occasionally humorous.

Narrowing the Racial Divide in the War on Drugs

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 09.16.2014 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

Just look at the facts, and it becomes clear that America's egregious rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos stem from the enforcement of unfair sentencing laws -- laws that are grounded in racist policy, and that are desperately in need of reform.

My Family Has Been Racially Profiled Everywhere from Harvard to Our Own Home

Madison T. Shockley II | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Madison T. Shockley II

I fit the description. I was a black man.

Any Negro Will Do

Michael W. Waters | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Could it be that, in a nation that has legalized racial profiling through such policies as "stop-and-frisk," the persecution of pigmentation makes African Americans indistinguishable from each other in the eyes of the law -- so much so that all are feared as imminent threats?

Young People and Racism

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 08.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Alexandra Rosas

I didn't say anything when things were said to me. And that's the same as saying it was acceptable. There are a hundred reasons that I was quiet for too long, but the biggest of all, was because it happened so much.

Ferguson and America's Love Affair With Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

It can be comforting to think that the police protect us from the "bad guys," unless of course you are profiled as that "bad guy." Violence is most dangerous when it masquerades as good.

When a Bullet Came Flying Through the Window of My House, I Dialed 911

Nadine Smith | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nadine Smith

It may be that police are no better or worse than the communities they serve, that there are as many bad eggs among short order cooks and cable installers. Or it may be that the nature of the profession has a corrosive effect over time.

Democrats Renew the Call for 'First Class Citizenship' and Justice for All

Christine Pelosi | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The 1960s demand for "first class citizenship" echoes through the years as our call to justice today. Unfortunately the Bull Connor images of peaceful protesters were not historic remnants but eerily prescient of tanks and tear gas last week in Ferguson, MO.

Ferguson Is All of Us

James Zogby | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This is the year in which we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill. Instead of being able to reflect on the distance we have traveled since 1964, the horrific events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri only served to remind us of how far we still have to go.

I'm White, Gay, and Dating a Black Man: What I've Learned About Racial Profiling

Jeza Belle | Posted 09.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeza Belle

Over the years, the startling consistency of the manner in which I am addressed while he is ignored has become a quasi joke between us.

Let Them Not Have Died in Vain

Atima Omara | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Atima Omara

There needs to be an organized national movement that proposes and lobbies for policy changes in law enforcements that need it and then in the state legislatures, Governor's Mansions, and Congress. Let the deaths of Martin, Garner, Bell, Grant, and countless others not be in vain.

The Killing of Black Men Is an American Human Rights Disaster

David A. Love | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

For decades, American civil rights advocates have connected the dots between the domestic fight for civil rights and the international struggle for human rights.

The Changing, Militarized Face of Policing Shatters Public Trust and Confidence

Gary Pieters | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices
Gary Pieters

I am still trying to deconstruct why the Ferguson community's outpouring of grief, loss and anger was met with such an impersonal, aggressive and unrelenting show of militarized police use of force uncharacteristic of peacetime policing.