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Racial Profiling

St. Louis Teen Revisits Father's Advice While Anticipating Verdict

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Ryan Henderson Last summer, every day after baseball practice, I'd buy a slush from the same Quik Trip convenience store in downtown Ferguson w...

Reflections on Ol' Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.

The Human Toll of 'Stop and Frisk'

Soledad O'Brien | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Soledad O'Brien

All over the country black people have been stopped, harassed, arrested, injured and even killed at the hands of the police meant to protect them. From Brooklyn to Baltimore, Atlanta to Anaheim, cellphone videos are waking up the rest of the population to the fact that overly aggressive policing is not new in America, especially in black America.

Diffusing Racial Dynamite

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | Posted 11.14.2014 | Black Voices
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

One of the common core beliefs in America is the right to live in peace and to exist in communities without the physical threat of being harmed. The right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" for all is now being tested as America waits.

Race Matters, Even Though It Shouldn't

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.14.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Even though a person's skin color does not have anything whatsoever to do with whether or not they are guilty of a crime, it matters. Race matters in ways that it shouldn't. And a recent Sentencing Project report about racial perceptions of criminal justice emphasizes just how much.

ICE Detainers Are Unfunded Mandate and Threaten Public Safety

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Recent federal court decisions make it clear local law enforcement agencies that detain individuals on the sole authority of an ICE detainer request violate the Fourth Amendment, exposing them to legal liability unless there has been an independent finding of probable cause to justify detention.

#Muslims4Ferguson Takes To Twitter To Protest Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

The official autopsy report for Michael Brown came out on October 22 -- the same day the Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Crimin...

Muslim Vloggers Come Clean About Staged Stop-And-Frisk Video (UPDATE)

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Video producers Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar admitted Tuesday that their viral video purporting to show Islamophobia on New York’s street...

Defending the Dream in Ferguson: Vest or Vote

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.

What if Jody Westby Had Not Said No to Racial Profiling?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Westby was white, middle-class, and an attorney, and therefore automatically believable and credible when she voiced her outrage. Stucky was fortunate she was there and did what she did. Others haven't been so fortunate. That will only change when more such as Westby choose to say no to racial profiling.

Police Mistake Teen For Burglar In His Own Home

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 10.09.2014 | Black Voices

Authorities said a black teen was pepper-sprayed inside the home of his white foster family when officers mistook him for a burglar Monday afternoon. ...

Brooklyn Police Tell Black Teens 'Get Out Of The Neighborhood:' Witness

| Posted 10.01.2014 | Black Voices

By Leslie Albrecht PARK SLOPE — NYPD officers in patrol cars trailed a group of black teens walking through Park Slope and told them over their l...

The 'New York Times' Publishes Racist Comic About India's Space Mission

Sharanya Haridas | Posted 10.01.2014 | Media
Sharanya Haridas

Yesterday's New York Times' comic by Heng, titled "India's budget mission to Mars" seems in poor taste. Qhether meant to be funny or ironic, the racial, national and classist stereotyping is apparent.

REPORT: Justice Department To Ban Profiling By Federal Law Enforcement

Los Angeles Times | Timothy M. Phelps | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

The Justice Department is expected to issue a broad new policy in the coming two to three weeks banning religious and other forms of profiling by fede...

Black Woman Accused Of Prostitution At The Standard Hotel Speaks Out

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.22.2014 | Black Voices

Just last week, "Django Unchained" actress Danielle Watts was allegedly mistaken for a prostitute after she was seen kissing her white boyfriend. The ...

Michael Brown and Me: Profiling, Preachers and Tasers

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

Is there any fairness in the American justice system? Can people of every racial/ethnic group be confident that they will receive equal treatment under the law? The shooting of Michael Brown raises these questions and more.

Ferguson, Five Weeks Out and 800 Miles Away

Blair Forlaw | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 09.19.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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...