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Racial Profiling

Why We Should Respect Law Enforcement

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

What is needed now is calm and thoughtfulness, and a real willingness to engage in dialogue on both sides. But respecting law enforcement is a critical part of that equation.

No Real Conversation About Race

Marlene G. Fine | Posted 12.19.2014 | Media
Marlene G. Fine

The news media--people in our society who could play a pivotal role in creating a "dialogue" about such injustices as police killings of young black men--have fallen short.

Locked Behind Prejudice: Questions from a (Hopeful) Ally

Max Dorfman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

One observation may be subjective -- often it's not completely -- but when millions speak, it's a greater truth, one no one can reasonably deny. No one wants to be treated poorly. We are all Americans. And more importantly, we are all human beings.

'So the Guy Couldn't Breathe. So?'

Rick Horowitz | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Ferguson. Staten Island. Cleveland. Won't anyone stand up for those poor cops? Maybe this guy...

Eric Holder: Profiling Continues

James Zogby | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

I first met Eric Holder during the Clinton years when he was serving as Deputy Attorney General. Back then, my community was deeply troubled by FBI harassment, the government's use of "secret evidence" to detain individuals and profiling of Muslim or Arab-looking individuals at airports around the country.

Black Men Openly Carrying a Gun in a Holster Will End Racial Profiling in America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

A legal, constitutionally protected way to defeat racism is right in front of us. After all, everyone can relate to not wanting to be viewed as a criminal, regardless of how they feel about climate change or taxes.

Justice for Some, But Not All: New Anti-Profiling Rules are Civil Rights Setback

Deepa Iyer | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

In this significant national moment, as communities around the country raise their voices to demand accountability and humane treatment by those that serve and protect us, the federal government is sending the opposite message.

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

Comprehensive National Policy That Outlaws Racial Profiling Should Cover State, Local Police

Ranjana Natarajan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Ranjana Natarajan

Racial profiling continues to plague our nation despite the constitutional guarantee of equal treatment under the law.

What You May Not Know If You Have Never Been Accused of Being a Drug Mule

Mitch McEwen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Mitch McEwen

Often when I tell white Americans about my experience with police, their response is one of incredulity. It strikes me that after the events of Ferguson and Staten Island, perhaps we are doing ourselves a disservice by not sharing these stories and not being open to hearing them.

WATCH: 7 Times Black Male Comedians Warned Against Police Brutality Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

The current concerns over police relations in America have been an ongoing social justice issue for decades. It is also a subject many comedians h...

Beyond the Paralysis of Analysis: Proposed Actions Following the Deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Etc.

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, a substantial number of African Americans no longer believe that the police operating in their communities will treat them fairly and impartially. Against this reality, I believe the following proposals for action should be seriously considered.

How We Make Decisions on Issues Like Ferguson

Glen McDaniel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
Glen McDaniel

It is interesting that in assessing the situation in Ferguson, individuals tend to retreat to their separate opinion corners. It appears you have to be either pro Mike Brown or pro Darren Wilson. More commonly opinions are expressed in terms of which team (or individual) is a demon and which is blameless. Why is this?

Jamie Foxx: Tough Dialogue Needed To Address Police Killings

AP | LAURI NEFF | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Jamie Foxx is calling for a tough dialogue in the wake of killings by police and recent protests over them. The actor says, "We'll ...

Still an American Dilemma

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

So here we are, approaching Christmas 2014. Racism still taints the American dream. And unlike, say, in 1964 when there was a sense of a movement on the march with history on its side, it is hard to summon up optimism.

Why Racial Profiling at Airports Is Surrender to Terrorism

Brian Stone | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Brian Stone

You'd think racial profiling was a thing of the past, but recently the Obama administration re-affirmed the right to profile by race and religion at airports, border crossings and immigration checkpoints. It's not just disappointing -- it's part of a long-standing surrender to fear.

The American Stories That Cannot Be Untold

María Carla Sánchez | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
María Carla Sánchez

When I hear of black and Latino men being stopped, being searched, being harassed, being beaten, being shot, being killed, I never think, well, this has nothing to do with race. The very idea that somehow, of all areas of life, this is the one where race does not enter, makes me shake with anger. It's always about race.

Racial Profiling Rules Exempt Federal Agents At Airports

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 12.06.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents who guard the border and screen passengers at airports would be exempt from new racial profiling guidelines that mu...

Obama's New Policy Will Still Allow Racial Profiling At Airports

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — New racial profiling guidelines being announced by the Obama administration would exempt agents from the Homeland Security Departm...

REPORT: Obama's New Policy Will Still Allow Racial Profiling At Airports

The Washington Post | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

As the Obama administration prepares to announce new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement, government officials said Friday that many ...

No Exceptions for Racial Profiling

Farhana Khera | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Farhana Khera

The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other unarmed African American men by police officers have sparked a much-needed national conversation on the urgent need to address biased policing.

Eric Garner's Death Was 'Legal' in the United States. America Killed Him, Not Police.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The manner in which law enforcement protects this country is a reflection of the values within our society, and everything from "stop-and-frisk" to racial profiling speak volumes of who we are as a nation.

Spike Lee: 'I Don't Know What The Grand Jury Was Looking At'

Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices

Earlier this year Spike Lee revisited a scene from his film “Do the Right Thing” by creating a mashup clip featuring character Radio Raheem choked...

We Must End Racial Profiling and Deadly Police Brutality

Linda Meric | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

Mothers across the country are taking to the streets to demand accountability and change in American policing that criminalizes African Americans regardless of actual crimes committed. The deplorable failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson for killing unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown is just the latest evidence that the system is beyond broken.

What Matters Now in Ferguson?

Eric Mink | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Eric Mink

Activists of all colors and backgrounds and ages -- with a heavy emphasis on young people -- need to focus all this attention and energy on achieving significant change. Because significant change is possible.