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Racial Profiling

When Your Color Is a Threat

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

African-Americans are often assumed to be a threat by virtue of their existence. In Dunn's testimony, it's clear that on the day he shot and killed Jordan Davis, he didn't see four teenagers who declined to heed his request that they turn down their music. From his eyes, they were a threat.

Chicago's Controversial New Police Program Prompts Fears Of Racial Profiling

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

A controversial new policing strategy being touted by Chicago's top cop for helping reduce gang violence is raising questions over its possible racist...

An Open Letter to the President on Race

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

You've spoken against the humiliating practice of racial profiling many times since then. So why does your administration continue to discriminate against Americans because of the color of their skin or the way they dress?

To Wake Up Dangerous: on Thugs and the Criminalization of Black People

Jay Dodd | Posted 04.23.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

The war has become so complex and intersected that Black America is constantly fighting for survival across all classes and identities. The latest buzzword in the war is this concept of the "thug."

Many Blacks Misfire on Jordan Davis

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The hard reality is that whether it's an Obama or a Holder or a Davis or Martin, the lines are hopelessly blurred in the eyes of many who still see them not as a law abiding citizen but a thug, deviant, and societal menace.

Detroit's Belle Isle Is a State Park and Barney Fife is Securing The Perimeter

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.13.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Well the deal is done and Michigan State Troopers and Department of Natural Resource Officers have landed onto Belle Isle park. A Detroit park that has been a jewel and place of fun, relaxation and exercise for so many, for so long.

A Bug on the Windshield

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Chicago, Chicago! My kind of town, but not this. Young black men in Chicago have to know their legal rights; that's simply the way it works. These guys obviously did.

What I'd Like To Tell 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

All the drills, punishments, screaming, fighting, and so on cannot make someone feel passionate about something.

Paul Wesley Willrich: He Had the Last Laugh

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 03.23.2014 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

The officers were seeking suspects in a purse snatching, which had occurred at a nearby drug store. The "probable cause" used for the stop was the physical description: two black males, one taller than the other. "You're kidding, right?" asked the passenger. Well, they weren't kidding. They were serious.

Are We Being Taught to Be Afraid of African American Men?

Kelley Raleigh | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Kelley Raleigh

If we can get leaders to shift their perception of how they view young black males, we can then affect change with poverty, education and the political system, because that means someone cares enough to do something different for their fellow humans that only have darker skin.

Detroit Official Claims Police Racially Profiled Him

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit city councilman says he wasn't drunk and was a victim of racial profiling when he was stopped by police. George Cushingber...

Here's How Much Money Jay Z's Barneys Collection Racked In

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Remember that ridiculously over-priced fashion collaboration between Jay Z and Barneys that was underscored by racial discrimination lawsuits against ...

Where Do You Stand? Where Do We Fall?

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

Mike McCarthy, political commentator and a friend of mine on Facebook, wrote this a few days ago: By mid century the society of this country will b...

State Lawmaker Calls Arizona A 'Desert Racist Wasteland'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

A Washington state lawmaker took poor sportsmanship a bit far following a loss by his home team to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Cardinals b...

Thank God for Al Sharpton

Gene Marks | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Gene Marks

Thank God for Al Sharpton. I'm not a big fan of his. But that doesn't matter. Society needs people like him. Because it's guys like him that reminds ...

How Police Target African Americans On Highways Across America

Washington Monthly | Charles Epp and Steven Maynard-Moody | Posted 12.20.2013 | Black Voices

“Stop and frisk” isn’t just a reality in New York City. New data shows how police target African Americans on highways across America....

When White Parents Have 'The Talk' With Black Sons

Marlene G. Fine | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Marlene G. Fine

It had never occurred to us that we would need to add training in "how to act in the event that you're stopped by the police" to our list of teenage driving skills. So, we had "The Talk" with both of our sons before they learned to drive. While aching inside, we rattled off the drill.

Retail Task Force Sets Roadmap To Address Racial Profiling | Posted 12.10.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Rev. Al Sharpton outlined concrete steps for dealing with racial profiling and “shop and frisk” at stores in New York City at a press...

Miami Suburb Sued For Police Abuse, Racial Profiling

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2014 | Miami

(Adds detail on the city, home to shooting victim Trayvon Martin) MIAMI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The mayor and police department of a predo...

Barney's Announces It Will Not Participate in Black Friday, Black Monday, or Black Anything for That Matter

El Guapo | Posted 01.27.2014 | Comedy
El Guapo

Heading into the holiday season, high-end retailer Barney's is still licking its wounds and trying to repair its image after several recent high-profile accusations of racial profiling.

Barneys Moves To Crack Down On Racial Profiling

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 01.27.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Barneys New York says it will start monitoring the police as they monitor shoppers in its flagship Manhattan store. An internal Bar...

Knockout Games -- The Biggest Form of Cowardice

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Diversity is one of the greatest strengths of this nation, and we must respect one another in a way that preserves and further develops this diversity. Therefore, when an injustice happens to anyone, it is the duty of all to speak up. Silence is akin to tacit acceptance.

White Woman Experiences 'Walking While Black'

Radley Balko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Over at the local D.C. blog PopVille, a resident writes about a recent interaction with Metro police: I think I had my first experience of bein...

Black Friday Shopping Tips For Black People

Posted 11.22.2013 | Black Voices

Leave it to "The Daily Show" to add a hilarious spin to a controversial topic. This time around, they tackled the recent racial profiling allegations ...

Barneys and Macy's No-Shows At Racial Profiling City Council Hearing

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 11.22.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Probing allegations of racial profiling, New York City is giving 17 major retail stores until Friday to submit information on how th...