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Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

Jack Schneider | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Jack Schneider

Race plays a significant role in how violence is framed for the public. And though such framing may begin informally in conversation or in popular media, it persists in what our children are taught in school and affects the way we understand each other.

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Businesses Try To Rebuild After Protests

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Ten businesses here were completely destroyed by fire and several others were vandalized on Nov. 24, following protests over a grand ...

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.

You Say You Want a Revolution

Jenine Durland | Posted 12.10.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Jenine Durland

Driving down Martin Luther King Way towards downtown Oakland today I passed a mile of fresh graffiti under the highway. One pillar had been tagged wit...

Analyzing Ferguson

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

It is unimportant whether we agree with the decision of the grand jury or the juries of future trials and the actions of special investigations. The United States is a nation of laws, and the grand jury has spoken for now. We need to move forward in a peaceful, thoughtful and lawful manner.

The Historical Context of the Ferguson Riots

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

What is happening in Ferguson is a result of the unfinished business of the civil-rights movement. The process is unjust, and laws have been systematically stripped away, undoing many of the provisions that protected minorities from white terror. Many blacks feel they have been denied all legitimate means of civic redress; thus they have no other appropriate venue to express their angst.

Testing Our Nation in the Unfinished Work

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

As my daughter and I cut and chopped apples and pureed pumpkin I got to pretend -- for a millisecond -- that my Currier and Ives, Norman Rockwell-esqe existence was true ... and that others get to share it, as well. But I know the truth.

Dear Conservative, White Folks, re: Ferguson Riots

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Allison Berkowitz

I believe people in Ferguson -- like in any other community -- can organize, rally and elect people who will represent them and make fair laws in their name... But that is no easy feat, especially when you lack formal education -- which, by the way is hard to attain when you've been poor all your life.

How We Should Discuss Ferguson

Chad Williams | Posted 11.29.2014 | Black Voices
Chad Williams

So as we continue to discuss the events of Ferguson, its ramifications and what it teaches us about American society, avoid speaking with maxims. Regardless of your opinion on the verdict, consider the other side honestly, even when it seems that no one does the same.

Critical Mass: The Implosion of Black Powerlessness

Rev. Gwen Thomas | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Gwen Thomas

People are angry. They are angry about a lot of things. The killing of Michael Brown was another element in the critical mass, and the no bill decision was the tipping point.

A Bedtime Story About Handicaps

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.26.2014 | Good News
Elaine Ambrose

That night the little girl cuddled in bed, not knowing or caring that she has changed so many people. But she slept peacefully without regret or worry. And she woke the next morning to share her healing hugs all over again.

More Than 80 Protesters Arrested In St. Louis Area

Associated Press | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say that more than 80 people were arrested as chaos enveloped sections of the St. Louis area overnight. St. Loui...

Political Tensions Fuel Religious Riots Between Muslims and Hindus In Trilokpuri

AP | MUNEEZA NAQVI | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

First, the rumors start. Maybe a Muslim man threw garbage outside a temple, or a Hindu boy teased a Muslim girl. No one has any names or specifics, bu...

35 Powerful Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

Kindness Blog | Posted 11.14.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

'Liberators' -- a Talk With James Wesley, Rawles

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.18.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Wesley, Rawles, a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer and present-day survivalist, is the author of the novels, Expatriates, Founders, Survivors, and Patriots, all of which deal with the possibility of a coming global collapse.

Ferguson: What Is All of This About?

Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div.

Truth is that we are tired of living in fear while the rest of America lives in denial or justification. We are tired of worrying about the safety and well-being of our sons and daughters. We are tired of wondering when it will be our son or daughter gunned down without accountability.

We Have a Parenting Crisis Going On

Angela Keck | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

We need to teach them how to handle their emotions, how to cope with being well and truly angry or upset and how to communicate and express themselves in a healthy way

Thank God That Is Happening In #Ferguson and Not Here

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

It's so profoundly important that we, living elsewhere in the U.S., don't squelch the concern in our souls by saying, "Thank God that is happening in Ferguson, Missouri and not here."

The Fury in Ferguson and Our Forgotten Lessons From History

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

Despite the crystal-clear conclusions drawn by the Kerner Commission about why the '60s had seen so much urban unrest, and what would happen if we ignored the lessons of the these rebellions, we are right back where we were 50 years ago.

Gilbert Arenas' Racist Comments Should Earn Him the Donald Sterling Treatment: A Permanent Ban From the NBA

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Rev. Al Sharpton and I at a press conference in Detroit, Michigan (photo credit: Joe Jones) Gilbert Arenas, the relatively unknown basketball player ...

The Tipping Point for Obama

Michelle Kraus | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Abandoned by his base and set adrift, the President trudges forward. He is weary, beleaguered, and beset with problems of the ages that span the Holy ...

End the Open Season: On Black Folks, Violence and Remembrance

Jay Dodd | Posted 10.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

From cultural appropriation and media condemnation to the physical brutality and slaughter, Blackness in America, though mirrored globally, is unjustly marked by violence.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?