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60 Years Later, Echoes of Emmett Till’s Killing

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 9:20 am (UTC-4)
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“Before Trayvon Martin, before Michael Brown, before Tamir Rice, there was Emmett Till. This was the first ‘Black Lives Matter’ story.

A Bond And a Commitment

Posted August 18th, 2015 at 1:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Mr. Bond never stopped speaking out for the oppressed. He supported the demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of a black man and called it African Americans’ age-old battle “to be treated decently and fairly.”

Is History Repeating Itself 50 Years After Watts?

Posted August 11th, 2015 at 2:35 pm (UTC-4)
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As Ferguson, Missouri marks the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white cop, it feels like the racial divide that sparked the deadly riots in the Watts district of Los Angles in 1965 remains a sad reality of American life. With #Black Lives Matter protesting a string of deaths of African-Americans by white policemen, leaders are urging its members to be focused and peaceful — and not give in to the kind of despair Watts came to symbolize.

Ferguson: One Year After the Shooting of Michael Brown

Posted August 10th, 2015 at 1:05 pm (UTC-4)
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The first anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white police offer was marked by another shooting – in Ferguson. Police say during a protest last night, a black male opened fire on police, who then returned fire, leaving the shooter in critical condition. Since Ferguson, there have been numerous other deaths of African-Americans while in police custody, which begs the question: a year later, what has changed?

How Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter Taught Us Not to Look Away

Posted August 10th, 2015 at 8:53 am (UTC-4)
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One year ago, on August 9 2014, then-police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri…. From that minute has grown a movement, reinforced on a seemingly daily basis by new violence.  

In Iraq, I Raided Insurgents. In Virginia, Police Raided Me.

Posted July 27th, 2015 at 9:17 am (UTC-4)
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The culture that encourages police officers to engage their weapons before gathering information promotes the mind-set that nothing, including citizen safety, is more important than officers’ personal security. That approach has caused public trust in law enforcement to deteriorate.

Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 8:46 am (UTC-4)
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Your new book, “Between the World and Me,” is a great and searing contribution to this public education … You write to your son, “Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body — it is heritage.”

Most Americans Expect a Long, Hot Summer of Racial Unrest. Moynihan Would Not Be Surprised

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 12:07 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s hard to get 96% of people to agree on anything, but last month’s Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that 96% of those surveyed believe we are in for a summer of racial unrest. In the wake of Ferguson and Baltimore, it’s time for some reflection on how we got here.