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To end racial capitalism, we will need to take on the institution of policing

By Commentaries/Opinions

Activists who are working to defund the police are also part of a collective struggle to end neoliberal capitalism. By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout — The words “I can’t breathe” were not only uttered by Eric Garner and George Floyd as they were murdered by police. They were also uttered by over 70 others who died in law enforcement custody over the past decade after saying those same three words, according to…

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Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people and communities across US

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Denise A. Herd — It’s been one year since George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer set off the largest protests in U.S. history and a national reckoning with racism. Beyond the protests, every police killing – indeed, every violent act by police toward civilians – can have painful and widespread consequences. Each year, U.S. police kill about 1,000 people, which equals approximately 8% of all homicides for adult men. This risk…

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One year on, how George Floyd’s murder has changed the world

By Editors' Choice

By Deborah Douglas, Angelique Chrisafis and Aamna Mohdin — The killing of Floyd by a white officer reflected a common history of violence against Black people that united protesters in a renewed global movement George Floyd’s murder felt like everything was the same and nothing was the same, said Miski Noor, an activist in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed by a white police officer a year ago on 25 May….

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What George Floyd Changed

By Editors' Choice

By POLITICO MAGAZINE — The protests over one man’s death touched far more aspects of American life than just criminal justice. Seven thinkers reflect on how America is (and isn’t) different now. In the year since George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, the explosive waves of national protest that followed have taken on almost a settled meaning: They were calls for police reform, and for…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Does the Arc Bend Toward Justice: From Tulsa to George Floyd

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Just one year ago, George Floyd was brutally murdered on the streets of Minneapolis at the hands of a rabid “law enforcement” officer who kept his knee to the defenseless man’s neck for nearly ten minutes. Now, President Biden will meet with the Floyd family, rallies and gatherings headlined by Rev. Al Sharpton and others have been held in Minneapolis, and all over the country, people…

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‘We want the world to see’: Colombia protesters’ demands grow in face of police brutality

By News & Current Affairs

By Joshua Collins — BOGOTA, Colombia – Juan Carlos Neiva says he is part of “Primero Linea,” the “First Line,” a group of protesters who actively engage riot police in running street battles. He holds a homemade wooden shield, painted with the phrase “For education, and for the fallen.” His face is covered by a black T-shirt wrapped around his head. “The Colombian people are yelling and we want the world…

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In His First 100 Days, Biden Called Out The Country’s Deeply Embedded Racism.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ryan Brooks — Joe Biden faces more difficult days ahead, with pressure ramping up for him to do more to fundamentally change the systems that perpetuate racism and inequality. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden declared that advancing “equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity” were the responsibility of the federal government in an executive order. The order, which has become an integral part of the…

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Beyond the Guilty Verdict of the Officer that Murdered George P. Floyd

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By Ronald Hampton — We join with our Sisters and Brothers in celebrating the jury’s verdict in the case of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George P. Floyd. Additionally, we mourn with the Bryant family over the death of their 16 year old daughter Ma’Khia at the hands of the police. The continued murdering of Black and Brown People at the hands of the police is both traumatic…

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Vantage Point: The Legacy of George Floyd – After the Verdict, Can Black Americans Breathe?

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

April 26, 2021 — On this special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guests, Fatiyn Muhammad, Ronald Hampton, Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Kassandra Frederique and Andrea James. Topic: The Legacy of George Floyd After the Verdict, Can Black Americans Breathe? A Timely Discussion on the Future of Police and Criminal Justice Reform.

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Lawmakers protect police at the expense of demonstrators

By News & Current Affairs

By J.S. Adams, Contributing Writer — Over the past 10 months, protesters fighting for racial equality have faced challenges from police departments and governments. Now, they face more challenges, as state and federal lawmakers introduce legislation aimed at cracking down on demonstrators. The majority of them, on the Republican front, say this is in direct response to violent riots the country witnessed following the death of George Floyd. Some have…

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Jail Won’t Solve White Supremacist Violence. Here’s How to Truly Confront It.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kay Whitlock — White supremacist violence in the U.S. elicits the most outspoken public condemnation when it erupts overtly, amid a flurry of Confederate flags and the swaggering display of racist/white nationalist/neo-Nazi symbols and assault rifles. Demands for intensified policing, prosecution, harsher punishments, and more anti-terrorism measures proliferate. Who doesn’t want to retaliate, hit back hard at power-hungry, violent racists? The desire to “not let them get away with…

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How Black cartographers put racism on the map of America

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Derek H. Alderman, Joshua F.J. Inwood— How can maps fight racism and inequality? The work of the Black Panther Party, a 1960s- and 1970s-era Black political group featured in a new movie and a documentary, helps illustrate how cartography – the practice of making and using maps – can illuminate injustice. As these films show, the Black Panthers focused on African American empowerment and community survival, running a diverse array of programming that ranged…

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