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A Major component of the problem we face in reform of policing

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By Kim Bellware— Police officers and at least one police chief from departments across the United States are facing termination, suspension or other discipline for their proximity to or alleged involvement in a chaotic gathering in Washington on Wednesday that ended in a riot at the U.S. Capitol and left five people dead. Departments in California, Washington state, and Texas are among those that have announced investigations into their officers based…

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2020 was the year America embraced Black Lives Matter as a movement, not just a moment

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By Erika D. Smith — George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Andres Guardado. For months this summer, these Black and brown faces looked out on us from the boarded-up windows of businesses in Venice, spray-painted on plywood and awaiting riots that never came. Every day, they reminded us — as if we could forget — of the trauma that police brutality inflicted upon our nation this year. That these images of the dead are…

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Church honors Black Lives Matter protests with Nativity scene

By News & Current Affairs

By Javier Rojas— For more than a decade, one Claremont church has turned to social justice issues to help inspire its unconventional Nativity scenes built to spark tough conversations. Though 2020 brought a pandemic that has killed several hundreds of thousands of Americans and caused economic uncertainty for millions of people, it was the wave of protests over police brutality and calls for justice and equity that gave the congregation inspiration for its current version of the Nativity. An illustrated…

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Killing of two girls stokes outrage over Brazil’s horrific toll of black lives

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By Tom Phillips in Duque de Caxias— The shooting of two young black girls – who had between them enjoyed fewer than 11 years of life – has sparked outrage in Brazil and intensified the debate over police violence and structural racism in a country still grappling with the legacy of slavery. Witnesses claimed they had seen a police officer shoot into the community at about 8.30pm that night, although Rio’s…

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Shocked by how close the presidential race is? Black Americans have known this bigotry all along

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Black people have known forever that White people’s commitment to true democracy can be fickle By Anneliese M. Bruner, The Lily — As a Black woman in America, I’ve been watching the neck-and-neck presidential election race like everyone else. I’ve also been reading online posts, conversations and articles happening in the spaces I inhabit — spaces where Black folks speak their minds openly about the racism that stains and permeates…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Exhale. Inhale. Roll Your Sleeves Up

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — It took five days for the 2020 election to be called for former Vice President Joe Biden. Five days with me peeled to the television and the internet. Five days holding my breath. Five days, meditating and praying for strength. I could not imagine four more years of Trump. I actually started going through my belongings, trying to decide which one would make the cut for…

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Our goal is record Black voter turnout to fire Trump and save Black lives: NAACP President

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s not just Donald Trump and Joe Biden on the ballot, it’s a decision about the country we want. Honor John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg by voting. By Derrick Johnson, USA Today — Instead of focusing on the many crises devastating the Black community right now, and although voters are already casting ballots, Republicans are rushing to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Once again, President Donald Trump and his enablers…

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Police Power and the Election of Newark’s First Black Mayor

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By Andrew Grim, AAIHS — Fifty years ago, Newark, New Jersey, elected its first Black mayor—Kenneth Gibson—at a moment when there was an urgency to address police violence. Three years earlier, the 1967 Newark Rebellion, which began in response to the police beating of a Black cab driver, resulted in dozens of deaths—including two children—at the hands of police and the National Guard. Police violence was nothing new for Black Newarkers….

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Black Households Earned 61 Cents for Every Dollar of White Median Incomes

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Police violence linked to segregated housing. By Charlene Crowell — The August 23 police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, WI, triggered yet another round of community protests and national news coverage of a Black man. A series of multiple gunshots fired by a local police officer, were not fatal for 29-year old Jacob Blake; but may have permanently paralyzed him from the waist down. Days later on…

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Good Reason Trump Won’t Drink Woodward’s Racial Kool Aid

Good Reason Trump Won’t Drink Woodward’s Racial Kool Aid

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Robert Woodward certainly couldn’t have been shocked at Trump’s answer to his very loaded question. The question was whether he could understand any of the racial pain that African Americans feel. Trump stood the question on its head and accused Woodward of “drinking the Kool Aid.” Translated: Why should he or any other white guy like him feel any guilt, let alone empathy, at the…

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