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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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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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Report Card on President Biden

Panel Gives Biden “Passing” Grades – IBW National Forum Assesses Biden’s First 100 Days

By News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

On the eve of President Biden’s first 100 days in office the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) convened a National Virtual Forum to evaluate the progress of his administration so far in addressing issues of vital concern to Black voters. IBW assembled a stellar Panel of prominent African American political analysts, commentators and civil rights/human rights advocates from around the country to conduct the assessment which included:…

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Ronald E. Hampton

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

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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Report Card on President Biden: The First 100 Days (A Virtual National Forum)

By Events, Reparations

April 29, 2021 — A panel of Black America’s leading scholars, analysts and activists grade President Biden’s performance during his first 100 days in office. Hosted by: Mayor Ras J. Baraka Newark, New Jersey Special Respondent: Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba Jackson, MS Moderators: Nkechi Taifa, Esq. Author of Black Power, Black Lawyer Rev. Mark Thompson Host, Make It Plain Panelists: Dr. Julianne Malveaux Author, Political Economist, Commentator, Washington, DC LaTosha…

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George Floyd Racist Valentine’s Day Card

Racist Valentine’s Day Card Shows LAPD Still has Work to Do to Break the Code of Racist Silence

By Commentaries/Opinions, News & Current Affairs

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson— When word hit that a phony Valentine’s Day card was being circulated among LAPD officers that mocked the slaying of George Floyd, a bevy of LAPD police and city officials expressed outrage. All promised a thorough investigation, and tough punishment of whoever the perpetrator is of the obscene, disgusting, and hate filled card. The indignation from on top is all well and good. However, it begs…

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People march towards the Washington Monument at the Black Lives Matter protest in Washington DC 6/6/2020

‘Racism is in the bones of our nation’: Will Joe Biden answer ‘cry’ for racial justice?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Chris McGreall— In his first few minutes as America’s new president, Joe Biden made a promise so sweeping that it almost seemed to deny history. “We can deliver racial justice,” Biden pledged to his factious nation. It wasn’t a commitment presented in any detail as he moved on to asserting that America would again be the leading force for good in the world, a claim that draws its own…

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

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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Jacob Blake

Blake Notwithstanding, It’s Still Nearly Impossible to Prosecute Cops

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — One day after Jacob Blake was shot multiple times in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin cop, there was a terse one liner from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. It noted that its Division of Criminal Investigation would issue a report within 30 days on whether to recommend the filing of criminal charges against the officer who shot Blake. 30 days, recommend, and a one…

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