We Can't Breathe: Why we need to give "racism" a chance
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:42
Simon Tam Race Files, A project of CHANGELAB
In the wake of the Mike Brown and Eric Garner decisions, of the excessive additional unarmed youth who have been killed in the short weeks following the injustice, and in the face of vast disparities facing our country at every level, I believe that there is an important discussion that we need to be having, but one being generally avoided.
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:34
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHING (NNPA) – The 2020 census is still more than five years away, but as the United States Census Bureau prepares for the crucial count of American households, civil rights groups are weighing in and offering recommendations to improve the accuracy of the process.
An estimated 3,000 community members including families, clergy, and youth peacefully gathered Saturday (Dec. 20) at the Mall of America demanding an end to police brutality and the racial inequities people of color face.
This fall, in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, and in the face of the mounting Black body count at the hands of law enforcement, ChangeLab put out a call for a Model Minority Mutiny. We called on Asian Americans to stand up against the model minority myth as an act of self-liberation from a humiliating, trivializing, and dehumanizing stereotype that has, for too long, been used as a justification for labeling Black communities as "problem" minorities, and excluding and criminalizing Black people.
Americans take to the street to protest police killings
Monday, 29 December 2014 16:03
Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – On Saturday Dec. 13, thousands of Americans across the country registered their objection to police officers not being held accountable after killing unarmed citizens, many of them Blacks, by mounting massive demonstrations and rallies, the main one held here in the nation's capital.
A few days before Thanksgiving much of Ferguson, Mo. went up in flames, but the match that lit the torch was struck years before.
Even before the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old, college-bound Michael Brown – the unarmed teen killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson – there was the toxic stench of systematic racism that permeated not only in Ferguson, but in most of north St. Louis County – an area with more than 20 separate municipalities. And for each municipality there is a police force that earns its city millions of dollars in revenue by stopping motorists (particularly Black motorists) at will. And the curiosity of most of these municipalities is while the residents are majority Black, the elected officials and police departments are overwhelmingly white. Ferguson Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes is working to change that.
Monday, 29 December 2014 15:41
Al McFarlane Editor in Chief
Dr. Bernadeia Johnson Wednesday announced her resignation as Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) superintendent, effective January 31, 2015. She said she planned to help with the transition to new leadership through June 30, 2015.