Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
alton sterling
Activist Najee Ali, seated center, is supported by a group of black civil rights activists as they block Spring Street in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles on September 30, 2015. "With Black Lives Matter being a new organization with young activists, they don't have the experience or discipline to be more effective advocates," Ali said. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Police Are Not The Problem, We Are

Another tragedy overarches the killings of police and black men last week: America’s ongoing struggle to reconcile itself along lines of race. We are still fighting over what being black means — and should mean — in a nation that ostensibly holds equality as a foundational belief.

July 14, 2016
Protestor Ieshia Evans is approached by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

‘We Want Safety, Dignity And Justice’: Black Lives Matter Protests Build Nationwide

“We have a mandate: to avenge the sufferings of our ancestors, earn the respect of future generations and be transformed in the service of the work. That is what we are in the streets for. We’re going to take as much time as we need.”

July 11, 2016
Abigail Garcia,2, visits a makeshift memorial at Dallas Police Headquarters two days after a lone gunman ambushed and killed five police officers at a protest decrying police shootings of black men, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

America Has Gone Mad And There’s No Place To Hide

As these words are written, I am on a cruise ship pulling into the harbor of the Greek island of Crete. All around me, the morning sparkles. The water is placid, the sky is clear and pale blue, our ship is embraced by gently sloping hills dotted with houses and shops. And I just turned on the television.

July 10, 2016
Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas.

This Week’s Violence Exposes America’s Deepest Cracks

The deaths of five Dallas police officers and Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have exposed the fissures in American society, bringing together some of the toughest issues the nation faces into one week: mistrust of police within the Black community, gun violence, and hyper-partisanship.

July 8, 2016

#EndorseThis: After Dallas, Messages Of Unity And Peace Across The Country

Political leaders responded to last night’s shootings on TV and social media with an outpouring of compassion and support.

July 8, 2016

#EndorseThis: After Alton Sterling’s Death, Larry Wilmore Asks: Where Are The #AllLivesMatter Protests?

Larry Wilmore wrote his monologue for last night’s The Nightly Show after the police killing of Alton Sterling, who was shot multiple times in the chest while pinned to the ground by two police officers. But he wrote it before the police killing of Philando Castille.

July 7, 2016
A protester wears tape over her mouth during a silent demonstration against what they say is police brutality after the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer, in St. Louis

Alton Sterling’s Killing Was Caught On Camera, But Justice Is Still A Long Shot

Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold in 2014, was acquitted by a jury. Garner was unarmed, and Pantaleo had faced two civil suits previous to the incident related to abuses of power.

July 6, 2016

Louisiana Protesters Demand Justice For Black Man Shot By Police

Posts on Twitter showed the demonstrators gathered outside the Triple S Food Mart convenience store in Baton Rouge, where, police said in a statement, the man, Alton Sterling, 37, was shot by officers soon after midnight.

July 6, 2016