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Deadlocked Charleston Jury Is Another Big Letdown

A panel of 11 white people and one African-American could not find it in themselves to hold Slager accountable for this summary execution, could not bring themselves to say that this black life mattered.

December 7, 2016
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What Happens When White Men Are Scared Of Black Men

How many times have black people bled because white men were scared? Of retribution or uprising. Of robbery or rape. Of social equality and the loss of place and prerogative. Of blackness itself.

November 2, 2016
Jun 9, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tadar Muhammad (right) and Jeremy Brustein (left) demonstrate in support of Tamir Rice outside of Quicken Loans Arena prior to game three of the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Police Union Chief’s Rhetoric Is a Growing Danger

If I’ve learned anything about Steve Loomis from our long, meandering interviews, it’s his certainty that there’s nothing wrong with the Cleveland police force that a more appreciative, compliant population wouldn’t fix.

April 28, 2016

No, There Isn’t A Racial Double Standard At Work In Oregon

It’s tempting, but specious, to draw comparisons between the publicity-seeking antics in Oregon and senseless tragedies involving law enforcement. That hasn’t stopped ideologues on the left from being as vocal in their enthusiasm for a shootout as anti-government militia types.

January 6, 2016

Ohio Grand Jury Clears Police In Fatal Shooting Of 12-Year-Old

A grand jury cleared two Cleveland police officers in the November 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was brandishing a toy gun in a park, after finding a series of mistakes but no criminal activity, a prosecutor said on Monday.

December 28, 2015

Official Reports Usually Side With Police Officers

The experience of being African American has taught me to be skeptical of official reports. A lifetime of color-coded, thumb-on-the-scale American “justice” has left me little option but to sift and fend for myself where “official” findings are concerned.

October 14, 2015

When Police Brutality Goes Viral

With each viral video of police brutality comes a new opportunity to forge multiracial alliances to effect political change.

June 12, 2015

Judge Finds Probable Cause For Murder Charge Against Cleveland Officer Who Shot Tamir Rice

No charges have been filed; Cleveland Municipal Judge Ronald Adrine’s ruling is advisory. City and county prosecutors will review the decision.

June 11, 2015

Promising New Partnership Seeks To Reduce Incarceration

The United States locks up a larger proportion of its citizens than any other nation in the world. Mass incarceration has exacted a terrible cost — on state budgets, on black neighborhoods, on economic and social justice.

May 16, 2015
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Documentary On Kent State Shootings Resonates Today

A growing number of Americans believe that too many police officers use excessive force. But many are also critical of those who protest peacefully.

April 30, 2015

Walter Scott, Just Another ‘Isolated Incident’?

“Another isolated incident” is how the police killing of Walter Scott will play in conservative enclaves where the notion of systemic racism is regarded as absurd.

April 13, 2015

In Her Grief, Tamir Rice’s Mother Stands Alone

Cleveland is still struggling with the aftermath of Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of police.

March 5, 2015

Cleveland Blames Fatal Police Shooting Of Tamir Rice, 12, On Boy

Cleveland’s defense of the officer who shot Tamir Rice has sparked outrage.

March 2, 2015
Andrew Hawkins of the Cleveland Browns makes a catch on November 30, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York

Keep Talking, Andrew Hawkins

We could all learn a lesson from the NFL star’s bold stand.

December 18, 2014

To Despair Is To Surrender

That is what racists want — and why they’ll never win.

December 11, 2014

If Our Grief Were Colorblind

America doesn’t have a problem of black and white, but a problem of right and wrong.

December 4, 2014