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Jezebel. Untold Damage: America’s Overlooked Gun Violence. ‘Our Children Killing Our Children’ Ali-Rashid Abdullah, 67 and broad-shouldered with a neatly trimmed gray beard, is an ex-convict turned outreach worker for Cincinnati’s Human Relations Commission. He or his co-workers were at the scenes of all five of Cincinnati’s shootings with four or more casualties last year, working the crowds outside the yellow police tape, trying to defuse the potential for further gunfire. They see themselves as stop signs for young black men bound for self-destruction. They also see themselves as truth-tellers about the intersection of race and gun violence — a topic that neither the city’s mayor, who is white, nor its police chief, who is black, publicly addresses. “White folks don’t want to say it because it’s politically incorrect, and black folks don’t know how to deal with it because it is their children pulling the trigger as well as being shot,” said Mr.

No one worries more about black-on-black violence than African-Americans. Most parents Mr. Mr. Mr. Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Won’t Attend Oscars. Photo The outcry over the nomination of 20 white actors, and no black ones, for the Academy Awards gained momentum on Monday — Martin Luther King’s Birthday — as the director Spike Lee and the actress Jada Pinkett Smith announced they would not be attending the ceremony on Feb. 28. But at a star-studded gathering of mostly black performers to honor Dr. King, organized at Riverside Church in Harlem, mentions of the Academy Awards were kept in check, even by those whose films and performances were ignored.

Neither the event’s host, Ryan Coogler, the director of “Creed,” nor the film’s stars, Michael B. Chris Rock, the comedian scheduled to host the awards, also kept on message after taking to the church’s stage following Mr. Mr. “I don’t really appreciate having to follow the heartthrob,” he said of Mr. Earlier in the day, Mr. Referring to himself and his wife, Mr. In a video released on Monday, Ms.

Ms. Mr. On Monday evening, the Academy’s president, Ms. Mr. “If we can fix America,” Mr. Freddie Gray’s Baltimore Neighborhood Watches Trial Warily. Photo BALTIMORE — The tattered city blocks are bouncing to their usual beat. Men are milling between street corners and bodega doorways, buses are chugging along and young men are popping wheelies on dirt bikes. But something new has sprung up here in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in the months since Freddie Gray’s fatal encounter with the police in April led to fiery unrest: large, colorful, hand-painted murals that cover several buildings and speak to this city’s rich black history.

Billie Holiday and Ta-Nehisi Coates on one. It is a reminder that Mr. The response to the trial has been fairly muted, without mass demonstrations or round-the-clock news coverage. “I really don’t want to be disappointed,” Mr. “Around the nation, we watching a lot of officers get off on other cases,” said Mr. Mr. “Say the guy like the one that the police shot 16 times,” Mr. Mr. “Looked like he had a gun that, once he pulled the trigger, it kept going,” he added. Mr. Mr. Reforms Follow Protests in Ferguson. It has been a year since the police shooting of an African-American teenager in Ferguson, Mo., ignited the community protest and street turmoil that ultimately laid bare local government’s exploitation of citizens, particularly blacks. It is no small achievement that Missouri began enforcing a series of tough new court reforms last month aimed at ending one particularly flagrant abuse: the systematic fleecing of accused traffic offenders in a revenue scheme to bolster the budgets of local governments.

The reforms, prompted by a scathing Justice Department report on civil rights abuses, attack the benighted police and court operation that trapped minor traffic offenders in a cascade of heightened fines and penalties, license suspensions and arrests. Lives were ruined as Ferguson and other municipalities in St. Louis County used tactics that targeted African-Americans to fatten their budgets. The changes are already yielding results. Photo. The Videos That Are Putting Race and Policing Into Sharp Relief.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism - Council of Conservative Citizens Promotes White Primacy, and G.O.P. Ties. The Council of Conservative Citizens opposes “all efforts to mix the races,” and believes “that the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character.” It would severely restrict immigration, abolish affirmative action and dismantle the “imperial judiciary” that produced, among other rulings, the 1954 Supreme Court decision that integrated American education. Those are among the core principles of the council, a Missouri-based organization with a long history of promoting white primacy.

Now the massacre of nine black parishioners in a Charleston, S.C., church has propelled the organization, which in recent years seemed in decline, back onto the national stage and embroiled the Republican Party in new questions about its ties to the group. Rachel Dolezal has a right to be black (Opinion) On Monday, Rachel Dolezal, the head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, resigned in shame because she had posed as a black woman even though she is biologically white. The outing of Dolezal seems ironic given the recent public embrace of Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner.

Jenner seems to have ushered in an era of greater tolerance about the constructed nature of identity. After all, when a transgender woman is elevated to the cover of Vanity Fair, it's as though we have reached a tipping point. We can accept the idea that one's social identity can be radically transformed if it doesn't match with what one feels in the heart. The stark difference in Dolezal's treatment forces us to ask what's the difference between claiming a gender identity versus a racial identity? Camille Gear Rich Dolezal is disturbing for many people because she marks a cultural fault line. The central issue that separates Jenner's and Dolezal's choices is deception. After 8 Shots in North Charleston, Michael Slager Becomes an Officer Scorned.

Photo NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Michael T. Slager played cops and robbers as a boy in the Virginia woods, volunteered as an emergency medical technician after high school and earned an associate degree in criminal justice while working full time as a patrolman. Before he was caught on video firing eight shots at the back of an unarmed fleeing man and then dispassionately handcuffing him as he lay dying, he received praise from his supervisors at the North Charleston Police Department and excelled in police training. He was also the subject of two formal complaints in five years. The adults who watched Mr. Slager, now 33, grow up recalled him being a shy loner who struggled to adjust to his broken home, and had a hard time socializing.

They remembered him more for what he was not — not much of an athlete, not a troublemaker and not someone who spent much time with friends. “I think he’s scared to death,” Ms. Mr. The video shows Mr. The Police Department dismissed Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mrs. Nouvelle bavure policière aux Etats-Unis. « Il m'a tiré dessus, il m'a tiré dessus.

Oh mon dieu, je perds mon souffle. » Eric Harris est mort le 2 avril, à Tulsa dans l'Oklahoma, succombant au tir mortel d'un officier judiciaire de réserve américain, rapporte le NY Daily News. Après avoir couru après lui dans la rue, Robert Bates, un ancien policier de 73 ans, l'appréhende, et lui tire dessus par erreur, pensant faire usage de son Taser. Cette nouvelle bavure policière aux Etats-Unis entre un membre des forces de l'ordre blanc et un suspect noir est passée plutôt inaperçue jusqu'à la diffusion d'une vidéo de l'interpellation par la police, dimanche 12 avril. Une minute douze d'une scène stupéfiante. Lire aussi : Meurtre d’un homme noir par un policier blanc aux Etats-Unis : « Et s’il n’y avait pas eu de vidéo ? « Une erreur » « Je lui ai tiré dessus !

« C'était une erreur. » Voilà l'explication officielle donnée ensuite, explique le NY Daily News dans un nouvel article publié après la révélation de la vidéo. South Carolina Police Shooting Seen as Crime Strategy Gone Awry. Photo NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — It was after dark about five years ago, on a downtrodden strip of this city, when Alicia Delesline stopped trusting the police in the place where she had lived her entire life. Ms. Delesline, 48, was walking to a store when she did something pedestrians do all the time: She suddenly changed her mind, and turned around to go elsewhere. Her movement caught the attention of a police officer, who stopped her and accused her of changing directions because she had seen the authorities farther ahead. “They just rolled up and bothered me for no reason and searched me,” she said Thursday. Ms. The aggressive tactics by North Charleston’s mostly white police force, including frequent stops of drivers and pedestrians for minor violations and an increased police presence in high-crime, mostly black areas, have led to a decrease in violent crime.

Continue reading the main story burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault When Mr. Trevor Noah Sees Childhood Under Apartheid as License to Speak His Mind. Continue reading the main story Video JOHANNESBURG — Years before he was chosen to succeed Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” before he made his debut on that Comedy Central news satire or appeared on any American television program, a rising stand-up named Trevor Noah explained why his racial background was both empowering and confining.

Speaking from his native South Africa in 2008, Mr. Noah, the son of a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father, said that his countrymen had variously accepted and rejected him as being black, and embraced and denied him as being mixed race. Never fitting in anywhere, Mr. Noah said in a documentary film called “You Laugh but It’s True,” was the ultimate license to speak his mind. “You’ve lived everywhere and nowhere,” Mr. Now 31 and seemingly plucked from out of nowhere to follow Mr. Photo These experiences have imbued Mr. In a 2013 routine on “Late Show With David Letterman,” Mr. “Africa’s not a color – it’s a place,” Mr. Over the past few years, Mr. A City Where Policing, Discrimination and Raising Revenue Went Hand in Hand.

A 32-year-old black man was sitting in his car, cooling off after playing basketball in a public park in the city of Ferguson, Mo. Then a police officer pulled up. The officer approached him and demanded his identification. He then accused the man of being a pedophile, since there were children in the park, and ordered him out of his car. When the man objected, the officer arrested him and charged him with eight violations of Ferguson’s municipal code, including a charge for not wearing a seatbelt, even though he was in a parked car.

This encounter in summer 2012 in some ways appeared to be exactly how the criminal justice system in Ferguson had been designed to work, according to an investigation of the Ferguson Police Department released on Wednesday by the . Continue reading the main story Justice Department’s Report on the Ferguson Police Department The efficiency of Ferguson’s system was as striking in the report as the bluntness with which officials acknowledged it. OPEN Document. A City Where Policing, Discrimination and Raising Revenue Went Hand in Hand. Expulsion of Two Oklahoma Students Over Video Leads to Free Speech Debate. Photo NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma’s decision to expel two fraternity members who led a racist chant on a bus provoked criticism Wednesday from several legal experts who said that the students’ words, however odious, were protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech.

“The courts are very clear that hateful, racist speech is protected by the First Amendment,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, a constitutional scholar and dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine. Official punishment for speech could be legal if the students’ chant constituted a direct threat, leading a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety, or if it seemed likely to provoke an immediate violent response, according to Mr. Chemerinsky and several other legal scholars, liberal and conservative alike. On Tuesday, the university’s president, David L. A university spokesman said the students were told they could appeal to the university’s equal opportunity officer. Mr. Pasco Police’s Shooting of Rock Thrower Draws Comparisons to Michael Brown Case. PASCO, Wash. — Members of the Zambrano family began arriving here three decades ago, picking apples in nearby orchards.

Over time they have become part of the fabric of this harvesting town, growing to more than 50 and settling in tiny candy-colored homes, some ringed by white picket fences. Then, last week, one of their own was killed by the police, his death caught in a video that has sped around the Internet. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, is shown running from three Pasco officers. He turns and swings his hands upward, before he is felled by a spray of bullets, his body slamming the concrete. He had been throwing rocks at cars and police officers. It was the third killing by the Pasco police since July, and the video has brought international attention, with a flurry of online commenters criticizing the use of force against a man without a gun or a knife, making comparisons to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Photo Mr. Continue reading the main story Video The killing of Mr. For LeBron James and Other Stars, the Political Is Personal.

Photo It started with Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls star who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” during warm-ups before a game last Saturday in Chicago. Then on Monday, , the N.B.A.’s most prominent player, its biggest superstar, wore the same black shirt during warm-ups before Cleveland’s game with the Nets in Brooklyn. Not for the first time, James walked straight into the politically charged arena that many professional athletes traditionally try to avoid. James’s teammate Kyrie Irving also wore the shirt during warm-ups, as did four Nets players: Jarrett Jack, Deron Williams, Alan Anderson and Kevin Garnett.

The “I Can’t Breathe” phrase that has become a rallying cry for protesters in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, led to the man’s death on Staten Island in July. Some of those protesters demonstrated outside Barclays Center before Monday’s game. Poll: Americans have sharply differing views of Brown, Garner cases. Decisions by grand juries to not indict police officers involved in the deaths of black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City have drawn very different reactions from Americans, particularly whites, according to a poll released Monday. By 50%-37%, Americans said a grand jury made the right decision in not indicting Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center. But by 57%-22%, Americans said a grand jury in New York made the wrong decision in not indicting a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, who died after the officer apparently choked him while attempting to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

Almost half of Americans, 48%, said race was "not a factor at all" in the Ferguson case. A smaller share, 39%, said they thought race played no role in the Garner case, with a larger percentage saying they were uncertain. Police Killings Reveal Chasms Between Races. We Must Stop Police Abuse of Black Men. Protesters United Against Ferguson Decision, but Challenged in Unity. In Ferguson, after a week of strife, some signs of hope and healing. No severance for Ferguson cop who resigned over safety concerns.

Grand jury call not the end for police officer. Transcript: Obama’s remarks on Ferguson grand jury decision. Witnesses Told Grand Jury That Michael Brown Charged at Darren Wilson, Prosecutor Says. Ferguson erupts after officer not charged in teen's shooting. 12-Year-Old Boy Dies After Police in Cleveland Shoot Him. In Ferguson, Lives Upended by Uncertainty. Missouri Governor Says National Guard Is Still Option in Ferguson. Ferguson tensions rise after second shooting. In Wake of Clashes, Calls to Demilitarize Police. As Two Men Go Free, a Dogged Ex-Prosecutor Digs In. DNA Evidence Clears Two Men in 1983 Murder. Protests Begin Over Ferguson Shooting Amid Dismay in St. Louis Case.