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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.

Untold Damage: America’s Overlooked Gun Violence

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. 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.

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Won’t Attend Oscars

But at a star-studded gathering of mostly black performers to honor Dr. Freddie Gray’s Baltimore Neighborhood Watches Trial Warily. Photo BALTIMORE — The tattered city blocks are bouncing to their usual beat.

Freddie Gray’s Baltimore Neighborhood Watches Trial Warily

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. President Obama on another. 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.

Reforms Follow Protests in Ferguson

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 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.”

Council of Conservative Citizens Promotes White Primacy, and G.O.P. Ties

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. 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.

Rachel Dolezal has a right to be black (Opinion)

The outing of Dolezal seems ironic given the recent public embrace of Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner. After 8 Shots in North Charleston, Michael Slager Becomes an Officer Scorned. Photo NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Michael T.

After 8 Shots in North Charleston, Michael Slager Becomes an Officer Scorned

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. Nouvelle bavure policière aux Etats-Unis. South Carolina Police Shooting Seen as Crime Strategy Gone Awry. Photo.

South Carolina Police Shooting Seen as Crime Strategy Gone Awry

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.

Trevor Noah Sees Childhood Under Apartheid as License to Speak His Mind

Speaking from his native South Africa in 2008, 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.

A City Where Policing, Discrimination and Raising Revenue Went Hand in Hand

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.

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. Pasco Police’s Shooting of Rock Thrower Draws Comparisons to Michael Brown Case.

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. 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. Police Killings Reveal Chasms Between Races. Photo FERGUSON, Mo. — In the decade that Ashley Bernaugh, who is white, has been with her black husband, her family in Indiana has been so smitten with him that she teases them that they love him more than her. So Ms. Bernaugh was somewhat surprised by her family’s reaction after Darren Wilson, a white police officer here, killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

Forced into more frank discussions about race with her family than ever before, Ms. We Must Stop Police Abuse of Black Men. Photo. Protesters United Against Ferguson Decision, but Challenged in Unity. Photo. In Ferguson, after a week of strife, some signs of hope and healing. No severance for Ferguson cop who resigned over safety concerns. The white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, got no severance deal when he resigned from the force, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday. The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. "There will be no severance or extension of benefits for Darren Wilson following his resignation," Mayor James Knowles told a news conference.

Grand jury call not the end for police officer. FERGUSON, Mo. — The grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of a teenager will not end Wilson's legal troubles. Transcript: Obama’s remarks on Ferguson grand jury decision. President Obama responded to the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Monday night, saying that progress is possible. 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. Photo. 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.