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Hypersegregated cities face tough road to change. 14 #CharlestonShooting Tweets Show How the Media Covers White Terrorism. Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man who allegedly shot and killed nine black people during a Bible study in the historically African-American Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was captured Thursday morning.

14 #CharlestonShooting Tweets Show How the Media Covers White Terrorism

America's Reaction to James Boulware Is White Privilege at Its Finest. On Saturday night, James L.

America's Reaction to James Boulware Is White Privilege at Its Finest

Boulware of Paris, Texas, opened fire on Police Headquarters in Dallas, shattering the building's glass entrance, leaving dozens of bullet holes in a police cruiser out front and planting numerous pipe bombs around the perimeter. Boulware then drove his van, rigged with explosives, to a Jack-in-the-Box parking lot and engaged officers in a multi-hour standoff before a sniper's bullet ripped through his windshield and ended his life. Many questions arise after incidents like this. One Tweet Shows the Hypocrisy of How the Police Treats White Criminals. On Sunday, members of two rival biker gangs began an altercation at a parking lot in Waco, Texas, after a fight escalated between the groups inside a local restaurant.

One Tweet Shows the Hypocrisy of How the Police Treats White Criminals

The confrontation left nine dead and 192 arrested before police were able to regain control. Photos posted on Twitter showing how the arrests went down are now causing controversy online due to what some are saying is the very casual demeanor of officers and suspects. As one Twitter user pointed out, comparing what happened after a mass shootout in Waco to a man walking home last August in Ferguson, Missouri, paints a clear picture. The comparison was brought about after a photo started going viral of the gang members sitting around after the shooting. ‘Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us’ On the evening of April 25 at the corner of Pratt and Light Streets, in Baltimore’s revitalized downtown district, more than 100 police officers in riot gear stood shoulder to shoulder, shields up.

‘Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us’

Six officers on horseback fidgeted behind them, staring down at a crowd of about 40, an odd mixture of protesters, journalists and protester-journalists. Earlier in the afternoon, well over a thousand people marched from the Western District police station to City Hall to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose spinal cord was severely injured while he was in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department. Only a handful of live-streamers, an older man in a kente-cloth kufi, five or six teenagers with bandannas drawn across their faces and two young women in cocktail attire who had just been kicked out of a wedding were left. Each person was filming the police. How Utah reduced homelessness by more than 90 percent. Utah’s chronically homeless population has dropped by 91 percent since 2005, and may altogether be gone by 2015.

How Utah reduced homelessness by more than 90 percent

The state has achieved this by approaching homelessness in an innovative, although simple, way: If someone is homeless, give that person a home. As Riots Follow Freddie Gray's Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow. Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain.

As Riots Follow Freddie Gray's Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow

Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley but in the custody of the city's publicly appointed guardians of order. And yet the mayor of that city and the commissioner of that city's police still have no idea what happened. I suspect this is not because the mayor and police commissioner are bad people, but because the state of Maryland prioritizes the protection of police officers charged with abuse over the citizens who fall under its purview.

The citizens who live in West Baltimore, where the rioting began, intuitively understand this. Being Real Black for You: Who Kendrick Lamar Is Rapping to on ‘The Blacker the Berry’ « I don’t remember the first time I heard “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.”

Being Real Black for You: Who Kendrick Lamar Is Rapping to on ‘The Blacker the Berry’ «

I do recall, however, the first time I was instructed to listen to it. The version was Donny Hathaway’s take, from his 1970 album Everything Is Everything. At the time, headed to fifth grade and abruptly leaving the familiar bubble of my all-black school, I was told to pay attention to the lyrics. Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race : Code Switch. Rev.

Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race : Code Switch

Al Sharpton (far right) interviews, from right to left, Eric Garner's widow Esaw Garner, his mother Gwen Carr, and their attorney Jonathan Moore on MSNBC's PoliticsNation. AP/MSNBC hide caption. B39u56KIUAE5LMu.jpg:large (JPEG Image, 599 × 379 pixels) Ferguson: An American Dilemma. Perhaps the most depressing thing about the violent scenes in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night is that they were so predictable.

Ferguson: An American Dilemma

The white prosecutor announced that the grand jury, which was reportedly largely white, had decided to bring no charges of any type against the white cop who shot and killed an unarmed black man. The black President, America’s first, appealed for calm. What Happened in Ferguson? What Happened on the Anniversary of the Michael Brown’s Death?

What Happened in Ferguson?

Demonstrations commemorating the killing of Michael Brown one year ago ended Sunday night when an 18-year-old was shot and critically wounded by the police. The shooting was on West Florissant Avenue, where other violence, fires and looting occurred last year. Main area of demonstrations Sunday night Previous areas of fires, violence and looting Ferguson Police. Protests Flare After Ferguson Police Officer Is Not Indicted. CLAYTON, Mo. — A St. Louis County grand jury has brought no criminal charges against Darren Wilson, a white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, more than three months ago in nearby Ferguson. The decision by the grand jury of nine whites and three blacks was announced Monday night by the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert P. McCulloch, at a news conference packed with reporters from around the world. The killing, on a residential street in Ferguson, set off weeks of civil unrest — and a national debate — fueled by protesters’ outrage over what they called a pattern of police brutality against young black men.

The Death of Michael Brown: Teaching About Ferguson. Video On Nov. 24, a St. Louis County grand jury announced that it has brought no criminal charges against Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Thousands took to the streets in cities across the country — from Los Angeles to Atlanta to New York — to protest the decision. In an essay in the Sunday Review on Nov. 30, Michael Eric Dyson asked, “Where Do We Go After Ferguson?” One Tweet Perfectly Sums Up Why Immigration Reform Really Matters. President Barack Obama's announcement of a historic series of executive actions has given new hope and opportunity to almost 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who face the prospect of deportation. Among them is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who tweeted that the president's plan meant that he could travel to the Philippines and see his mother for the first time in 21 years: His words are a powerful reminder that immigration policy, at its core, isn't about politics, economics or the rule of law.

It's about keeping families together and doing what's right for the millions of people who have grown up and lived in this country for years. They are as American as anyone in everything but name. Inside the Fast-Food Labor Protests. For the customers, nothing has changed in the big, busy McDonald’s on Broadway at West 181st Street, in Washington Heights. Promotions come and go—during the World Cup, the French-fry package was suddenly not red but decorated with soccer-related “street art,” and, if you held your phone up to the box, it would download an Augmented Reality app that let you kick goals with the flick of a finger. New menu items appear—recently, the Jalapeño Double and the Bacon Clubhouse, or, a while back, the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. But a McDonald’s is a McDonald’s. This one is open twenty-four hours. It has its regulars, including a panel of older gentlemen who convene at a row of tables near the main door, generally wear guayaberas, and deliberate matters large and small in Spanish.

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Schools CNN On Michael Brown Case. Listen to J. Cole's "Be Free" With Highway Patrol, hugs and kisses replace tear gas in Ferguson. Thousands of demonstrators peacefully march with members of the St. Louis County Police and Missouri Highway Patrol on Thursday, Aug. 14, in Ferguson, Mo. America Is Not For Black People. Community Cinema Initiative. They Put A Homeless Man In A Suit To See What Happens. The Result? Ridiculous.

The Last Stand for the Middle Class Is Taking Place in a Parking Lot in Massachusetts. Watch John Oliver and some muppets explain America's out of control prison system. Watch John Oliver and some muppets explain America's out of control prison system. Is Vermont the solution to the border crisis? In its efforts to figure out what to do with the many Central American unaccompanied minors coming to the United States -- about 60,000 in recent weeks -- the White House has been asking several states if they have the resources to house some of these children. Legalize polygamy: Marriage equality for all. The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility - Andrew Simmons. Lack of Order: The Erosion of a Once-Great Force for Integration. Segregation Now ... Video: Saving Central. Segregation Now: The Resegregation of America’s Schools.

Segregation Now. Supreme Court’s Latest Race Case: Housing Discrimination. Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life. Jon Stewart: Donald Sterling, Bundy, and the KKK illustrate the ‘mosaic of racism in America’ By Arturo GarciaTuesday, April 29, 2014 0:19 EDT. Why I Give a Damn About #yesallwomen. {Adult Content} What Happens When Low Wage Workers Suddenly Get a Living Wage?: Gothamist. Games by Lucas Pope. 31 Women Show Us the Right Way to Respond to Common Excuses for Rape. Jon Stewart: Donald Sterling, Bundy, and the KKK illustrate the ‘mosaic of racism in America’ Freshman Shames Ivy League College with His Personal Story About ‘White Privilege’ Jon Stewart Proves Double Standards For Female Politicians With The Most Hilarious Evidence Possible.

College musical highlights battle between South Carolina lawmakers, universities. Segregation Now. Segregation Now: The Resegregation of America’s Schools. What "check your privilege" really means. What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son - Christopher E. Smith. Growing up homeless in suburbia. Applying to Princeton. Spike Lee’s Amazing Rant Against Gentrification. On the Killing of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn - Ta-Nehisi Coates. Jury Reaches Partial Verdict in Florida Killing Over Loud Music.

For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico. What An Actor Said To Ellen Is Something I Wish More Men Would Talk About. Faces of America. Home - History of Immigration- Classroom Presentation. Esperanza Spalding Protests Guantanamo Bay Okayplayer. The cultural crater of '12 Years a Slave' Study: Curbing Voting Rights Act could reverse gains. In New York, Having a Job, or 2, Doesn’t Mean Having a Home. Graphic: How Class Works. Boehner, Cantor Turned Down Chance to Speak at March Anniversary (Updated) Conservatives Think Racism Is Dead. Wrong. Obama Focuses More on Class Than Race in MLK Ceremony - Elspeth Reeve. 'The Daily Show' Stops and Frisks the NYPD - Arit John. Bayard Rustin Coalition. Gentrify? No! Gentefy? Sí! Crumbling American Dreams. Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain’t Shit.

Live Analysis of the Supreme Court Decision on the Voting Rights Act. Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act. Affirmative Action Should Not Be Based on Race. Affirmative Action Case Is Sent Back to Lower Court. The truth in Kanye’s anti-prison rap. Ben Bernanke on life, love, and intestinal parasites. A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality. Dead Boston bomber’s wife need not explain her religious conversion. James Cone and Taylor Branch on MLK's Fight for Economic Equality. Letter to the Editor: Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had.

Native American Issues

Supreme Court Lets Stand A Block On Alabama's Tough Immigration Law : The Two-Way. At a glance: Supreme Court decision on Arizona's immigration law. Supreme Court Decision on Arizona Immigration Law - Interactive Feature. How the 'Cult of Smartness' Distorts the Immigration Debate - Conor Friedersdorf. The Case For Arizona's Immigration Law. A Comparison of the DREAM Act and Other Proposals for Undocumented Youth. Poor People's Campaign: A Dream Unfulfilled. The Mystery Of Income Inequality Broken Down To One Simple Chart. When Spike Lee Became Scary - Jason Bailey. George F. Will: ‘Central Park Five’ tells of a gross miscarriage of justice. Phillips Andover Girls’ Leadership Debated.

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE. Why Can’t We End Poverty in America? Migrants’ Freedom Ride. The Price of a Black President. Mike Pride: From Lincoln Republicans to Obama Democrats. Jeffrey Toobin: Defending Our Voting Rights.

LGBTQ Issues