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Policing and Oppression Have Long Gone Together

In my previous column, I promised to take up the topic of the historical roots of the continuing mistrust between law enforcement and the black …

NYPD Releases Video Showing Moment Tennis Star James Blake Was Grabbed By Officer, Thrown to Ground

The New York Police Department released video Friday showing the moment an unsuspecting James Blake, 35, was grabbed outside a hotel and thrown to the ground by an undercover officer.<p>The former tennis star could be seen in the footage casually waiting for a car when the officer rushed in and …

Church Gets Violent Threats Over ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign

A Chicago chapel takes down a ‘Black Lives Matter’ message after the trolls come out on social media.<p>A church in Chicago’s majority white, …

Afropunk 2015: Rolling Stone’s Best Photos

SZA<p>SZA at Afropunk Fest on August 22nd, 2015.<p>Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe with Marky Ramone<p>Jillian Hervey performs with Marky Ramone at Afropunk Fest …

Pat Rice

The Resurrection of America's Slums

After falling in the 1990s, the number of poor people living in high-poverty areas has been growing fast.<p>Half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, the number of Americans living in slums is rising at an extraordinary pace.<p>The number of people living in high-poverty …

Paul Mooney On Bill Cosby's Legacy: He Got His 'N****r Wake-up Call'

Paul Mooney is no stranger to incorporating social commentary into his brand of comedy. Throughout the course of his career, the legendary comic has pushed the envelope on race relations with the release of his projects such as “Race & Masterpiece” and “Analyzing White America.”<p>Mooney first broke …

Actor Jesse Williams Breaks Down Sandra Bland and Racist Hypocrisy in 24 Tweets

Leave it to Jesse Williams to break down what the public needs to know about police racism in the wake of Black Lives Matter activist Sandra Bland’s …

Sandra Bland Arrest Video Appears Edited

Police dashboard video showing the arrest of Sandra Bland in Prairie View, Texas released Tuesday evening includes a number of continuity issues …

Civil Rights

The White Privilege, White Audacity, and White Priorities of STRANGE FRUIT #1

<i>Strange Fruit #1</i> <b><br>J.G. Jones and Mark Waid (Authors), J.G. Jones (Artist), Deron Bennett (Letterer)</b> <b><br>BOOM! Studios</b> <b>(July 2015)</b><p><i>(This review contains some</i> …

Dubstep beatboxing daughter, who is clearly not of this Earth, crushes father in beatbox battle

While the New Horizons spacecraft hurtles toward Pluto, we’ve found evidence of alien life right here on Earth.<p>You KNOW something is impressive when …

Marvel Should Consider These 5 Directors for its Black Panther Movie (Chime in with Yours)

Now that we know fan favorite Ava DuVernay will definitely not be directing Marvel’s Black Panther movie, let’s give the studio some other names to …

25 African-Americans thrown out of South Carolina restaurant after a white woman complained of feeling 'threatened'

• <b>Michael Brown and his family were asked to leave a Wild Wing Cafe in Charleston, South Carolina after the group waited patiently for two hours</b>• <b><br>The</b> …

Racism is alive in the US north too – just without southern accents and flags

In the summer of 2008, I crossed the Mason Dixon line – as many other black people had done decades before me during the Great Migration – and moved to Chicago after graduating from high school.<p>For the first few weeks, I was euphoric. I felt like I could breathe and move in ways that had been …

Hate Groups

Only white people can save themselves from racism and white supremacism

I am white. I was born and raised in South Carolina, a state to which my grandmother’s family came in the 1600s. They owned slaves. Part of her family were Pinckneys, which means that someone in my family may have owned someone in the family of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in the …

Dylann Roof’s arrest: How a small-town police foiled the accused Charleston killer’s getaway

SHELBY, N.C. — For 13 hours and 44 minutes last week, an unemployed high school dropout just barely of legal drinking age was the most wanted man in …

Murders in Charleston

A week that began with public grappling with race as absurdity has concluded with shock, yet again, with race as the catalyst for tragedy. The existential question of who is black has been answered in the most concussive way possible: the nine men and women slain as they prayed last night at the …

Gunman Kills 9 at Historic Church in Charleston: Pictures

Policing

Charleston church massacre: The violence white America must answer for

<b>Surreace Cox, of North Charleston, S.C., holds a sign during a prayer vigil down the street from the Emanuel AME Church early Thursday, June 18, 2015, following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP)</b><p>Where are the white fathers? When will white leaders step up? …

Mass Shootings

Why the fascination with Rachel Dolezal?

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed as black, told the world this week, "I identify as black." Despite her resignation as president of NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, the uproar over her racial deception has not subsided.</i><p><i>And in light of Caitlyn Jenner's recent public declaration</i> …

Rachel Dolezal

Shooting suspect in custody after Charleston church massacre

<b>Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> Before he allegedly opened fire on members of a Bible study group at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Dylann Roof sat with them. He might have prayed with them.<p>A Snapchat video from Wednesday night at the historic African-American church shows Roof at a …

Charleston Church Shooting

Exclusive: Investigation of Rachel Dolezal's roots reveals she has no black relatives dating back to 1671 - her ancestors came to the US from Europe and have no bloodlines linking them to slaves or Africa

• <b>Rachel Dolezal sparked a national debate when her parents revealed she is whitem not black as she insists</b>• <b><br>But she has no black relatives dating back</b> …

Rachel Dolezal's definition of 'transracial' isn't just wrong, it's destructive | Syreeta McFadden

To deny ethnic and cultural differences is to erase the identities of those who cannot choose<p>After days of speculation, Rachel Dolezal appeared on the Today show and declared herself transracial – and blamed other people’s misunderstanding of the term on why she came to be identified as black. “I …

Rachel Dolezal to Matt Lauer: “This is not some freak, ‘Birth of a Nation,’ mockery blackface performance”

<b>Rachel Dolezal (Today)</b><p>Her racial identity is “on a very real, connected level”<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>June 16, 2015 12:35pm (UTC)<p>Tuesday morning on "Today," co-host Matt Lauer interviewed Rachel Dolezal, the woman at the center of the current discussion about race -- and the social construction of it -- …

Rachel Dolezal