Gerald Slaughter

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The “reasonable” killing of Tamir Rice: The soul-churning truth about cops who use lethal force

An unarmed 12-year-old was fatally shot in a blink of an eye, but the man responsible is being let off the hook<p>In the video, you see Tamir Rice fall almost instantly. A Cleveland cop car pulls up to the 12-year-old and it barely has time to stop before a police officer shoots him. It is so fast it …

Confederate fantasies & the Donald Trump surge: Inside the dangerous Southern mythology creeping into the GOP primary

Earlier this week, Ken Burns blew the lid off of this election’s most unsettling developments<p>I can only imagine the sheer volume of racists, hillbillies and crackpots festooning Ken Burns' Twitter feed and email inbox today. The award-winning documentary filmmaker appeared on CBS News' "Face the …

War

“Please do not feed the animals”: Oklahoma GOP compares food stamp recipients to park animals

OK GOP compared recipients to animals who “grow dependent on handouts and not learn to take care of themselves”<p>The Oklahoma Republican Party compared Americans receiving food stamp benefits to park animals fed by the public in a Facebook post Monday evening.<p>In the since-deleted post, the Oklahoma …

National Parks

18-day negotiation yields historic Iran nuclear accord

After long, fractious negotiations, world powers and Iran struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement aimed at averting the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military …

Congress won't protect us from the surveillance state – they'll enhance it

There are still programs aimed at Americans that the Obama administration is keeping secret from the public. They should be a scandal, not line items in bills<p>The same Senator who warned the public about the NSA’s mass surveillance pre-Snowden said this week that the Obama administration is still …

Surveillance

The Gangsters of Ferguson

Darren Wilson was innocent. If only the city's cops offered their own citizens the same due process he received.<p>Yesterday the Justice Department released the results of a long and thorough investigation into the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. The investigation concluded that …

Justice

“My first impulse is to call you a dumb Obama ass-licking c**t”: “American Sniper” fans tell me off

I dared criticize “American Sniper.” You’d be horrified by the response from aggressive, deluded “patriots”<p>The fans defending “American Sniper” reveal more about our nation's problems than the movie itself.<p>“American Sniper” opened to almost immediate controversy as critics suggested that the film’s …

Political Science

Meet The New Generation Of Black American Cowboys

Photographer John Ferguson revisits the history of African-American cowboys and focuses his camera on a new generation that is carrying on the tradition.<p>Through photography and a documentary film in progress, Ferguson hopes to represent a lifestyle that has been centuries in the making. To do so, …

'Saturday Night Live': All 141 Cast Members Ranked

Our insanely ambitious, ruthlessly exhaustive ranking of every 'SNL' player ever<p>Let's break it down. The entire cast of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, all 40 …

Six David Carr Pieces to Remember Him By

Our editors collected some of Carr’s finest journalism.<p><i>The New York Times</i> media critic David Carr died on Thursday night, prompting a flood of remembrances from his colleagues, musicians, tech entrepreneurs, and a host of other well-deserved fans. As the world says goodbye to the rarest of …

Journalism

Ahead Of Ferguson Decision, Governor Declares Emergency

With the community of Ferguson, Mo., poised to receive a grand jury decision regarding possible charges in the death of Michael Brown, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday.<p>Nixon's decision clears the way for the National Guard and state agencies to work together to help …