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Experts: Ferguson must move quickly to rebuild public trust

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The federal government's withering report on the Ferguson Police Department issued a stern mandate to city leaders: Reform your …

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10 ways white people are more racist than they realize

<b>(MilamPhotos via iStock)</b><p>Progressives like to believe they’re enlightened, but they’re no less vulnerable to their implicit biases<p>Kali Holloway<p>March 4, 2015 8:45pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If there’s anything our fraught national dialogue on race has taught us, it's that …

African-American News

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 …

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The Day After In Ferguson

<i>"We supposed we were hunting the party of Indians we had seen and were ready to fire at a flash because we did not propose to let any Indian get the first shot at us if we could help it. Immediately I fired. Kern fired a second time and I heard squealing in the brush. I then called to the captain</i> …

The Ferguson Fraud

The bitter irony of the Michael Brown case is that if he had actually put his hands up and said don't shoot, he would almost certainly be alive today. His family would have been spared an unspeakable loss, and Ferguson, Missouri wouldn't have experienced multiple bouts of rioting, including the …

No justice in America: Why promises of change were too slow for Mike Brown

<b>Parents of Michael Brown, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden (AP/Charlie Riedel)</b><p>Like so many others before them, Mike Brown’s family was denied not just justice — but fairness<p>Katie McDonough<p>November 25, 2014 4:15pm (UTC)<p>There is no such thing as justice for a dead 18-year-old kid. Justice, to …

I am utterly undone: My struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson

<b>(AP/David Goldman)</b><p>I woke up in black skin today — and felt its scourge. After Ferguson, here’s what “rule of law” means to me now<p>Brittney Cooper<p>November 25, 2014 10:14pm (UTC)<p>If I have to begin by convincing you that Black Lives Matter, we have all already lost, haven’t we? So let’s not begin …

First silence - and then the streets of Ferguson erupted

Crowds set fire to shops and clash with police after a grand jury decided not to charge an officer with the killing of Michael Brown<p>For a few brief moments, the crowd outside the Ferguson police headquarters fell silent.<p>The cries of “hands up, don’t shoot” were hushed as hundreds of demonstrators - …

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Congressional Black Caucus denounces Ferguson grand jury

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday called the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “slap in the face” for those seeking justice for the death of Michael Brown.<p>“The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death …

As Michael Brown Grand Jury Winds Down, Is Ferguson On the Brink of War?

The cops are preparing for the worst. And it may happen. And Sharpton, Jackson, Holder, and yes, Obama, too, are shamefully silent.<p>Is Ferguson on the …

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declares state of emergency ahead of Ferguson announcements

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of possible unrest following the announcement of findings of two separate criminal investigations into the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer.<p>“Regardless of the …

5 Lessons I Learned About Race After Being Arrested In Ferguson

We quickly huddled together, still locked to each other around the elbow, liberation chants ringing in the background.<p>"The police are on their way here, are we still all in?" one of the fellow protesters asked.<p>We all looked around to gauge the other and gave silent confirmation with nods and firmed …

DOJ Releases Holder Video Statement Ahead of Wilson Indictment Decision

Attorney General Eric Holder appears in a new video released today that touts new guidelines for best practices for policing ahead of a St. Louis …

The real reason Ferguson is boarding up its storefronts

In early November, as rumors spread that the grand jury decision in the case of Darren Wilson was about to be released, Ferguson began to board itself up. Nearly all stores on the small area of West Florissant Avenue that has been the hub of protest activity are boarded, save for Ferguson Burger …

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Oakland is bracing for possible violence in the wake of Ferguson decision

Oakland is warning residents and merchants to prepare for possible riots when the Missouri grand jury announces its decision over whether a white Ferguson police officer will face charges in the shooting death of a black man.<p>Oakland Mayor Jean Quan advised Tuesday that anyone living or working …

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After nights of calm, Ferguson protests intensify

With the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case drawing near, several nights of relative calm were broken by a raucous protest at police …

On A Night Of Peaceful Protests In Ferguson, One Reporter's Arrest Breaks The Calm

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police officers arrested a journalist during peaceful protests in Ferguson on Saturday night, amid widespread speculation that tensions could boil over in advance of a grand jury's ruling about the police officer who shot Michael Brown in August.<p>That arrest marred what was …

You Will Be Shocked at Forest Whitaker's Incredibly Insightful Take on Why He Believes Racism and Segregation Exist

Boy with replica gun shot by Cleveland police

Police in Cleveland fatally shot a 12-year-old boy wielding what turned out to be a replica gun. They were responding to a 911 call in which a man said a juvenile was scaring people with a gun that probably was fake.<p>The boy, identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office as Tamir Rice, …

Rudy Giuliani Says White Cops Are Needed To Stop Black People From Shooting Each Other

WASHINGTON -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Sunday criticized what he described as lopsided coverage of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, calling on the media to stop focusing on racially disproportionate police forces and pay more attention to black people killing one …

Report: Autopsy shows Michael Brown was shot in hand at close range

<b>(CNN) —</b> Michael Brown's gunshot wounds included a shot in the hand at close range, his official autopsy shows, according to an analysis reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.<p>A county official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN the autopsy document that the Post used to do its report is …

Medical examiner: Officer shot teen 7-8 times

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Vonderrit Deondre Myers, a teenager who died in a police shooting, was struck by seven or eight bullets, St. Louis city Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham said Thursday night.<p>"All but one gunshot wound were to the lower extremities," Graham said. "The one fatal wound was to the …

America’s fortress of blood: The death of George Jackson and the birth of the prison-industrial complex

<b>(Reuters/Lucas Jackson)</b><p>In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again<p>Dan Berger<p>September 7, 2014 10:59am (UTC)<p>A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. His body is then left outside for four hours. The shocking gore of the …

LAPD Names Officers Sharlton Wampler, Antonio Villegas In Ezell Ford Shooting

LOS ANGELES -- More than two weeks after police in a South Los Angeles neighborhood fatally shot Ezell Ford, a black man who was unarmed and mentally ill, the Los Angeles Police Department has identified the two officers involved in the shooting.<p>"The Los Angeles Police officers involved in the use …

The Economist just defended slave owners

The Economist, in a September 4 review of new book <i>The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism</i>, chose an incredibly baffling angle for its critique of historian Edward Baptist's work (emphasis ours):<p>"Another unexamined factor may also have contributed to rises in …

Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

By Carol Anderson<p><i>Carol Anderson is an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University and a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project. She is the author of “Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.”</i><p>When we look back on what …

Portraits of Ferguson’s Most Tenacious Protesters

What happens to a protest when the cameras go away? How does a cause maintain its legs? These are the questions that many in Ferguson, Missouri, have …