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Ben Carson Pens Op-Ed With Brazen Message for Black Lives Matter Protesters

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson wrote in a column for USA Today Monday that much of the anger from Black Lives Matter protesters is misplaced and won’t result in meaningful change.<p>“The ‘BlackLivesMatter’ movement is focused on the wrong targets, to the detriment of blacks who would …

My mother, the drug war and me: Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates and forgiving my own black family in the age of mass incarceration

For years, I blamed the destruction of our family on her. Coates’ newest Atlantic article opened my eyes—and heart<p>If you think you feel pressured to watch all of the good TV out there, imagine having to watch for a living. It’s impossible to keep up — and here I will confess to having skipped the …

#StandWithHer -- The Women and Families Affected by Mass Incarceration

In 2013, The Sentencing Project, a group aimed at exposing the horrendous facts behind mass incarceration in the U.S., published the following information:<p>If incarceration rates continue to grow at the pace they have since the 1970s, 1 of every 3 Black American males born today can expect to go to …

Ending the war on drugs wouldn't end mass incarceration. But it would help.

Only a small portion of the prison population — about one-fifth — is made up of drug offenders. Over the past year, multiple reporters, including me, have written about this fact to point out that ending the war on drugs wouldn't end mass incarceration.<p>But a new analysis by the Urban Institute …

Crime

Elizabeth Warren’s Black Lives Matter speech was the best one yet. It’s still not enough.

Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president, but she can still make a splash. On Sunday, it was with a full-throated speech on racial inequality and …

Middle-class

Stephen Colbert’s bombshell #BlackLivesMatter endorsement: “Black people aren’t imagining this stuff”

“This is a great example for law enforcement, before resorting to violence, first just to twerk things out”<p>"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert took a moment during his Monday evening show to discuss the use of excessive force by police departments across the country. While he began the segment by …

Minneapolis: The New Selma for Black Lives Matter

Is Black Lives Matter destined to go the way of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Million Man March movements -- a footnote in history? A recent poll showed voters are skeptical of Black Lives Matter and its policies. Many have questioned the lack of leadership. Could it be we were looking …