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The fields of study that I integrated for me to analyze were sociology, psychology, and political science. Some of the main concepts that I looked at …

Community leaders express outrage over CHP officer who beat woman

“Why did you draw your gun?” How the law encourages police brutality

<b>(Reuters/Mark Leffingwell)</b><p>It’s not a few bad apples we need to worry about. It’s a system that condones police violence against black people<p>Joshua Michtom<p>October 31, 2014 5:13pm (UTC)<p>A few years ago in juvenile court, a police officer was testifying about approaching my client, a teenager who more …

The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

The frequent killing of unarmed black people by police is being labeled "the purge."<p>For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday attend work, school and/or church, "the purge" isn't a multi-million dollar film starring a white man with killer looks; it's a reality show, and the white man …

The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering

I recently had the pleasure of appearing on HuffPost Live with Marc Lamont Hill to discuss the Michael Brown tragedy and my blog post, "Ferguson and Race From White America's Perspective, If It Switched Places With Black America." During the discussion, Mr. Hill asked me a question that epitomizes …

Negrophobia: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and America’s Fear of Black People

Phobias are lethal. This summer’s series of prominent killings of unarmed Black men, Michael Brown being the most covered, have forced me to come to …

History of economic exploitation still hinders black Americans

Now that the confrontation between outraged black protesters and heavily armed white police in Ferguson, Mo., has subsided, most of America has moved on to other news. The police shooting of Michael Brown that sparked those protests did prompt a brief debate about the use of force by police in …

Kids From Ferguson, Missouri, Recruited to ‘Educate White America’ on Racism in ‘Hey White People’ Video

FCKH8.com, a “for-profit T-shirt company with an activist heart” released a new video Tuesday that uses kids from Ferguson, Missouri, to “educate white America about the racist reality in 2014.”<p>The company recruited six young black kids from Ferguson, reportedly from the same block where …

Blacks and Whites Aren't Having the Same Conversation on Race

In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and the subsequent protests, it has become clear that America needs a frank discussion about race.<p>Of course, since the racial tension makes for good television, the issue here isn't <i>keeping</i> the conversation going -- it's getting the two sides of this coin to …

Racism is so insidious, even black people underestimate it

There is a tendency to respond to racialized tragedies with a sudden effort at self-reflection – an attempt to quantify our collective attitudes on race for clues as to why, yet again, we must somehow make sense of the senseless killing of a black teenager. Of the numerous recent polls that measure …

America's Problem With Black Men and Boys

President Barack Obama recently announced his administration's response to America's engagement problem with young men of color. Partnering …

Man Arrested While Picking Up His Kids: 'The Problem Is I'm Black'

A controversial video documents the St. Paul resident being harassed and tased.<p>If you've never experienced arbitrary harassment or brutality at the hands of a police officer, or seen law enforcement act in a way that defies credulity and common sense, it can be hard to believe people who tell …

Guns In Church, The Debate Over Armed Preachers Heats Up

Every email Carl Chinn sends features the same signature: his name, followed by Chapter 4, Verse 9 from the Book of Nehemiah.<p>"We prayed to our God and posted a guard."<p>On Sept. 10, Chinn will lead a seminar for several local, faith-based organizations in Oak Creek, Wis., the same community where a …

Mistake One: Allegedly Trying to Break Into a Church. Mistake Two: Thinking They Had the Upper-Hand on Former Police Officer Turned Pastor.

A former police officer turned pastor reportedly opened fire on two burglary suspects, hitting one in the head outside of the Greater Morning Star Baptist Church in New Orleans on Wednesday.<p>The armed pastor, identified by relatives and church members as W.L.T. Littleton, is believed to have …

Pastor, two others hurt in gang-related shooting in Long Beach

A pastor, his wife and another man suffered non-life-threatening injuries early Wednesday in what authorities say was a gang-related shooting in Long Beach.<p>The three, whose names and ages were not released, were standing outside of a home in the area of DeForest Avenue and 59th Street just after …

Louisiana pastor shot and killed while preaching By Deacon of the Church

Sheriff: Shooter thought wife had sex with Louisiana pastor

A sheriff says he's closer to finding the motive behind the fatal shooting of a Louisiana pastor who witnesses say was killed by a former deacon as the horrified congregation looked on.<p>Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Tuesday the alleged gunman's wife had filed a rape complaint with …

North Carolina Pastor Dies in Apparent Hanging Suicide

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