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10 rules to help Black young men survive

Like so many, I have been deeply disturbed by the senseless loss of Black male lives at the hands of law enforcement officials. I was particularly affected by Tamir Rice’s senseless death – a 12-year-old sixth grader who loved drawing, ...

Answer for Confederate apologists

Someone identifying himself as Jimmy Oliver sent me an email objecting to a column I wrote under the headline, “Confederate Traitors Don’t Deserve to be Honored.” I presume he wrote to get a reply, so here it is, with Oliver’s ...

What Black parents must do this summer

There is a three-year gap between Black and White students.

Oops, a cop just shot me ... twice in the back

A cop “shot” me last week. He didn’t mean to. I was unarmed, but he put two rounds into my back.

The change we’ve been waiting for – take action

In light of the conversations about police abuse, unwarranted stops and arrests, and homicide cases involving Black people and police officers, many Black people get angry, maybe have a march, and then go home to await the next incident. Some ...

The change we’ve been waiting for – take action

In light of the conversations about police abuse,

For centuries, Black lives did not matter in the United States

It ought to be unnecessary for an activist movement to hinge on the principle of the equivalency of life.

How to keep our Black boys alive

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: Just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being ...

How to reform the criminal justice system

There is no question that the criminal justice system is broken. President Obama made that clear recently in his address to the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia.

Demilitarize the police in our communities

Do police forces have our communities under military occupation? This question seems extremely far-fetched thinking of what America stands for. However it may be more realistic than we all know. Aug. 9, 2014, sparked an uprising in this country that ...

White racism costs Whites, too

Although he forged a distinguished career as a 10-term Republican Congressman from the early 1950s to the early 1970s, and later as a judge on his state’s Supreme Court, Richard H. Poff is but a minor footnote in American history.

Release low-level, non-violent drug offenders

Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne ...

The math and the “aftermath” of the Confederate flag

Now that the Confederate flag has been taken down, complete with honor guard and pomp and circumstance, what are Black folks going to do now? Another question is, “What does the math of the aftermath look like?” Everything boils down ...

The Confederacy’s ‘heritage’ of slavery

The disclosure that Dylann Roof, the admitted killer of nine unarmed African Americans attending Bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina, was photographed dozens of times hoisting the rebel flag ignited a long overdue discussion ...

Ferguson is still everywhere if you’re Black

It’s been 288 days since our fallen brethren Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot in Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Missouri, by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.