Ferguson increased revenue by targeting poor Blacks

The Justice Department’s recent investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor Blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities.

Beyond survival: Life after being raped

“On May 15, 1995, two men ran up behind me as I approached my apartment building, and one of them pointed a gun at my head. In the hour that followed, I was blindfolded, gagged, tied facedown to my bed, ...

The loud silence of survivors

An online survey of sexual assault survivors conduced as part of this series vividly captures the fear and reluctance Black women rape survivors exhibit about sharing their ordeal with others:

Police killings underscore need for reform

Blacks and Latinos are incarcerated at disproportionately higher rates in part because police target them for minor crimes, according to Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System, a report by the Sentencing Project, a national, nonprofit ...

HUD chief seeks broadband access for poor

Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants to provide broadband access to public housing residents in an effort to increase socioeconomic mobility among poor and low-income families.

Groups unite as Selma march conflict is resolved

A very public conflict between the Bridge Crossing Jubilee Inc., the local group that has been commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for more than four decades, and the largely White-run The Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington-based group that had ...

Some faith leaders victimize the survivors

Simone Oliver had always been called, as they say in the religious community. She was active in the Baptist church throughout her youth, playing piano for the youth choir and even ghostwriting sermons for several pastors as a teen. She ...

The other victims of rape

The first time Tiffany Perry learned about her conception, she was too innocent to fully understand the gentle explanation her mother was offering, too young to process such a heavy and complicated behavior.

Record-level of criminal exonerations

Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of exonerations recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions.

Income inequality rises in all 50 states

Income inequality is rising and it affects workers in every state, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. Researchers from EPI, a nonpartisan think tank focused on low- and middle-income workers, analyzed Internal Revenue Service data for ...

Black Women Betrayed: The myth of ‘the strong Black woman’

A woman gets raped every two minutes in the United States. According to the U.S. Justice Department, nearly 1 in 5 Black women – 19 percent – are raped each year. Many experts suspect those figures severely understate the problem. ...

Black Press called ‘essential’ to future progress

A top Bahaman official praised the Black Press last week as essential to truthfully and creditably chronicling African American progress from one generation to the next.

New education official wants to reform NCLB

John King Jr., a highly respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as the deputy secretary at the Department of Education, he wants all children to have the support in ...

Today’s activists: Heirs of Civil Rights Movement

In the months following Trayvon Martin’s shooting death at the hands of vigilante George Zimmerman in February 2012, a common question demonstrators asked was if the nationwide marches and fiery protests would be a moment or a movement.

With a criminal record, it’s one strike and you’re out

Ronald Lewis was standing on a street with his brother, who was selling drugs. When police were approaching, Lewis warned his brother. Both were arrested. That minor, almost reflexive reaction, led to Lewis sharing a drug possession charge with his ...