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Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: Police Are Still Killing Unarmed Black People

So far this year, 390 people have been killed by police, according to a Washington Post database of police shootings. Since the newspaper began tracking that information in 2015, about 1,000 people have been killed each year by police.

June 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bailey Williams: Oscar Grant Was Shot by Police 10 Years Ago. Now His Family Is Helping Others to Heal

The United States has the highest number of police killings than any other industrialized country. In 2018, nearly 1,000 people were killed by police, according to The Washington Post. Of those killed, 38 were unarmed.

February 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Kathleen O’Toole: Among the Martyrs

Jimmy Lee Jackson was 26, on February 18th 1965, when a state trooper slammed him against the cigarette machine in a dark café where he and the other voting rights … Continue reading

January 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

Desirée H Melton: Why report injustice when being justly treated is unimaginable?

As decades-old sexual assault allegations increase, so does the question: why didn’t women report it sooner? Shame, fear of reprisals and the unfortunately common belief that they are responsible for … Continue reading

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jason Brennan: When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frank Edwards & Michael H. Esposito: Police kill about 3 men per day in the US

Police in the U.S. kill on average more than 1,000 men per year, or about three men per day. According to our estimates, police are responsible for about 8 percent … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Becoming Stable Geniuses

Seeking New (and Very Old) Habits for a New Year A little over a year ago I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Rise of the New Black Radicals

The almost daily murders of young black men and women by police in the United States—a crisis undiminished by the protests of groups such as Black Lives Matter and by … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: A Brief Meditation on the Days as They Rise

The other night my wife and I were talking about the murder of Walter Scott when our eleven year old daughter asked, “Why?” And she looked at my wife and … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

George Yancy and Judith Butler: What’s Wrong with “All Lives Matter”?

George Yancy: In your 2004 book, “Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence,” you wrote, “The question that preoccupies me in the light of recent global violence is, Who … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Racism, Policing and the Exuberance of Power

“Justice, justice shall you pursue . . .” Deuteronomy 16:18   “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke   Trayvon … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Report From Ground Zero, St. Louis

  I’m reminded of a photograph I once saw of Hiroshima. Not the explosion, but the day after. That’s what today feels like in my St. Louis neighborhood. A few … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

New Video of Michael Brown Shooting “Game Changer”

Construction workers who saw Brown shot corroborate earlier statements that he was surrendering. A screengrab from the video provided by CNN shows witnesses to Michael Brown’s shooting gesturing with raised … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Camisha Jones: How to Save the Life of the Next Michael Brown.

We all must build a common understanding of race, become aware of the role we play in upholding systems of oppression, and get comfortable with vulnerability. I don’t want to … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

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