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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

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

John Samuel Tieman: The Lynching Museum — A Pilgrimage

Truth and reconciliation are sequential. You can’t have reconciliation until you have truth. — Bryan Stevenson . On the 28 April 1836, the steamboat “Flora” docked in St. Louis. The … Continue reading

August 26, 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

Abby Zimet: This Is America

  . This week saw both more achingly quotidian crimes against African-Americans – cops called for Shopping/Napping/Airbnbing While Black – and, aptly mirroring them, the release of the searing video … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Glenn Hanna: Why didn’t he shoot? The Toronto cop who did everything right

It may be some time before we hear the full story from the Toronto police constable who apprehended the suspect in Monday’s van attack that left 10 people dead and … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Adam Johnson: 6 Elements of Police Spin — An Object Lesson in Copspeak

. The linguistic gymnastics needed to report on police violence without calling up images of police violence is a thing of semantic wonder. Officers don’t shoot, they are merely “involved” … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: War & Pierce perform “I Lived To Tell About It”

. Chris Pierce and Sunny War met through a mutual friend, the composer and producer Jared Faber who thought that the two accomplished musicians would hit it off. Pierce, War and … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert C. Koehler: Fire Burn, Caldron Bubble

America serves up its news in a caldron from hell, or so it sometimes seems. The fragments are all simmering in the same juice: bombs and drones and travel bans, … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Too Many Getting Shooted, Still

Sorry, but the bleak news keeps coming. Friday, another white cop got away with another murder of a black man, the third such travesty in about a month. Ray Tensing’s … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Dominique Christina reads “Mothers of Murdered Sons”

. Dominique Christina performs her poem “Mothers of Murdered Sons” at the 2016 Split this Rock festival. Dominique Christina is a poet and teacher who lives in Colorado. She is mother … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Traffic Stop

. Directed by Gina Kamentsky and Julie Zammarchi, this short animated film shows a night in the life of Alex Landau, an African-American man who was raised by his adoptive … Continue reading

August 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

John Grey: The Arrest

Across the street, I watch as one cop slaps a kid against a wall, twists his arm up behind his back while the other frisks him. He’s a crook, I … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Turning American Communities Into War Zones, Death By Death

When It Comes to People of Color, the Police Make San Francisco “Baghdad by the Bay” In the photo, five of Beyoncé’s leather-clad, black-bereted dancers raise their fists in a … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

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