Six things I learned writing a book about the Black Panthers

by Michael Richardson   My new book about the Black Panthers (Image by Michael Richardson)   Permission   Details   DMCA On August 17, 1970, an Omaha policeman, Larry Minard, was killed by a bomb in a vacant house while responding to a call about a woman screaming. The ambush attack on police was blamed on the local Black Panthers and two leaders, Edward […]

Police Shootings Are Also Gun Violence

Sacramento demonstrators protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, on March 31 2018 Emphasizing policing as the primary means of addressing shootings will only lead to more deadly confrontations between officers and the citizens they’re sworn to protect. by VANN R. NEWKIRK II On March 18, Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento Police officers. […]

FBI says “Black Identity Extremists” are the new terrorist threat, experts say no such movement exists

In a disturbing report dated from August 3—just more than a week before white supremacists gathered on Charlottesville for an event that killed anti-racism protestor Heather Heyer—the FBI was busying itself with a report to that manufactured threats from on so-called “Black Identity Extremists” (BIE): “The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions […]

Detroit’ Is One Of The Most Irresponsible And Dangerous Movies Of the Year

The film is egregious, both in what it includes and what it omits.   By Mary Phillips Assistant Professor, Lehman College, CUNY   The church was packed. “Watch accurate justice administered by citizens of the community,” a flier announced. “Review and watch the evidence for yourself.” Nearly two thousand black people and a smattering of whites […]