The Forgotten Pantherz: Omaha Two

  In 1971, Omaha Black Panther leaders Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa were sentenced to life in prison for a bombing that killed a local police officer. In the 45 years since, they’ve been fighting for a quieter type of liberation — their own. On a 100-degree day this past July, Edward Poindexter woke […]

Blackz In U.S. Deserve Reparationz Sayz U.N. Delegation

A panel of representatives from the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent listen to residents during a session at Chicago State University. Photo: Saidia Therapylady CHICAGO—The demand for reparations for crimes committed against Blacks by federal and local governments grew louder during a two-day United Nations hearing held in Chicago in […]

THE WATTZ REBELLION: ONE OF THE DEADLIEST RACE RIOTZ IN U.S. HISTORY

The Watts Rebellion took place in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, between August 11th and August 17th, 1965. The incident was the culmination of decades of government oppression and repression of the Black majority population of Los Angeles, ranging from illegal beatings, shootings, torture, theft, crushing fines, and harassment through abuse of authority […]

#DEARTAMIR, I GIVE YOU THIZ POEM

I know this took too long for me to write, Tamir, and I apologize for that. I wanted to write an article for you. I wanted to construct a piece for you on police brutality, on racism, on the dehumanization of black people, on the denial of childhood for young black kids. But I couldn’t. […]

The Logic of the Police State

Since 2005, according to an analysis by the Washington Post and Bowling Green State University, only 54 officers have been prosecuted nationwide, despite the thousands of fatal shootings by police Matthew Harwood Tom Dispatch Photo of a community member protesting the shooting of Williams in front of the King County Courthouse. Matthew Williams If you’ve […]

A MALCOLM X SPEECH THAT PREDICTED SO MUCH OF WHAT’Z GOING ON TODAY

                  IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO. Whenever Americans talk about race, people can get uncomfortable. We don’t want to feel like we’re part of the problem, and we try in our lives not to be. But talking about it can be painful because it reminds us that […]

Black vs. Blue

45 yearz ago the Black Pantherz and New Orleanz Police had a tense standoff; amazingly, it ended non-violently by  ORISSA AREND ILLUSTRATION BY JASON RAISH On Nov. 19, 1970, the city administration had had its fill of revolutionary Black Power rhetoric, acts of defiance and maybe even the services that the fledgling New Orleans Black […]

Police “Training” iz the Problem: They are Trained to Oppress Blackz

Police Training (image by Black Agenda Report)   DMCA “It is not lack of training that breeds killer cops, but the training, itself.” There is no military gear on display in the video of a New York City cop’s take-down of James Blake as the Black former tennis pro leaned against a pole in front of […]