WATCH: Cop Violently Assaults Twin Sisters as School Principal Tries to Stop Him

Orange, NJ — A disturbing video of a large cop manhandling two twin sisters outside of a restaurant just after school had let out has provoked protests and the suspension of an Orange police officer. On Thursday, two sisters were outside of the restaurant when the Orange police officer approached them. While the nature of the […]

WATCH: Young Man Asks if He’s Being Detained, So a Half-Dozen Cops Pummel Him

Disturbing video shows a young man being viciously assaulted and then arrested by multiple cops for legally asserting his rights. Indiana, PA — Most parents would agree that their worst nightmare is something bad happening to their child and them not being able to prevent it. When a Pennsylvania father received a video of his son […]

THE PROTEST SONGS OF CHARLES BRADLEY

by  KEVIN GOSZTOLA   Charles Bradley performs at SXSW 2011. Photo by Ben Houdijk on Flickr. 13 Sam Cooke sang about a change that was gonna come. It spread optimism to black Americans. Charles Bradley, on the other hand, sang of moral corruption and turning to love to survive, because who knows when change will […]

Watani Stiner: Tending to historical wounds

by Watani Stiner My life began in the Jim Crow South, in Houston, Texas. I remember the segregated world I was born into …  the separate water fountains, the back of the bus, the going around to the back door of Mr. Fontnoe’s grocery store to buy milk for my mother and grandmother. I recall […]

Eight-Year-Old Football Players Kneel During National Anthem Amid St. Louis Protests

Amid protesting in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white police officer accused of murdering a black man after a car chase, a youth football team decided to take a knee during a pregame rendition of the national anthem. The team’s coach said that the decision was made by the eight-year-olds following “a good […]

“FRAMED” Chapter 8 by Michael Richardson

“Frightening sound of a riot pump shotgun lock and load…” —Edward Poindexter describing encounter with Omaha police   The new year started with the Midwestern United Front Against Fascism conference in Omaha. Black Panthers from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, North Dakota and Missouri attended. Approximately one hundred and fifty participants were on hand for the […]

A radical’s oral history of Detroit in 1967

Rebellion By Michael Jackman @michaeljackman The Tony Spina Collection, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University National Guardsmen patrol Detroit during the summer of 1967. This perspective on the events of the summer of 1967 comes from a few Metro Times fellow travelers in the form of John and Leni Sinclair, and Fifth Estate staffers Harvey […]

BLACK PEOPLE’S DISLIKE OF THE POLICE IS LEGITIMATE AND A MATTER OF SURVIVAL

by Hassan Henderson There are no such things as “appropriate” responses to the violence forged against Black lives. Neither those who directly support the affairs of American imperialism nor their allies possess the moral skill-set to determine how we will get free. Pilgrims are in no position to define either resistance, ending Black dehumanization, or the […]