The Case for Delegitimizing the Police

by  William C. Anderson The Case for Delegitimizing the Police “Once you come to understand the institution’s ties to white supremacy, it becomes clear the system is toxic and cannot be fixed.” The institution of policing doesn’t deserve the unquestioned authority and purpose people give it in the United States. Fraud, corruption, and violence are […]

Authoritarians, Plutocrats and the Fight for Racial Justice

by ROY EIDELSON On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump routinely lashed out at protesters brazen enough to disrupt his choreographed rallies. In Birmingham, Alabama, he shouted, “Get him out of here. Throw him out!” The next day he added, “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” In Burlington, Vermont, Trump ordered his security personnel to “Throw them out […]

THE LAST POETS – UNDERSTAND WHAT BLACK IS

On May 14, activists marched against Black deaths in custody in Australia after a police sergeant deliberately drove over an 18-year-old Aboriginal man, who sustained serious injuries. The protest came as Aboriginal rapper Apeman released his acclaimed new EP, mockingly declaring himself a “noble savage”. Days later, a US collective who met in prison and went on to give […]

The Strength Of Knowledge

I admire the leadership of Bobby Seale and Huey Newton, the co-founders of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, in Oakland, California. The organization was started in 1966 to bring awareness to — and protect Black people from — police brutality in their communities. Huey Newton, who earned his PhD from the University of […]

Taking Freedom: Yes, Black Amerika Fears the Police. Here’s Why

On the historic role of policing in reinforcing racial inequality and how it has led to black Americans’ fear of police.  by NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES   Nearly every so-called race riot in the United States since 1935 has been sparked by a police incident. Police, because they interact in black communities every day, are often seen […]

Movement Most in Need of “Politikal Education”

“We still have too many Black people not being real about our current state of affairs,” said Shannon Jones, of Bronxites for NYPD Accountability, following protests in Manhattan against the police killing of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California. Political education should be a top priority. “A lot of our bandwidth is spent among ourselves discussing basic, […]

PROTEST SONG OF THE WEEK: ‘HARD TIMES’ BY CURTIS MAYFIELD

Curtis Mayfield (Photo by Beeld en Geluidwiki) Singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield’s “Hard Times” is a raw articulation of what it was like to witness the dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement turn into a nightmare. From Mayfield’s 1975 album, “There Is No Place Like America Today,” the funk and soul […]

Blackness Largely Absent From Kerner Commission Report on Black Uprisings

Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards joined us to discuss her work related to the Kerner Commission report. 50 years ago today (March 1, 1968) the first mainstream press story broke about this historic report and its conclusions regarding the origins of Black uprisings around the country. Dr. Bentley-Edwards helped us fill in some missing pieces of what was and was not […]

Black Panther Party poster by Emory Douglas

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