Black Lives Matter Today, Not Only Tomorrow

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Problematic Perspective on Racism and Crime by Myriam Miedzian ATLANTIC MAGAZINE national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is a leading, if not the leading, black spokesperson on racial issues. He recently received a MacArthur (Genius) award, bringing his prestige to a new peak. His ascendancy may be bad news, however, for black Americans. FBI Uniform Crime Reports […]

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OpEdge: Are More Cops Getting Shot?

by Marc Jampole A RECENT NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (NPR) broadcast put the lie to the Big Lie that protests in the wake of police killings of black citizens in Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York, and elsewhere have led to a significant uptick in violence against police across the country. The reasoning is a bit absurd. […]

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The Terror and Trauma of Being Black

by Mark Naison Discussed in this essay: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel & Grau, 2015, 176 pages LET ME SAY at the outset that I cannot be objective in reviewing Ta-Nehisi Coates new book, Between the World and Me, which is addressed to his 15-year-old son, who burst into tears when learning […]

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OpEdge: Bicycling While Black

by Marc Jampole UNEQUAL TREATMENT of African-Americans by Tampa police has not received much national publicity, probably because, unlike Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, Waller County and Arlington, Texas, Cincinnati, Charlotte, and elsewhere, there have been no reported killings in Tampa. But the situation in Tampa symbolizes how deeply racism has infected the criminal justice system […]

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Memorializing the Victims of Lynching

Lessons from Germany An editorial from the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents NEARLY FOUR THOUSAND African Americans were lynched across twelve Southern states between 1877 and 1950. That’s the accounting done by the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery, Alabama organization led by civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, which in February reported on its five […]

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O My America: The FBI Director Speaks the Truth!

What follows is an utterly astounding address by James B. Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at Georgetown University, February 12th. J. Edgar Hoover is spinning in his grave.   I WANTED TO MEET WITH YOU TODAY… to share my thoughts on the relationship between law enforcement and the diverse communities we serve […]

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OpEdge: A Death Penalty for Saying “Fuck You”

More Reflections on Ferguson and Racism by Marc Jampole ACCORDING TO FERGUSON, MISSOURI POLICE OFFICER Darren Wilson, the altercation that led to him pulling the trigger of his gun and killing Michael Brown last August started when either Brown or his friend said “Fuck what you have to say.” Let’s be clear: everyone in the […]

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Rav Holder: The Attorney General Channels the Rabbis

by Marji Yablon EVALUATIONS OF ERIC HOLDER’S PERFORMANCE as U.S. Attorney General began appearing online moments after he announced, in September, that he’d be leaving that position. Front-page print assessments followed. It wasn’t pretty. When his nominated successor is confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and Holder actually steps down, it’s going to start all […]

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