Supporting the Black Lives Matter Platform

ITS SLANDER OF ISRAEL NOTWITHSTANDING An editorial from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents WHEN THE BLACK Lives Matter movement (#BLM) emerged two years ago in angry protest over police racism in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and other localities across the U.S., a new phase of the American civil rights movement began. It was […]

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September 29: The O.J. Simpson Trial

The murder trial of football star O.J. Simpson went to the jury on this date in 1995. Jews involved in the case, apart from Ron Goldman, one of the two murder victims, included District Attorney Marcia Clark, who lost the case and then wrote a bestseller about it, and several defense lawyers: Robert Shapiro, who […]

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O My America: The Black Lives Matter Platform

YOU DON’T HAVE TO AGREE WITH ALL THE RHETORIC TO GIVE IT SUPPORT by Lawrence Bush THE BLACK LIVES MATTER Platform, issued at the very end of July by a coalition of some thirty organizations based in the African-American community and endorsed by sixty, is a spirited, radical, impressive mix of universalist politics and black-identity […]

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OpEdge: Killed by Police and Killing Police

There’s No Relationship, But Both Are a National Tragedy by Marc Jampole THOSE like Rudy Giuliani who believe that the Black Lives Matter movement has led to an increase in violence against police officers have not read the statistics. Killings of American police officers are way down, from 27.88 per 100,000 to 7.16 per 100,000 […]

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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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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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