police brutality

An Ode To Solange In Honor Of Her Revolutionary Guggenheim Performance

Screenshot from "Don't Touch My Hair" music video by Solange

This year, in collaboration with the Red Bull Music Academy, Solange re-invented the Guggenheim Museum and blessed us with “An Ode To.”

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Using Uber While Black

I was angry and felt defeated. I also knew deep in my heart that this would have never happened if I were white. Image: Thinkstock.

I was angry and felt defeated. I also knew deep in my heart that this would have never happened if I were white. I had been using Uber for over 2 1/2 years and never came across anything similar to this.

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3 Facts You May Not Know About The Racist Origins Of 'Colorblindness'

If you buy into the “colorblind” ideology, you’re directly participating in a narrative designed to cover up ongoing oppressive atrocities. Image: Thinkstock.

Where did this particular ideology of not “seeing” race come from? What are the origins of “colorblindness” and what are their current consequences? Here’s the disturbing legacy you’re building on if you take a “colorblind” approach to race.

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The Police Shot And Killed My Friend Aaron

Aaron. Image: author.

The only people who paid the price for Aaron's death were his family and friends. This must stop. Police should never be above the law they have sworn to uphold. There can be no more hiding, conspiring, obstructing, or delaying swift justice for officers who do not act according to their training...

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Fear Of The Free Black Child: Alternatives To Fear-Based Parenting Amid Police Violence

Our children are fine; it’s racism that needs to shift. Image: Getty.

No black man, woman, or gender non-conforming person is safe from the terrorism of police brutality and racist white people’s actions against us, let alone our most vulnerable citizens, our children.

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Yes, Being A Cop Is A Tough Job. No, That Doesn't Excuse Incompetence.

All police officers, no matter how well intentioned, live in — and are affected by — a society rife with racism and ableism. Image: Utility_inc/Pixabay.

It is a very difficult and dangerous job, and it does require officers to have the ability to make good split second decisions. None of that should mean that it’s OK to be incompetent, or that we should all rush to justify, ignore, or excuse incompetence, racism, ableism, and the inappropriate use of force.

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Not Everyone Thinks Funneling More Resources Into Police 'Training' Is Solution to Racist Violence

“The police shooting of ‪Charles Kinsey last week [as of writing] exposed the myth of policing as a viable response to crisis scenarios in the United States.” Image: by Daniel Arauz/Flickr.

Some human rights campaigners argue that now is an important time to scrutinize federal funding of highly-militarized police trainings in the Miami area that may contribute to surrounding police agencies’ aggressive tactics.

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5 Facts That Prove Police Departments In America Have An Unconscious Racial Bias

There is no correlation between violent crime rate and the rate at which police offers kill people. Image: Youtube.

CNN hosted a heated debate between host Marc Lamont Hill and retired NYPD detective Harry Houck in which Houck ran up a list of statistics to back his allegation: “Black people are more prone to criminality.” But according to recent studies there are a multitude of factors which lead to black people being arrested and shot by police, and “more prone to criminality” isn't one of them.

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He Was Lying On The Ground With His Hands In The Air. Police Shot Him Anyway.

"Mr. Kinsey, a behavior therapist at a group home for people with disabilities, was outside trying to help an autistic man who had left the facility and needed to be taken back." Image: heavy.com

Let me begin by saying a name: Charles Kinsey. Mr. Kinsey is the latest Black man to be shot by police while a bystander filmed the incident with a phone. Unlike so many others, Mr. Kinsey — thank the heavens — has lived to tell the tale.

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Protecting Our Children After The Wounds Of Racism Divide Us Even More

Protesters last week in Baton Rouge. Image: Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS.

I find myself in this place again. I am numb. I feel empty. I almost have no words.
In 2012, around the time of the birth of my son, I had a similar feeling. Trayvon Martin was killed. I was pregnant with a black male in a world that was not ready for him.

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