High Ranking NYPD Officials Used N-Word, Told Officers To ‘Treat Black People Like Animals’

A federal discrimination lawsuit brought against the NYPD by one of its own has further exposed the extent of blatant, sanctioned racism within the department.

The discrimination lawsuit was filed by minority officers that believe they were passed over for promotions because of race.

According to the testimony of three officers, high ranking officials regularly used the n-word to address suspects, and instructed officers to treat black people like animals and “shoot to kill” if necessary.

Miami Firefighter’s Facebook Post Blames Trayvon Martin Situations on ‘Sh*tbag Parents’

Miami-Dade Fire Department official Brian Beckmann is under investigation for facebook messages published last Wednesday that blame “Trayvon Martin situations” on “shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.”

Beckmann tried to delete the posts, but they were screencapped, and later published by the TheGrio.com

In the post, Beckmann lashes out at prosecutor Angela Corey in the hours following her announcement that George Zimmerman would be charged with 2nd degree murder for the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Box Out: On Brittney Griner and Women Who Ball (Better Than You)

I have beef with Brittney Griner. It’s not because the Baylor University women’s basketball team she leads beat Notre Dame in the women’s NCAA Division 1 championship a couple of weeks ago, and I like an underdog–even if it is Notre Dame. It’s not because my beloved Tennessee Lady Volunteers were one of Baylor’s casualties on its road to a perfect, 40-0 season. It’s not because she’s tall. Although I would have appreciated a few more inches, I’ve never wanted to be 6’8; just a 5’10 or so shooting guard with an Olajuwon-esque baseline fadeaway.  I have beef with Brittney Griner  because she can dunk. And I’ve always wanted to dunk.

More than hitting a home run, more than throwing (or catching) a perfect spiral, dunking a basketball is, to me, the ultimate sports feat. Perhaps only rivaled by soccer’s beauty, the dunk is arguably the most spectacular play in all of sports. A select few–and even fewer women– have felt the satisfaction of catapulting themselves above the hardwood towards the rim, often contorting their bodies in the most artistic of ways before (powerfully) stuffing the basketball through the hoop. I’m sure the joy I felt after slamming one home on a 9-foot basket back when I was  a Y-ball referee would have multiplied exponentially had the rim actually been at the regulation height. Of course, I’ll never know, as my vertical has diminished in the years since I taught 6-year-olds what traveling, in the basketball sense, was. So even though her team’s victory ensured that UConn did not cut down nets (and all is right with the world) I cannot help but throw Brittney Griner a side-eye as she swings from the rim. I have dunk envy.

Tulsa Shooters Face Hate Crime Charges For Killing Spree; Community Members Calling for Death Penalty

The men who went on a shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s black community will face hate crime and 1st degree murder charges.

As we reported to you earlier this week, Alvin Watts, 33, and Jake England, 19, were arrested early Sunday morning after going on a murderous rampage in a black section of the city, shooting five people, killing three of them.

What Would Happen If We Took Youth Seriously?

I wonder what would happen if we took young people seriously. And don’t nod in agreement too quickly, because you might miss my point. I repeat: What would happen if we took young people seriously? What if we didn’t obfuscate the opinions of a 17 year-old through the lens of age? I invoke us to all remember that moment, when we were 16 and 17, and we had an opinion, whether on our families, friends, society, etc—and many of us might recall that our opinions were full beings worthy of recognition. And I don’t mean to say that our opinions were necessarily right (whose really are?), but they were justified, not by their accuracy at least, but by a real synthesis of our cognition and lived experience.

Colorlines.com Debunks Myths About Crime in Black America

Colorlines.com unleashed a fascinating and vital infographic today, debunking widely-held myths about crime in the Black community.

Five Myths About Crime in Black America—and the Statistical Truths” addresses five insidious myths; 1. Black-on-black crime is uniquely bad, 2. Violent crime is on the rise, 3. Justice is applied equally, 4. Black kids have behavioral problems, and 5. Crime is prevalent in the Black community.

In reality, most crimes involve people who know each other, violent crime is on the decline, enforcement policies disproportionately impact people of color, Black students are punished more harshly than their peers, and most Black youth aren’t committing any crimes!

Fela Kuti—A Story for Those Who Can’t Buy a $100 Broadway Ticket!

In our society, it is drastically easier to be discouraged, than to be inspired. Current events usually revolve around innocent youth being shot, black faces being incarcerated, education systems failing, and hope being so muddled that many forget about any power we have to organize our communities for change. It is imperative to find narratives that will inspire us to not be content with false promises built into the American Dream. This past week, I was able to see a play titled Fela. I think we can learn from Fela Kuti’s life as a basis to analyze and deconstruct what many want us to think as normative structures that youth and adults in Black communities experience daily.




The Idealization and Demonization of Blacks: How it Affects Us


Blacks in American society have been understood in either demonizing or idealizing ways as represented in society or the media. Some blacks are idealized for their “coolness”, sexuality, beauty and athleticism. On the other hand, others are demonized as being lazy, sexual monsters, ugly and animalistic. It seems that when a black person has something to offer – beauty, athleticism or entertainment – they are “forgiven” for being black.