Among the worst findings from the Department of Justice’s report on the Baltimore Police Department is the revelation of BPD’s disrespect and dismissal of women facing sexual assault in Baltimore. The report discloses a pattern of gender discrimination and apathy toward individuals brave enough to report their sexual assault to the police. In a city that is 63% black and where 25% of citizens live in poverty, that means many low-income black women receive little assistance and support when they report sexual assault.
Going to college at a predominantly White institution (PWI) as a queer Black woman was difficult on its own. However, when considering that I was also first-generation and low income, I was at a severe disadvantage academically, professionally and socially. This is why a recent story about a Pitzer College student’s request to live with non-white people struck such a chord with me.
On August 10th, the Department of Justice released a report on the investigation of the Baltimore Police Department which confirmed that the BPD is locked in a pattern of power abuse and constitutional violations in its interactions with citizens and its administration of justice. The report shows that the department especially targets Baltimore’s black citizens and neighborhoods for unlawful stops, arrests, and use of force.
There have been varying levels of concern about the criminalization of Black women and children since 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was killed by Baltimore Police in her own apartment while holding her 5-year-old son. Similarly, conversation about excessive police violence has erupted following the video release of Paul O’Neal’s murder at the hands of Chicago Police.
By: Lamont Lilly
Workers World Party vice presidential candidate, Lamont Lilly gave the following speech at the Black Resistance March on the Democratic National Convention on July 26 in Philadelphia. This march was organized by the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice.
Michael Jordan was long considered to be silent on issues affecting the black community while profiting off of their support of his brand. It appears that’s an image Jordan is trying to move away from, after penning a letter about gun violence and announcing investments in two separate organizations. Now, he’s taking his commitment even further by donating $5 million to the Museum of African-American History and Culture.
A new law was passed in Illinois to make it mandatory that driving classes teach students what to do if they’re pulled over by police. Because we all know that when these situations escalate, it’s almost always the civilians fault, right?
According to ABC 7 Chicago, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the law into effect this past week and it’s meant to keep teens from panicking and raising red flags if they’re ever stopped by police.
Leslie Jones has had a polarizing couple of weeks. Not too long ago, she was the target of an entire hate campaign where countless trolls attacked her for a long list of bogus reasons. Luckily for us, she didn’t leave Twitter after all because we’ve been blessed with her hilarious, animated commentary on the 2016 Rio Olympics from her living room.
By: Dr. Barbara Ransby
According to last week’s GenForward survey by political scientist, Cathy Cohen’s Black Youth Project, based at the University of Chicago, young people across the board, dissatisfied with both the Democrats and the Republicans, are eager for a fundamental political change. That is the good news.