Survey: White Christians Don’t Believe Black Experiences with Police Violence

Could you imagine a society where the police brutality cases were simply isolated incidents? What would the world look like if we could individually look at the act of police killing Black Americans as mistakes separate from one another?

Those questions arise as a new Public Religion Research Institute survey has found that white Christians are less likely than other groups to believe that the experiences that black Americans face.

The 2016 Oscar nominations prove the Academy’s diversity problem

For the second year in a row, the annual Oscars ceremony will be unmistakably…white.

The Academy Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning. Snubs, no doubt, are expected. Upsets happen. But in the midst of growing criticism for Hollywood’s lack of diversity, it’s hard not seeing this year’s nominations as egregious erasure.

Scholastic Will (Begrudgingly) Stop Sales of the ‘Happy Slave’ Children’s Book

Last week, news emerged about a children’s book that romanticized the story of Hercules, the slave and chef of the nation’s first president, George Washington. The book gave an account of slavery which suggested that enslaved African and Black folks were “happy” and honored to serve Washington. Now, Scholastic, the book’s publisher, has chosen to cease sales of the problematic book. But, they issued an even more problematic response from the editor beforehand.

NY1 Sues NYPD for Charging $36,000 to View Body Cam Footage

The New York news station, NY1, is suing the New York Police Department for charging $36,000 to see police body camera footage. A reporter for the news station sent a Freedom of Information Law request to NYPD’s legal office for 190 hours of unedited videos. Four months later, the police department said that they would only show edited clips from the camera for $36,000.

Two middle-school teens, suspended for sharing inhaler, return to classroom

No good deed goes unpunished in the age of Zero Tolerance school policies.

In Garland, TX,  two 7th-grade girls, Alexis Kyle and Indiyah Rush, faced punishment for sharing an inhaler, FOX4 reported. During a gym class last Tuesday, Kyle was suffering an asthma attack. Rush, who also has asthma, saw her struggling to breathe, and offered her inhaler. But unbeknownst to the two, the kind gesture went against school policy.