On January 18, 2016, DeRay McKesson joined Stephen Colbert on his late night talk show where he talked about Campaign Zero and white privilege with the host.
The St. Paul Minnesota Police Department has placed an officer on leave while it looks into claims that he has put on Facebook telling drivers to run over protestors who advocated against the police killings of two black men in 2015.
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.
A solid congratulation is in order for rapper Wale.
On Tuesday, January 12, Wale became the first rapper to ever open a State of the Union address.
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.
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.
On January 16, President Barack Obama placed Michigan in a state of emergency over Flint’s continuous water problems.
The White House released that information on January 17, which was a response to Governor Rick Snyder’s request for help in executing solutions for the town’s lead water emergency.
In 2013, 461 people were shot and killed by police in the United States. One victim’s final words were released with more information in Chicago on Friday, January 15.
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.
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.