This Is What Can Happen When Data Meets The Movement For Black Lives

On July 5, the number on The Guardian’s police killings ticker The Counted went up. On July 6, it went up again. The Guardian, like many other news outlets, with genuine intentions has made the effort to look at the numerous surveys, polls, and research behind racial disparities in policing in the country. My question is: who does the data usually benefit? Even more importantly: what is being done about it?

What would It have been like if TV classics had casts of color?

Fuller House, a revival of Full House is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2016. Growing up, I loved Full House. At night, I imagined that I was a lost Tanner child. Now, I realize I was never destined to join the Tanner family tree—I didn’t fit any of the casting descriptions as a person of color.  Twenty years later, I’m wondering what popular shows like Full House would’ve been like if they included people of color?

FLOTUS: Obama Presidency ‘Changes the Bar’ For Our Youth

During a recent interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama Presidency “changes the bar” for all of our youth, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.

From the Washington Post:

“Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States,” she said. “That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”

If Our Freedom is Criminal, We Must Change the Laws

Original artwork by Taijhet Nyobi

 By Kai M. Green

 

I remember the night Troy Davis was lynched. I remember the anxiety I felt — the sadness and the worry. And then I remember thinking that I had no right to feel so much. I imagined what Davis and his family must have felt and I wanted to respect and honor that.

Just before the lynching, I went for a jog around my neighborhood in South Los Angeles. I remember running, sprinting, trying to rid myself of all that “so much” that I felt.

I was running towards a freedom of my mind, spirit and body. But my stride was halted when a police car crept up beside me.

Congressmen Introduce “End Racial Profiling Bill” in the Wake of Zimmerman Verdict

Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced a new bill to put a stop to racial profiling once and for all. 

And in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, the unveiling of  the “End Racial Profiling Bill of 2013” could not be more timely.

From the Grio:

“It is the right thing to do,” Sen. Cardin said. “It is against the values of America to single out a person because of race.”

Hundreds of NYC Fast Food Workers Are on Strike

Fast food workers across New York City are on strike, demanding better pay and the right to unionize.

The are railing against what they say are “abusive labor practices,” and demand a pay increase from $7.25 to $15.

From the Grio:

It’s noisy, it’s really hot, fast, they rush you. Sometimes you don’t even get breaks. All for $7.25? It’s crazy,” said Nathalia Sepulveda, who works at a McDonald’s opposite Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where one protest took place.