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Ferguson started a new civil rights movement

Ferguson started a new civil rights movement

THE ST. LOUIS AMERICAN GUEST EDITORIAL Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published in the St. Louis American, the Black-owned weekly newspaper in St. Louis, Mo. that has regularly covers events in nearby Ferguson, Mo. What has changed in the year since Michael Brown Jr. was killed by a Ferguson police officer? All of us […]

Republicans itching for war with Iran

Republicans itching for war with Iran

With each scare tactic employed by those who oppose the nuclear deal with Iran, I not only become more and more furious, but equally worried. As I have raised in prior columns, what is so dangerous about this moment is that the alternative to this pact − which is only slightly beneath the surface − […]

Black parents should opt kids out of high-stakes tests

Black parents should opt kids out of high-stakes tests

The movement by parents to opt their children out of high-stakes testing is growing by leaps and bounds, but remains largely White and suburban, despite the fact that Black folks are the primary targets of the destructive testing regime. Almost two decades ago, the corporate world began pouring millions of dollars into a massive campaign […]

Notes on the first Republican Party ‘debate’

Notes on the first Republican Party ‘debate’

It’s very revealing that the subject of race was only mentioned near the end of the initial, two-hour long Fox News “debate” last week. And when it was mentioned, it was mainly as an attack on race relations during President Obama’s administration. Furthermore, the question on race was directed to Dr. Ben Carson, one of […]

On Oct. 10, it’s  ‘Justice or Else’ in D.C.

On Oct. 10, it’s ‘Justice or Else’ in D.C.

When The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan issues a sacred clarion call for a national and international mobilization for justice, freedom and equality, millions of people across America and throughout the world respond with responsive enthusiasm and energy. Such was the case in response to the minister’s call for the Million Man March (MMM) in Washington, […]

Pretty words, ugly actions on climate change

Pretty words, ugly actions on climate change

Recently, President Obama announced his plan slashing U.S. carbon emissions by 2030, mostly by federal rules which will effectively prohibit new coal-fired electric plants.  This is unambiguously good news. The bad news The U.S. still leads the world in water-polluting, earthquake-causing fracking, in taxpayer subsidies to the fracking industry, and in the export of fracking technologies. When the Deepwater Horizon disaster […]

Why aren’t killings of Black women in the news?

Why aren’t killings of Black women in the news?

The killing of Black men has occupied a lot of airtime, especially since the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Kendrick Johnson, Samuel DuBose, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis − and the list goes on. Their cases deserved a lot of attention. However, little notice has been given to the dramatic […]

O’Mara’s latest case draws praise, criticism

O’Mara’s latest case draws praise, criticism

Zimmerman attorney representing family of Ohio Black man killed by officer BY MATT PEARCE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Defense attorney Mark O’Mara, best known as the man who kept George Zimmerman out of prison, once again walked in front of television cameras to talk about a racially charged shooting and to stand up for the rights […]

William Derrick III is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity from West Virginia University. The Ohio native is a filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles. Alongside his brother Christopher, William has won several awards for directing short films that can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmjGCf3WH_8. Teressa Cee was raised in Weston, Fla. The former track […]

From a CITY to a SYMBOL

From a CITY to a SYMBOL

How Michael Brown’s death a year ago shook up Ferguson and the nation BY KEVIN MCDERMOTT ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/TNS FERGUSON, Mo. — Before last summer, Ferguson was just one more patch in the crowded quilt of towns that make up St. Louis County — a mixed-race, working-class community of about 21,000 people on six square […]