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Why we’re still marching

For a while, it looked like the 50th anniversary observance of the March on Washington would expose a sharp split in the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Al Sharpton jumped ahead of his colleagues by cornering Martin Luther King III, and the two of them announced a March on Washington for Aug. 24. Other civil rights leaders were planning events around that time and complained privately that Sharpton and King III ...

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Hey, Chocolate City, where da money at?

Some astute person once said, “Politics is the art of turning public money into private money.” Unless you have been hangin’ out on Mars, you certainly know that to be true. Named by some as the “wealthiest area in the nation,” Washington, D.C., called Chocolate City by Parliament-Funkadelic, despite its wealth, has some serious issues that, as usual, have a disproportionately negative affect on Black peopl ...

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City clerk needs to go

Through the years, many have alleged the election process in Detroit is dirty, but the evidence has never completely emerged. Whether dirty or incompetent, Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey should be ashamed of the handling of the Aug. 6 Detroit primary. In what universe can nearly 20,000 votes — assuming there were 20,000 votes — be mishandled? Voting machine tapes are gone, pages from poll books are missi ...

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Russell Simmons, Harriett Tubman and the history of myopia

Every time I hear the voice of Russell Simmons, I hear a cool, clean, clear meditative voice, especially on Twitter where he drops his yoga knowledge in a reflective way. I guess he wasn’t folding his legs and saying a centered “Om” when he decided to ridicule an African woman. How did his voice distort itself to decide that he would post a YouTube video on a space where everybody could watch “Harriet Tubma ...

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New York’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy declared unconstitutional

The stop-and-frisk policy practiced by the New York City Police Department was little more than “indirect racial profiling,” according to a federal judge who ruled that police routinely violated the fourth and 14th amendment rights of Blacks and Latinos. Mayor Michael Bloomberg scoffed at the ruling, saying, “This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge who I think does not understand how policing work ...

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Holder rejects mandatory minimum sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement of a set of prosecutorial reforms, including ways of avoiding mandatory sentences for low-level drug offenses, is being praised by people on both sides of the ideological aisle. “I think this will be pretty well-received whether you look at it from a social justice perspective or a fiscal perspective,” said Chris Deutsch, spokesman for the National Associat ...

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Judge sentences former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to prison

A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, and his wife Sandra Stevens Jackson, 49, to prison Aug. 14, but the sentences were less than what federal prosecutors had recommended. Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia, who is not related to either of the Jacksons, sentenced Jesse Jackson Jr., son of Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., fo ...

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