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OPINION: Driving while Black — and poor

“Overall, we found by disproportionately stopping, charging and fining the poor and minorities, by closing the courts to the public, and by incarcerating people for the failure to pay fines, these policies unintentionally push the poor further into poverty, prevent the homeless from accessing the housing, treatment, and jobs they so desperately need to regain stability in their lives, and violate the Consti ...

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OPINION: Optical delusions

For instance, politicians like to show their concern by doing meaningless things like rolling up their sleeves when they visit a city and come to the microphone. They like to wash pots and pans in homeless shelters. They like to serve in food lines. They like to eat hamburgers in public. They like to play games to give the impression they are one of us. They like to dance in conga lines in Africa. They like ...

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OPINION: Dead because of their brown skin

The role of color in America has been well documented. It was the color of skin that provided a clear and enforceable standard for restricting access to civil liberties and political activity. Jim Crow, the Black Codes and other similar legal instruments used colored skin as a line of demarcation for who was privileged and who was not. ...

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OPINION: Stop the war on young Black men in America

By Marc H. Morial  Trice Edney Newswire “ Never did we think we would be planning a funeral, we were waiting on his first day of school. They robbed us of that.” — Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown “In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement. In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as ob ...

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