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Getting Beyond Ferguson

The following piece is from Huffington Post. It was written by David M. Kennedy.

By: David M. Kennedy

Recently, the United States Department of Justice announced a groundbreaking undertaking to take on, squarely and directly, one of the most damaging social problems facing the nation. The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is designed to make real and rapid progress on the strained and often broken relationship between many communities — especially, alienated communities of color — and law enforcement. It is time, and past time.

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School bus driver calls kids n***er, administrators ignore comment

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The Mississippi branch of the NAACP has stepped in after school officials ignored the fact that a white bus drive called some black passengers the n-word.

Parents in Moss Point-Jackson County accused the bus driver of saying the slur to a couple of students when they weren’t sitting down in their seats. 

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Study: whites associate word ‘black’ with negative connotations

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, whites associate more negative connotations with the word “Black” than they do with the word “African American.” 

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Black Immigration Network responds to President Obama’s immigration relief announcement

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In response to years of mass mobilizing for immigrant rights in the face of harsh and restrictive enforcement policies, President Obama announced several executive actions that provide relief for an estimated 4 million of more than 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.

In response to the recent announcement, The Black Immigration Network has released a statement affirming actions that unite families and mitigate the destructive impact deportations on migrant communities as a whole. 

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“This is why we are tired”: Racist remarks mar National Book Award ceremony

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The following piece is from Salon. It was written by Joanna Rothkopf.

By: Joanna Rothkopf

Daniel Handler has apologized for his comments via Twitter:



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Name of cop who shot teen six times in back released

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The family of an 18-year-old who was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer in October publicly released the name of the shooter despite authorities withholding the information.

Officials were hesitant to release the officer’s name until a “threat assessment” was completed. 

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Officer Jason Flanery Killed 18 Year Old VonDerrit Myers Jr. Shooting Him 6 Times From Behind

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Lawyers for the family of 18 year old VonDerrit Myers Jr., who was shot and killed by an off duty St Louis police officer, decided to release the officer’s name to the public. Now we know it was Jason Flanery who shot at VonDerrit 17 times, with 6 of those shots hitting him from behind, consistent with VonDerrit running away.

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High school powder puff team poses for team photo, play game in blackface

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A Missouri powder-puff football team is in trouble after  photos of members in blackface went viral.

Apparently, Sullivan High’s girls’ squad also played the game in the offensive makeup. 

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We Speak Their Names: For the Black Trans Women Murdered This Year

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Yaz’Min Shancez (pictured above), nicknamed ‘Miss T’ by her loved ones, was 31 years old when she was brutally killed in Fort Myers, Florida. Her body was then set alight and dumped behind a garbage bin where it was discovered on the 19th of June. Her family described her as a woman who was ‘full of life’ and ‘didn’t deserve to go out like that.’

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Report: In U.K., white males monopolize paid jobs at universities

According to a study released by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), white males are monopolizing the best paid jobs at universities in the U.K. 

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