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BYP100 on how you can end police brutality in your community

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The following post originally appears on The Grio. It was written by BYP100′s  National Coordinator Charlene Carruthers and BYP100 member Terrance Laney. By: Charlene Carruthers & Terrance Laney President Barack Obama’s statements on the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, left many young black folks feeling that  the administration was either unwilling or inept at addressing […]

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Theodore Wafer and the Nature of Prejudice

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The tragedy of Renisha McBride can not be understated. It is unlike stories of police officers being required to make split second decisions of life and death or where an argument/altercation gets out of control and gun violence ensues, this was a young woman who was in a terrible situation. She had gotten into a […]

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Pull a Trigger, Kill a N*gger, He’s a Hero? Video Footage of Another Police Shooting in St. Louis

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$2 for a soda $1 for a cigar, what is a black life worth? Below is the video footage of the second young black man that has been shot and killed in St. Louis, MO within the last two weeks.  I watched the video this morning and my soul was grieved. 

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How Long Will They Mourn Me?

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With the recent findings in the Michael Brown case, I wonder how long the mourning will last? In a world where brevity and speed is favored over taking ones time, how long will the outrage at Michael Brown’s killing at the hands of Ferguson Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson last?

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Video: it looks like Michael Brown paid for those cigarillos after all

Last week, St. Louis County police released video footage of Michael Brown in a convenience store. The footage showed Brown walking out of the store with a box of cigarillos after muffing who appears to be a much smaller convenience store cashier/owner. Immediately, cries of criminalizing Brown surfaced, as many of us believe that 1. […]

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On the POTUS’ Response to the Events in Ferguson

After a night of turning up and after issuing a statement on the death of actor Robin Williams, President Obama finally got around to saying a word or several about the killing of Michael Brown and the ensuing situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama’s remarks, as many of us expected, were as tepid as his dance […]

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BYP Memo: The Policing of Black Communities and Young People of Color

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Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown’s murder by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has focused the nation’s attention on racial disparities in the law enforcement system. Brown’s case is not an isolated incident. Along with Brown, the cases of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida and, more recently, Eric Garner in New York and Ezell Ford […]

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A Walk Down Ferguson: The Beauty In Our Protest

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Imagine having an entire generation of young people, who have all loss someone close to them to a violent death.  There is a collective pain that not even they understand.  Most of them feel as if there is nothing they can do and as such they are simply hurting.  Some will plot for revenge, but […]

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My Thoughts on Michael Brown, Ferguson, & the Targeted Killing of People of Color by Police

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I never really wanted the role of Hip-Hop artist that speaks when something tragic happens in our community, but I guess it is what it is. I got so many calls, tweets, and texts from folks asking me to say something so here it is. It’s raw and angry because that’s how I feel about […]

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Ferguson: What the Media Won’t Show

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As we all know, when it comes to black and brown people, the media oftentimes does not accurately tell our story.  They will twist and turn it around, until even Hitler seems like a Saint.  Yes, there were some looting that occurred in St. Louis,  but the majority of the protesters in Ferguson, have been […]

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