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Weekly News Roundup

THE WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Black Youth in the News, April 9-14

THE WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Black Youth in the News, April 9-14 – “Why Black America is Screaming ‘I Am 
Trayvon Martin,” and other stories collected at BlackYouthProject.com!

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Police Misconduct in Trayvon Martin Case “Not Unusual”

Recently I sat down with the ACLU Pennsylvania Legal Director, Vic Walczak, who has a long history  litigating cases involving police misconduct with racial overtones. From the death of Johnny Gammage, to the recent beating of honor student Jordan Miles, Walczak has been at the forefront of fighting for justice in the court system. I […]

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High Ranking NYPD Officials Used N-Word, Told Officers To ‘Treat Black People Like Animals’

According to the testimony of three officers, high ranking officials in the NYPD regularly used the n-word to address suspects, and instructed officers to treat black people like animals and ‘shoot to kill’ if necessary. How do we protect our communities from police departments that treat us like animals?

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Miami Firefighter’s Facebook Post Blames Trayvon Martin Situations on ‘Sh*tbag Parents’

Miami-Dade Fire Department official Brian Beckmann is under investigation for facebook messages published last Wednesday that blame “Trayvon Martin situations” on “shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.” Does Beckmann deserve to be fired for his facebook post?

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Box Out: On Brittney Griner and Women Who Ball (Better Than You)

I have beef with Brittney Griner. It’s not because the Baylor University women’s basketball team she leads beat Notre Dame in the women’s NCAA Division 1 championship a couple of weeks ago, and I like an underdog–even if it is Notre Dame. It’s not because my beloved Tennessee Lady Volunteers were one of Baylor’s casualties […]

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Tulsa Shooters Face Hate Crime Charges For Killing Spree; Community Members Calling for Death Penalty

The men who went on a shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s black community will face hate crime and 1st degree murder charges. Many community members are calling for prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Watts and England.

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What Would Happen If We Took Youth Seriously?

I wonder what would happen if we took young people seriously. And don’t nod in agreement too quickly, because you might miss my point. I repeat: What would happen if we took young people seriously? What if we didn’t obfuscate the opinions of a 17 year-old through the lens of age? I invoke us to […]

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Colorlines.com Debunks Myths About Crime in Black America

Colorlines.com unleashed a fascinating and vital infographic today, debunking widely-held myths about crime in the Black community. And in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, now is the perfect time to debunk these untruths.

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Fela Kuti—A Story for Those Who Can’t Buy a $100 Broadway Ticket!

In our society, it is drastically easier to be discouraged, than to be inspired. Current events usually revolve around innocent youth being shot, black faces being incarcerated, education systems failing, and hope being so muddled that many forget about any power we have to organize our communities for change. It is imperative to find narratives […]

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The Idealization and Demonization of Blacks: How it Affects Us

Blacks in American society have been understood in either demonizing or idealizing ways as represented in society or the media. Some blacks are idealized for their “coolness”, sexuality, beauty and athleticism. On the other hand, others are demonized as being lazy, sexual monsters, ugly and animalistic. It seems that when a black person has something […]

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