Clergy and lay people have played a crucial role in Ferguson. These religious leaders provide a buffer at protests, press for justice for Michael Brown, and witness against systemic racism and inequality.
Over the last few weeks students have been inundated with news on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. These updates are shaping the ways that youth make sense of media, the police, their lives, and their future. For this reason it is imperative that teachers find a way to bring this issue into the classroom.
A small cadre of psychological scientists have continued over the years to explore the controversial connection between low intelligence and prejudice, and at this point they have overcome most of the methodological barricades, allowing them to rigorously analyze and answer this important societal question.
The idea that America had reached some level of post-racism with the election of Barack Obama was always delusionary. But it was true that great strides had been made in the half-century or so that followed the civil rights movement. Now, because of the persistence of racism and a relaxation of the fight against it, we are moving backwards.
There are several factors within federal law that Holder has to look at to make the final decision whether to go forward with a prosecution.
For at least the last two decades, the Democratic Party has been defined both by being the party of African-Americans and by an extraordinary timidity when it comes to speaking out about racism. In this regard, the relative silence is not surprising and is unfortunately exactly what is expected.
Giving up on talking about race or facts because of the Stanford study would be a sad high-jacking of criminal justice discourse in our country.
It's fine for pundits to yearn for open dialogue and rhetorical leadership from the White House. It's less helpful for them to ignore the unpleasant realities of nasty partisan politics in the age of Obama. It does no good to pretend race baiting hasn't become a badge of honor and a professional path to success for lots of right-wing pundits.
If you are looking to buy a car, rent an apartment or take out a loan, you need to make sure that your credit score is at it's best. While it takes seven years for most derogatory items on your credit report to be removed, there are a few things you can do to raise your credit score sooner.
I hate the fact that people pretend that if you're black and keep out of trouble and do the "right" things, you'll be protected. That's a lie! I've never been in trouble, yet I'm almost always afraid of law enforcement. I've seen too many things to feel safe.
Scripture tells us that the weeping may last the night but joy comes in the morning. I sure hope so, because my heart is broken. Michael Brown is one of too many men and boys of color targeted and dehumanized by a system that operates as though some people are worth more than others.
It's time for Missouri's right-wingers to leave the nineteenth century behind. It is time for all Missourians -- indeed, time for all Americans -- to start building a more just and equitable world, one free of institutional racism and yawning racial disparities.
Venting is easy and natural in these circumstances; restraint is hard. By rational, reasoned response we can block the next senseless killing and break the age-old pattern that has become ordinary in our country.
If you spend any time there, two things are apparent: women have a raw deal, yet they -- not the oil or the chrome or the copper, but the used and abused women of Africa -- are its future.
It's almost as if they are saying please don't go away, please stay, because the moment you leave or turn the channel, no one will care anymore. They will go back to struggling in silence and irrelevance.
We know all too well the proximate causes of the rage in Ferguson but there are other much deeper socio-economic causes as well, namely the way the school systems, the economy, and particularly the labor market are structured so as to exclude cruelly so many from the American Dream.
If you also believe that most Black families in the United States have talked about Ferguson, what does it say about the rest of us if we have not?
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Because when it comes to his pregnant fiancé Tameka Foster, that's the name of his tune for sure.
The multiple Grammy Award winning R&B crooner sent an open letter to 'People' magazine addressing the rumors regarding his relationship with Foster – from their rumored wedding date being moved up from the fall to this month – to Tom Joyner's claim that Usher threatened him.
Regarding the 'New York Post's' story that the wedding will take place by the end of July in order to beat the arrival of their baby, Usher offered: "Since my wedding day will be special to Tameka and I, this is information that we would like to keep private."
On nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner's shocking claims that Usher threatened to "whoop" his a** after he made fun of the rumored tension between Foster and Usher's mother and former manager, Jonetta Patton, he said: "I have never threatened or harassed anyone from any media format."
Here is Usher, in his own words:
"It has already been announced that I plan to marry this year. However, since my wedding day will be special to Tameka and I, this is information that we would like to keep private. It's disturbing that the media and bloggers (under the guise as 'fans') continuously speculate on the personal aspects of my life, therefore making assumptions and wrong insinuations that my fans are subject to believe.
"I am happy, excited, completely clear and independent on my direction, feelings, decisions and I am NOT BEING LED. Some media and bloggers have been totally intrusive, they have misconstrued aspects of my personal life and, because of this, my 'true' fans are not sure about what is fact and what is fiction. There is a difference in stating an opinion versus drawing a conclusion that is incorrect.
"As previously reported, I have NEVER threatened or harassed anyone from any media format – print, radio, television or Internet media. At this point the best thing to say to my fans is just because it sounds enticing and it MAY sound 'true,' that does not make it truth. I understand the fact that I must sacrifice some anonymity for the career I love, however some things are personal like having a child or a marriage. These aspects are not for the public and, to me, are sacred. I would hope my privacy in these areas would be respected."
It appears that the Chattanooga native and his future missus seems to have a love affair with mainstream magazines owned by Time, Inc. Just last month, Foster, herself got up, close and personal with 'Essence' magazine, tackling the same sort of issues.
Usher (legally known as Usher Raymond) has a new album due out this fall.
I suspect things are going to be quite interesting this go round for him.