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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Aggressively punitive and extreme drug policies are steeped in racism. Inherent in the response to drug law enforcement is a biased approach and stark double standards in the perceived threat of drug use by marginalized people.
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.
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.
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.
Just last week, shock jock Howard Stern had choice words for the staff of Jamie Foxx's radio show 'The Foxxhole.' Stern spared Foxx from his rant, but now, he's not only making it clear that they aren't friends, but also throwing out allegations that the Oscar winner is a "Down Low Brother."
The Sirius Satellite radio personality and the 'Ray' actor both made headlines recently for making fun of 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe's obesity. Earlier this month, the 'Private Parts' author said that the 26 year-old was "enormous" and added that she "needs help."
Stern was also criticized by ABC News for his comments, but he didn't care, adding, "everybody is rooting for Sidibe, but they are going overboard rooting for her because she's this big woman. We're the only ones that care about her."
Then, Foxx's staff at 'The Foxxhole' joined ABC News and other traditional media sources who were upset with Stern's comments about SIdibe. After their comments on Stern, Foxx took to his Sirius XM radio show 'The Foxxhole,' echoing Stern and compared Sidibe to late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. He joked "I hear they're doing the remake [to 'Precious'], it's called 'The Notorious Precious,' where Gabby does Biggie Smalls with Precious..."
The back-and-forth continued with Stern playing the audio of Foxx's crew, and calling them "f**king losers." But, he made sure to say that he wasn't mad at the 'Blame It' singer because he wasn't in the room when the group went off.
Well, Foxx recently took to his radio program again and had a few sly comments for Stern. And,Stern is trying to end the feud, but not before letting Foxx have it.
"When you start up with me, I'm going to comment," Stern took to the radio saying. "The show is not a popular show, Jamie has never done regular radio and gotten ratings."
Stern made sure to say that the 'Booty Call' actor was talented, but also clarified that he was not a friend, as the actor previously stated.
And, to bring it all home, Stern added, "I think he is playing for a way different team. That's what I think."
"If he's got something in his ass, that's his business," Stern said.
"He's got an ass and he's got a mouth and I don't know what he does with them."
This beef will surely not end there.
Listen to the drama below.