National

Cleveland, on the Brink

Jamil Smith, THE NEW REPUBLIC   CLEVELAND (The New Republic) — Before last week, the last time I’d been home to Cleveland, Ohio was in December of 2014. When I drove into town, I didn’t head to the East Side, where I grew up, and Read More

National

A Push to Address Black-on-Black Violence

  By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As cities across the country have mobilized massive street protests over police violence and misconduct, a familiar question has been raised by their opponents: Why does violence within the Black community garner less concern than Read More

Op-Ed

Justice is not Blind

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When racist attitudes, either conscious or subconscious, are combined with the discretionary powers that law enforcement officers have, the result is a differential outcome, with African Americans more likely to be the targets of “blind justice.” Most of our Read More

Op-Ed

America’s True Crime Problem

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we’ve not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of Black or Hispanic citizens under questionable Read More

National

The Myth of the Hero Cop

(Slate) – Baltimore’s streets are quiet again. Baltimore’s state’s attorney Marilyn J. Mosby moved quickly in securing indictments against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, and her decisive action has calmed the city for now. But getting a grand jury to indict Read More

National

Problems Linger in Baltimore

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Baltimore’s curfew has been lifted, the officers have been charged, and Freddie Gray has been laid to rest. But the underlying causes of the protests around his homicide remain. “I think that people need to understand Read More

National

Justice Not Delayed in Baltimore

  By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NEWS ANALYSIS WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Three extremely qualified African American women are at the forefront of making certain that Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police in Baltimore will not go unpunished. Loretta Lynch began her first Read More

National

Black Culture is Not the Problem

N.D.B. Connolly, THE NEW YORK TIMES BALTIMORE (The New York Times) — In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., commentators noted the absence of black representatives among Ferguson’s elected officials and its police leadership. A Department of Justice report Read More

Entertainment

CNN Feasts on Baltimore Riot Coverage

  (Politico) – A casual CNN viewer would have had good reason this morning to think that the rioting, looting and arson that took place yesterday in Baltimore after the Freddie Gray funeral was still happening because the signature airborne shot of the pillaging of that CVS Read More

World

‘They Hate Black People’

(BBC) – Portugal is often praised for its success in integrating immigrants but in the suburbs of Lisbon police are being accused of racism and brutality. Jailza Sousa’s young son is afraid when she hangs out the washing on their first-floor balcony. “He’s traumatised,” says Read More