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FISHER: 2019 is the Year of Legitimate Discontent – let’s get to work!

THE NEW TRI-STATE DEFENDER — The fruit of structural racism is the standardizing of white mediocrity and the suppression of black creative excellence. And we deserve full, equitable, inclusion into the society we have helped to shape, build and sustain. Until that goal is achieved, we must obtain and maintain a maladjustment to the injustice that continues to be normalized. […read more]

Dayne Jones (Photo: Dayne Jones Facebook page)
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NAACP Joins Ferguson Activist in Demanding Answers in Alleged Hanging Death of Son

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The St. Louis County NAACP is joining the McKinnies family in the call for transparency and justice regarding the murder of Danye Jones. “There’s too many unanswered questions that we are demanding answers to,” said John Gaskin III, St. Louis County NAACP President. “We support Mrs. McKinnies call for justice and transparency in the death of her son.” […read more]

“All African Americans, regardless of their educational and economic accomplishments, have been — and are — at risk in America, simply because of their skin color,” Camille Cosby said.
Chicago Crusader

EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby Speaks to the Black Press About Hate Groups, Racism, History and Voting Rights

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Following the murder of her only son, Ennis Cosby, more than 20 years ago in Los Angeles, Mrs. Cosby wrote an essay in which she spoke fiercely about America’s hate and racism. She blamed America for teaching her son’s killer, Mikail Markhasev, to hate black people because of the various and pervasive forms of racism in our society. […read more]

Criminal justice reform for Black America is long overdue. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and can be reached at dr.bchavis@nnpa.org
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COMMENTARY: Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue for Black America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — For 40 long years, until North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed “Pardons of Innocence” documents for each member of the Wilmington Ten (including myself), the issues of unjust and disproportionate mass incarceration, bail reform, racism in the judiciary, prosecutorial misconduct, and reentry challenges were not matters of partisanship, but were matters of fundamental civil and human rights. […read more]

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Commentary

Is the FBI Underreporting the Surge in Hate Crimes?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Anti-Black or African American” bias accounted for nearly half of all crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, which rose 18 percent according to the FBI data, while “Anti-American Indian or Alaska Native,” “Anti-Multiple Races, Group,” and “Anti-Hispanic or Latino” hate crimes all increased over 20 percent (251, 180, and 427 incidents, respectively). […read more]

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Afro

COMMENTARY: Let us say #SheToo for women who can’t

THE AFRO — “Women generally are not willing to complain about such behavior for fear of retribution. Most simply try to escape their situations as soon as possible. The lack of attention to the issue, the absence of secure and supportive channels to discuss problems, and the uncertainty that remedial action will be taken are seen as official tolerance of such behavior.” — The Stern Report […read more]

Too many on both sides of the political aisle and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue feel we are beyond the ability to honesty work for national healing. God help us to keep it from becoming part of this ongoing American tragedy.iStockphoto / NNPA
Commentary

COMMENTARY: A nation dangerously divided

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — The deaths of those two African Americans in Jeffersontown were just as significant. Yet, it was difficult for the current administration in Washington to classify these murders as acts of terror. In fact, there are strong feelings that if it were not for the Jews murdered in Pittsburgh, the Jeffersontown murders would not have even been considered newsworthy. […read more]

Former District Attorney Bruce Castor: …there was “no question that Cosby relied upon my representation when he submitted to depositions in the civil case related to the allegations made by Constand.” (Photo: Screen capture from 2016 Reuters report video)(Photo: Screen capture from 2016 Reuters report video)
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COMMENTARY: Why Camille Cosby Opened up to the Black Press

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With Tuesday’s midterm elections carrying such import, particularly among African Americans and other minorities, Mrs. Cosby not only wanted to convey her thoughts about her husband’s plight, but she felt it critical and urgent that she reach out to voters – some of whom probably can relate to what she and her family are now going through. […read more]

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com.
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Hate and Horror — When Does It Stop?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Motivated by 45, Cesar Sayoc has “allegedly” mailed at least 15 pipe bombs to Democratic political figures that Trump has criticized. Instead of doing the decent thing (like calling his predecessors, Presidents Obama, and Clinton to pledge to use federal resources to get to the bottom of this madness), he spent time speculating that perhaps this was a Democratic set-up.” […read more]

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Community

Longview Police Officer David Cheatham: Protector of the Community

EAST TEXAS REVIEW — “How do you feel when you put on your uniform each day? ‘I was a Military Police Officer 1985-1987. Putting on the uniform can be a mixed bag of emotions. Some days I still get that old excitement that there is no way of knowing what will happen today and that is a good thing but then on other days I get that feeling there is no way of knowing what will happen today and that is a bad thing.'” […read more]

“His unique social media power makes him incredibly dangerous for the country,” — Republican strategist Rick Wilson(Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Week of Trump-Connected Violence Once Again Sets Off Alarms on His Words and Policies

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Trump made his self-defining statement on October 22 in Houston, saying, “They have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK? I’m a nationalist.” […read more]

“The Man Who Fell From the Sky,” Hard Ball Press; 350 pages
Bill Fletcher Jr.

PRESS ROOM: Announcing a new crime novel from award-winning journalist Bill Fletcher, Jr. – ‘The Man Who Fell From the Sky’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Set within a Cape Verdean American community undergoing a transformation of its own consciousness, Fletcher’s crime novel dives deep into two timely questions: Is revenge ever a moral form of justice, and when does silence become complicity as criminal acts are committed before your own eyes? […read more]

Cesar Sayoc of Aventura, Florida, has been charged with five Federal crimes, including mailing an incendiary device and threatening a former president. (Photo: Cesar Altieri via Twitter)(Photo: Cesar Altieri via Twitter)
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Black Press of America On National Alert in Wake of Domestic Terrorism

NNPA NEWSWIRE — NNPA National Chairman Dorothy Leavell emphasized, “I am deeply disturbed by the recent bomb threats that have been sent to many of our national leaders and now includes The Black Press of America. Our freedoms and peace of mind that we have enjoyed for so long seems to now be threatened and if it continues will be a thing of the past.” […read more]

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Commentary

COMMENTARY: Bill Cosby, White Women and American History

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — “In the years of Cosby’s foolishness it’s hard to believe he would believe he could do the same things as the big time White boys, but it is impossible for me to believe that those women couldn’t find anyone in the country who would listen to or believe them if they had accused Cosby of sexual assault. Most press organizations would have jumped all over such charges with wall-to-wall coverage. I will not speculate as to why they didn’t go public with their accusations against Cosby…” […read more]

Photo: Bill Cosby with publicists Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson (Photo: Ebonee Benson / Facebook)(Photo: Ebonee Benson / Facebook)
Crime

VIDEO: Bill Cosby’s Life in Prison – Comedian Gets First Visit

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Mr. Cosby said Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela helped him prepare for this chapter of his life. He said they told him that if he was going to continue to fight for civil rights, something like this was bound to happen and he’s been prepared for it and he knows he’s in prison not for rape, but for infidelity. He knows he’s innocent and he’s kept his head up.” […read more]

Screen capture from police video footage of the killing of Laquan McDonald by Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke
Chicago Crusader

A Crusader Investigation: They Knew but Said Nothing

CHICAGO CRUSADER — A Black teenager was dead and a Chicago police officer was being held responsible for shooting him 16 times. There was a video to prove it and also an FBI and state criminal investigation to find out why Officer Jason Van Dyke needed to shoot Laquan McDonald so many times on October 20, 2014. On April 13, 2015, six Black aldermen were among 18 aldermen given these facts at a City Hall meeting. Corporation Counsel Steve Patton wanted to quickly get approval of a $5 million settlement before the mother of a dead son took her story public with a wrongful death lawsuit. […read more]

His convictions could put the murderer behind bars for the rest of his life if Judge Vincent Gaughan brings down the hammer at Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing on Halloween, October 31. (Photo: Trial Press Pool Photo)(Photo: Trial Press Pool Photo)
Black History

“The Trial of the Century” from a Black journalist’s view

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I couldn’t believe it was happening, but it was. A justice system that for decades was viewed as broken by thousands of Blacks and minorities had finally worked and convicted a Chicago police officer of killing a Black teenager. My assignment was over, but an exciting moment for Black Chicago was just beginning…” […read more]

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‘We’re Here For Justice,’ Demands Protester At A Demonstration Against The Police Killing Of Patrick Kimmons

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE — Dozens of demonstrators marched through downtown Portland, Oregon on Saturday to demand justice in the police killing of Patrick Kimmons. The police version of the Sept. 30 shooting suggested that officers were justified in fatally shooting the 27-year-old Black man, but Kimmons’ family reportedly believed the police are covering up what really happened. […read more]

Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder and all 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of police misconduct. (Photo by Nancy Stone/Pool/Chicago Tribune)(Photo by Nancy Stone/Pool/Chicago Tribune)
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GUILTY!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday, October 5, by a jury at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, ending decades of frustration in Chicago’s Black community and marking a significant turning point involving police misconduct in the police department’s notorious history. […read more]

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Candidates and Officials Brace for Verdict in Jason Van Dyke Trial

CHICAGO DEFENDER — Several community leaders have made statements regarding responses to the verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial. Van Dyke is on trial for first degree murder for shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. Leaders are speaking about possible protests and unrest if Van Dyke is found not guilty of the charges. The Chicago Defender will update our site regularly with statements from political candidates, officials and community leaders. […read more]