COMMENTARY: I Fought for our Country — Now NFL Players are Kneeling for me

NASHVILLE PRIDE — I’m a veteran of the U.S. Army. So it may come as a surprise that the day I read about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, I could not have been prouder. I was proud because after serving my country for seven years, it felt like someone was finally looking out for me. […read more]


Who’s In Charge?

by Nayaba Arinde Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Since the murders and subsequent funerals of two members of the New York City Police Department, tensions have risen between the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the mayor’s office and the police commissioner. At Read More


A Question of 21 Times

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   I find it very unsettling to hear police officers discuss how they believe that BlackLivesMatter protesters and certain politicians, e.g., NYC Mayor de Blasio, are either unsympathetic to their plight or, worse, provoking violence. Ever since the murder Read More


Disregarding Black Life

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Patrick Lynch, do you remember Oscar Grant? And if you do, Mr. “leader” of the New York Police Department Union, why do you pretend not to understand the reaction that many African American people have to the police killing Read More


De Blasio’s Nightmare

  (Politico) – Bill de Blasio, like his progressive political idol Barack Obama, is finding out that you can’t do the New Politics if you don’t pay attention to the old politics. In Obama’s case, it was a failure to recognize the threat posed to Read More


Breathing Life into a Movement

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said, as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk. The man was not resisting arrest; Read More

No Picture

NYPD’s ‘Aggressive Policing’

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Three reports released this month on the arrest activities of the New York City Police Department should ratchet up the already significant questioning of the department’s use of the “broken windows” approach to policing. That theory asserts that Read More


The Lynching of Eric Garner

By Walter Fields NNPA Columnist It was one of the most difficult scenes in Spike Lee’s classic movie “Do the Right Thing,” the brutal strangulation of peace-loving Radio Raheem by New York City police in a Brooklyn pizza shop. That scene touched a raw nerve Read More


Family Of Ramarley Graham, Bronx Teen Killed By NYPD, Fills Courtroom As Judge Clears Way For Civil Case

U.S. DISTRICT COURT — The family of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed teen gunned down by police in his own home, hope that a federal civil suit will offer a second chance at justice that was denied when the criminal case against the police officer who Read More


Stopped and Frisked–and Innocent

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Every year for the past decade, under the agency’s “stop-and-frisk” program, New York City police officers have stopped 500,000 to nearly 700,000 citizens on the city’s streets. Nearly 90  percent of those stopped are Black and Hispanic men, Read More