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Why Do Black Men Die With Their Hands Up?

I remember September 21, 2011 remarkably well. I remember sitting in my dorm room, frantically refreshing Twitter to see whether or not, by some miracle, justice would be served, and a man would go home to his family. He didn't. What...Show More Summary

I Challenge You to Read All the Ferguson Evidence From Both Sides

I'm a writer. And to make matters worse, I write about connectedness. About the relationships that bind us to other people in our communities. So it'd be hard for me to NOT write about Ferguson. But the more I scrolled through my social...Show More Summary

Black Men Don't Need a Guardian Angel. Who We Need Is Our Guardian Slave.

From 12 to 50 it's assumed we're packing, assumed that like the Hulk or zombies we possess superhuman, virtually unstoppable destructive power. So where an average citizen may disagree, even argue and berate a police officer, treating...Show More Summary

Thanksgiving for Social Scientists

I wish there could be a Thanksgiving for the applied bounty that could come from the hundreds of thousands of political scientists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists. I am referring especially to those social...Show More Summary

On Thanksgiving -- Reflecting on what it means to be an American

Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on what it means to be an American - especially this year. Growing up, most of us learned that the holiday began as a feast hosted by English settlers - among America's first immigrants - in Massachusetts to celebrate the successful harvest of 1620. Show More Summary

Self Defense Claim Remains Big Hurdle For Feds In Brown Killing

Despite a St. Louis County's grand jury's controversial decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson, 28 on any state charges for the tragic shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, the United States Department of Justice is still free to undertake the formidable task of pursuing harder to prove charges under federal law. Show More Summary

Prosecute Now: The Justice Department Can Still Act Against Bad Bankers

It's been a grim period for American justice. Despite compelling evidence of widespread bank fraud in the runup to the 2008 financial crisis -- and despite all those billion-dollar settlements -- prosecutors have not indicted executives at any major U.S. Show More Summary

Invitation to a Beheading

Borrowing a title from the book by Vladimir Nabokov, we can say that the beheadings of innocents in Syria have changed everything. Two British aid workers, two American journalists, and one American aid worker, executed for all the world to see. Show More Summary

Why I'm Putting The President High On My Gratitude List

When giving thanks, I'm putting the President high on the list --- and not for anything he's achieved. As I watched him deliver low-energy banalities after the grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, I thought: Bullshit. He knew since day one how this was going to end. Show More Summary

Winning Thanksgiving Arguments: Don't bother

Every year around this time I perform the same ritual I've performed for years. In anticipation of family gatherings, holiday parties, and otherwise festive occasions, I comb through a year's worth of articles and factoids I've collected in Evernote or Pocket and prepare for battle. Show More Summary

Making Thanksgiving Real: Rejoice in Our Ability to Challenge the Pervasive Injustice in American Society

"You may be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause--and you refuse to do it because you are afraid;...Show More Summary

Thanksgiving #Ferguson

This is a strange year, even an awful one, to celebrate Thanksgiving. A grand jury's refusal to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson has crystallized ugly truths. Many Americans feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods, not despite law enforcement but because of it. Show More Summary

An Urgent Letter to Hillary Clinton: Tell America Your Views On Darren Wilson, Race, and Ferguson.

Dear Mrs. Hillary Clinton, America needs your true sentiments, emotions, and thoughts pertaining to one of the most polarizing and controversial issues of this generation. Your words are needed now, not 19 days from now, which was the length of time it took you to make a statement on Michael Brown's death and the Ferguson protests in August. Show More Summary

How Robert McCulloch Indicted Himself

Each and every minute felt like an hour. The first bulletin on Monday that the Ferguson grand jury had reached its decision -- and that it would be announced that night -- came around lunch time. All through the day, news anchors jumped...Show More Summary

Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter

When I say "Black lives matter," it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise. Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not. A black person is killed extrajudicially every 28 hrs, and Black men between ages 19 and 25 are the group most at risk to be gunned down by police. Show More Summary

Ferguson: The Latest Manifestation of Systemic Racial Injustice

As someone who has served as a prosecutor, prison educator and criminal justice reform advocate, I can attest that the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, culminating in the district attorney's announcement on Monday night that theShow More Summary

Tragedy in Ferguson: What Will it Take to Move Forward?

A Missouri grand jury elected not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who killed African American teenager Michael Brown in August of this year. Many are waiting to see if there will be any consequences at all for what happened and whether any reforms can reduce the likelihood of something like it happening again. Show More Summary

Ferguson: It's Us, Not Them

Most of my friends on Facebook are white, and that's a problem. Before I came out, some friends and family might not have understood the bigotry and prejudice I faced, but now they post messages of love and support, and many of them changed their profile photographs to the little red equal sign in support of marriage equality. Show More Summary

Ferguson: What's Going On

If I whisper your name and you do not respond, my need to get your attention will grow. Eventually, I will call your name out loud. If you do not hear me or choose to ignore me, my need to have you pay attention and acknowledge my presence will be intensified. Show More Summary

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