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Power vs. Equality: Malcolm X Sought Not to Change America But to Change Black People

Black America must continue to think about the ideological paradigm shift Malcolm ushered in during the 1960s that still holds some sway over a significant portion of those who are left-leaning organizers and social justice advocates. 1,119 more words

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Can a Radical Black Mayor Make a Revolution?

The obvious answer is no. Revolutions are not made through electoral power, particularly at a municipal level. Elected government office can create important societal changes, but many competing factors hamper it as a radical tool for community power. 1,905 more words

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Racial Politics in the US: Activist Kamau Franklin on Why Black America Favors the Establishment

By Daniel Falcone

Criticism of black Americans and their voting rights and preferences from the GOP right-wing is undoubtedly dangerous and illiberal. In this interview however, I discuss, from the leftist perspective, racial politics in the US and attempt to uncover how and why so many African-Americans are loyal to the Democratic Party establishment both locally and nationally. 1,499 more words

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Was Dr. King’s Radical Legacy Replaced with a Sanitized Version for the Sake of White Comfort?

January 15 would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2017 marks the 49th year since his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, as he supported striking Black sanitation workers who were attempting to win fair pay and better working conditions. 1,257 more words

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Why Black Cops Are Dangerous to Black Lives

(Originally Published January 9, 2017 in Atlanta Black Star)

A soon-to-be-released study set to publish next month in Public Administration Review titled “Will More Black Cops Matter?” reveals something that may be counter-intuitive to most people, with the possible exception of most 16-to 24-year-old Black males in urban America: Hiring more Black police officers will not prevent or reduce the number of police shootings of Black people. 940 more words

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Here Is What President Obama Should Say Directly to the Black Community In His Farewell Address

(Originally published January 7, 2017 in Atlanta Black Star)

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give a farewell address to the American people on January 10 from his adopted hometown of Chicago. 1,423 more words

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Conservatives’ Outcry Against Torture Incident Is Blatant Attempt to Push Narrative That Actually Endangers Black Bodies

(Originally published January 6, 2017 in Atlanta Black Star)

A young Black woman in Chicago participated in and streamed an unquestionably horrible and ugly attack on Facebook Live. 977 more words

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