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Part 4-Why We Can’t ‘Get Over It,’ Have A Kumbaya Moment

Posted by on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, In : Black Lives Matter 
Why we can’t ‘get over it,’ have a Kumbaya moment

This commentary is part four of a four part series on racism and the over-policing of African-Americans and other people of color. America is not ready for a Kumbaya moment.

And Black and Brown people who are experiencing racism can’t “get over it.” Racism is real. White privilege is real. And these ideologies and practices and structures that have shaped American culture for centuries – and continue today to do so – impact our lives as Black and Brown people in large an...

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PART 3: Stop Silencing The Messenger

Posted by on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, In : Black Lives Matter 


This commentary is part three of a four part series on racism and the over-policing of African-Americans and other people of color.

Peacefully protesting the injustices by the police towards Black suspects (who have not been convicted of a crime) and seeking equal treatment under the law is the right of every American citizen.

Black Lives Matter cannot be held responsible for the actions of individuals who may use the cover of protests for their own agenda. And it is wrong for law ...

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Justspeak: The Origins Of A Police Culture Of Bias In Ferguson

Posted by on Monday, May 30, 2016, In : Black Lives Matter 
Justspeak: The origins of a police culture of bias in Fergusonhe conclusion reached at the end of the recent federal probe on the Ferguson Police department should come as no surprise: a culture of bias exists in the Ferguson Police department. According to the Wall Street Journal, “…the Justice Department probe concluded…Police in Ferguson routinely violated the civil rights of the city’s Black residents.”

Such a conclusion also raises further questions about the Grand Jury ruling that exonerated Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Be...

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The Charleston Nine: A Requiem

Posted by Irma McClaurin on Friday, July 24, 2015, In : Black Lives Matter 
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Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Middle row: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson. Photos: Facebook / Getty Image  

Even as the flowers fade, the hurt and pain of the atrocities that occurred
 here in Charleston, SC on that bloody June Wednesday is very much
It is joined with the mixed emotions of those visiting ...

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Justspeak: Who will protect the children?: The invisibility of the American Indian/Native American struggle

Posted by Irma McClaurin on Saturday, February 21, 2015,
Every parent of color hopes that their children will grow up without
lakota2 copyexposure to the brutality of racism and other forms of social injustice. That is the promise we hold when we give birth to them and first grasp their tiny hands and look into their eyes as parents. Few parents of color, however, are so lucky and can chronicle example upon example of micro-aggressions to which our children are subjected. My own children experienced such moments in their formative years at school: “w...
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Justspeak: A Black mother weeps for America--STOP KILLING OUR BLACK SONS! Black Press Award Winning Column for 2015

Posted by on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Policy Analysis 

Ervin D. Fowlkes Sr. in Birmingham, Alabama, USA,
on 3 May 1963, being attacked by police dogs during a civil rights prot

No Domestic Tranquility for our Black sons
They are not insurgents. They are not enemy combatants. They are not hostile enemy forces. They are not terrorists. They are our Black sons. And I beg you America to stop killing them in their own backyards, in the streets outside of nightclubs, on the phone talking to their girlfriend, and a few blocks from convenience s...
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Artspeak: New Year’s promise: “Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Fully”

Posted by on Saturday, January 26, 2013, In : Black Beauty & Health 
The three maxims in the title greet me each morning. They are kitchen magnets placed above my stove, meant to guide me on the attitude I should carry into my day and into life generally. I take them to mean: 1) do not overly complicate my life (with work, obligations, possessions, other people's problems, or needless drama); 2) find joy and fun in my daily routines; and 3) make time to be connected and deeply embrace the passions that arise from friendships, family, and special friends/partn...
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