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“I felt a great disturbance in the Force as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” Perhaps Michelle Alexander, the highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, author, advocate, and legal scholar knows the feeling expressed by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope.…

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Though Charlotte is known as the Queen City – with a gleaming downtown, state-of-the-art stadiums, sparkling new mass transit, and the nation’s banking capital – recent events have thrust the city’s dark side into the spotlight within a matter of days. Outside the city’s core are neighborhoods like that of the late Keith Scott, the…

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The Justice Department’s Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced plans to end its use of private prisons in a memo instructing officials to either decline to renew or substantially reduce the scope of contracts with private prison operators, citing a critical report that private prisons are less safe and less effective at providing correctional services…

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By most accounts, Dallas Police Chief David Brown handled himself admirably and represented the Dallas Police Department honorably in the moments and days following the police shooting crisis. As the face of a department that had apparently shifted from revenue-focused slave patrol tactics to a community policing model, Brown seemed to illustrate the stark contrast…

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Blacks have spoken out about the system of white supremacy and various de facto crimes of being Black in America since the founding of this country. Until recent events sparked what appears to be the re-awakening of a more intense sense of responsibility among elite Black professional athletes, many remained silent as their success had…

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Gawker has posted an audio recording provided to them by an NYPD officer who’s suing the department for retaliating against his whistleblowing on an illegal quota system that pressured officers to profile Black men. New York transit officer Michael Birch had his original case dismissed, so he has filed an appeal with a higher court.…

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