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This stops today: Seeking strategies to end discriminatory policing

Yesterday I once again stared in rage at my phone as the texts began streaming in: another white cop walks after the extrajudicial killing of a black man. Soon, people would be pouring into the streets, and after that, national conversations about how to prevent this from happening again and again will once again catch fire. But what are our real options for justice?

Yesterday I once again stared in rage at my phone as the texts began streaming in: another white cop walks after the extrajudicial killing of a black man. Soon, people would be pouring into the ...

from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

A song for today: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest”

On days like today, like last Monday, like September 4th, like July 15th of 2013, May 2nd of 2012, and like many, many more, I reach for Sweet Honey in the Rock‘s “Ella’s Song,” a song composed of legendary civil rights leader Ella Baker‘s own words. “We who believe in freedom cannot rest,” Ella said. “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes,” Sweet Honey sings.

On days like today, like last Monday, like September 4th, ...

NYPD Tower

In the NYPD’s shadow: Why I was unsurprised by the Eric Garner decision

Of all the feelings inspired by the grand jury decision to not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the murder of Eric Garner, surprise was not one of them. I had held out hope, certainly, that New York City could lead the nation at least allowing Justice to get her foot in the door on this case, but I have lived here too long to think I could expect better than what happened yesterday. 

Of all the feelings inspired by the grand jury decision to not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the murder of Eric Garner, surprise was not one of them. I had held out hope, certainly, that New York ...

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

The cop who killed Eric Garner won’t be charged. As Mallory notes, so much for the myth that body cameras would prevent police violence. “Eric Garner died unarmed. He died on the ground. He died because of an illegal chokehold. We saw it. The grand jury saw it. They saw it, and we saw it, and collectively we said, ‘We didn’t see that. That didn’t happen.'”

The cop who killed Eric Garner won’t be charged. As Mallory notes, so much for the myth that body cameras would prevent police violence. “Eric Garner died unarmed. He died on the ground. He ...

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Ishmael Reed is still mad about The Color Purple (and other observations)

Ishmael Reed thinks I said Ray Rice represents all black men.

I was on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show this past Sunday, and we discussed how Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL had been lifted, along with Janay Rice telling her story as the woman whom Ray Rice punched and then dragged from an elevator.

Ishmael Reed thinks I said Ray Rice represents all black men.

I was on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show this past Sunday, and we discussed how Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL had been lifted, along with ...

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Infographic: Sexual violence on college campuses, by the numbers

As some begin questioning the recent Rolling Stone account of a gang rape at the University of Virginia — apparently based on the perplexing notion that the journalist’s failure to do everything she could to get comment from the accused men has anything at all to do with the credibility of survivor’s narrative — Mother Jones pulls together some of the best data on campus sexual violence to show that, as regular readers of this blog are probably well aware, the environment described at UVA is not unique among college campuses.

As some begin questioning the recent Rolling Stone account of a gang rape at the University of Virginia — apparently based on the perplexing notion that the journalist’s failure to do everything she could to ...

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Australian Minister for Women: “Let boys be boys and girls be girls”

We’ve covered Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and his, shall we say, less than feminist ideas, before. Abbott has declared himself a feminist, but this week, the PM made some comments that suggest he should re-read — ok, fine, read – his Judith Butler. 

We’ve covered Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and his, shall we say, less than feminist ideas, before. Abbott has declared himself a feminist, but this week, the PM made some comments that suggest ...

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