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    Ignoring Racism will not make it go Away

Ignoring Racism will not make it go Away

Noam Chomsky is a well-known linguistics professor at MIT. His statements regarding racism in America are by no means revolutionary. What they are is an honest look at the life of black America throughout our nation’s history. He points to the fact that the beginnings of our country proliferated two crimes; slavery, and eliminating the indigenous people living on land the colonists wanted for their own. The assumption of white

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    Do You Respect or Distrust Law Enforcement?

Do You Respect or Distrust Law Enforcement?

As protests and even riots fill our nation’s streets, what will be the outcome? Will authorities in our communities take a serious look at the way minorities are treated compared to whites? Will changes be made resulting in respect for those in authority, or will distrust for law enforcement continue? These and more questions have been raised throughout the United States. The truth is that police are protected by their

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    Poll: Obama’s Next Step on Ferguson

Poll: Obama’s Next Step on Ferguson

Now that the grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Mike Brown, there are a lot of questions to answer. For President Obama, the issue is what his next step should be on Ferguson and the issues it illustrates for the country. As Obama said in his statement on the decision, “This is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is

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    Ferguson the Center of the World

Ferguson the Center of the World

The decision by the Grand Jury whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown has dominated the news for days. Monday evening the ruling was confirmed; Wilson’s shooting and subsequent the death of the teenager was justified, and no charges will be filed. Whether or not the decision is justified, it will stand. The outcome for the city of Ferguson and the nation is

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    Racism a Growing Evil in America

Racism a Growing Evil in America

Far too often we lose great men and women very early in their lives. Those who fight for justice and the common good are never with us long enough. What never seems to go away is the evil among us. If you kill one cockroach, a dozen more take its place. It’s the same with evil men and women and destructive organizations. Racism and bigotry are a growing evil in

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    Minorities see Police as the Enemy

Minorities see Police as the Enemy

A 50-year-old problem continues to be ignored by local, state and federal governments and their law enforcement agencies. African-Americans continue to be targeted more often by officers of the law than any other group. Although it is seldom spoken out loud, most minorities see police as the enemy. Statistics from 2008 regarding the United States Penal System are very troubling. Although our nation has only five percent of the world’s

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    Police Actions Foster Lack of Respect for Authority

Police Actions Foster Lack of Respect for Authority

Ferguson Missouri is not the first city in America to experience racial unrest because of a police officer involved death. Police actions around the country have fostered a lack of respect for authority. Although the Ferguson tragedy is directed at a single policeman, the fault lies in the process of hiring and training law enforcement. Most importantly a much more stringent screening process must be put into place before a

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    South Park Re-Enacts Ferguson With Drones [Mature]

South Park Re-Enacts Ferguson With Drones [Mature]

Warning: The following article may contain mature subject matter.  South Park’s latest season is continuing in its vein of topical and over-the-top episodes, giving new life to forgotten issues. In “The Magic Bush,” the show’s creators re-enact the events of Ferguson with drones as they analyse and make fun of the drone craze. Butters Stotch, the lovable boy with the Pollyana-ish outlook on life, makes the mistake of showing his

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    Governor Jay Nixon Announces Commission as Result of Ferguson Protests

Governor Jay Nixon Announces Commission as Result of Ferguson Protests

The events that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri may just be a watershed moment in the history of America. The facts of systemic inequality that African-Americans face every day were given a human face in Michael Brown and the nation, led by the citizens of Ferguson, have decided that something must change. But what? While experts and observers may offer their opinions in a variety of forums, they cannot effect change

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    Steve King ‘Continental Origins’ Gaff

Steve King ‘Continental Origins’ Gaff

Iowa Representative Steve King is often in the news for his badly worded statements, but the most recent one is perhaps the worst yet. King, a Republican, was on Newsmax TV talking about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and somehow managed to be very racist while also disavowing race-based politics. He was asked by “America’s Forum” host J.D. Hayworth about the Congressional Black Caucus’ concerns of racial profiling in Ferguson

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