Posts Tagged institutional racism

On Hillary Clinton’s Comments During her Meeting with Black Lives Matter Activists

Last week Hillary Clinton spoke with Daunasia Yancey and Julius Jones of Black Lives Matter after a town hall meeting, from which Yancey and Jones were prevented from entering by Clinton’s security. Video from the encounter is now available and it must be seen — Clinton is in politician mode but with her usual lack […]

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The Koch Brothers and President Obama both Propose Merely Superficial Reforms of Carceral Apparatuses

If the five corporate media entities that attended last months Koch brothers conference are deserving of criticism for merely restating the Koch Brothers’ dubious claims of being criminal justice reformers and freedom fighters for the poor, they are just as deserving of criticism for “reporting” that President Obama intends to close Guantanamo Bay. Both the […]

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Against “Broken Windows” Policing: A Response to George Kelling

George Kelling, one of the two criminologists to craft the ‘broken windows’ theory of policing has an article up on Politico, that increasingly neoliberal online mag, arguing that his theory has been a success, and where it hasn’t, that failure is due to the community under siege not coming to police itself. Bull. Rather than […]

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One Year After Mike Brown was Murdered, Many White Progressives are Still Complacent with Institutional Racism

Three Hundred and Sixty Five days separate us from the day of the murder of Mike Brown, though we are not so separate now from that murder, and while, as a white male, I could never be justified in making assessments on improvements for Black folk over that time, I can say, and feel obligated […]

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A Non-Review & A Critique of Critiques of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me

How does one “review” an essay on being black? One cannot. To do so implies that there is something fictitious, something fabricated, that can and ought to be altered in the recollections of a man trying to convey black-embodiment to any who will listen. And yet there have been many critiques of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recently […]

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July 30th: on the Koch Empire and the Gig-Economy’s Libertarian Threat to Democracy and Society

Context is key. The Bernie Sanders campaign organized the simultaneous meetings of thousands of speech-watching parties last night and did this with sixty paid staff members, half of them field organizers. The Clinton campaign employs around 340 staff members, sixty of them field organizers. And yet the Koch brothers’ big money coalition, lead by Americans […]

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President Obama’s Commutations, Zeferino, Police Violence and the War on Drugs

On Monday, July 13th, President Obama announced he would commute the sentences of 46 persons in prison for drug charges, arguing that because sentencing requirements have been lessened in general since their sentencing, it is fair that they serve the sentences they would receive today. This is a fair argument, but it obscures the point […]

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