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Ferguson, Missouri: Any Town, USA

Date: December 18, 2014 | Categories: Opinion, Opinion All, Structural Racism,

By Imam Khalid Griggs “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Fannie Lou Hamer, iconic Mississippi civil rights activist and organizer, uttered her now transcendent words on August 22, 1964, testifying before the Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Convention. After being nearly beaten to death in a Mississippi jail for simply trying to register to vote, …


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The Race Gap in America’s Police Departments

Date: September 5, 2014 | Categories: News, News, Structural Racism,

Story Source: NY Times By JEREMY ASHKENAS and HAEYOUN PARK In hundreds of police departments across the country, the percentage of whites on the force is more than 30 percentage points higher than in the communities they serve, according to an analysis of a government survey of police departments. Minorities make up a quarter of police forces, according to the 2007 …


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Ferguson Tragedy: Lessons Learned About Race in America – Dr. Zahid Bukhari

Date: August 30, 2014 | Categories: Opinion, Opinion All, Structural Racism,

By Dr. Zahid Bukhari Ferguson, a small suburban town in Missouri, has recently earned global fame. The shooting and killing of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9 and the violent street protests afterward, where the State Governor has called the National Guard and imposed midnight curfew — all have been covered …