How pretext traffic stops fund police departments — and put Black drivers in danger

By Alexes Harris, Vox.com, Apr 15, 2021 This story is part of a group of stories called First-person essays and interviews with unique perspectives on complicated issues. This past Sunday afternoon, Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer while driving with his partner in a Minneapolis suburb after being pulled over by police for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview …

Cornel West: The Whiteness of Harvard and Wall Street Is “Jim Crow, New Style”

March 5, 2021 in Truthout – Cornel West https://truthout.org/articles/cornel-west-the-whiteness-of-harvard-and-wall-street-is-jim-crow-new-style/ Cornel West is a preeminent public intellectual, a brilliant philosopher-gadfly and a towering thinker whose critically engaging voice and fearless speech have proven indispensable for calling out injustice wherever it exists. He is a force grounded within a prophetic tradition that refuses idols, even if that idol is democracy itself. He …

Black and Latinx metro area residents represent only 12% of people making the average annual wage or more, even though they are 25% of the population. And fewer than half of Black Coloradans and 54% of Latinx own their homes, compared to ~75% of whites

Colorado Sun, February 2021 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Colorado as having the No. 1 economy in the nation and consistently ranks our cities among the top five places to live, with Boulder holding No. 1 and Denver No. 2 for the last two years. Even before the pandemic, not everyone has been able to access the economic and social opportunities we …

Race is the factor that bears the strongest relationship to slow and ineffective enforcement of the federal drinking water law in US

A landmark 2007 study by academic Dr. Robert Bullard, the “father of environmental justice,” found “race to be more important than socioeconomic status in predicting the location of the nation’s commercial hazardous waste facilities.” Bullard helped elevate the issue in the United States as an important target for advocacy. The current Black Lives Matter movement, while largely focused on ending police brutality, …

Libations for the Land

“I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.” —George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University, 1930 In my early 20s, I apprenticed myself to the The Queen Mothers of Kroboland in Ghana with the hope of understanding more about my cultural heritage. Early one morning, I arrived at the compound …

Why Elijah McClain should never have been stopped, never have been grabbed by a cop — 10 seconds after the encounter began — in which McClain seemed to do nothing more than walk away from cops who had no reason to suspect he had committed or was going to commit a crime. Why he should never have been frisked. Why he should never have been put in a carotid choke hold.

Littwin: According to a newly released report on Elijah McClain’s death, the only innocent person involved was McClain himself Where to put the blame? According to the outside investigators, you can put it on the cops. On the paramedics. On the investigating detectives. On the DA. Elijah-McClain The newly released 157-page report into the death of Elijah McClain begins with …

Closing the Loop: adrienne maree brown on Harm and Accountability

PHOTO BY ANJALI PINTO The author and activist talks to YES! about how to take care of ourselves and our communities, and what that means for movement sustainability. Why you can trust us ByYES! EDITORS  Feb 10, 2021 “Isee the world as a miraculous mess,” adrienne maree brown told YES! in 2018. Fast forward to 2021, and the world feels more mess than miraculous. In …

What white grievance are Dems supposed to address? Our problems have been generated by feeding inequality for decades and centuries.

Yes Magazine, Jan 2021. See The Spirit Level. Pickett & Wilkinson. During Obama’s presidency and the lead-up to Trump white Americans gained about 4 million jobs and more than $5,000 in real (inflation-adjusted) median family income from 2010 to 2017—much more than Black, Latinx, and Native Americans gained. Economic improvement was especially strong in the upper Midwest, which is 80% White. …