When it comes to issues concerning race in America, the country isn’t only divided racially, but politically as well. A new poll released by Washington Post-ABC News illustrated how divided the nation is when it comes to race, the criminal justice system and police brutality. According to the report only 1 in 10 African Americans believe that blacks and other minorities receive fair treatment with whites in the criminal justice system. 2 in 10 African Americans say that they are confident that police officials treat both blacks and whites equally. 6 in 10 white Americans believe that police treat both blacks and whites equally, and nearly half of white Americans say that the justice system treats all races fairly. When factoring in political parties, 2 in 3 white Republicans believe that the criminal justice system treats African Americans and whites equally, and only 3 in 10 white Democrats concur with that perception. The poll was taken shortly after a Staten Island grand jury didn’t indict the police officer that killed Eric Garner. Read more.
President Obama Reflects On the Legacy of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo
After the death of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo on Thursday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama extended their condolences and took some time to reflect on the politician’s legacy. In a statement released by President Obama, he said that Cuomo was “a determined champion of progressive values.” He also noted that Cuomo promoted inclusivity and his personal story was an example of how although Americans come from all walks of life, we are one nation. Cuomo served three terms as governor, and his son has taken his spot in office. Read more.
Kanye West Releases Touching Song That Honors His Late Mother
In 2014, Kanye West received a lot of flak for his rants, during interviews, appearances and some of his concerts. But West has decided to start the new year on a peaceful note. The 37-year-old rapper released a song on New Year’s Eve that pays tribute to the most important women in his life, his daughter North West, his late mother Donda West and his wife Kim Kardashian. West teamed up with legendary music artist Sir Paul McCartney for the song “Only One.” Parts of the song are from the perspective of his mother who died in 2007 after undergoing a plastic surgery procedure. “When they played back the recording afterward, something remarkable happened,” said a statement released by Def Jam. “Kanye sat there with his family, holding his daughter North on his lap, and listened to his vocals, singing, ‘Hello, my only one…’ And in that moment, not only could he not recall having sung those words, but he realized that perhaps the words had never really come from him.” Read more.