Civil Rights & Social Justice

Discover the most up-to-date news, commentary, and archives on civil rights, human rights, and social justice issues that impact the Black community.

Police Brutality

In light of previously withheld body-cam footage that showed Ronald Greene was beaten by Louisiana State Police officers, the FBI ordered Greene's autopsy to be reexamined and it turns out the cops were lying about the car crash causing his injuries.

Civil Rights & Social Justice

By a 56% to 44% margin, voters said “no” to a charter amendment that would have replaced the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety focused on public health solutions. So what's next for police reform in Minneapolis?

Texas Republican state Rep. Matt Krause has compiled a list of 850 books he has identified as materials that "might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," and requested that school districts report possessing any books from the list.

It took two and a half weeks for a jury to be selected in the murder case of Greg and Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.—the three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery—and somehow, after that unusually long process, 11 white people and just one Black person ended up on the panel. 

Philadelphia has taken steps to ban its police officers from initiating traffic stops for minor infractions, a move that should prompt a collective sigh of relief for Black drivers, in particular, who are disproportionately targeted for such moving violations.

Exit polling data behind Republican Glenn Youngkin's gubernatorial victory in Virginia paint a vividly pale picture as white women emerged as an electorate force to be reckoned with while Black voter turnout reportedly lagged.

Politics

Voters have rejected a ballot question that would have reimagined public safety in Minneapolis replacing the city's police department, which has been at the center of racial justice protests following the murder of George Floyd last year.

Rev. Jesse Jackson is recovering after taking a spill and cutting his head while meeting with student protesters at Howard University on Monday, according to his daughter.

Civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Howard University's campus to offer words of encouragement and support for students who for weeks have been protesting living conditions on campus in addition to several administrative policies. #BlackburnTakeover

Race Matters

This Halloween, the Weeknd did his thing once again by completely transforming himself into Marlon Brando's classic character Don Vito Corleone in the iconic mob movie The Godfather. White people complained about him wearing whiteface.

Race Matters

Florida school district had sympathetic words for a pair of suspected white supremacist students, including one wearing a white hood, after a video on social media showed them using racist slurs.

Claiming that efforts to uphold the constitutionally protected rights of state residents are opposed to the university's interests is a weird flex. The subtext seems that the university's interests and values need to align with Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican majority in the statehouse.