Opinion

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Police accountability report highlights “Chicago’s shame”

We must reform the police. But we also need a program for urban development, jobs, schools, and hope. 

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Remembering Ferguson and the birth of a movement

They stood up and in a simple act, spoke his name - Mike Brown. Others have stood up since.

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Revisiting Baltimore and changing the "racial conversation"

Does "Black lives matter" ask for something from the dominant culture that would require economic loss or will it mean gains and not losses, morally and economically, for most Americans?

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Straight outta everywhere: Learning to listen in the "racial conversation"

The white dominant culture is more interested in critiquing the rap music rather than critiquing the conditions to which the music bears witness.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must be impeached

Rahm Emanuel has proven himself the most roughly drawn, one-dimensional of comic book villains, an insult to the city's intelligence and sustainability.

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Laquan McDonald killing exposes edifice of brutal oppression

The veil is being lifted from an entire interdependent system of institutionalized racism and oppression and its ugly inner workings.

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Laquan McDonald killing underlines need to radically reconstruct criminal justice system

Everyone pressing for justice understands that appropriate actions against obstructionist public officials need sustained public oversight and engagement every step of the way.

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The police story of this murder was a lie

We need a system change here and it's not going to happen unless we, the people make it happen.

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How redlining led to rioting: Police and segregation

A hundred years ago, St. Louis and Baltimore adopted ordinances prohibiting African Americans from moving to blocks where whites predominated.

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Homicides and violence: Moral crisis for our nation

The people's movement must make ending homicides and institutionalized racism a central aspect in the elections and beyond.

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