Opinion

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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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It’s time to exonerate the Groveland Four

Despite Groveland becoming a beacon of light for black residents, local law enforcement had become known for their brutality toward the black community.

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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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Lakota 57 verdict means “open season” on Indians

We need to have a national meeting of Native people and supporters to robustly address this crisis post haste. 

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Julian Bond: in the footsteps of Robeson, Du Bois

Julian had faith in the courage of people to fight for justice and equality, and was pleased to do his bit, but he never saw himself as a great leader; that made him one.

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Tribune Katrina editorial shows contempt for democracy

New Orleanians are all too familiar with having the important aspects of their lives ripped from their control, but they will they retake control of their schools.

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The left’s challenge: facing institutional and individual racism

Perhaps hammering out a common agenda violates the concept of Black Lives Matter, but we can still work something out along with other Democratic and progressive candidates.

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Sandra Bland had the right to say "no"

Some day organized dissent will change the system that allows cases like that of Sandra Bland to occur; let's make that day happen sooner rather than later.

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Charleston, the Republican right, and the lessons of Martin Luther King

Few people are claiming that there was anything random or mysterious about the brutal murder of nine innocent African American people in Charleston.

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