FROM Bryan Stevenson
Can the US Talk Race without Dealing with Lynchings? This summer, research by the Equal Justice Initiative revealed that there were 3,959 lynchings of black Americans between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950. That's 700 more than previously reported. Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative , is working to put up historical markers for every lynching. He's a Harvard-educated lawyer, who's argued cases before the US Supreme Court. He's also the grandson of an American slave.
Can the US Talk Race without Dealing with Lynchings? South Carolina, Alabama and other states are taking another look at the Confederate Flag and the history it represents. In the meantime, another kind of memorial is being proposed. Is it time to formally recognize the history of lynchings of black Americans? Bryan Stevenson is a Harvard-educated lawyer, who's argued cases before the US Supreme Court. He's also the grandson of an American slave, and founder of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative . This year, its research revealed that there were 3,959 lynchings of black Americans Between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950. That's 700 more than previously reported.
Blacks, Whites and Access to Justice After a grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, people took to the streets in 170 cities. Some said the lack of indictment proved that in the streets of America, black lives don’t matter. Reaction to the grand jury decision exposed deep racial divisions over how the justice system works in this country. Do America’s multiple justice systems provide equal treatment under the law or do they perpetuate the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow?
Blacks, Whites and Access to Justice Street protests spread from Ferguson, Missouri to 170 cities last night. The “non-indictment” of Officer Darren Wilson has sparked frustration and anger. Wilson says he’d have shot Michael Brown — even if he had been white. But polls show black and white Americans sharply divided. Do America’s multiple justice systems provide equal treatment under the law, or do they perpetuate the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow?
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.