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Cleveland Transit Officer Pepper-Sprays ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activists

The officer confronted a crowd of activists who had begun locking arms and chanting in protest over the way he forcefully detained a 14-year-old. “The crowd was determined that the youth would NOT be harmed or killed and were fierce, as we know it’s a real possibility,” explained one witness, Kimberly Ellis.

The officer confronted a crowd of activists who had begun locking arms and chanting in protest over the way he forcefully detained a 14-year-old. “The crowd was determined that the youth would NOT be harmed or killed and were fierce, as we know it’s a real possibility,” explained one witness, Kimberly Ellis.

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‘We on the Freedom Side': Why I Stood Up for Black Lives at Netroots Nation

Taken at a Stop Mass Incarceration Network rally in New York City early spring."

Doing social change work is scary and will make you uncomfortable; it will change you, for better or for worse. But that’s part of what showing up and taking a stand means. And what choice do we have?

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‘Between the World and Me’ Is for All of Us, Even if It Is Not About All of Us

I deeply understand the violence Ta-Nehisi Coates identifies in his new book, but it does not quite fit in my personal paradigm. My violence, and the violence of other Black women, is of a different hue.

I deeply understand the violence Ta-Nehisi Coates identifies in his new book, but it does not quite fit in my personal paradigm. My violence, and the violence of other Black women, is of a different hue.

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How Conservatives and Liberals Misappropriate #BlackLivesMatter

Both liberal and conservative appropriations of the #BlackLivesMatter movement contribute to the continuing oppression and silencing of Black activists, especially Black women.

Both liberal and conservative appropriations of the #BlackLivesMatter movement contribute to the continuing oppression and silencing of Black activists, especially Black women.

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Powerless in the Face of White Supremacy and a Gun

While out shopping in Georgia at my favorite bookstore, the same day the Emanuel AME Church reopened its doors after the mass shooting, a white man in camouflage entered the store openly carrying a gun on his hip. This tense moment was too soon.

While out shopping in Georgia at my favorite bookstore, the same day the Emanuel AME Church reopened its doors after the mass shooting, a white man in camouflage entered the store openly carrying a gun on his hip. This tense moment was too soon.

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We’re Tired, Yes, But We Must Continue Talking About Racial Injustice

Congregants of the Greater Allen AME in New York City at St. Albans Memorial Park on June 20 in solidarity with Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel AME.

When we stop talking about racism and racially motivated violence, we push the dream of a fair and equitable society even further into the distance.

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The Criminalization of Black Youth: Responses to Police Violence in McKinney

Whether we are being charged for cheering at a graduation or treated like delinquents for attending a pool party, this week has been a reminder that Black people are still criminalized for being human.

Whether we are being charged for cheering at a graduation or treated like delinquents for attending a pool party, this week has been a reminder that Black people are still criminalized for being human.

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Video Games, Violence, and the Black Lives Matter Movement: How My Hobby Became a Trigger

People are killing all around me, in real life and in games, and sometimes it feels like I can't escape it.

People are killing all around me, in real life and in games, and sometimes it feels like I can’t escape it.

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The Quality of Black Lives Matters Too

A woman at Union Square in New York City in late April, where an event was held in support of the Baltimore Uprising following the death of Freddie Gray.

#BlackSpring is here: the uprisings happening in cities nationwide as part of a collective fight for racial justice in all areas of Black lives.

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The Department of Justice Findings Were Not ‘Shocking’ to People in Ferguson

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the release of the Department of Justice's reports at a news conference on Wednesday.

The law enforcement system has been constructed to treat us like sub-human suspects. For some people this comes as a surprise. For others, it is simply reality.

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