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I Scream You Scream

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Blue Is the New White: Why Diversity Doesn’t Fix Policing

L.A.‘s multiethnic population is now policed by a multiethnic force, but cops still shoot people of color at a disproportionately high rate.

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Selma

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Rose-Colored Glasses

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The Year in Review in ‘Daily Show’ Clips

It’s been a bit of a crazy year for news, but thankfully Jon Stewart and the Best F#@king News Team Ever helped us get in a few laughs as we came to terms with the world as it was in 2014.

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The Best John Oliver Rants of 2014

John Oliver and his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” will be back Feb. 8 after a lengthy hiatus. In the meantime, check out our favorite clips of the British comedian’s program from the past year.

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The Best Truthdig Cartoons of 2014

Take a look at some of our favorite editorial cartoons and animations published this past year.

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Policing

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Respect

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Backwards on Race

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Incitement to Violence

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Is Universal Health Care Too Radical for Americans?

Although the country’s views have progressed in terms of gay rights and race, universal health care isn’t something Americans can get used to; a company in Japan offers people weddings to themselves; meanwhile, a confession by former officer Darren Wilson’s prosecutor may be cause to reopen the Ferguson case. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE


NYPD and Protesters

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NYPD

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Driving While Brown ... And Furry

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‘A Call For Justice Shouldn’t Offend or Disrespect Anybody; It Shouldn’t Warrant an Apology’

Some people are a bit peeved at the fact that protests against injustices such as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice are causing traffic or getting in the way of their holiday shopping. Or worse yet, seeping into professional sports.

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Stop and Frisk

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Declares Itself to Be the World’s Leading Terror State and Is Proud of It

The acclaimed linguist and philosopher sits down with GRITtv’s Laura Flanders to discuss the crimes America was founded on, how social movements like the Ferguson protests can help the U.S. progress, and other topics such as capitalism, China and his friendship with none other than Amy Goodman’s father.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Is Baghdad Is New York Is Kabul

Whether on the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson, soldiers and militarized police forces have historically enforced control, not law.

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Ferguson Protesters Named Runners-Up for Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Issue

While Time magazine chose Ebola fighters as the 2014 “Person of the Year,” the runners-up include the Ferguson protesters whose “refusal to let a life be forgotten turned a local shooting into a national movement.”

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Chokehold

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Justice Department-Sponsored Autopsy Calls Michael Brown’s Death a ‘Homicide’ (Video)

On Tuesday, four months after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., news broke that the Justice Department had released the results of its own autopsy.

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President Obama Tells Other Black Americans What They Already Know

President Obama’s observation that racism is “deeply rooted” in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn’t make it go away.

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Police Get Out of Jail Free

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A Society of Captives

The murder of unarmed citizens by police is not only about racism. It is an example of the omnipotence of the corporate state and the evisceration of the rule of law.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Mychal Denzel Smith

When a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, The Nation Institute fellow drove past the reservations, equivocations and micro-concerns that typify polite journalism and seized the message of the day.

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Police Training

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Race Conversation

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Body Cams Needed

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Even George W. Bush Finds the Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision ‘Hard to Understand’

The former president isn’t exactly someone to model a moral compass after, which is why you may find it surprising to hear his reaction to a New York grand jury decision not to indict the policeman whose chokehold preceded Eric Garner’s death.

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Here Are Some of the Ways U.S. Treatment of African-Americans Resembles Apartheid South Africa

The social statistics produced by the Afrikaner Apartheid regime in South Africa are not so different from those produced by ordinary everyday legal and social practices in today’s United States.

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White Views on Ferguson Are Complicated By Age, Region and Politics

The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves.

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Glasses

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American Democracy

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To Serve and Protect

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Denver Police Beat Unarmed Man, Topple His Pregnant Girlfriend and Delete the Evidence

By Donald Kaufman

Officers with the Denver Police Department deleted bystander footage that showed them beating David Flores and knocking his pregnant girlfriend to the ground. Fortunately, the segment was sent to a remote digital storage network known as a cloud, and the horrific event is preserved for all to see.

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Body Cams

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Seeing Ferguson Clearly: 12 Double Standards That Expose White Supremacy

The doublethink of domination and victimhood is central to the pathology of white supremacy in the U.S. It is used to dupe and confuse us into believing that there is nuance in brutality and justice in murder.

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Don’t Shoot

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Jon Stewart Loses His Cool and His Sense of Humor Over the Eric Garner Grand Jury Ruling

“If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more fucking time,” said “The Daily Show” host Wednesday night as he tried to digest the news about another unarmed black man’s death being treated unjustly. “But I would really settle for less fucking tragedy.”

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Who Killed Michael Brown?

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Hands Up, Don’t Choke

Another police killing of an unarmed man of color. Another grand jury deciding not to indict: Not for murder. Not for manslaughter. Not for assault. Not even for reckless endangerment. We live in a land of impunity. At least, for those in power.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



Report: Grand Jury Won’t Indict N.Y. Cop in Eric Garner Case

Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a policeman was preceded last summer by Eric Garner’s tragically similar case in Staten Island, N.Y.

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Conversation on Race

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Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore and Stephen Colbert Weigh In on the St. Louis Rams’ Ferguson Protest

“These [Ferguson] protests have spread to what Americans hold most sacred: football,” the “Colbert Report” host said Monday.

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Chris Rock on Race, Fox News and ‘Kind of’ Losing Bill Cosby

Chris Rock may be verging on 50, but he’s not showing many signs of mellowing with age—even if he does have to force the odd Uber joke here and there to look relevant.

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Body Cams Are Not Enough; We Need to Stop Militarizing Police Forces

In response to recent events in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama has decided that rather than stop arming cops with billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment, we just need to train them to use the supplies better.

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Jon Stewart: If You Think Ferguson Protests Are About Systemic Injustice, You Can’t Be More Wrong

The unrest inspired by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and a grand jury’s decision not to indict former Officer Darren Wilson in his death have nothing to do with race. Or so Fox News would have you believe.

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Why That Moving Photo of a Cop Hugging a Boy at a Ferguson Protest Is Bullshit

A photo of a white cop hugging a black boy holding up a “Free Hugs” sign in Portland, Ore., has gone viral. But its popularity may say more about what we don’t want to see than what we do.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



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We Don’t Know How Many Civilians Police Shoot and Kill Each Year

How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don’t want us to know.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE


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