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Tag: Gangs

Our Gang Problem Is Bigger Than We Think

The word “gang” has often been associated with groups of poor young men of color. But the recent deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, among five largely white motorcycle clubs has drawn attention to the fact that gangs come in a variety of forms and colors. Fraternities, sports fans and even the police and military bear many of the same hallmarks.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

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Rapper Faces Life in Prison Over His Lyrics

San Diego rapper Brandon Duncan, aka Tiny Doo, has no criminal record, yet he is now facing trial on nine counts of participating in “criminal street gang conspiracy.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: Time to Update the ‘List of Innocent Things Black People Do That Look Suspicious’

It appears that pointing is now a serious offense in the state of Minnesota.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE

Classroom Seating Chart

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE

The Interrupters

For roughly two hours, acclaimed filmmakers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz give us a deep and intimate glimpse into the persistent epidemics of violence in America’s inner city black communities.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE

AP / David Goldman

Below the Safety Net

The courageous people who work day and night in overcrowded urban emergency wards are forced to confront society’s failures.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Thomas Watkins

The Great Depression Right Outside Our Doors

While Occupy Wall Street and similar movements around the country take aim at financial institutions and their political cronies for taking the country into recession, let’s not forget those at the very bottom who were victims of economic depression long before the current collapse.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE

Adiós, Señor Embajador

The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, has resigned in the wake of WikiLeaked comments he made expressing doubts about Mexico’s ability to fight the country’s drug cartels.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Brazil’s Real War Against Drugs

Having used thousands of heavily armed men, Brazil claims to have wrested control of a notorious slum area in Rio de Janeiro from drug gangs in an operation that lasted five days and killed more than two dozen people.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Invisible Ward 8

Entrenched black poverty, with all its causes and implications, barely makes a ripple in the public debate these days.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE

Weeping in Blood

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE

Kenya Suffers More Killing

The death toll in Kenya has risen to roughly 800 as violence and rioting continue following a disputed and ethnically charged election. The two candidates in that contest refuse to come to agreement, and some of their supporters have formed gangs along tribal and clan lines.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE

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