Tag: Black Lives Matter Movement

Two Indianapolis Police Officers Charged With Assaulting Protesters

Two Indianapolis police officers have been charged with assaulting two women at a protest, the authorities said Wednesday, the latest officers to face criminal charges that they used excessive force against protesters demanding an end to police violence. The officers, Jonathan Horlock and Nathaniel Schauwecker, were indicted after videos showed officers repeatedly striking one woman […]

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Property Owner Outraged That a Black Lives Matter Billboard Was Put Up Next to His Confederate Flag

Photo: Creative Photo Corner (Shutterstock) If there is any upshot to the hellscape we currently live in, it’s that folks are steadily exposing their true selves. Take Sam White, a property owner in Pittsboro, N.C., who is big mad that a Black Lives Matter billboard was erected next to a Confederate flag that he allowed […]

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Confidence in Police Is at Record Low, Gallup Survey Finds

Amid waves of civil unrest as protesters across the country continue to demonstrate against police brutality, Americans’ confidence in the police has dropped to a record low, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday. The survey, conducted by Gallup from early June to mid-July, found that confidence in the police had fallen five points, […]

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The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality

When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed last month that she had been treated for cancerous lesions on her liver, a YouTube video whispered across the liberal internet like a prayer. The video, titled “Hang On Ruthie!” is a 2018 parody of the McCoys’ 1965 hit “Hang On Sloopy,” and every few months, it is resurrected […]

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Virginia Man Who Drove Into Protesters Gets 6 Years in Prison

A man who prosecutors described as a Ku Klux Klan leader was sentenced this week to six years in prison after driving into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters outside Richmond, Va., in June. The man, Harry H. Rogers, 36, was convicted on Monday by a judge in Henrico County District Court of six […]

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Carmelo Anthony Calls Push for Social Justice a ‘Lifelong Fight’

There was a time in Carmelo Anthony’s nearly two-decade N.B.A. career when his maturity was called into question. As recently as last summer, there was even uncertainty about whether Anthony, the aging 10-time All-Star, was employable as a professional basketball player and could accept being a part of a supporting cast. But in November, Anthony […]

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Making a Connection Between Movement and Social Movements

When racial justice protests were sweeping the country in June, Shayla Avery, 16, chose her school in Berkeley, Calif., as the site of her first demonstration. She planned it all out: The demonstrators would march about a mile from San Pablo Park to Berkeley High School, joined by drummers; she would accompany them, standing in […]

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New Footage Shows Delayed Medical Response to George Floyd

Nearly 11 weeks after George Floyd was killed by the police in Minneapolis, inciting a wave of protests across the United States, a Minnesota county court has released police body camera footage of the episode to the public for the first time. The New York Times has reviewed the full 65 minutes of footage, which […]

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Are Racial Attitudes Really Changing? Some Black Activists Are Skeptical

CHICAGO — The old guard of this city’s Roseland neighborhood, a community on the South Side famous for molding a young Barack Obama and infamous for its current blight, has never forgotten the fruit trees. Back in the 1970s, before the full exodus of white residents, the erosion of local businesses, the crack epidemic of […]

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Rage Is Both Black and American

I knew something serious was afoot in May when my friend Eric Priestley called from West Hollywood and left a phone message: “E, you would not believe this!” He was almost shouting over the swelling street noise in the background. Eric tends to the dramatic on any given day, but he sounded different — urgent, […]

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Seattle Police Chief to Resign as Council Pursues Ambitious Plan to Cut Budget

SEATTLE — As City Council members in Seattle pursue an ambitious plan to cut dozens of police officers and create a new department dedicated to public safety, Police Chief Carmen Best said on Monday night that she planned to resign. Chief Best, the first Black woman to hold the top policing job in the city, […]

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Taking Protest to the Streets, and the Mayor’s Front Door

SEATTLE — The city was exploring a proposal to cut 50 percent of the police department’s budget to promote racial justice and alternatives to policing last month, but Debora Juarez, the first enrolled Native American on the Seattle City Council, was not yet willing to throw her support behind such a steep cut without a […]

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Porsha in Protest

“Everybody should enjoy ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’” said Porsha Williams, the doe-eyed star of same, whose comedic verve and penchant for interpersonal chaos have made her one of the most popular cast members on one of the most popular shows on television. “This is what I don’t like when it would come to one […]

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Who Opposes Defunding the N.Y.P.D.? These Black Lawmakers

With New York City on the cusp of cutting $1 billion from the Police Department, a city councilwoman, Vanessa L. Gibson, told her colleagues that enough was enough. She acknowledged that some Council members, spurred by the movement to defund the police, were seeking to slash even more from the department’s budget. But she pointed […]

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In the Wake of Protests

We are in a period of post-mortem reflection following the time during which racial justice protests were at their most intense. We now must ask ourselves: What has changed and what hasn’t? Have power and privilege truly been disrupted? Has oppression been alleviated? What will be the legacy of this moment? The historic protests in […]

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‘Top Cop’ Kamala Harris’s Record of Policing the Police

During this summer of tear gas and turmoil, Kamala Harris has not been quiet. On “The View,” the California senator spoke about “reimagining how we do public safety in America.” On the Senate floor, she sparred with Rand Paul after the Kentucky Republican blocked a bill to make lynching a federal crime, and she is […]

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N.Y.P.D. Besieges Black Lives Matter Leader as He Broadcasts Live

Derrick Ingram, a Black Lives Matter organizer, was besieged inside his Manhattan apartment on Friday while a police helicopter patrolled overhead, officers banged on his door and police dogs growled in the hallway. The street outside had been closed off by roughly two dozen police vehicles and dozens of officers, including some who were wearing […]

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The Weird, Disturbing (and Comforting) Return of Pro Sports

Finally, we thought: Sports. After months of living in a state of paralytic dread, we could once again find distraction in a jump shot, a slap shot, a moon shot. We could set aside our fears and anxieties — our grief — for matters no more urgent than a man on second with two out […]

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A Season of Grief and Release: 5 Months of the Virus in New York City

Spring to Summer 2020 Photographs by Daniel Arnold Text by Dodai Stewart Aug. 7, 2020 The restaurant was empty, save for two other tables. Spoons slid through our dessert, split three ways. We were anxious but determined to enjoy it, somehow. It was March 10, and the coronavirus had just hit New York City. We […]

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Abolish the Police? Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure

SEATTLE — Faizel Khan was being told by the news media and his own mayor that the protests in his hometown were peaceful, with “a block party atmosphere.” But that was not what he saw through the windows of his Seattle coffee shop. He saw encampments overtaking the sidewalks. He saw roving bands of masked […]

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They Said They Were Protesting Peacefully. Then the Police Arrived.

Five New Yorkers describe the night they were arrested while participating in Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Aug. 7, 2020 Image Anthony Mendez recalled how he had been held in a crowded cell for six hours after he was arrested during a protest, the first time that he had ever gone to a march. Clare Ramirez-Raftree […]

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White Customers, Black Fabrics

The recent outpouring of support for Black-owned businesses has brought attention to fashion labels that work with African prints. The labels, many of them founded by West African designers living in the United States and Britain, are turning the traditional patterns of West African fabric into contemporary American silhouettes. “May was our biggest month ever, […]

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Scrapbooking Isn’t Just for White People

Tazhiana Gordon, describes herself as a messy, mixed-media kind of scrapbooker. She uses brightly colored inks and stamps and stickers to layer compositions on paper for personal albums, photos of which she shares with a close-knit online community of fellow crafters. In early June, in response to the killing of George Floyd by the police […]

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‘Stay Black and Die’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Demonstrations against police brutality are entering their third month, but meaningful policy action has not happened. We speak with one demonstrator about her journey to the front lines of recent protests — and the lessons she’s learned […]

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Cori Bush Defeats William Lacy Clay in a Show of Progressive Might

ST. LOUIS — Cori Bush, a progressive activist and a leader of the swelling protest movement for racial justice, toppled Representative William Lacy Clay Jr. of Missouri in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, notching the latest in a stunning string of upsets against the party establishment. Ms. Bush, 44, had captured nearly 49 percent of […]

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W.N.B.A. Players Escalate Protest of Anti-B.L.M. Team Owner

Players for the Atlanta Dream and other teams across the W.N.B.A. have begun a public show of defiance by wearing T-shirts endorsing the Democratic opponent of the Dream’s co-owner Senator Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia, who is in a tightly contested race for her seat and has spoken disparagingly of the Black Lives Matter movement. […]

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Turmoil After a Museum Deletes ‘Black Lives Matter’ From Postings

In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed, institutions of every kind worked to figure out what they wanted to say. What sort of public statement should a shoe company release about racial injustice? How about a university? A theater? At the Seattle Children’s Museum, staff members decided […]

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Distrust of the Minneapolis Police, and Also the Effort to Defund Them

MINNEAPOLIS — The burgundy Oldsmobile sped through an intersection in a tree-lined residential neighborhood on Minneapolis’s North Side, and Lisa Williams shook her head in disgust. “Look at this,” she said, surrounded by four of her young grandchildren on the short stoop of her home. “They ride as fast as they can right down through […]

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Voting Isn’t Everything

The Black Lives Matter movement has had significant wins in recent months. Municipalities have removed statues of racists, corporations have changed branding that reinforced racial stereotypes, schools have cut ties with police forces and cities have reduced police funding. But too often, politicians, celebrities and community leaders who applaud the protesters for these victories are […]

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I’m the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn’t the Answer.

After the horrendous killing of George Floyd, people in Portland, Ore., joined with thousands across the country in demonstrations to address police reform and widespread systemic racism. The leaders of the Portland Police Bureau denounced this tragic death, and we reiterated our willingness to engage in reforms. But Portland has now faced weeks of extreme […]

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In St. Louis, Testing Liberal Might Against a Democratic Fixture

FERGUSON, Mo. — As an activist who jumped into the political arena after the police shooting of Michael Brown here six years ago, Cori Bush is accustomed to hard fights. She has been maced, shot at with rubber bullets and cloaked in tear gas at so many protests against police brutality that they have blurred […]

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