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Critics Warn Maryland’s Comprehensive Crime Laws May Target Minorities

Criminal justice remains a hot topic in Maryland, where lawmakers agree that comprehensive reforms are needed, but they are divided on what shape those reforms should take. In the recently concluded Maryland legislative session,...

Texas Continues To Choose Suspensions Over Education

America has to do better for its children, including the small Black and Brown faces that are falling through the cracks across America. Atlanta Black Star previously reported about a New York area study that found Black...

Black Texas Town Withers Because Water is a Luxury, Not a Right, for Some...

Flint, Michigan, still doesn’t have clean water. But cities like Flint are not an anomaly in America. An investigative report revealed last year that at least 33 other U.S. cities are facing high concentrations...
Congress Rolls Forward on Rolling Back Protections for Black Mortgage Borrowers

Congress Wants to Move Forward with Rolling Back Protections for Black Mortgage Borrowers

There’s a gap between the haves and the have-nots, and for Black Americans it’s only grown wider with time. As Atlanta Black Star previously reported, in the fifty years following the Kerner Report, African-Americans...

Tall, Dark and Dangerous? Study Finds Tall Black Men Are In More Danger Of...

Entangled in controversy, you would think the infamous New York Police Department would have enough things to worry about, including a recent leaked file that revealed hundreds of officers had been allowed to remain...
environmental racism

EPA Study ReConfirms That Race Remains Biggest Factor In Environmental Disparities

Established in 1970 under the Nixon administration, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has worked to maintain and enforce national standards set by environmental laws and regulations. But while the agency has made undeniable...
race segregation

Fifty Years Later, Kerner Report on Racial Inequality Is More Relevant and Unaddressed Than...

To call the 1960s a tumultuous time in America would be a gross understatement. From the Vietnam War to the assassinations of President John Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy,...
Sessions prison reform

‘Three-Strikes’ Law Could Soon Be a Thing of the Past But Not If AG...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is back at it again. After quietly waging a second "War on Drugs," he’s now turned his sights to criminal sentencing reform, firmly standing against the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, despite...

Questions of ‘How Far Is Too Far’ Arise As Amazon Seeks Patent To Track...

First raised inside the pages of George Orwell’s classic "1984," the concept that “Big Brother” is watching is nothing new; but while technology has allowed us to connect in ways few expected even a...
Obama gun owners

Major Gun Shows Report a Decrease In Attendance Compared to ‘The Obama Days’

The power of the Second Amendment, and the NRA, have ensured that even the increasing number of mass shootings aren't enough to end America's love affair with firearms. In fact, we've stubbornly pushed ahead,...
black mayor stockton

Young Northern California Mayor Advances Innovative Concept of Universal Basic Income But Faces Push...

Universal basic income, a regularly issued cash benefit for all adults, remains just a progressive concept on a national level in the United States. But that hasn’t stopped tech entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Facebook...
race-based trauma

Race-Based Trauma Is Real and Mental Health Professionals Are Wholly Unprepared to Treat It

“Black people don’t go to therapy.” It’s an oft-quoted belief that, for various reasons, has been hard to shake within the black community — pushed away by some as a sign of weakness. For...
Black veteran death

Veteran Freezes to Death, Exposes Sad Truths About Nation’s Treatment of Former Servicemen, the...

For 57-year-old Vance Perry, it all started with a routine health appointment for paranoid schizophrenia. Transported by a Veterans Affairs van, shortly afterward Perry would be admitted to a Madison, Wisconsin, VA hospital for...
homelessness criminalization

More Than 70 U.S. Cities Discourage Helping, Feeding the Homeless. Where is the Love?

Three years ago then-90-year-old Arnold Abbott, a World War II veteran, made national headlines after he was cited in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for feeding the homeless — something he’d done nearly every week for...
saints protest tax

Instead of Focusing on Crumbling Criminal Justice System, Louisiana Lawmaker Is More Interested In...

The right to protest is supposedly as American as apple pie, embedded within the First Amendment as “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or...
Replace Obama Care

GOP Last-Ditch Effort To Replace Obamacare Would Put Americans On Life Support

Last week progressives led a growing call for a single-payer health care system, with independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially announcing the Medicare for All Act of 2017. The Sanders bill would expand health...
Medicare for All

Medicare for All Chorus Grows Bigger, Louder Despite Opponents

Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care. At least not according to Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who made the assertion in May shortly after House Republicans voted to repeal key parts of...
Fox News Headquarters

Fox News Out of Tune In Britain, Perfectly Pitched for Trump’s America

On August 30 Fox News officially faded to black on United Kingdom airwaves, pulled by parent company 21st Century Fox after 15 years on British television. Publicly, the U.S. media group has cited poor...

Who Is Responsible for Gentrification In HBCU Neighborhoods?

Gentrification. A term coined during the 1960s, it's a concept that’s become hotly contested in recent years, described by Webster's dictionary as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or...

Mississippi Judges Can No Longer Target Blacks and Others with Unfair Bail Practices

Time has passed and laws have been changed, yet the deck has remained stacked against many Black people and others minorities in Mississippi, with Black and brown bodies disproportionately funneled into a prison system...

GOP Trumpcare Bill Would Be a Dream for Wealthy Americans, a Nightmare for Everybody...

For several years, the GOP has rallied around a common goal, namely, stripping health care from millions of citizens. Now, it looks as if they may be closer to success, with Senate Republicans unveiling...

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