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The Murder of Fred Hampton

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On December 4, 2019
Fifty years ago today, the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County State’s Attorney, and the FBI assassinated Illinois Black Panther Party Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton. In a predawn raid around 4:30 AM on December 4, 1969, police officers attached to the State’s Attorney’s office, working with information supplied by the FBI, stormed Hampton’s apartment on […]

Say Her Name

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On October 28, 2019

This is an important piece from the imminent Kimberlé Crenshaw, on the need for intersectional analyses of the plague of police violence. If we want to get a broader sense of the problem here, we hav

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Reparations, Round Two

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On June 21, 2019
On Wednesday I wrote a brief blog post in which I said that it was racist to oppose reparations for Black people, and that it was also racist to do nothing to actively support them. My point is correct, but was mostly derivative, at least within that context–I was essentially just directing people to an […]

Running from Cops

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On June 18, 2019

I finally finished the six-episode “Running from Cops” podcast. It is fantastic and infuriating, detailing the ways that shows like Cops and Live PD have purposefully and unethically disto

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Flint

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On June 13, 2019
Charges against all officials responsible for the poisoning of Flint’s water supply have been dropped. Everyone reading this news should be furious. Then they should go read Anna Clark’s The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy and get furious all over again. Sell enough weed in Flint and you can get sent […]
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