Sister Speaks about Her Brother Who Was Murdered Recently in Ft Wayne, Indiana

Three young people in Ft Wayne, Indiana were found on February 24 in an abandoned house, murdered execution style. The sister of one of the victims wrote about her brother and cousin, who were buried on February 27.

My brother was a good boy. He didn’t do anything wrong. He never joined a gang, never did drugs or drunk alcohol. He…

Posted by Nawal Omar on Friday, February 26, 2016

#coblackness Philadelphia Blacks Began Demanding Better Municipal Services as Solution to “Negro Crime Problem”

From The Condemnation of Blackness, by Khalil G Muhammad, pp. 187-8:

The [League of Civic and Political Reform (LCPR)] planned to alter the course of crime prevention among blacks nationwide, using the church as a source for recruitment and a sphere of influence. … [James] Stemons, [Charles Albert] Tindley, and their influential supporters used the rhetoric of criminality to build a black army against it. Although they could draw rhetorical and practical examples from the anticrime work of settlement houses, institutional churches, the Association for the Protection of Colored Women, and the Women’s Movement of the National Baptist Convention, there was no exact precedent for what they were attempting to do. They were not only engaging directly in crime prevention, but they were demanding better policing and by extension better accountability of municipal services as well. They were indirectly attacking the political support for mostly white-owned vice industries, such as speakeasies, brothels, and gambling dens. Most importantly, they were explicitly linking these battles to a broader war for economic and racial justice in the North.

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The Poor Case for Torture

Augusta, GA columnist Austin Rhodes reiterated his support for torture by publishing his thoughts from six years ago.

I’m going to try to address the column point by point, but I think that many of these points are not the real reasons we should oppose torture. Continue reading