Ways the Media and Police Justify the Killing of Unarmed Black People

There is a prevailing notion in this country that when an unarmed black person is shot by the police, there must have been a valid reason. In the spirit of fairness, it doesn't even have to be at the hands of the police. Black victims are routinely put on trial in the media with an unspoken but clear suggestion that… » 8/19/14 5:15pm Tuesday 5:15pm

Ferguson Update: Trayvon Martin's Mom Pens Letter to Mike Brown's Mom

This morning marks nine days and nights of protests in Ferguson, MO surrounding the killing of Michael Brown on August 9 by police officer Darren Wilson. Now Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, whose son was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in 2012, has reached out to Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden with a letter. » 8/19/14 11:00am Tuesday 11:00am

Examining the Word Choice of Print Media in the Wake of Ferguson


Something interesting has been happening in the Midwest this week, and depending on which newspaper you pick up with your morning coffee you might think it involves beleaguered law enforcement heroically facing aimlessly angry mobs intent on destroying everything in their path, or you might think a town… » 8/14/14 10:01pm 8/14/14 10:01pm