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FEATURE: Being Black and Brown in Britain

What was implicitly imparted to my black brother when he was consistently pulled out of classes or the playground and called into the headmasters office, accused of consuming drugs, selling drugs or stealing phones until his mothers is forced to come in and raise the issue of racism? Black and brown bodies are entering and exiting an educational environment rife with privilege, one which encouraged my maths teacher to laugh at my aspirations of a redbrick…


Added by The Establishment on January 23, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: MLK Day parade in Jacksonville, Florida

Photographer Toni Smailagic attended the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Jacksonville, Florida,  and tells us: "The event happened in downtown Jacksonville and the parade went on for about 4 hours and had a few thousand people in attendance. The sense of unity was incredible. It's VERY rare (after being raised in Jacksonville and going…


Added by The Establishment on January 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Are All Terrorists Muslims? It’s Not Even Close"

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims”, a misconception that has been sold to the western population as truth since September 11. Words that were actually uttered on public television by Fox news host Brian Kilmeade. But isn't it time for this lie to end? Following the Charlie Hebdo attack in France and reports of Boko Haram in Nigeria, there is a growing rise in Islamophobia and this has a lot to do with the…


Added by The Establishment on January 20, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The current members of Congress who voted against making MLK Day a federal holiday

Today we celebrate MLK day, remembering the work and sacrifices made not only by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; but all the activists who tirelessly supported him in the fight for equal rights. Today many politicians will make statements on Dr. King and his legacy (for some, merely an opportunity to gain the 'Black' vote), so be aware of the current congressmen who actually voted against making MLK a federal holiday. Find out exactly who, below…


Added by The Establishment on January 19, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Fight to Dethrone NYPD Union Boss Pat Lynch, The King of Unaccountability

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association head Pat Lynch has declared war on the citizens of New York. That's not hyperbole. Those are his words. And believe me, I wish I were taking them out of context to make a point. In a recent statement, he announced “The mayor’s hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a ‘wartime’ police department. We…


Added by The Establishment on January 15, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Boko Haram kills over 2000 people in Nigeria.

Following a series of attacks last week in north east Nigeria, leaving over 2000 dead, Boko Haram - the militant Islamist group responsible for abducting 200 school girls last year (#bringbackourgirls) - claimed further lives yesterday with a female suicide bomber blowing herself up at a busy market. What is most shocking, is that the bomber was reportedly a 10 year old girl. Read more on the story …


Added by The Establishment on January 12, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'America’s 10 worst terror attacks by Christian fundamentalists and far-right extremists'

With last week's events in Paris, and today's attack in Nigeria, terrorism is once again at forefront of conversation and mass media; however little is and will be spoken of the terrorism perpetrated by Whites orChristian fundamentalists. On that note, …


Added by The Establishment on January 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: FBI say that NAACP bombing was deliberate

Yesterday, in what many are regarding as a hate crime, a bomb exploded outside the NAACP's Colorado Spring chapter office. The FBI have now confirmed that the bombing was  deliberate, and are searching for a balding white male in his 40s who they believe detonated the homemade bomb outside the office before driving off in a white pickup truck.  Although local and national NAACP leaders have been cautious to label this a hate crime, it seems likely that this was a…


Added by The Establishment on January 7, 2015 at 3:12pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Madhu Kinnar becomes India's first elected transgender mayor

India has elected its first transgender mayor! 35 year old Madhu Kinnar won the mayoral election last Sunday in Raigarh, with over 4.500 more votes than her opponent. The momentos win - which was televised all over India's news stations - has come off the back of last year's court ruling that transgender be made a legal third gender in the South Asian country. In regards to her win, Kinnar says: "People have shown faith in me. I consider this win as love and…


Added by The Establishment on January 6, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: MacArthur Grant Winner shows how racial stereotyping and skin color determines criminal sentences

Interviewed by The New York Times, Jennifer L. Eberhardt - MacArthur Grant Winner and associate professor of psychology at Stanford University - speaks in depth of the racial stereotyping and biases that dominate the criminal justice system. Check out the full article …


Added by The Establishment on January 6, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Grassroots and Intersectionality, the foundations of The New Civil Rights Movement

Following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, a new civil rights movement has been accelerated in the United States; growing bigger by the day and inspiring planned responses across the world - a movement which has been propelled by social media; and which is concerned with more than just race, addressing LGBTQ issues among its "broader agenda". However with all generations seeking to play a part in this new…


Added by The Establishment on January 5, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Our Lives Matter' - PSA Video on the Targeting of Black Boys

Check out this moving PSA from young filmmaker Kiri Laurelle Davis which deals with the targeting of boys of color; an issue which many are continuing to speak out on following events last year - countless unarmed black men and women killed. Watch the film, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor…


Added by The Establishment on January 2, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Role of the Black College Student

Back then when they led those marches in the south they chanted, “We Shall Overcome”. When they thought marching wasn't enough they began shouting passionately with fists in the air, “Black Power”. Today, we scream, “Black Lives Matter” with fire burning in our hearts. The role of the black college student has always been to liberate their minds.

By Phillip Jackson, AFROPUNK…

Added by The Establishment on December 29, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The NY Police Union wages "vile" war against Mayor Bill de Blasio

Following the killing of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, an evident divide continues to grow between the New York Police Union and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio - with Pat Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, declaring that de Blasio now has blood on his hands. The NYPD has literally turned their back on the mayor, hundreds of officers turning their backs on a screen showing the mayor (as he spoke) at the funeral of Rafael Ramos. This…


Added by The Establishment on December 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: The Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa

The Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa are:

  • Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity- Black…


Added by The Establishment on December 26, 2014 at 7:49pm — No Comments

FEATURE: NYPD Shootings should not be an excuse to criticize the protests

This weekend two police officers - Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos - were fatally shot as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, an attack that comes off the back of growing protests against the New York Police Department; protests which followed the non indictment of the officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. As unfortunate as said events are, it is also sad to see non-violent protestors blamed for the action of one…


Added by The Establishment on December 22, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: George Stinney Jr. cleared of murder, 70 years after execution

In 1944, at the age of 14, George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century - charged with the murder of  two young white girls in the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina. The young boy claimed he was innocent; and many years later, Civil rights advocates tried tirelessly to get his case reopened - arguing that police coerced a confession out of the frightened teenager. Now, seventy years later, Stinney Jr. has…


Added by The Establishment on December 19, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

PETITION: Pardon Assata Shakur

In this current climate of protest and call for action, many are calling on President Barack Obama to do what others before him have refused by pardoning political activist Assata Shakur - currently living in Cuba under political asylum. In 1973, the member of both the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey turnpike, for which she was was accused of…


Added by The Establishment on December 19, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - Abolitionist David Walker

“This country is as much ours as it the whites, whether they will admit it now or not, they will see and believe it by and by.” "America is more our country than it is the whites—we have enriched it with our blood, sweat and tears.” "The bare name of educating the coloured people scares our cruel oppressors almost to death.” These quotes are from a man who informed the thinking of the likes of Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Yet…


Added by The Establishment on December 17, 2014 at 12:57pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Angela Davis: ‘Unbroken line of police violence in the US takes us back to the days of slavery’

Check out this interview with Angela Davis, published yesterday by The Guardian. The interview took place in London before a memorial service for black British cultural studies theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall, and sees political activist Angela Davis discussing an array of topics - most relevant, the current state of the United States policing and prison system and history behind it. Explore some excerpts from the interview below, and check it out…


Added by The Establishment on December 15, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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