Civil Rights & Social Justice

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It is almost 2024, and not only is racism still a persistent problem in America, but some racists have failed to come up with new ways to be racist. There’s just no other way to explain why a Black couple in South Carolina found a cross burning next to their house in the 21st century.

Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife have donated $400 million to a fund that has been created to aid the redevelopment of a historic Black community in Portland, Oregon. The money will go towards the 1803 Fund, which will focus on the Albina neighborhood in the city which has experienced downturns over decades due to redlining and urban renewal projects.

The man who is suspected of shooting Black teen Ralph Yarl has been identified and charged. Clay County Prosecutor Zachary Thompson announced the charges of assault and criminal action against Andrew Lester on Monday, as well as declaring that there is a warrant for his arrest. Protesters had decried the police releasing Lester after holding him in custody for 24 hours after the shooting.

A report from the Department of Justice revealed that its investigation of the Louisville Metro Police Department showed that it exhibited constant racial abuse of its Black citizens and those with behavioral issues. The 90-page report showed that officers routinely hurled racial epithets and utilized excessive force, particulalry against those protesting the death of Breonna Taylor in 2020.

Activist groups and organizations are leading a "Week of Action" against the construction of a police training complex outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The protests come less than two months after an activist known as Torteguita was killed in a police raid on an encampment in the forest area where the site of the complex will be in January.

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Michael Newman alleges he was discriminated against at Howard. Lawsuit shows he frequently antagonized and harassed fellow students.

A newly released investigative podcast uncovered details on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation hired a violent felon to infiltrate Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020. Journalist Trevor Aaronson's podcast, "Alphabet Boys", revealed how Michael Windecker II was paid $20,000 for his efforts which included attempts to coerce activists to assassinate Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

A new internal report from the Memphis Police Department shows that one of the officers involved in the beating death of Tyre Nichols allegedly sent a photo of his battered body to five people via text message. The information was disclosed on Tuesday. The filing was made to a state office to request the decertification of the now-fired officers.

Three of the five Black Memphis police officers charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tyre Nichols have been given the boot by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Vice President Kamala Harris attended the funeral of Tyre Nichols in Memphis on Wednesday, delivering remarks denouncing police brutality. She was joined by Reverend Al Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy. Others in attendance were Ben Crump, the attorney representing the family, and the family members of other victims of police brutality including those related to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Ciara called Jason Whitlock out for blaming Tyre Nichols' death at the hands of Memphis police on single Black mothers.

The controversial SCORPION unit of the Memphis Police Department, where five of its officers are charged with the beating death of Tyre Nichols, has been disbanded. The decision came after Chief C.J. Davis met with the officers of the unit over the weekend. Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, lawyers representing the Nichols family, commended the decision in a statement released on Saturday.