During the last two decades of the 20th century, two academic movements emerged out of the black intelligentsia, Afrocentricity and Critical Race Theory.
Afrocentricity was a historical movement that claimed the great achievements of Western Civilization originated in Africa. They also claimed Eurocentric scholarship suppressed Africa’s contributions to humanity in order to maintain white supremacy.
Critical Race Theory developed within legal studies.
CRT scholars questioned the “very foundation of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law.” …
Last week was the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre. In 1921 a white mob destroyed a prosperous black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Thirty-five blocks were burned to the ground and historians estimated 300 black people were killed. President Biden visited Tulsa, met with the last three survivors, and gave a speech. Biden discussed policy initiatives that would help black Americans build generational wealth in order to narrow the racial wealth gap.
Afterwards, critics pointed out Biden didn’t mention reparations. The critics were correct, but also incorrect. …
After fatal police encounters involving African Americans during the last decade, American cities experienced rioting that was reminiscent of the 1960s.
But the 21st century actually began with a riot that has been forgotten.
In 2001, rioting erupted after an unarmed black man was fatally shot by the police in Cincinnati, Ohio. This incident was the largest civil disturbance since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, which took place after four white police officers were acquitted for beating black motorist Rodney King.
The rallying cry of Cincinnati protesters was Stop Killing Us. There were other fatal shootings of black men…
Last year I wrote a piece about systemic racism.
I linked the term systemic racism to the term institutional racism, a term coined by Stokely Carmichael. I pointed out Carmichael stated institutional racism and colonialism were one and the same. However, Carmichael also stated the analogy wasn’t perfect and gave examples as to why the analogy wasn’t sufficient. I simply agreed with Carmichael but went further and claimed that systemic racism was based on an inadequate analogy.
Well, I posted that piece on another platform and got a response.
The responder suggested that I expand my knowledge of colonialism in…
Recently, 200 families representing loved ones that were victimized by American police forces during the past two decades have teamed up with 300 civil liberties organizations and filed a request with the United Nations asking for the Human Rights Council to launch an inquiry into police violence in the United States.
No serious person in the United States would disagree that police brutality is a problem, and all measures should be taken to reduce it. So, it’s hard to criticize a call for a UN probe.
However, here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly of this international crusade.
During President Biden’s first address to congress he said, “We have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve, to root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system and enact police reform.”
That wasn’t the first time Biden used the phrase “root out systemic racism”.
During a 2020 Juneteenth celebration Biden stated “rooting out systemic racism” was the moral obligation of our time. He repeated the sentiment when he accepted the Democratic nomination for President and made similar remarks during a Thanksgiving speech as President-elect. After each occasion, Biden’s political opponents extracted the…
Compliance with the police outweighs the outcome of non-compliance
Recently, Ibram X Kendi, Director of Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, wrote an essay in The Atlantic called — Compliance Will Not Save Me. Kendi’s essay was about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago on March 29, 2021.
Kendi stated: Chicago Police Officer Eric E. Stillman responded to reports of gunshots. Stillman chased a boy down an alley. The officer yelled at Toledo, “Hands. Show me your hands. Drop it. Drop it.” Stillman’s body camera shows Toledo apparently complying. He appears to drop something. He stops…
What is justice?
This question dates back to ancient Athens. Socrates posed the question to his contemporaries. Each person gave an example of justice, but Socrates pointed out the flaws in their logic. The debaters in the Socratic dialogues failed to reach a consensus regarding the definition of justice.
Last year, an incident was captured on video that almost every American viewed as unjust.
While making an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on George Floyd’s neck, a handcuffed black man, for over nine minutes, which resulted in Floyd’s death.
City officials in Minneapolis immediately fired Chauvin…
In the court of public opinion, where American policing is on trial, there is no jury — only judges.
During the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering a black man named George Floyd, another police shooting took place right outside of Minneapolis in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
This time a white female officer shot and killed a 20-year-old black man who attempted to flee the scene after he was pulled over. The problem was the officer pulled her firearm, but thought she drew her taser.
She thought wrong.
Since her wrong thought resulted in the…
What if Chauvin is convicted of Manslaughter? The first thing protesters will shout is: Manslaughter is not enough!
Right now, the Derek Chauvin trial is still in progress.
Chauvin is the white Minneapolis police officer that was captured on video with his “knee on the neck” of a handcuffed black man — George Floyd — for over nine minutes. Floyd died while pinned to the ground and his death was the catalyst for the 2020 multi-state riots.
The state of Minnesota charged Chauvin with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. According to Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines, the maximum recommendation…
J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.