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For decades, commenters on all things wrong with black America have pointed with an enmity similar to that of Michael Dunn to the negative influence of hip hop culture. From C. Delores Tucker to Bill Cosby to Bill O'Reilly, many decry that hip hop draws its listeners to moral depravity, lawlessness, early death. The killing, ostensibly over music, of Jordan Davis proved these critics right. Michael Dunn shot right through the music, and hit Davis' liver, lung, and aorta.

Social justice communities must be careful not to replicate the blame game endemic of the culture wars. We should mourn for Jordan Davis, and our anger should be placed on the system that facilitated Michael Dunn.

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C'mon Mayor Bloomberg, Let's Stop and Frisk Some Test Scores

Just as NYC police found in most stop-and-frisk cases, when you analyze standardized test scores, there's nothing there.

I'd rather have a tall glass of "innocent until proven guilty," whether it's about my standing as a citizen in New York City or my students' test scores.

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President Obama, Want to Help Black Boys? Don’t Nominate a Racial Profiler to Head Homeland Security

Obama says black boys don't feel validated here in America?Then he shouldn't be appointing Raymond Kelly to the Department of Homeland Security.


Many of us watched last Friday as President Obama held a surprise press conference in which he addressed Trayvon Martin's case and briefly touched on the issue of race in America. For some, the words he spoke were long overdue. For others, they fell on deaf ears—Obama's rhetoric doesn't match his policies or action.

A perfect example of this would be what took place earlier in the week, before the press conference. Obama hinted at nominating NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security. This is troublesome for the obvious reason. Kelly has been a long-time advocate and firm supporter of the stop and frisk policies used by NYPD to, among other things, get weapons off the streets. The problem is that these policies don't produce the desired outcomes.

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