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Rebroadcast September 26, 2014
It's been almost two months since 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson, but the reverberations surrounding his death continue. Brown's death was the fourth last summer in as many weeks in which an African American man was killed by law enforcement. In a special conversation this week, Basic Black goes beyond the headlines to explore the racial, historical, and cultural underpinnings of the relationship of law enforcement to communities of color and the meaning of protest in a post-civil rights movement era.
After the Basic Black broadcast, PBS presents a special town hall conversation moderated by Gwen Ifill: America After Ferguson.
Photo: A man is moved by a line of police as authorities disperse a protest in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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September 26, 2014 WGBH News’ Morning Edition host Bob Seay spoke with Peniel Joseph, professor of history at Tufts University and author of Stokely: A Life, about the continuing lessons from Ferguson, MO about race, civil rights in the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed black youth. “What you saw in Ferguson in […]
Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe “Beloved and beaten” is a phrase that best depicts how many African-American children??past and present??are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African-American parenting discipline style that is painfully revered. Yet, in too many incidents, it continues to be uncritically passed along generationally. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian […]
Guest review by Kevin C. Peterson Against the political backdrop of a dashing, brilliant black president, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the racial crisis now roiling in Ferguson, Missouri over the murder of unarmed Michael Brown by a local white police officer, the themes and tropes that comprise Guess Who??s Coming […]
Guest editorial by Kevin Peterson The murder of 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier on a Saturday morning in August should lead us to a sobering conclusion: it??s time to cancel the Boston Caribbean Parade. Forever. The yearly carnival is supposed to be a celebration of West Indian culture. But over the years it has become an event […]
Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe When the first news reports of Robin Williams?? death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country’s most beloved comedian had committed suicide. This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was […]
Guest editorial by Rev. Willie Bodrick II, M.Div The debate continues over Governor Patrick??s announcement that Massachusetts would temporarily aid in the humanitarian emergency to shelter refugee children at our country??s southern borders. This came weeks after celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the Museum of African American History, […]
(Courtesy: William J. Clinton Presidential Library)
Guest posting by Rev. Irene Monroe African American female service members comprise the highest percentage of women in the military. And with these sister servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their white, Asian and Latina sisters to serve and die for our country, the last thing the military should be squawking about […]
Commentary by Callie Crossley, host, “Under The Radar with Callie Crossley” Originally broadcast on WGBH Radio, 89.7 – March 17, 2014 Girls start to hear it in their early years, and women hear it all their lives. The b word. No, not that one, b for bossy, the other equally offensive b word. Little girls who are […]
A guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe When NBA center Jason Collins came out last year, it was the moment the professional sports world had been waiting for ??a gay athlete currently playing in a major league who comes out publicly. And what many may not have known is that the professional sports world had […]