Did the Rodney King video change anything?

In the spring of 1991, one man holding a small Sony camcorder captured video that seemed to prove exactly what African-Americans had been protesting throughout the 20th century. Millions watched their television screens as four white Los Angeles police officers viciously beat a 25-year-old African-American man named Rodney King, over and over again. The video… Read More »

Having “The Talk” With Your African American Son in 2017

My husband and I found ourselves having “the talk” with our son, Sunday night—which is ironic in light of the advice Michael Vick gave to Colin Kaepernick, urging him to “cut his hair” in an effort to help him “find a job” on Tuesday. The talk—not the sex talk, but the other talk you have… Read More »

Florida board changes mind, votes to move Civil War monument

One month after deciding not to move a Confederate memorial from public property, a county commission in Florida on Wednesday reversed itself and voted to relocate the monument to a private cemetery. The Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-2 to remove the 106-year-old monument. During a public comment portion of Wednesday’s hearing, many speakers said they… Read More »

UN rights chief meets US group protesting voter suppression

U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has met a delegation of U.S. faith-based human rights activists to discuss voter suppression efforts targeting African-Americans and low-income voters in the United States. Zeid’s office said the delegation led by Rev. William Barber, national president of Repairers of the Breach, presented the rights chief with a… Read More »

Diverse Cops Make the Difference in Policing Hate

Hate crimes are on the rise nationwide, including here in San Francisco, where the city’s diversity also happens to be a hallmark of the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) Hate Crimes Unit. It’s one of just a handful of such units across the country, and officials say its diversity is a key part of its… Read More »