The most important statement in the Justice Department’s damning report on the Chicago Police Department has nothing to do with police behavior. Released on Friday, the report found the Chicago police guilty of a “pattern or practice” of unconstitutional force. But it turns out that the Justice Department has no standard for what constitutes a “pattern or practice” (the phrase comes from a 1994 federal statute) of unconstitutional police conduct. “Statistical evidence is not required”... Read the full story »
While we’re waiting to learn what part(s) of Donald Trump’s Russian “dossier” scandal–if any–turns out to be true, I’ve reached the conclusion that his raucously cheered attacks on “political correctness” is fundamentally an assault on liberalism.
Time was, calling someone “liberal” in certain circles could kill off a candidacy or demean a speaker’s ideas. But over time, just as calling someone a “commie” is outdated,... Read the full story »
However, responsible fatherhood only goes so far in a world plagued by institutionalized oppression. For black children, the presence of fathers would not alter racist drug laws, prosecutorial protection of police officers who kill, mass school closures or the poisoning of their water. By focusing on the supposed absence of black fathers, we allow ourselves to pretend this oppression is not real, while also further scapegoating black men for America’s societal ills.
(T)here are other problems... Read the full story »