The Philadelphia School District, a $3 billion enterprise whose job is to educate mostly poor and black children, is a system steeped in racism. It doesn’t matter whether those at the head of the system are black. The game is fixed, the outcome is predetermined, and the children are commodities whose value is measured not…

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There is rage surrounding the discovery that the water supply in Flint, a majority black and impoverished city in Michigan, contains unacceptably high levels of lead. The poisoned water, which is brown, malodorous and bitter, according to residents, is a national scandal that began when the state appointed an emergency manager to oversee the financially…

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On his 900 am WURD radio show, Solomon Jones speaks with newly appointed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross about Black Lives Matter, diversity in police recruitment, corruption community relations, and more. Photo: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross in Love Park by Philadelphia City Council Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning columnist. He…

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As darkness draped the streets of West Philadelphia, Edward Archer was caught on video walking up to a police cruiser, extending his arm, and pumping 13 bullets into the vehicle, hitting Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. The gravely wounded officer returned fire, hitting the fleeing suspect, and Archer was captured shortly thereafter. But it wasn’t…

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FOR JIM KENNEY, the first white mayor to helm the majority-non-white city of Philadelphia in 16 years, the central conflict of his first term was revealed in two sentences he uttered during his inauguration speech. “We will have to all put aside our differences and acknowledge two things,” he said. “That black lives do matter,…

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A transcript of Ammon Bundy’s remarks to reporters on day one of the armed militia takeover of a building on the Malheur Wildlife reserve in Harney County, Ore. Transcribed from video footage on the Bundy Ranch Facebook page. Click here to read a commentary on the incident by Solomon Jones on Newsworks.org Reporter: Why are you out…

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