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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. He has authored ten books; his articles are published in newspapers and magazines nationally in the United States. Three of his books have been published in other languages. He is also a social and political analyst and he appears on such TV programs as CNN, MSBC, NPR, The O'Reilly Show, American Urban Radio Network, and local Los Angeles television and radio stations as well. He is an associate editor at New America Media and a regular contributor to Black News.com, Alternet.com, BlackAmericaWeb.Com and the Huffington Post. He does a weekly commentary on KJLH Radio in Los Angeles.
Sunday, October 4, 2015(4 comments)
The Oregon Massacre Won't Shake NRA Stranglehold
President Obama, stern and visibly shaken by the Oregon massacre, lambasted the NRA yet again for its suffocating grip on Congress. An equally shaken Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that she was sickened by the sheep like willingness of Congress to do the bidding of the NRA.
Friday, October 2, 2015(4 comments)
Why Hillary Won't Fail
Here's the partial checklist of the endless ploys to torpedo a Hillary Clinton presidential bid. The vapid and phony Benghazi hearings, the baseless email scandals, the legion of cherry picked polls, the well-oiled and orchestrated campaign by the RNC, the dizzying array of right wing bloggers and websites, and shadowy super PACS, the loud calls for Joe Biden to run, and finally, the insurgent campaign of Bernie Sanders.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Kelly Gissendaner Again Exposes the Gender Quirk in the Death Penalty
Just about the only time that an execution will raise more than eyebrow is when a woman is scheduled to be put to death. This was certainly the case with condemned Georgia murderer Kelly Gissendaner. Pope Francis chimed in and pleaded for Georgia to spare her life.
Friday, September 25, 2015(2 comments)
Shrewd Calculation in Jeb Bush's "Free Stuff" Racial Insult
GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knew exactly what he was doing when he insulted African-American voters by alleging that the Democrats buy their votes with "free stuff." In fact, it was no accident that he hurled his slur at Democrats at a campaign stop in South Carolina.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015(3 comments)
I Like Bernie, but is he Really Electable?
What's not to like about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He brings four personal assets to politics that are glaringly MIA in American politics. That's class, dignity, honesty and humility. He's a throwback to a time when politicians actually talked about the issues and not such idiocies as the hair styling, make-up, dress, and facial expressions of their opponents, or endlessly toss out silly sound bite pers
Wednesday, September 16, 2015(5 comments)
Democrats Shun Hillary at Their Peril
California governor Jerry Brown, former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean, and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley have said publicly what a bevy of Democratic party officials have said privately. And that's that they are worried about, have misgivings about, or are outright hostile to Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate.
Sunday, September 13, 2015(5 comments)
James Blake Shows Poor Blacks aren't the only ones Racially Profiled
The mugging and arrest of one time top ranked tennis pro James Blake, an African-American, by a New York undercover cop is no aberration. In his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope, President Obama ticked off the standard checklist of slights and abuses that he had routinely faced
Wednesday, September 9, 2015(1 comments)
Comparing Kim Davis to Rosa Parks is the Ultimate Insult
There is no greater idiocy and insult then to compare Kentucky Deputy Clerk Kim Davis's defiance of the law to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. But some GOP notables and conservatives fell over themselves to say that because one obscure clerk invoked God and religion to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples that this puts her in the same league with Parks.
Saturday, September 5, 2015(1 comments)
It's Not Trump, It's Still Obama
Front running GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump doesn't utter the words "show me your birth certificate" in the same breath with President Obama anymore. But then again he doesn't have to. He mined that fraudulent issue of birtherism hard and deep enough a few years back to get his mug, name, and point about Obama supposedly being un-American in front of millions of GOP voters.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015(4 comments)
Black Lives AND Police Lives Both Matter
It's not, and never should have been, an either or proposition to say black lives matter or police matters matter. The slaying of a police officer must and should be denounced with the same vigor, passion and outrage as the unwarranted slaying of an unarmed African-American. The sad thing is that from virtually the moment that the black lives matter movement exploded on the scene in the aftermath of the Michal Brown
Thursday, August 27, 2015(1 comments)
A Hate Crime is a Hate Crime No Matter the Color of the Perpetrator
There isn't much left in the way of pejoratives that can't and haven't been said about Vester Flanagan. He was disturbed, deranged, a psychopath, maniacal, the epitome of evil, and a flat out nut job. The pejoratives dumped on him are certainly much deserved. The gunning down of TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, and then having the gall to videotape it, and expect it to make the round of cable and network news
Monday, August 24, 2015 Katrina's Message on America's Poor Still Unheard
There was a very fleeting moment in the aftermath of the Katrina debacle, August 29, 2005, that the message that there are a lot of poor in New Orleans and America who are routinely ignored, neglected, and reviled had gotten through. In that very fleeting moment there was a torrent of new studies and reports that flowed out on poverty in America, especially black poverty.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Unfortunately, Ben Carson is no Laughing Matter
A year before the first GOP presidential debate, the thought that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson could be anything more than comic relief in the 2016 presidential contest was pure delusionary. But Carson is not only still around in the GOP's crowded presidential field, he, like Donald Trump, is gapping the supposedly more serious GOP contenders in poll numbers.
Sunday, August 16, 2015 The Julian Bond I Remember and Pay Homage to
I can't tell you how many times I sparred with former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond on TV shows and in print during the years he headed the NAACP over the policy and direction of the NAACP. No matter how fierce our debate, I was always struck by the dignity and passion that Bond brought to the table in hammering home his positions.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 What Bernie Does for the Democrats
The Democratic Party's single biggest worry in the run up to the 2016 presidential campaign should not be which GOP contender its nominee will face. It should be can the Democratic nominee do what President Obama did in 2008 and again in 2012 and turn the campaign into a crusade for the White House. This means one thing. The Democratic nominee must ignite emotion, passion, and, even a mania, among the voters who put Obama in t
Saturday, August 8, 2015(1 comments)
James Holmes's Sentence Again Makes a Farce of the Death Penalty
Sir Mario Owens, Robert Ray, and Nathan Dunlap. These are the names of the three men that now sit on death row in Colorado. But as we now know the man who gunned down 12 persons at a Colorado movie theater and wounded dozens of others won't be the fourth person on the state's death row.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015(4 comments)
What Makes this GOP Presidential Debate Matter
he debate has fiercely raged ever since the first modern era glamour presidential debate in 1960 between Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon over whether presidential debates really matter. The short answer from the mountains of research on the question is "no."
Tuesday, August 4, 2015(2 comments)
What I saw in Watts Fifty Years Ago and What I see in America's Watts Today
and a couple of friends stood transfixed with hundreds of others on the corner several blocks from my house in South L.A. watching what seemed like a horrid page out of Dante's Inferno. But this wasn't the classic writer's epic poem. This was real life. Liquor stores, a laundromat, and two cleaners blazed away. There was an ear splitting din from the crowd's shouts, curses and jeers at the police cars that sped by crammed wit
Saturday, August 1, 2015 Danger Sign in Bail for Alleged Cincinnati Police Shooter
Predictably it took almost no time for ex-University of Cincinnati Cop Ray Tensing who is charged with the murder of unarmed motorist Samuel Dubose to make his $1 million bail. His father allegedly put up his house and cash as collateral for the 10 percent or $100,000 that was required for Tensing's release
Friday, July 24, 2015 Why John Russell Houser isn't called a Thug and Terrorist
he two terms that were conspicuously missing in the reams of news clips, press reports, and news features to describe John Russell Houser, the alleged shooter in the near mass killing at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater, were "thug" and "terrorist." First let's look at what's known about Houser. He was a middle-aged white male. He had a Tea Party nation web page.
Thursday, July 23, 2015(4 comments)
Why Sandra Bland was in Mortal Danger
These facts in the death of Sandra Bland are not in dispute. She was a lone driver on her way to her alma mater Prairie View AM University to interview for a job. She was stopped for a minor traffic violation by a Texas Highway Patrol officer. She was threatened with a Taser. She was penned on the ground by the arresting officer and arrested on an assault charge.
Saturday, July 18, 2015(1 comments)
GOP Peddles Hard the Hillary Can't be trusted Line
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is the runaway pick among voters when asked who among the presidential candidates is the most credible, honest and trustworthy, and even the most compassionate. Her rank on the voter trustworthy meter is far higher than that of Barack Obama and easily tops that of all other GOP presidential contenders.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 President Obama Took another Big Step toward Ending Grotesque Drug Sentencing Laws
A week before Christmas in 2013, President Obama sent a modest shot across the bow of the harmful, wasteful, and grotesquely racially biased drug sentencing laws when he granted clemency to eight, mostly low-level drug offenders. Obama essentially followed a lead that then Attorney General Eric Holder took when he virtually ordered US attorneys to take a hard look at who they are prosecuting and why for drug crimes.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 Trump Is GOP's Trump Card
Donald Trump is again the GOP's go to guy to breathe life into a swatch of disconnected and alienated GOP hard right faithful. Here's why he's so important in that respect. The Republican National Committee and GOP presidential contenders former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul talk big about going full throttle to nab more black votes in the 2016 presidential race.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015(4 comments)
Yes, a Cosby Can Be Prosecuted
The moment the first of the 45 women to date publicly accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them, the big question on the lips of many was: Could Cos be criminally prosecuted? The legal experts hashed the question back and forth and at the end their general consensus was that there was no way Cosby could ever be hauled into a criminal court docket.
Sunday, July 5, 2015 GOP Still Drinking Its Kool Aid on Black Voters
You can count on it like clockwork in the run-up to a presidential election. A GOP presidential candidate will make a much publicized declaration that the GOP will shift gears and go all out to court black voters. The candidate will dust off and spout the same shop worn arguments.
Saturday, June 20, 2015(1 comments)
Attorney General Lynch Must Not Hesitate in Hate Prosecution of Roof
he moment Dylan Roof massacred nine black churchgoers at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina the usual debate flared up. That is whether the feds had reason and authority to press a hate crime prosecution against him. Pundits and legal experts gave the by now stock reasons why the feds have no, or at best, a tenuous case to bring hate crimes charges.
Friday, June 12, 2015(1 comments)
Spokane NAACP President Proves Actions, Not Race, Is What Counts in Civil Rights Battle Earl Ofari Hutchinson
In February, 2015, the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter sought action on job discrimination and civil rights violations complaints, took on Comcast, secured legal support for a transgender sexual assault victim, filed police racial profiling complaints, demanded an investigation of KKK literature in the area, and an FBI investigation of other hate crimes, and backed several job discrimination lawsuits. In addition, the Spokan
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Hillary Doesn't Have to Apologize for Bill's Alleged Racial Sins
Just what exactly did Bill Clinton say and do that was so racially terrible in the run-up to the infamous pivotal 2008 Democratic presidential contest in South Carolina? It's worth revisiting only because Bill's action has dogged Hillary Clinton for virtually every waking moment in the days after she flamed out to her then rival Barack Obama. And it still does. That's so much the case that she still seems required to flagellat
Thursday, June 4, 2015(47 comments)
Why Conservatives Love to Fan the Black Murder Myth
Conservative blogs, webs, and newspapers, and pundits are at it again screaming that young black males are killing each other with abandon in city after city. They repeatedly toss out the supposedly raging murder violence in Baltimore, Chicago, and now New York City as proof that black on black carnage has mounted to national epidemic levels.
Saturday, May 30, 2015(2 comments)
The Sleaze Hit on Hillary Won't Work
The one, and really so far only, real attack angle that the GOP will exploit to the hilt against 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton is the sleaze factor. It will go like this Hillary, and by extension hubby Bill, have such a long and checkered history of shady dealings, conflict of interest shenanigans, financial nest feathering, and improprieties that she simply can't be trusted in the White House.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015(2 comments)
Bush Name May Not Sink Jeb Bush
Weeks before Jeb Bush announced that he was exploring a 2016 presidential run and actually taking steps to put some campaign pieces together, surveys and polls were hastily taken to see whether the Bush name would render a potential run by him still born. Most showed that the Bush name was a serious liability. This was hardly a surprise.
Friday, May 1, 2015(4 comments)
Baltimore PD Indictment is one Thing, Conviction is Another
A Maryland prosecutor has charged a Baltimore police officer with a major felony charge in the killing of an unarmed young black male who was not charged with any crime. The case has drawn intense media attention and stirred public rage. Prosecutors in bringing charges are confident that they can get a conviction. And why not there are many witnesses that say the victim was not committing a crime, there was no provocation, and
Monday, April 27, 2015 Baltimore is the First Big Test for Attorney General Lynch
In the days immediately before Loretta Lynch's confirmation as Attorney General, one of her advisors noted that she felt that law enforcement is good for minority communities. He went further and said that she feels strongly that police and minority communities have much more in common than differences.
Friday, April 24, 2015(1 comments)
The GOP Will Still War on Lynch
Attorney General Loretta Lynch at long last won the first round of battle with the GOP with her confirmation. But it's only the first round. The forty-three GOP senators who vote against her confirmation made clear by their vote against her that she will be on the same political hot seat as former Attorney General Eric Holder.
Monday, April 13, 2015(1 comments)
The Second Murder of Walter Scott
t's getting so predictable you can mail the script in. A young, or not so young, unarmed African-American is gunned down by a cop. It makes brief news. Except the news is not really news but the script. He was reaching for the officer's gun, or his Taser or his nightstick. The officer feared for his life. The officer had no choice but to use the required deadly force.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015(1 comments)
Nice try Rand Paul, But it won't Work
Freshly minted 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul has a few good things going for him. He has talked back to the war hawks. He wants to radically rein in out of control intelligence spying.
Friday, March 27, 2015 Why I Applaud Ex-Oklahoma University Frat Levi Pettit for Confronting Racism
Former Oklahoma University fraternity member Levi Pettit recently stood before a bank of cameras and microphones flanked by a bevy of black elected officials, ministers and civil rights leaders at a black church in Oklahoma City. He apologized for his racially insensitive acts and ignorance.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015(1 comments)
Now of All Things a Black Sports Jock Peddling the GOP
ESPN host Stephen A Smith has gotten quite a reputation for being a controversial tell-it-like-he-sees-it guy. That's fine in sports punditry. He's an ex-jock, and in that world pretty much any inanity will fly. But when Smith pursed his lips and ventured outside sportsdom to quip that blacks should vote GOP at least one election go round he proved once again that sports and entertainment personalities that venture opinions ab
Friday, March 20, 2015(6 comments)
If Ferguson Stays Ferguson, Blacks have no one to blame but themselves
Ferguson will hold municipal elections April 7. The mayor and five of the six city councilpersons are white. Three are up for reelection. Since Michael Brown was gunned down by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the one loud refrain has repeatedly been how could a city where African-Americans make up
Sunday, March 15, 2015(2 comments)
Alleged Ferguson Police Shooter is a Nightmare For Police Reform
Every activist organization in the forefront of the protests over the police killing of Michael Brown quickly issued a statement, or called a press conference, and that included the family of Brown. They roundly condemned the assault on the two Ferguson police officers by alleged gunman, Jeffrey Williams. Some didn't stop there, they went further, much further, and made it clear that they wanted just as badly as police officia
Saturday, March 14, 2015 Nothing New in the Ape Crack about Michelle Obama
Silly, sick, demeaning cracks made by such as the canned Univision host Rodner Figueroa likening First Lady Michelle Obama to a Planet of the Apes character are not new. Four years ago the then CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, Walt Baker, took much heat and lost a lot of business for his marketing firm when he also likened the First Lady to a monkey.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015(1 comments)
Racist Video Casts Ugly Glare on College's Blind Eye to Frat Racism
Five years before the racist video by the disgraced Oklahoma University fraternity Alpha Sigma Epsilon ignited a firestorm of student and public rage, hundreds of students and faculty members were up in arms over the "Compton Cook Out" at the University of California, San Diego and several other UC campuses. The protests didn't stop racist, bad behaving fraternities from being just that, racist, bad behaving fraternities. In q
Friday, March 6, 2015 The Issue for the Supreme Court is Not Obamacare, But Obama
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was lambasted as a turncoat, traitor, and betrayer by conservatives when he cast the deciding fifth vote in 2012 upholding the constitutional soundness of the Affordable Care Act. This allowed states and the federal government to put in an array of measures to fully implement the act. That didn't end the matter.
Sunday, March 1, 2015(1 comments)
Why We Still Need a Selma
One week after Alabama state troopers bludgeoned civil rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge outside Selma on March 7, 1965 a visibly shaken Lyndon Johnson called for and addressed a joint session of Congress. His message was clear. His administration would pull out all stops to pass a voting rights bill which was the objective of the Selma marches.
Sunday, February 22, 2015 Sony Back on the Racial Hot Seat
Amy Pascal chairperson of the Motion Pictures Group of Sony Pictures Entertainment is gone. Film producer Scott Rudin apologized profusely and has kept a deliberate low to no public profile public. Both took much deserved heat last December when a stack of hacked leaked emails caught them taking silly and ugly racial digs, barbs, and shots at a parade of noted blacks within and without Hollywood.
Friday, February 13, 2015 Fifty Years Later Questions Still Dangle about Malcolm X's Assassination
Five years ago Thomas Hagan was paroled. He served 44 years for his part in the murder of black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Hagan who at the time of the murder went by the name of Talmadge Hayer is the only one of a trio of convicted assassins who ever publicly admitted to killing Malcolm. He bluntly said that he joined the assassination team because of Malcolm's public attacks on the Nation of Islam.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 Suge Knight Arrest Reinforces Thug Image of Black Males
First it was fallen rap mogul Suge Knight's arrest for murder. Second the alleged murder took place in Compton. And third, it was rap. This is the perfect dysfunctional storm to get the tongues clucking again that Knight, rappers, and by extension young black males are hopelessly ensnared in the thug life.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015(1 comments)
GOP Holds and Will Continue to Hold Lynch Hostage to Holder
Texas senator John Cornyn wasted no time with U.S. Attorney General designate Loretta Lynch. He asked her point blank, "How are you going to be different from Eric Holder?" It was not a question. It was a demand. Lynch gave him the requisite answer, "I am not Eric Holder." That won't be enough.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 The Other Mr. Cub I Remember
As a kid growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s I loved baseball. But most blacks then didn't love the Chicago Cubs. There were two reasons for that. The Cubs played at Wrigley field on Chicago's North Side and blacks almost literally took their lives in their hand walking or driving though the lily white, rabidly hostile neighborhoods around the ball park.
Sunday, January 11, 2015(1 comments)
Hunt Terrorists, Don't Scapegoat Muslims
The instant the horrific news hit that yet another pack of deranged nut cases debased Islam by shooting up the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store, nearly every Muslim organization, diplomat, and head of state, no matter their political views, roundly condemned the attacks. All were careful to point out that heinous murders, indeed any killing of innocent civilians, under the pretense of defending Islam,
Friday, January 2, 2015 Selma got it Right about Johnson, the FBI and King
The debate is sharp over whether the movie Selma got it right about Lyndon Johnson and his relationship with and to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A counter argument challenges the film's depiction of Johnson as at best wary of King and his mass street action campaigns in Selma in 1965 and the South for the passage of a voting rights bill, and at worst outright hostile to King's actions. This debate will likely rage for years to
Sunday, December 28, 2014 North Korea's Racial Slur of President Obama is Business as Usual
The racial taunt by North Korean official's of President Obama as a monkey was no real surprise. The regime has blasted Obama before with border line racial jabs. Obama is the most visible and inviting target for North Korea to single out for blame and vitriol after its bare bones internet and mobile phone networks were disrupted for a few days. North Korean officials apparently saw this as retaliation for allegedly hacking So
Thursday, December 18, 2014(5 comments)
Elizabeth Warren is good and bad news for the Democrats
For the record Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly said she's not running for president. She has not encouraged any of the burgeoning draft movements for her to run. But she's coy enough to let the legions that implore her to run to keep imploring her to do just that. But It really doesn't make much difference whether she tosses her hat in the presidential rink in 2016 or not. She will loom large in the 2016
Saturday, December 13, 2014(2 comments)
The Ezell Ford Autopsy Report Casts another Glare on the Autopsy Debate
The slaying of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Ezell Ford have one other thing in common other than they were unarmed black males slain by police officers and their killings ignited a national furor. Their autopsies have been the subject of intense scrutiny, debate, controversy and disbelief. Prosecutors and family attorneys heatedly dueled over the two Brown autopsies, one official, and one independent that proved
Monday, December 8, 2014(1 comments)
How the White South Became the White South Again
Lyndon B. Johnson made history twice in his trounce of GOP presidential rival Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election. The first time he made history was when he won a greater percent of the popular vote than any other presidential winner in more than a century. He scored nearly 500 electoral votes and carried every state except six. This was the second time he made history with that election.
Friday, December 5, 2014 The Chokehold is Still Alive and well Courtesy of the Supreme Court
Police departments nationally scrambled furiously in the aftermath of the chokehold death of Eric Garner and the non-indictment of the officer that applied the hold to publicly declare that they do not use the chokehold. They waved and cited inter-department regulation after regulation to prove that they bar the use of the hold, don't teach it to officers, and that many officers themselves say they wouldn't know how to use it
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 GOP Smears Hillary with Obama
GOP strategists have gleefully played up President Obama's plunged poll ratings as if they were Hillary Clinton's. The metamorphosis of Clinton into Obama is amazing to see. First endlessly cite the mid-terms elections not as a rebuff of Obama's performance and popularity but of Clinton's. Next tirelessly cite polls and surveys that variously show that Clinton's favorability and popularity