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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.
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
Friday, November 28, 2014 Feds Need Look No Further Than Rodney King for the Case against Wilson
In August 1992 nearly three months to the day after the four LAPD officers that beat black motorist Rodney King were acquitted on nearly all charges by a jury with no blacks on it, Lourdes G. Baird, the United States Attorney for California's Central District, stepped before a battery of news cameras and reporters and announced that three of the officers would face federal charges. The charges were violating King's
Monday, November 24, 2014(9 comments)
President Obama Should Follow Bush Sr.'s Example and Green Light a Wilson Prosecution
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later following the acquittal of four LAPD cops by a Simi Valley jury with no blacks on it in the King beating, Bush ordered then Attorney General William Barr to begin the process of slapping federal civil
Saturday, November 22, 2014 "We love you Bill Cosby!"
The scorecard on Bill Cosby reads like this. A dozen or more women have said with only a slight variation in the time, place and circumstance that Cosby seduced them, propositioned them, promised them favors, put them up, even paid them, thendrugged or plied them with alcohol and raped them. One Bill Cosby publicly says the charges are a lie. One man denies the charge. The dozen plus women stick to their stories. Yet a seeming
Wednesday, November 19, 2014(4 comments)
Juror Bias the Biggest Barrier to Indicting Wilson and Cops That Kill
If as likely the St. Louis County Grand Jury refuses to indict Ferguson cop Darren Wilson for slaying Michael Brown it won't be solely because of a weak, ineffectual, half-hearted, and highly selective presentation of evidence by the County prosecutor. It won't be because of massive counter pressure from Ferguson police and city officials, and police unions nationally to see that Wilson walks either. The biggest barrier to get
Saturday, November 15, 2014 Is Cosby Still the Darling of the Right?
In May, 2004, comedian, social critic, and philanthropist Bill Cosby took the stage at Constitution Hall in his hometown of Philadelphia. It was a gala commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the US Supreme Court's Brown decision on school segregation. Cosby was being honored for his by then near legendary philanthropy to African-American colleges.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014(4 comments)
Jury Way Out on a Federal Prosecution of Darren Wilson
The moment that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown the cry went up for a federal investigation and prosecution of Wilson on civil rights charges. Brown's family, attorney, and many civil rights leaders had absolutely no confidence that Wilson would ever be arrested, charged or indicted.
Friday, November 7, 2014(1 comments)
The Issue Again Won't be Loretta Lynch But President Obama
rooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch by any account has the highest legal and educational pedigree imaginable to succeed Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General. In fact, from the first moment that her name was dropped weeks ago as a possible replacement for Holder, the accolades were non-stop about her accomplishments prosecuting an assortment of crooked politicians, drug cartel heads, terror suspects, and most importantly, winni
Thursday, November 6, 2014(1 comments)
GOP Now Takes Dead Aim at Hillary
The dust from the GOP's mid-term lambaste of the Democrats had barely settled when the declaration was made that the day after the elections was the unofficial start of the 2016 presidential campaign. This was more than a little overstated and misleading. It's far more accurate to say that the day after the mid-terms was the moment when the GOP would ramp up its drive to stop Hillary Clinton in her presidential tracks even bef
Friday, October 31, 2014(3 comments)
A Republican Mid-Term Wave" Will Further Sink Black America
GOP pundits and some in the media gleefully noted that a few African-American listeners purportedly walked out on President Obama during a campaign speech he made at a Maryland High School on October 19 to boost the candidacy of Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Brown is in a bid to become the nation's second African-American governor. This was more than merely an excuse to poke fun at Obama
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Cosby Has No One to Blame but Cosby for His Sullied Image
or decades Bill Cosby has been enshrined as America's most treasured TV Dad; the quintessential symbol of all that is good and wholesome in family values conscious America. The adulation for Cosby is so colossal and enduring that he's been rewarded with yet another run at a TV series and a mostly hero worship widely acclaimed biography.
Friday, October 17, 2014 Republican's Blame Ebola on Obama Ploy Backfires
The instant the Ebola crisis hit American shores the inevitable happened. The GOP blamed President Obama for it. First it was the lame brained borderline racist charge that Obama either deliberately or through sheer incompetence did nothing to seal the borders to keep the virus at bay. T
Sunday, October 12, 2014(6 comments)
Racism Charge in Ebola Fight Way Overblown
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was tactful and circumspect when he questioned the way health officials and medical staffers handled the care and treatment of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan. Jackson carefully avoided using the "R" word. R as in racism but others, many others, and that includes Duncan's family, flatly charged that he was virtually left to die because he was black.
Thursday, October 9, 2014(1 comments)
What if Jody Westby Had not said No to Racial Profiling?
Washington D.C. attorney Jody Westby almost certainly did not return to her home recently thinking that she would be a heroine or perform a heroic act. But in one instant she became just that. She did a powerful humane act that showed in a graphic way how racial profiling can be stopped dead in its tracks. Westby intervened when two police officers stopped Dennis Stucky, a disabled black handyman, in her neighborhood after rec
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Panetta Recycles the Same Tired Criticisms of President Obama
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is the latest to recycle the same tired criticisms of President Obama. The criticisms with only slight variation boil down to Obama are weak, ineffectual, hesitant and blundering on Iraq and Syria. He should have tossed the missiles and put the boots on the ground instantly against ISIS. Or, he never should have taken the troops out of Iraq in the first place. And because he did, blame him
Saturday, October 4, 2014 Secret Service Bungles Underscore the Never Ending Peril to President Obama
The Secret Service has taken a much deserved battering for an armed felon roaming free in the White House, fence jumpers, leaks of President Obama's travel schedule to then GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a congressional imposter getting into an area where the President was at a Congressional Black Caucus function.
Friday, September 26, 2014(2 comments)
Eric Holder Was Our Firewall against the GOP
One of the most poignant moments in Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.'s six year tenure heading the Justice Department came in February 2009 barely a month after he had been confirmed as Attorney General. He told an overflow crowd celebrating Black History Month at the Justice Department that America was "cowardly" when it came to facing race and racism.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014(2 comments)
Would a Body Camera Have Saved Michael Brown?
The clamor for police departments to fully outfit all their officers with body cameras was loud long before Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown. But when Wilson shot Brown, some said that if he had been wearing a body cam, the shooting may not have happened.
Sunday, September 21, 2014(85 comments)
Why Darren Wilson Isn't in Cuffs
The most recent protests in Ferguson over the slaying of Michael Brown and all of them seem recent since the protestors have all asked for the same thing. That is to slap the cuffs on Darren Wilson, the officer who gunned down Brown August 9. The reasons given for Wilson's freedom are that the prosecutors and cops almost never arrest and charge other cops with misconduct, the St. Louis County Prosecutor is a bigot, and there's
Sunday, September 14, 2014 The Red Flag Flies High Again on Prosecution in Brown Slaying
A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela "tough on Crime" Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate. Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer.
Monday, September 8, 2014(1 comments)
Where's the Outrage over Oklahoma Cop's Assault on Black Women?
Oklahoma City Police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw has been hit with a 16 count indictment on charges of first degree rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, stalking, forcible oral sodomy and burglary These are crimes that would virtually insure that any other man so charged would be buried so deep in a prison cell that he'd be lucky to ever see the light of day in his lifetime.
Saturday, September 6, 2014(4 comments)
Just How is Obama's Foreign Policy a Failure?
The one constant from a pack of GOP senators, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, failed GOP Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and Mitt Romney and the usual suspect legion of right wing bloggers, websites, and writers has been that President Obama's foreign policy is a mess.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Fast Food Workers Need a Real Break Today
A couple of generations of school kids have grown up on the catchy McDonald's advertising jingle, "You deserve a break today." But during every working moment of those years McDonald's workers have gotten anything but a break when it comes to working hours and worse, their wages for those hours.
Sunday, August 31, 2014(4 comments)
Hillary Got It Right on Ferguson and Race
Hillary Clinton was pilloried and battered for days on end for not uttering a peep about the Michael Brown slaying, the Ferguson disorders, and most importantly race. Clinton took heat on this for the simple reason that she almost certainly will run for president and likely win.
Thursday, August 28, 2014(4 comments)
Beverly Hills Back on the Hot Seat on Racial Profiling
Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing, and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014(2 comments)
Now it's the School Police That Are Militarized
The ridiculous and terrifying sight of dozens of police dressed and packing assault weapons as if they had just stepped out of a combat zone in Iraq or Afghanistan in Ferguson, Missouri was horrifying enough. Now we find that an increasing number of America's school police are packing assault weapons.
Saturday, August 23, 2014(1 comments)
More than Race Fuels the "Support Darren Wilson" Campaign
Support Daren Wilson," these three words emblazoned at the top of the GoFundMe website in support of the Ferguson, Missouri cop that gunned down Michael Brown said it all. In the span of less than 48 hours, nearly 5000 donations were received, and the site got tens of thousands of Facebook looks and tweets.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014(14 comments)
Holder has a Compelling Case in the Brown Killing
Attorney General Eric Holder has a compelling federal case in the Michael Brown killing if he decides to bring civil rights charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop, Darren Wilson.
Sunday, August 17, 2014(11 comments)
The Second Slaying of Michael Brown
The instant the news broke that 18-year old Michael Brown was slain by a Ferguson, Missouri cop the inevitable happened. Police officials dusted off a well-worn cover themselves template.
Sunday, July 27, 2014(1 comments)
Race Will Continue to Haunt Rand Paul
There's good news and bad news for Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul on the thorny issue of race. First there's the good. He's far and away the only 2016 GOP prospective presidential candidate who has made even a smidgen of an effort to crack the GOP's toughest of tough sales and that's to woo black voters.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014(1 comments)
The Tale of two Police Abuse Cases
If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill. First there's the CHP.
Saturday, July 19, 2014(9 comments)
GOP Will Find a Way to Blame President Obama on Ukraine Jet Downing
The monstrous downing of a Malaysian jet liner apparently by Russian backed separatists in the Ukraine did something that few thought could happen. It has gotten GOP leaders momentarily to agree with President Obama when he pointed the finger squarely at Russia for the horrific attack.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014(5 comments)
Eric Holder Said the Obvious and that's Racism Drives the Obama Bashing
Attorney General Eric Holder finally said the obvious and that's that racism drives and has always driven the relentless bash of President Obama. In the past, Holder has strongly hinted that "racial animus" as he put it in his frank charge has been the mainstay behind the GOP's non-stop, take no prisoners, assault on any and every initiative, program, and proposed piece of legislation that Obama has put forth.
Sunday, July 13, 2014(2 comments)
Method to Madness in GOP Talk of Obama Impeachment
Sarah Palin's blunt call for the impeachment of President Obama for his alleged bungling of the border crisis in times past would have been laughed off as it deservedly should. Simply consider the source to understand why. But Obama didn't laugh it off. During his recent swing through Texas, without referring to Palin directly, he derisively mocked her impeachment call with the shout to an audience, "sue me, impeach me."
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 The Supreme Court's Savage War on President Obama
In a CSPAN Interview in April, 2013, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was asked pointedly his thoughts about President Obama. The characteristically terse, and guarded Thomas simply said, "I shook hands with him at the inauguration to be polite but I've had no in depth conversation." He did not elaborate. But there was no need.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 President Obama Keeps Hearing the Silly Charge he Has Failed Blacks
From the moment that he set foot in the White House in January, 2009 President Obama has had to hear the silly charge that he has miserably failed blacks. He's repeatedly heard it for two reasons. The first is obvious. He's black but more than that he actually practiced civil rights law and worked as a community organizer in poor communities on Chicago's South Side.