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Linn Washington is a weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune and This Can't Be Happening. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and failings of the news media. He teaches multi-media urban journalism at Temple University.
(1 comments) Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Expensive Injustice: MOVE's 40-Years Behind Bars
This article examines the actual dollar value costs expended on the decades long wrongful imprisonment of members of the radical MOVE organization. This revenge-driven incarceration led many to deem those members political prisoners.
(2 comments) Monday, April 16, 2018 Philly's Top Cop Flops - Again - Backing Bigotry By Boys In Blue
The Police Commissioner of Philadelphia is facing mounting criticism for his blanket defense of the PPD officers who arrested two black men for simply sitting inside a Starbucks located in a ritzy section of the downtown area. White customers in the coffee shop said the black men did nothing to merit the arrest.
(6 comments) Thursday, November 9, 2017 General Kelly - Historically Ignorant or Hysterically Bigoted?
The only successful insurrection in American history took place on November 10, 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina when white racists violently overthrew that city's elected government. The Wilmington insurrection is another event exposing the inaccuracy of the 'Heritage Not Hate' claim for sustaining monuments to the Confederacy.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 5, 2017 Malodorous Maelstrom Surrounds AG Jeff Sessions
The failure of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reveal his contacts with a key Russian diplomat during or after his Senate confirmation hearing carries the stench of a fart that an orchestrated cover-up cannot dissipate.
(1 comments) Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Trump Exposes His Ignorance and Intolerance - Again
Miscues on race continue to plague President Donald Trump. Those miscues are either mistakes arising from ignorance or actions reflecting a profound intolerance. The miscues are unacceptable regardless of origin.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Ethically Challenged Philly DA Exits Reelection Race
Combative Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams stunned that city recently with an announcement that he would not seek reelection in the wake of scandals spinning around him for ethics violations and selective prosecution claims.
(1 comments) Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Brexit-Trump Comparisons Miss Key Points
Embedded in the base of both the Brexit and Trump votes are strands of racism that too many analysts of all ideological stripes on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean blithely dismiss.
(2 comments) Thursday, October 27, 2016 Pot Decriminalization Saves Philadelphia Millions
Decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana has saved the City of Philadelphia millions in enforcement costs. Equally important, decriminalization has saved thousands the costs of arrest and a criminal record/
(4 comments) Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Critics Ignoring Wrongs About Police Abuse Prove Kaepernick Right
The sordid history of police brutality in San Francisco is conspicuously missing from much of the fevered news and social media coverage around the protest against abusive policing by 49ers football team player Colin Kaepernick.
(1 comments) Friday, August 26, 2016 Philadelphia DA Hammered Over Unethical Antics
Hardline Philadelphia DA Seth Williams is being hammered by local news media for his failure to report thousands of dollars in 'gifts' for five years. Critics contend this lapse by Williams is hypocritical.
(6 comments) Thursday, July 28, 2016 Donald, Hillary and Cannabis: Stoned Stupid On Legalization
The American public supports the legalization of marijuana, however, the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates both oppose legalization. Repeated studies over the past decades disprove claims that marijuana is dangerous and document that pot law enforcement is discriminatory along racial lines.
(6 comments) Monday, July 25, 2016 Green Party's Stein Walks With Poor While Democrats Party
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein met with the homeless and others in one of Philadelphia's most impoverished communities on the day before the opening of the Democratic National Convention in the city that tags itself as the Birthplace of American Democracy. Stein and others condemned the obscenity of expending $60-million-plus on DNC functions including lavish parties.
(23 comments) Thursday, May 12, 2016 Evil In England: The Rise Of Islamophobia
Islamophobia ranges from disdainful stares and caustic comments to physical assaults. A few assaults have ended in fatalities. And then there are British government policies like 'Prevent' -- the professed counter-terrorism program that seemingly is targeted solely at Muslims. Prevent enlists citizens to report actions and attitudes deemed suspicious.
(1 comments) Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Clintonian Political Calculus And The Culture Of Hooey
Former President Bill Clinton is fudging facts regarding his actions and mainly inactions on the issue of addressing racism in law enforcement during his two terms in the Oval Office. Forgotten facts about Clinton's actions place contemporary claims by him and his presidential candidate wife in an unflattering light.
Friday, February 26, 2016 Hollywood's Big Lie - Past Haunts Present
Top Hollywood producers promised the NAACP 74-years ago that they would improve movie roles for blacks and reduce racist stereotypes in movies. That promise was never kept. The failure to keep the promise pollutes the movie industry today and is an element of the controversy surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards.