HBO Host Bill Maher has stirred controversy by suggesting that Michael Brown was "acting like a thug" but did not deserve to be shot by officer Darren Wilson in August, who in turn Maher described as a "plain murderer." Maher's comments have prompted some fans to call for a boycott of his show.
"You know what else I find disturbing is that everybody in America just sides with their own people and doesn't look at the facts. … The cops I saw on the news a couple of weeks ago were wearing bracelets or something that said, 'I am Darren Wilson.' Why do you want to throw your lot in with this plain murderer?" The "Real Time with Bill Maher" host said.
"And Michael Brown's people. I'm sorry, but Michael Brown's people say he is a gentle giant. Well, we saw that video when he was in that 7-11. No, he wasn't gentle. He was committing a robbery and he pushed that guy. He was acting like a thug, not a gentle giant. He certainly didn't deserve to be shot for it." more >>
Amnesty International has released a report claiming that human rights abuses were committed during the Ferguson, Missouri, riots earlier this year, which stemmed from the police shooting of Michael Brown.
"Brown's death set off protests which, as of this publication, are ongoing, as well as a long-overdue conversation on race, policing and justice," the report states.
"The events in Ferguson have also raised a range of human rights concerns, including the right to life, the use of lethal force by law enforcement, the right to freedom from discrimination, and the rights to freedom of expression and assembly." more >>
Approximately 50 people, including several members of clergy, were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri as part of a "weekend of resistance" against police brutality in the town.
One of those arrested was activist, author, and professor Cornel West, who teaches Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. West is known for his activism and was proud to be arrested in Ferguson.
"It's a beautiful thing to see people on fire for justice, but I didn't come here to give a speech; I came here to go to jail," West said at a rally on Saturday night. "The larger system has been victimizing and coming at them [black youth]. Thank God the awakening is setting in, and any time the awakening sets in it gets a little messy." more >>
Sojourners President and Founder Jim Wallis, one of several faith leaders who are heading to Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to march for justice, is challenging Christians to put their faith ahead of their race when it comes to issues concerning racial relations.
"If white Christians in America acted more Christian than white when it came to race, black parents would be less fearful for their children," said Wallis.
Christians who put faith ahead of race would not be afraid to take on tough racial issues like the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson with their peers and fight for equality, Wallis asserted. more >>
Republicans need to pick up six seats in November to gain control of the Senate.
Consensus to date points to good prospects of this happening.
But one state where the picture remains unclear for Republicans is North Carolina. Republican challenger, speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Thom Tillis, has failed to pull ahead of Democrat incumbent Senator Kay Hagan and average of latest polling shows him behind 3 to 4 points. more >>
Weeks have now passed since black teen Michael Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri. That night, a candlelight vigil to honor Brown became violent, with looting and vandalizing of local businesses resulting in several arrests.
Over the next days, numerous outsiders, from national media organizations to groups such as the New Black Panther Party and the Ku Klux Klan, descended on Ferguson. Chaos escalated, and Governor Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore calm. The Justice Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the Ferguson police force for possible misconduct and discrimination in Brown's death.
Although we are still learning more about the events surrounding Brown's death, in the aftermath there is much we can learn about our country's health as it relates to the issue of race. more >>