Kirk Franklin apologized Sunday to some of his Twitter followers who were offended by his call to support police after the targeted shooting of officers in Baton Rouge that left three dead and four others seriously wounded.
"I want to apologize. I feel that my tone explaining my view was defensive," Franklin wrote on Twitter. "People are hurting and want to feel that they matter. I understand. People are hurting and I need to be more sensitive to that."
The 46-year-old veteran gospel music artist and record executive's post followed his previous message on the same day, in which he said: "I need for my community to be as loud as possible about how killing men and women in uniform is a crime, a sin, and an act of terrorism." more >>
Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement protesting Chick-fil-A company President Dan Cathy's support of the Blue Lives Matter campaign were recently shown some love by a Tennessee Chick-fil-A franchise.
Members of the Tri-Cities Black Lives Matter movement had been protesting in front of a Chick-fil-A in Johnson City when the franchise owner reached out to them with a kind gesture, according to a report from WJHL. The owner and restaurant employees served lemonade to protesters on both sides of the debate on racial justice.
The Black Lives Matter protesters gathered because they wanted to "send a message" to the national Chick-fil-A chain for its open support of Blue Lives Matter, a pro-police movement started to counter Black Lives Matter after NYPD officers were ambused and killed in 2014. more >>
Is there systemic, intentional racism in America today? Do large numbers of white Americans want to keep black Americans down?
If not, why have other minorities overcome the odds to rise to the top of society while so many black Americans are languishing?
Let's consider how other minority groups have fared in America. more >>
After last week's protests over police practices, mass killing of cops in Dallas, and usual efforts to take political advantage, it should be evident to every American that we face a crisis in public trust and accountability. The only solution is good old-fashioned leadership by men and women of integrity and principle.
American law enforcement faces a multitude of serious criticisms. For instance, the federal government has turned homeland security into pork by distributing military equipment to local governments. Some police departments use drug busts as a profit-making opportunity by seizing private property. SWAT teams look more like military special operations forces than cops.
Politics distorts policing, supplanting both safety and justice. Departments practice social engineering and politicians protect constituents and interests. Police adapt, doing what is necessary to survive politically rather than focus on what best safeguards the public. more >>
Over the past few years the United States of America has become embroiled in controversy over the issue of racially-charged police brutality.
A series of well publicized shootings of unarmed African-Americans by law enforcement, done with apparent legal impunity, have prompted protests across the nation.
Entities like the Black Lives Matter movement have argued that race-based police brutality is a pervasive problem throughout American law enforcement. more >>
If you listen to the political rhetoric on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, you might get the impression that he is a racist who cares nothing about racial minorities.
According to televangelist and entrepreneur Pastor Mark Burns, however, Donald Trump is no racist and he is working hard behind the scenes with the help of influential faith leaders to address racial and social inequality.
"To those who declare Donald Trump racist, I know, as a black man married to a white woman with six brown babies, [I] know what racism really looks like …. And it's not Donald Trump," declared Burns, who is co-founder and CEO of The NOW Television Network, a Christian television network based in South Carolina that reaches 11 Million Homes in the U.S. and Canada. more >>