"Unfortunately missing from the raging national debate over recurrent police killings of African American men and boys — defined as an issue pitting blacks against whites — is the question of where other minority groups stand,"David R. Ayón reported Dec. 11 for Latino Decisions, a Latino political opinion research firm.
"This omission is particularly unfortunate in the case of Latinos, who bring their own substantial experience to questions of racial discrimination, the use of force by authorities, and the need for oversight and accountability.
"At the heart of how Latinos view law enforcement are nuanced attitudes revealed by a major new national poll conducted by Latino Decisions for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF). In spite of widespread optimism among Latino adults regarding the opportunities they see ahead, and in spite of the overwhelming majority's belief that local police are there to protect them and their families, two out of three Latinos worry that law enforcement will use excessive force against them. . . ."
Dana Canedy, New York Times: The Talk: After Ferguson, a Shaded Conversation About Race(Dec. 13)
Esther J. Cepeda, Washington Post Writers Group: The rainbow that isn't
Tammerlin Drummond, Oakland Tribune: A spike in Oakland killings since Oct. 1
Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica: School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson
Allen Johnson, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.: Pointing out bad cops doesn't disparage good ones
Chip Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle: White screaming drowns out black voices at protests
Rebecca Klein, Huffington Post: ACLU Lawsuit Says Ferguson School District Discriminates Against African-Americans
Phillip Morris, Plain Dealer, Cleveland: Stopping the wholesale slaughter will require more than marches
Rafael Olmeda blog: The right time to take a stand
Joy-Ann Reid, New York magazine: Eric Holder on Anti-Police Protests, Obama's Legacy, and His Final Battle As Attorney General
- Joy-Ann Reid, "The Reid Report," MSNBC: Eric Holder opens up about policing and race relations in the US(video)
Alyssa Toomey, E! Online: Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell Scream at Each Other While Debating Racism on The View: Watch the Controversial Fight!
- Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man: "We Choose Resistance." Join the Model Minority Mutiny.
Florence L. Tate, the first black female reporter at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, who became a civil rights movement activist and press secretary for such figures as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the late D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, died Tuesday at age 83, her son, writer Greg Tate, told his friends Wednesday on social media.
Tate lived in Sarasota, Fla. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
Referring to Facebook, the son said, "We know how much her rocksteady FB crew meant to her sense of well-being and global connectivity as a 'retired Pan-Afrikan activist and grandmother'."
A biography posted on the website of Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement says:
"Active with Dayton, Ohio CORE, 1963-66; Dayton Alliance for Racial Equality (DARE) 1966-69. SNCC fundraiser and southern Ohio campus liaison, 1966-68. National info coordinator for first African Liberation Day demonstrations in US organized by ALDCC [African Liberation Day Co-ordinating Committee] in 1972, Washington DC. Press secretary for Marion Barry's first campaign for mayor of Washington, DC and press secretary in his first administration. Journalist at the Dayton Daily News— -1966. (No problem with conflict of interest in those roiling times!) Director of Communications, National Urban Coalition, 1971-74.
"Organized 'Friends of Angola' a support group for Angolan independence in 1974 and disbanded in 1976 because of Angolan civil war and resultant international political conflict, confusion and acrimony. Press secretary for the 1984 Jesse Jackson for president campaign. Currently a charter member of the National Black Alternative School Organization recently founded in Milwaukee by Dr. Howard Fuller (Owusu Sadaukai), founder of Malcolm X University in Greensboro and national chairman and organizer of ALDCC.
"I am now a board member of Forum 2004: Truth for a Change, a Sarasota-based non-profit organization which was organized during this election year (2004), to inform and educate the citizens in this Florida area. We organize and sponsor public events featuring well-known speakers, writers and activists who address current issues affecting us all: the criminal justice system; civil /human rights; womens' rights; the environment; health and welfare; voting rights and voting fraud; racial equality and justice; unemployment/underemployment; future supreme court appointments; and other political and social issues of national concern.
"Former CORE member and SNCC supporter Florence L. Tate will be presented a LIVING LEGACY AWARD from ASALH (the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) at its 87th annual black history month luncheon in Washington, D.C., February 23, 2013.
"Tate has served as communications director and press secretary for a number of organizations, institutions and political figures, including National Urban Coalition President M. Carl Holman, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and the 1984 U.S. presidential candidate The Reverend Jesse Jackson. Using her freedom of information file as a guide, she is currently writing her memoir, 'THE FBI'S MOST WANTED PRESS SECRETARY.'"
- J.A. Morton, hopeforwomenmag.com: Women Warriors: Florence L. Tate, Civil Rights Activist, Journalist, and Press Secretary (April 2012)