Canadian filmmaker Omar Albach took to the streets of Hamilton, Ontario — hometown of the soldier who was shot to death last week in Ottawa — to conduct what he says was a ‘social experiment’ in which a white man appeared to confront a Muslim man. Read more →
Looking at it in hindsight, ABC’s decision to move an episode — Crime and Punishment — of its sitcom, ‘Blackish’, because it was scheduled to run too soon after Adrian Peterson was charged with beating his son in the name of discipline seems misplaced. Read more →
Lost in the tragic shooting in Ottawa today is a blockbuster story that’s gotten little attention: The white police officer who shot and killed an African American man in Ferguson, Missouri, triggering weeks of racial strife, may well have had a good reason. It started with a report early this morning in the St. Louis Read more →
Back in the ’90s, the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down the law that allows the state to incarcerate people after they’ve served their prison sentences because they might offend again. The court said it was unconstitutional to place the burden on the men to prove they wouldn’t commit more crimes, shifting the burden to the state.
Ostensibly the men are in the Moose Lake facility for sex offenders for “treatment,” not punishment. But only two have been released over the last 20 years, a fact that more than suggests the court decision of the ’90s really didn’t change anything, and neither has the Legislature, which punted on the recommendations of a task force. Read more →