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Editorial: FBI Director Blows It in Race Speech

Originally published Feb. 17, 2015 In an unprecedented move, FBI Director James Comey addressed a crowd at Georgetown University on the racial tensions and culture of racial profiling amongst the law-enforcement community. But that’s where Comey made his mistake: He never acknowledged racial profiling as a cultural issue. Instead of…

9 Things NOT to Say to Veterans

Joining the Army after college was a no-brainer for Ryan Kules. The Arizona native always knew he wanted to serve his country, and in 2002, he got his chance. In February 2005, he was deployed to Iraq. Nine months later, Kules wound up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center. “I…

Luke Visconti, CEO: Starbucks CEO Needs to Start Discussion About Race With His Leadership Team, Not Minimum-Wage Employees and Customers

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz got into the news this week by encouraging his baristas to spark conversations on race with customers by writing the words “Race Together” on customers’ coffee cups. He did this in partnership with USA Today, which published an eight-page “supplement and conversation guide.” Both companies should…

Cleaning House: Ferguson Police Chief to Resign

Update (3/11/2015 7:20 p.m.): Police Chief Thomas Jackson will resign from the Ferguson Police Department effective March 19. He is to receive a year’s salary, close to $100,000, and health insurance as severance. By Michael Nam Multiple outlets including CNN and Fox News are reporting that the besieged top cop…

Ferguson City Manager Out as DOJ Report Fallout Continues

By Michael Nam A prominent figure in the Justice Department’s damning report, Ferguson City Manager John Shaw has resigned, and the city council unanimously approved what it called a mutual separation agreement. The resignation comes shortly after the resignation of Judge Ronald Brockmeyer. Both men were portrayed as supporting revenue…

Confederacy Fans 'Defend' Their Own Selma Memorial

By Michael Nam A group of men and women, all white, gathered at the Live Oaks Cemetery in Selma, Ala., while 50th anniversary celebrations of the watershed civil-rights march took place nearby, according to The Guardian. The cemetery is the final resting place of many a Civil War soldier, including…

Ferguson Judge Named in DOJ Report Resigns

By Michael Nam Shortly after the Missouri Supreme Court tapped a state appeals-court judge to handle current and future municipal cases in Ferguson, Mo., the troubled city’s municipal court judge, Judge Ronald Brockmeyer—named in the Justice Department investigation into Ferguson for abusive fines and excessive jail sentences—resigned, KMOV-TV reports. According…

Racial Diversity Isn't Only Thing Lacking in Ferguson PD

By Michael Nam Understandably, the Justice Department focused heavily on the racial disparity in its recent, and damning, investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. However, the report also details a glaring gender gap in the personnel makeup of the police force. In footnotes under a section titled “Ferguson’s Lack of…

Planet Fitness Stands Firm on Transgender Locker-Room Policy

By Michael Nam A Michigan Planet Fitness gym isn’t backing down from its decision to revoke the membership of a female member after complaints she made about a transgender woman being in the women’s locker room. Yvette Cormier, the former gym member, told WNEM in Michigan, “I was stunned and…