Tag: President Obama

Addressing the Perceptions of Law Enforcement Prejudice

Jan. 27, 2015 By Sheryl Estrada The perception of biased policing and mistrust of police officers has been prevalent in many Black and Latino communities in the U.S. The shooting death of Michael Brown, the choking death of Eric Garner, and the protests that followed were the tipping point. To…

U.S. to Renew Relations With Cuba

By Albert Lin In a historic announcement that ends more than 50 years of acrimony, President Obama announced on Wednesday that the United States is reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. “We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin…

President Obama: I've Been Mistaken for Valet, Waiter

In the wake of the well-publicized and, many believe, racially motivated deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice—unarmed Blacks killed by white police officers—President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama shared their own encounters with racism in an interview in the latest issue of People magazine. The story…

Obama Announces New Racial-Profiling Guidelines

By Julissa Catalan In the wake of Eric Garner‘s and Michael Brown‘s deaths at the hands of police officers, the Obama administration released new racial-profiling guidelines for U.S. law-enforcement officials on Monday. The new guidelines are meant to replace the last set, which were put in place by the Bush…

President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch as First Black Woman Attorney General

By Daryl Hannah President Barack Obama on Saturday officially nominated Loretta Lynch, a two-time United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to succeed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. A Greensboro, N.C., native and daughter of a fourth-generation North Carolina Baptist minister, Lynch graduated from Harvard College and…

Election Roundup: What Happened and Why It Matters

By Daryl Hannah Coleman, Stefanik, Scott Few expected the Democrats to be victorious in this year’s midterm elections, but even fewer predicted such a blood bath. Propelled by economic frustration, fledgling voter turnout and outright disdain for President Obama, Republicans successfully seized seven Democratic U.S. Senate seats to gain control…

Another Newspaper Publishes Racist Political Cartoon

By Chris Hoenig The Boston Herald and an artist are apologizing after a political cartoon was published in the paper with racist overtones. The cartoon, which ran in Wednesday’s edition of the Herald, poked fun at the recent ineptitude of the Secret Service—on Sept. 19, a man scaled a White…