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Slave auction (Facebook)

No, ‘Black Friday’ does not refer to slavery — just our annual frenzy of consumerism

Toni Braxton and J.R. Smith shared viral images on their Facebook and Instagram accounts promoting a "Black Friday" boycott to protest the grand jury decision on Officer Darren Wilson by erroneously tying the origins of the orgy of consumerism to slave auctions.
Angry woman pulling her hair (Shutterstock)

How to deal with your racist/sexist/science-denying right-wing uncle this holiday season

Thanksgiving, a time to argue over whose sweet potato recipe is the best and … politics!
Demonstrators put their hands in the air during a protest against the shooting death of Michael Brown, as police officers (unseen) point their weapons at them in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Tim Wise: Most white people in America are completely oblivious

Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. White people just don’t get that.
Video shows Mayra Lazos-Guerrero being trips by Denver police officers (KDVR)

Denver cops trip pregnant woman face first into pavement as they pound boyfriend’s head

Levi Frasier told KDVR that he was recording as two uniformed officers tried to arrest David Flores, who had been identified by narcotics officers for possessing heroin. An arrest report said that a scuffle had started because Flores had stuffed a white sock in his mouth.
Baton Rouge police officer Byron Boudreaux's patrol car, as seen after Sept. 11 crash [WBTV-TV]

Baton Rouge cop not charged despite crashing patrol car after night of drinking

Authorities in Baton Rouge insisted that a former officer was not given special treatment despite crashing his former patrol car after a night out at a local bar, WBTV-TV reported. “I don’t feel that he did,” Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said. “This officer lost his job. He resigned in lieu of termination for incident that occurred.” Records show that the officer, Byron Boudreaux, admitted to losing control of his vehicle early on Sept. 11 and causing […]
Practicing self defense  with a revolver (Shutterstock)

Off-duty Chicago cop opened fire on officer who stopped him for drunken driving: police

The Merrionette Park officer ducked and drove off as the off-duty officer fired about five shots at the police cruiser, investigators said.
American Univ. students protest rogue fraternity (YouTube)

SDSU suspends all frat activities after members wave dildos, throw eggs at rape protesters

On Saturday, police responded to a sexual assault on the very same street on which the protesters had been taunted.
Boy plays with unsecured handgun (Shutterstock.com)

3-year-old shot in mouth after family argued about guns in home but did nothing

Court records show that prior to the shooting, the boy’s mother had made attempts to reign in her husband’s excessive fondness for guns, saying that the copious number of weapons in the home constituted a health hazard to her and to their children.
The sunrise is reflected in a shattered storefront following a second night of protests in Ferguson, Missouri November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

In Ferguson, black residents stand guard at white-owned store

At least a dozen stores have been set ablaze and others looted in Ferguson in racially charged riots since a grand jury on Monday cleared white policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting, which has torn apart this predominantly black Missouri city.