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Thousands declare ‘get your knee off of our necks’ at March on Washington anniversary gathering
By Michael Z. Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON—The summer of virus and rage culminated at the Lincoln Memorial with the political gathering of the summer as thousands of mostly Black and Brown people, young and old gathered to demand change on the same day as the first March on Washington almost six decades ago.

It was 57 years to the day when Martin Luther King predicted in his historic “I Have a Dream” speech that “the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”

A few short months ago, George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, causing an earthquake of revolt, shaking America to its core and sparking the cry “get your knee off our necks.” A now fired and charged White cop sat with his knee on the neck of the Houston native as life left the Black man’s body.

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Justice for Breonna Taylor! Marches, protests, pressure still mounting, and a stubborn campaign pushes forward

By Anisah Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- August 25, 2020

“You’re going down there and you’re fighting for me. You’re fighting for your niece, Layla. You’re fighting for mom,” Larry Powell’s sister told him.

He has been in Louisville, Ky., for over two weeks to help in the fight for justice for Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old emergency room technician died when police officers forcibly entered her apartment and, after a brief exchange with her and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired shots at her.

The call to arrest her killers has been echoed across internet and social media platforms, with people posting it on a daily basis and adding #BreonnaTaylor to their social media names.

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America caught Covid-19; Black America caught hell, says Urban League

By Charlene Muhammad, National Correspondent
- August 18, 2020

People wait for a distribution of masks and food from the Rev. Al Sharpton in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, after a new state mandate was issued requiring residents to wear face coverings in public due to COVID-19, Saturday, April 18, 2020. "Inner-city residents must follow this mandate to ensure public health and safety," said Sharpton. The latest Associated Press analysis of available data shows that nearly one-third of those who have died from the coronavirus are African American, even though blacks are only about 14% of the population. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

True to form, the National Urban League’s 2020 State of Black America Report highlights the plight of Black inequality and economics in America. And, this year’s 44th edition focuses on the Covid-19 global pandemic, racial justice, and imperatives for Black survival.

Dr. Ala Stanford administers a COVID-19 swab test on Wade Jeffries in the parking lot of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Stanford and other doctors formed the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium to offer testing and help address health disparities in the African American community. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

“America caught the coronavirus and Black America caught hell,” opens “Unmasked,” the benchmark report. It outlines the coronavirus’ impact particularly within the country’s economy, health care institutions, and justice systems through the lens of more than a dozen contributors.

In a bleak snapshot of race-based data compiled in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, the report indicates that Blacks, Latinos and the Indigenous are getting sick and dying in higher numbers.

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Exposed on the world stage: U.S. police violate human rights at home

By Anisah Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- August 11, 2020

Portland police officers make an arrest while dispersing protesters in front of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office early in the morning on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

America loves to operate as the world’s moral police, but now, the world is watching her.
Policemen arresting a wanted criminal outdoors

At least, according to a recent report by Amnesty International, titled, “USA: The World is Watching: Mass Violations by U.S. Police of Black Lives Matter Protesters’ Rights.”

Following the killing of George Floyd, the human rights organization documented what it reports as “serious human rights concerns in relation to the use of excessive force,” citing 125 separate incidents of police violence against protesters in 40 states and the District of Columbia. 

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The Electoral Process, Black Votes And A Message To The Grassroots
By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

[Editor’s note: The following edited excerpts are from a message delivered by Minister Louis Farrakhan on Nov. 1, 1998 at a “Get Out the Vote: A Message to the Grassroots” rally at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Religious leaders, politicians and community activists attended the ecumenical event. To order this message in its entirety, visit or call 1-866-602-1230, ext. 200. This article was originally published under the headline “Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a Message to the Grassroots.”]

I came here tonight to talk about the electoral process and the Black vote. In the book of Revelation, it reads, “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and it is the time of the dead, that they should be judged,” or given justice. The nations were angry. All the nations of the earth today are angry. And the Book says, “and thy wrath is come.” If you can look at what is happening globally and then focus in on what is happening in America, it is obvious that the God of nature is angry.