The Great Debate

The number of times African-Americans were brutalized by police this year? Unknown.

By Peniel E. Joseph
June 11, 2015

Troubling images of a police officer slamming a 14-year-old black girl to the ground and pointing a gun at a group of African-American teenagers in suburban McKinney, Texas, is the latest incident of police violence against African-Americans to go viral.

‘I can’t breathe': Why Eric Garner protests are gaining momentum

By Peniel E. Joseph
December 5, 2014

People take part in a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner in midtown Manhattan in New York

Suddenly, it feels like the 1960s again, with swirling movements for social justice finding inspiration and a powerful common denominator in the struggle for black equality.

Will change come from the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown?

By Alan Chin
December 3, 2014

People pick up signs with images of Eric Garner and Michael Brown as protesters begin to rally in New York

Everyone expected protests would flare up after a grand jury refused to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9. But some may be surprised that the protests continue not just in Ferguson, but also in dozens of cities and universities around the country. Demonstrations have ranged from the St. Louis Rams NFL football team entering the field with the “Hands up, don’t shoot!” gesture before last Sunday’s game, to major highways and bridges getting blocked for short periods by marchers in San Diego, Oakland, Washington, DC, and other locales.

Sandy +1: Preparing for the storms ahead

By Bas Jonkman and Mathijs Van Ledden
October 28, 2013

One year ago Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy, perhaps the largest Atlantic storm ever, began its path of destruction in New York City. It ultimately killed almost 300 people across seven countries. In the United States alone, the fierce storm left an estimated $70 billion in damage in its wake, the second-costliest storm in U.S. history.