Stories by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge, is a weekly co-host of the “Al Sharpton Show” on American Urban Radio Network. An associate editor of New America Media. He hosts the weekly “Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour” on the Hutchinson Newsmaker Network. subscribe to Earl Ofari Hutchinson's feed

Posted on: Nov 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Enraged citizens want the LAPD to mobilize even bigger armies of police on the streets, and launch search and destroy missions against gang targets.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2002, Source: AlterNet

U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review has dumped a ruling by the intelligence court last May to mildly restrict the Justice Department's surveillance authority.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Any hint that Bush plans to nominate a judicial partisan would trigger a tidal wave of national rage and permanently tar Bush as a petty ideologue more concerned about advancing a narrow conservative agenda than building bi-partisan political consensus.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Bush's newfound power will help him try to pack the nation's courts with right-wing judges. It may be an uphill fight, but the struggle to oppose the appointments could breathe new life into the Democratic Party.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Three strikes laws needlessly imprison thousands of persons who commit petty crimes, and criminalize a generation of young black and Latino males. The nation needs some more santity in its sentencing laws.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Three strikes laws needlessly imprison thousands of persons who commit petty crimes, and criminalize a generation of young black and Latino males. Yet every attempt to void the laws have been vehemently rejected.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The Winona Ryder trial shows that there is a different legal standard for rich and famous lawbreakers than there is for everyone else.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Two studies on serial killers that specifically looked at the race of the killers found that blacks make up about 15 percent of America's rogue's gallery of mass murderers.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2002, Source: AlterNet

While no evidence has yet appeared to link the sniper suspect to terrorist or religious fanatic groups, the fact that he is black and reportedly Muslim has many African American Muslims deeply worried about a witch hunt.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Though these in-our-backyard terrorists usually act alone, there are countless, nameless, and faceless others in local communities who nurse private or political hatreds, and are fully able and willing to launch their own mass killing sprees.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Harry Belafonte's attack on Colin Powell is misdirected anger and not echoed by the black community at large.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2002, Source: AlterNet

But more police, prosecutors, three strikes, and mandatory sentencing laws, the death penalty, and the nearly one million blacks behind bars, have been done little to curb the black-on-black carnage.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The biggest gripe many blacks have about some black leaders is that they assume the sole right to speak exclusively on behalf of all blacks.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Beating the war drum is Bush's not so subtle way of winning points at the polls while deflecting attention from important domestic issues.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Since the mid-1990s the Congressional Black Caucus has diminished in stature, owing its demise to the nature of American politics.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Incidents of hate crime -- especially against Muslims -- have increased in the past year, yet police departments increasingly don't report them.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Secretary of State Colin Powell is too well respected and admired by diplomats worldwide for Bush to dump the general.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Amid soaring political conservatism, many blacks are supporting egregious restrictions on constitutionally guaranteed liberties.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Police in Delaware have created a real life "Minority Report" flagging young black men for crimes they may never commit.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The political disconnect of black politicians such as Cynthia McKinney from black voters has caused their free fall from important state and national offices.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The Washington, D.C. reparations march caught much media attention but did little to convince America that reparations are a good idea.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Since his murder 34 years ago, legions of groups and individuals have snatched at King’s picture, name and words to push their cause, agenda, issue, and even commercial products.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Black on black crime is a twisted, warped response to racism and deprivation, blocked opportunities, powerlessness and alienation.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Tiger Woods has been hammered for not doing more as a role model to blacks. Is the criticism warranted?

Posted on: Jul 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The National Urban League's report on the state of black America is so positive that it may overlook the many obstacles blacks still face in America.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Though the police beating of Donovan Jackson brings back memories of Rodney King, it doesn't signal a return to the old days of lawless cops. It just means swifter justice.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service

Is Michael Jackson's diatribe against "devilish" Sony executives just the bitterness of an artist whose time has come and gone or is it true racial consciousness?

Posted on: Jul 7, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Retiring Republican congressman J.C. Watts was an effective symbol for conservatives but an unequal partner in the power of the Republican party.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The conflict among blacks on public education is another example of how mainstream black leaders often march to a different tune than poor and working-class blacks.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A new breed of young, white, no-nonsense D.A.s in the South are determined to nail the perpetrators of old racial climb. But can they make a dent in the South's hideous legacy?

Posted on: Jun 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Tougher hate crimes laws are needed because terror against race and gender are no less egregious than Al Qaeda-spawned terror attacks.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Hispanic and black muslims are being unfairly singled out in the name of increased security.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Ill-gained notoriety will always jingle some cash registers for an artist no matter what he says, or worse, does.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2002, Source: AlterNet

New guidelines give the FBI carte blanche authority to surveil, and plant agents in churches, mosques and of course, political groups

Posted on: Jun 5, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service

The latest report from the U.S. Dept. of Education reveals that nearly one out of three students kicked out of the nation's public schools are African American -- even though they make up less than 20 percent of the student body.

Posted on: May 27, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Though Bush and others are receiving ironclad information of possible terror attacks, it's still irresponsible to issue alerts based on the haziest of information.

Posted on: May 19, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The ignoring or downplaying of hate crimes by many police agencies insures that federal officials can't accurately gauge the magnitude of hate violence.

Posted on: May 13, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The much disputed opening of the controversial photo exhibit of lynchings, "Without Sanctuary," dredged up horrid memories of the period when lynch law ruled the South.

Posted on: May 7, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Even with a landmark study by the California Department of Insurance of slave era insurance policies, the argument for slave reparations won't be an easier sell to whites.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Nearly a half century after the Supreme Court knocked out school segregation, the practice continues in schools across the nation.